Category Archives: Feminism and Culture

Fighting Your Oppressor

versus: Via. –Ann Bartow

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Just in Time for February 14: “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love”

Women and Language.  There’s a whole journal with that name: WOMEN AND LANGUAGE, an international interdisciplinary research periodical, serves as a forum for innovative studies and critical conversations among feminist theorists and gender scholars. Women and Language accepts submissions of … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman: From Non-Killing Superhero to “Bullet Breasts”

Artist Linda Stein breaks it down in this video.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-xMFvGSPH4[/youtube] In an article for the most recent On the Issues Magazine (here),   Stein writes: Created by William Moulten Marston in 1941, Wonder Woman was the”invincible enemy of injustice.”She … Continue reading

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Mr. Deity and the Help-Meet, Or, Explaining the Politics of Housework In Three and a Half Minutes

I’ve discovered “Mr Deity and the Help Meet,”  in which Lucy (aka Lucifer) takes Mr. Deity to task 3 days before the Creation for changing male and female roles (and the balance of power).  Giving birth? Breast feeding? The women … Continue reading

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Great cartoon by Judy Horacek

Via her website.

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Samantha Bee on Male Oppression

Here. Won’t be everyone’s satirical cup of tea but I thought it was funny. –Ann Bartow

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When a Guy Checks You Out, Check Yourself

The Windsor (Ontario) Star reports here on a psychological study by Professor Diane Quinn (Psychology, UConn) and others of the impact on women’s behavior of visual assessments (aka, getting “checked out”): Though it’s impossible to know the weight of a … Continue reading

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Can iCramps be far behind?

From here: All Tech contributor Omar Gallaga wrote a great post about rejected names for Apple’s new tablet computer, but I know he didn’t see the iPad coming! Good thing Mad Tv did way back in 2006. I’m assuming there … Continue reading

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A story about having the same conversation about pornography over and over with men.

By Sam Berg, excerpted from here: Published in Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism Winter 2010, Issue #45 “Hi: I’m a writer at The Oregonian in Portland, working on a story about the sex culture … Continue reading

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Women are well represented in some of the categories…

… for a refreshing change.

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People = Men, a passing example.

Over at Alternet Vanessa Richmond asks: “Why Do People Want to Have Sex with the 9-Foot Tall Natives in ‘Avatar’?” But by “people” she clearly means men. Here is an excerpt: James Cameron’s comments in interviews suggest the reaction is … Continue reading

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A Pants-less Woman’s Perspective

Earlier this month, I blogged (here) about the “No Pants Subway Ride” organized by Improv Everywhere.  On my way home from the AALS, I encountered several pants-less riders at the Jay Street Station in Brooklyn.  I asked two of them … Continue reading

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NYT alters photo to fat shame actor

Left: the NY Times image; Right: the original image From Gothamist: By yesterday evening the Paper of Record published not one, but two takedowns of women :  somewhat unsurprisingly, both centered around weight and penned by the fairer sex. The … Continue reading

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Austin on “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border”

Regina Austin (Penn) has posted to SSRN her book chapter, “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border: Lessons from Three Nonfiction Films about the Women of Juárez,” forthcoming in Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship, edited by Linda McClain and … Continue reading

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Despair.

There is so much wrong with this, just the thought of trying to unpack it makes me tired and depressed. Read at your own risk. –Ann Bartow

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Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog': Ain’t Nothing Going on but the Rent (or, That Old Black Magic)

Over the recent holidays I went with my family to see the Disney filmThe Princess and the Frog. As many of you know, it features a character who has been billed as Disney’s “first black princess,” Tiana. My whole household … Continue reading

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If ‘Avatar’ is Feminist then I’m Carmen Miranda

Throughout watching Avatar, I kept thinking, “What would be different about the story if the sexes of the main characters were different?     What if the lead were a woman, and her love interest, the Pandoran local, were a … Continue reading

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Pants-less on Public Transportation

Today was the “No Pants! Subway Ride” in New York and other cities.  It’s now an annual tradition — “organized” by Improv Everywhere, a group devoted to creating “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”  The group’s history of … Continue reading

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Ellen Goodman’s Final Column

Here. She is retiring, she has not passed away thank goodness. A short clip: Now, when people ask what are you going to do next, I am tempted to co-opt Susan Stamberg’s one-word answer when she left her anchor post … Continue reading

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“Evidence about the preferred orders of English binomial expressions for gendered categories of humans”

That’s a phrase taken from this interesting post entitled “Sexual Orders” by Mark Liberman at Language Log.

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Target Women: Lessons 2009

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iMisogyny? There’s an app for that.

Jessica Roy lays it down here at Broadsheet.

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Passive-Aggressive Holiday Gift-Giving

As a holiday gift-giver, I acknowledge my share of “hits” and “misses” — sometimes with the same gift.  One family member never met a gift certificate she didn’t like.  Another considers a gift certificate the ultimate in impersonality.  In the … Continue reading

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Darn! Why the Sexism?

–Ann Bartow

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Some Xmastime Hilarity…

Here at Historiann.

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Trudy was murdered by an evil male law professor.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s your loss. A cautionary tale, might I add. –Ann Bartow

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Props and Thanks to Irin at Jezebel

For this. –Ann Bartow

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Bad Sex In Fiction Award nominees all male.

