Category Archives: Feminism and Culture
I know some people find “baby wigs” funny and harmless, but I find them utterly disturbing. In my view, putting a wig on a baby either (a) sexualizes the child; or (b) functions as a type of minstrelsy (coincidence that … Continue reading
Yofi Tirosh, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, has published A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood in the European Court of Human Rights, in volume 33 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2010). Here … Continue reading
Why did David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success?
Historiann contemplated that question here. –Ann Bartow
Startling and moving. I have to give the dad props for posting this to YouTube, given how things roll. –Ann Bartow ETA: Video has been made “private.” What it showed was three children, two girls and a boy, in the … Continue reading
Georgia judge obstructs effort by Hustler to pornify photo of murdered hiker; Georgia law preventing distribution of certain crime scene photos has also been proposed.
From CNN: Photos of the nude and decapitated body of a murdered hiker, sought by a writer on assignment for Hustler magazine, will not be released, a judge in Georgia ordered Wednesday. The decision came as state lawmakers considered legislation … Continue reading
That is the question addressed by Bitch magazine in this article.
In honor of “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last night, and International Women’s Day, a list of pioneering women movie directors.
From “Movie Mom” Nell Minow: 1. Penny Marshall, who started as an actress (“Laverne and Shirley”), went on to direct films that included “Awakenings,” “Big,” and “A League of Their Own.” 2. Amy Heckerling is the director of “Clueless” and … Continue reading
The post is here, along with a video clip. Below is the appalling text: Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Sean Hannity, who “joined [him] live from stuff [he] could edit together,” and with some crafty splicing, proceeded to … Continue reading
Women’s History Month at Sarah Lawrence: The Message is in the Music: “Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More”
Women’s History Month Conference The Message is in the Music: Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More Twelfth Annual Women’s History Month Conference at Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, New York Friday & Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2010 … Continue reading
Described here. An essay by Douglas entitled “Girls Gone Anti-Feminist” that touches on the book’s themes is available here. Below is an excerpt: … Enlightened sexism is a response, deliberate or not, to the perceived threat of a new gender … Continue reading
versus: Via. –Ann Bartow
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
Artist Linda Stein breaks it down in this video. ï»¿ ï»¿ 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
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
Via her website.
Here. Won’t be everyone’s satirical cup of tea but I thought it was funny. –Ann Bartow
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
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
By Sam Berg, excerpted from here: Published in Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism Winter 2010, Issue #45 â€œHi: I’m a writer at The Oregonian in Portland, working on a story about the sex culture … Continue reading
… for a refreshing change.
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
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
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
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 JuÃ¡rez,” forthcoming in Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship, edited by Linda McClain and … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
“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.
Jessica Roy lays it down here at Broadsheet.
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
Here at Historiann.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s your loss. A cautionary tale, might I add. –Ann Bartow
For this. –Ann Bartow
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
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
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
Really informative, interesting post by this title here at the FWD/Forward blog.
Another instance of Supposedly Liberal Doods humiliating naked women for a good cause. –Ann Bartow
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
Check out Stiletto Revolt for a stunning collection of ads with phallic imagery. Two examples below: –Ann Bartow
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
“The gunman and the dead woman apparently had a “relationship,” Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker said.”
Yet another man murders yet another woman.
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 FUCKï»¿ HER UP!!!!!…what a bitch!” and “Bitch.ï»¿ 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
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
Watch the actual photo shoot at this site, then see if you can figure out what has been changed. Via. –Ann Bartow