Category Archives: Feminism and Culture
Another Thoughtful Take on “Leaning In,” This One By bell hooks, and Called “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”
Read it here at The Feminist Wire. Below is an excerpt: Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white … Continue reading
Unlike so many trite reviews of the “Lean In” phenomenon, Faludi brilliantly contextualizes her critique. Available at The Baffler, excerpt below: … In 1834, America’s first industrial wage earners, the “mill girls” of Lowell, Massachusetts, embarked on their own campaign … Continue reading
The first is a female scientist: According to this site, “This latest minifig is significant because she’s the first female Lego scientist. For reasons unknown most Lego STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) minifigs are male.” The second Series 11 … Continue reading
Once again there is an article blaming feminism for “raising the bar too high” and making it impossible for real women to “have it all. “The Super Woman Myth: Where Feminism Went Wrong (Unfortunately this article is behind a pay … Continue reading
OK! Magazine Apologizes For Story, Cover, About Duchess of Cambridge’s Post-Partum “Weight Loss Regime”
OK! magazine has apologized for a story and cover (which OK! calls “the Royal Baby special, and sells for one pound), discussing Princess Catherine’s “weight loss regime” which it published just before she gave birth to an eight pound six … Continue reading
Came across this the other day in the New York Times, “Generic Pain Relievers Work, So Why Do I Give My Kids Brand Names?” Why indeed? Could it possibly be the influence of non-stop advertising intended to convey the vague … Continue reading
I heard from some who thought I was a bit too harsh in my criticism of the New York Times article Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home. I admit, I was irked. I was more than irked. … Continue reading
In today’s New York Times we are treated to yet another installment of the cultural push back to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” in an article entitled “Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home.” The article is really gag-making … Continue reading
I have my doubts about how effective media literacy efforts alone can be at combating gender stereotypes. It seems like an uphill battle in the current environment. But About-Face is one organization that is trying to do something. I blogged … Continue reading
Thank you to Senator Wendy R. Davis and to Senator Leticia Van de Putte for, among other things, standing up for equality. It may have only been a battle and not a war, but Senator Davis’ filibuster of the Texas … Continue reading
Khiara M. Bridges, Boston University School of Law, has published When Pregnancy Is an Injury: Rape, Law and Culture, at 65 Stanford Law Review 457 (2013). Here is the abstract. This Article examines criminal statutes that grade more … Continue reading
There has been a tremendous dust-up in response to Susan Patton’s (a member of the Princeton class of 1977) letter to the Daily Princetonian. In her letter, Patton exhorts Princeton women to begin the task of husband hunting in their … Continue reading
Author Ann Friedman writes in the New Republic “Hey ‘Ladies’: The Unlikely Revival of a Fusty Old Label.” Here is an excerpt: With its slippery meaning—associations range from grandma’s lavender-scented powder to the raunchiest of rap lyrics—it encapsulates the fundamental … Continue reading
Kay S. Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research writes in the City Journal about “The Plight of the Alpha Female.” Here’s her explanation for the lack of gender parity in the highest ranks of business, government, academia: [W]omen … Continue reading
Seriously, check out his column The Siren and The Spook (below is an excerpt): … Broadwell has just 13 percent body fat, according to a recent measurement. Did you know that? Did you need to? It came up nonetheless. And … Continue reading
Here. Below is one of the featured postcards.
But this short feature about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is very nice.
Here at The Atlantic.
An excerpt just won’t do this article justice. Read the entire piece here.
Subtitled: “An epidemic of high-profile trolling is a testament to how pathological misogyny is — and how early it begins,” you can read the entire piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. …. And if you require any further proof, … Continue reading
Here. Below in an excerpt: There’s also this: lately, magazines have been telling me there’s something wrong with feminism or women trying to achieve a work/life balance or just women in general. The Atlantic has led the way in these … Continue reading
Watch this video and think about what this girl went through.
A classic that is still relevant and hilarious (and maybe NSFW depending on your employer’s views about cussing): For some feminist commentary on this phenomenon go here. –Ann Bartow
Go to this post at The Consumerist to read a post that begins: I always loved Disney villain Ursula, the portly six-legged sea-witch who swaps the Litte Mermaid’s tail for a pair of legs in return for her lovely singing … Continue reading
Here. “Cathy was the first widely syndicated humor strip created by a woman. The strip was pretty revolutionary at the time not only because it starred a female, but also because it was so emotionally honest about all the conflicting … Continue reading
Check out “The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” at Crates and Ribbons. It explains that in the famous photo below, the sailor was a stranger to the nurse, and he forced himself on her. That’s not a … Continue reading
So much going on here! Courtesy of an awesome college student.