From here: Franco-American author Jonathan Littell has won the Bad Sex In Fiction Award for a book that had previously scooped France’s top literary award. “The Kindly Ones”, a World War II saga originally published in French under the title … Continue reading

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“Shiny Suds” advert now out of circulation

Via Jezebel: Cleaning products company Method has apologized for its controversial “Shiny Suds” video, which depicted fratboy-like chemical bubbles harassing a bathing woman, and has pulled the video from all “controlled sources.” We’ve still got it, though, plus a statement … Continue reading

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Don’t believe anyone who tells you to put mints in your vagina.

Does hatred of women know no boundaries? Apparently not: I recently got a press release from the makers of Linger, an “internal feminine flavoring” that promises to keep your vagina in mint condition. Think of it as an Altoid for … Continue reading

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“Sex and Scoliosis”

Really informative, interesting post by this title here at the FWD/Forward blog.

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The Pornification of the Household Product Labeling Acts

Another instance of Supposedly Liberal Doods humiliating naked women for a good cause. –Ann Bartow

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About that study which purportedly found that “Men married to smart women live longer”

The actual title of the paper is: “Marital partner and mortality: The effects of the social positions of both spouses,” by Robert Erikson and Jenny Torssander From here: Abstract: Background: Individual socioeconomic position -like education, social class, social status, and … Continue reading

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“The Hard Sell”

Check out Stiletto Revolt for a stunning collection of ads with phallic imagery. Two examples below: –Ann Bartow

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“Films for the Feminist Classroom”

The “Films for the Feminist Classroom” Collective has made available (here) its second issue of its review periodical.  Here’s a general description of the periodical: Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is an online journal hosted by the  Rutgers-based editorial … Continue reading

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“The gunman and the dead woman apparently had a “relationship,” Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker said.”

Yet another man murders yet another woman.

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Yes the violence used by this soccer player is chilling, but her gender is what some find the most shocking.

YouTube commenters are writing things like “I WOULD FUCK HER UP!!!!!…what a bitch!” and “Bitch. Kill her!” apparently without irony. A number of copies of this or related video clips are titled with references to “cat fights.” This NYT article … Continue reading

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Dang.

From a post entitled “Coffee and Consent” at Female Impersonator: From Until Someone Wakes Up, a play written by Carolyn Levy and a group of Macalester College students: Waiter: Would you like some coffee? Woman: Yes, please. Waiter: Just say … Continue reading

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“Her Secret? Photoshop”

Watch the actual photo shoot at this site, then see if you can figure out what has been changed. Via. –Ann Bartow

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Gender Bias Bingo

“Share your experiences of at least three bias types listed below, and you will win the highly coveted “Real Professors Play Gender Bias Bingo” T–shirt!” Preview bingo card here. Play here!

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Book Review: The Trouble with Boys by Peg Tyre

Read Roni’s thoughtful review over at Viva La Feminista.

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“At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs, exactly zero are women.”

Via TGW:   In this Vanity Fair article, Nell Scovell talks about the sexual politics and “hostile work environment” that she experienced while writing for David Letterman. –Ann Bartow

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Law and Order’s Shameful Abortion Episode

I’ve never really been a Law and Order fan.   The combination of the sensationalistic (not to mention completely uncreative) “ripped from the headlines” approach as well as Sam Waterson’s sleepwalking/drunk/both acting style has kept me from watching it.   … Continue reading

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In Case You Are Afraid That Breast Cancer Will Angrily Accost You?

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Women, Happiness, and the Marketing of Positive Thinking

Barbara Ehrenreich has a great debunking of a study that purports to show that women have become unhappier since 1972 – – – as a result, most likely, of feminism.     Ehrenreich writes that the statistical variable (one percent) … Continue reading

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Pepsi Amps Up the Sexism

See this post at Tennessee Guerilla Women (the frat boyz at Pepsi provide a little how-to manual to help frat boyz “score” with 24 “types” of women.) For similar posts at this blog go here, here and here. –Ann Bartow

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The Pornification of a High School Sports Rivalry

Actual “show your school spirit” shirt sold by students to “support team.” Via an anonymous and concerned parent. ETA: To be clear, the parent is not anonymous to me, s/he simply prefers not to be named. Another artifact from the … Continue reading

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The Problem Is That Women’s Choices “All Suck”

Over at the Huffington Post (here), Marcus Buckingham explains reports of (white) women’s declining happiness (previously noted by Ann here and here, for example).  He says, “The hard-won rights, opportunities, and advantages were supposed to have netted women more than … Continue reading

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The NYT Adulates Christie Hefner, Delicately Refrains From Substantively Mentioning the Hardcore Porn that Generates Most of Playboy’s Revenues

Here’s a curious and alarming excerpt from this incredibly sycophantic article: Her father lent his support to causes like birth control and abortion rights, but activism was at her core. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and gay rights … Continue reading

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IF SHE DIES, HER PRETTY BOOBIES GO WITH HER.

That’s the theme of a new breast cancer “awareness” campaign, and Kate Harding is not amused. Here’s an excerpt from her fantastic post at Jezebel: … This boobtastic Rethink Breast Cancer ad “and a couple more like it,” according to … Continue reading

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