Category Archives: Feminism and Culture
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
“Share your experiences of at least three bias types listed below, and you will win the highly coveted “Real Professors Play Gender Bias Bingo” Tâ€“shirt!” Preview bingo card here. Play here!
Read Roni’s thoughtful review over at Viva La Feminista.
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In a previous post I posed the question: Why is less educational achievement and diminished career success making men happier? Over at Language Log the “happiness paradox” data is debunked: If we sum up all the GSS responses across years, … Continue reading
Today the Army will make Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King commandant of its drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a first. No woman has previously run one of the Army’s rigorous schools for drill instructors.
From the NYT: … The eighth of 12 children, the sergeant major is the daughter of a sharecropper who grew cucumbers and tobacco near Fort Bragg, N.C. Her first job in the Army was as a postal clerk, a traditional … Continue reading
Via this blog: Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said: ¨THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE? ¨ A … Continue reading
Over at the HuffPo Marcus Buckingham asks: What’s Happening To Women’s Happiness? In the linked post he flogs this study by Wharton Professors Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, which purportedly shows that as women begin to catch up with men … Continue reading
Via Lisa at Sociological Images who notes that the idea of marketing Kleenex for Men has apparently been resuscitated from 1964. Can you say “backlash”? –Ann Bartow
A few weeks ago I read a piece by Caitlin Flanagan in the September issue of The Atlantic, entitled: Sex and the Married Man. Like about everything Flanagan writes it was awful, full of lurid and venemous speculation about the … Continue reading
In the New Yorker – read it here.
Because stalking just isn’t a turn on. –Ann Bartow
“The other day, while doing our weekly shop, I bought for my two children, Benjamin & Ofelia, a packet pf Haribo Maoam lemon-and-lime confectionery. It was only after I was leaving the check-out that I noticed the appalling illustration on … Continue reading
It’s news at the NY Times this week, even if it’s not news to those who have been living these conversations for generations. In “Black Hair: Still Tangled in Politics,” reporter Catherine Saint Louis frames the discussion this way: â€œFor … Continue reading
Jessica Hester, “Sex and Food: What Feeding Porn Tells Us About Our Moralistic, Thinness-Obsessed Culture”
Article here. I don’t agree with all of the assumptions Hester makes but it is a thought provoking piece, anyway. –Ann Bartow
In a previous blog I wrote about horsey feminism and concern with a female horse winning a major horse race. (see Bully for You, Filly For Me). In that entry I discussed the disquieting effect of anthropomorphism that brings biology-as-social-destiny … Continue reading
Vitaphone newsreel from 1930. In this footage Sullivan and Keller demonstrate how Helen Keller learned to talk.