Compare the annual IKEA catalogs disbursed around the world and they are nearly identical, save for a slight difference. The difference is not in the Swedish translations of the furniture or the mock layouts of the numerous living rooms in … Continue reading
“In fact, many European researchers say the test of a mature bike-sharing program is when women outnumber men. In the Netherlands, 52 percent of riders are women. Instead of promoting helmet use, European cycling advocates say, cities should be setting up safer bike lanes to slow traffic or divert it entirely from downtown areas. “Riding in New York or Australia is like running with the bulls — it’s all young males,” says Julian Ferguson, a spokesman for the European Cyclists’ Federation. And that’s in part what makes it dangerous.”
That is an excerpt from this article, which criticizes mandatory bike helmet laws.
Staten Island Borough President Calls Lady Gaga a ‘Slut,’ Manhattan Borough President Defends Her, Pace Law Professor Wishes Politicians Would Simply Leave Artist Alone
Brief news account of slut calling by James Molinaro here. Response by Scott Stringer here. The Pace Law Professor who wishes both of them would focus on making NYC a better place for all citizens and let Lady Gaga get … Continue reading
Iranian Women Now Barred From Numerous College Majors Including Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, English Literature, Archaeology and Business.
From the BBC News: More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses. These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and … Continue reading
According to this site: Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can include: Repeated, unwanted, … Continue reading
That’s the title of this article. Below is an excerpt: … Charlotte Laws first encountered these sites in January this year, after her daughter Kayla, who is in her mid-20s, had her computer hacked. In Kayla’s email account was one … Continue reading
That is the title of this Slate article, which notes: … Several hundred writers and fans had descended upon The Mount, Edith Wharton’s country house in Lenox, Mass., to celebrate the author’s 150th birthday with three days of panels and … Continue reading
”A large proportion of the other advanced democracies in the world combine a commitment to free speech with rules prohibiting hate speech. Isn’t it worth considering how they do this? And why? No one is burning the constitution here. We’re just trying to think about it.”
From this NYT piece by Jeremy Waldron. Here is an excerpt: Democracies like Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada and New Zealand all prohibit hate speech of various kinds. They do so for what they think are good reasons. It is … Continue reading
This time it’s “Breadwinner Wives.” According to author Hanna Rosin “About 40 percent of wives in the United States now out-earn their husbands, and researcher Liza Mundy predicts they will be the majority in a generation.” I’m interested in where … Continue reading
Here’s one for the Droid that implies iPhones are disgustingly girly (“It’s not a princess, it’s a robot”): Go here to view ten more sexist tech ads.
Derailment Bingo is the the creative brainchild of piranha @ Dreamwidth, here. -Bridget Crawford
The very funny Franchesca Ramsey (nom de video blog= Chescaleigh) pokes fun at the phrase “no homo,” a verbal addendum following a compliment, designed to distance the speaker from any implication that the speaker is gay or lesbian. You can … Continue reading
Over at blac(k)ademic v.2, Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler writes (here) about how his past “as a black woman informs [his] black male feminist perspective today. Here is an excerpt: For some transmen, their female past conjures up memories of pain … Continue reading
Over here at The American Prospect, E.J. Graff (Brandeis, Women’s Studies) has a great analysis of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article Why Women Still Can’t Have It All from the July/August issue of The Atlantic. Graff responds to the italicized portions of … Continue reading
Via Tech Crunch (here), this chart: -Bridget Crawford
The whole “conversion” narrative is a bit awkward, but I read with interest this opinion piece from the Ottowa Citizen by David Moscrop, a PhD at the University of British Columbia. Here is an excerpt: I became a feminist gradually … Continue reading
Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women. More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading
From CNN: a discussion of the impact of documentaries such as Miss Representation and America the Beautiful on today’s youth. If you still wonder whether the image of women and gender in pop culture is still relevant, take a look … Continue reading
Over at The AWL, a fabulously NYC-centric blog, I found writer Jack Stuef’s clever-funny-sad-ironic essay, I Am the World’s Worst Sperm Donor. Here is an excerpt: In the end… Grant and Lee signed the treaty. It was over. I realized I … Continue reading
Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View. In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading