Category Archives: Feminism and Culture

Twilight: The Feminist Remix

Because stalking just isn’t a turn on. –Ann Bartow

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MAOAM

“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

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In Which the NYT Notices the Politics of Black Women’s Hair

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: “For … Continue reading

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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

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Masculine, Feminine, or Human? (or Private Parts)

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

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Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan

Vitaphone newsreel from 1930. In this footage Sullivan and Keller demonstrate how Helen Keller learned to talk.

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Deborah L. Rhode, The Injustice of Appearance

INTRODUCTION “It hurts to be beautiful”is a cliché I grew up with.”It hurts not to be beautiful”is a truth I acquired on my own. But not until finishing the research that led to this Article did I begin to grasp … Continue reading

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“The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck”

That is the title of a brilliant post by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, here. And there is a follow up here. –Ann Bartow

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Via.

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PETA gets the Onion treatment.

The line “We have no intention of changing our tactics until every last animal on the planet is given more respect than woman” barely registers as satire, PETA’s ads are so awful. Via this Jezebel post, which also has a … Continue reading

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Marie Claire magazine is featuring an article entitled “The New Trophy Wives: Asian Women”

Written by a woman named Ying Chu and accessible online here, the theme of the piece is reflected in its final sentence: “Asian women dating white men may never really know if it’s a fetish thing.” There are a lot … Continue reading

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“Wilder Women”

That’s the title of this interesting New Yorker article about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose. Via.

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“‘Women are getting more beautiful’ – Getting the story right”

I blogged about this previously, and found a response by the study author, Marcus Jokela via a link to my post, the title of which is misunderstood, as I was accusing the Times Online of sexism, not the researcher. Anyway, … Continue reading

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“REAL VS. FAKE: Photoshopped Celebrities, Before & After” at StilettoREVOLT

Terrific post here, below is a short excerpt: [1] Jessica Alba Repositioned her head, eyes, and hair strands, Thinned waist, thighs and knees, Raised and enhanced chest/cleavage. [2] Penelope Cruz De-frizzed and repositioned hair strands, Lowered neckline, enhanced cleavage, Thinned … Continue reading

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From here, via Mike Madison.

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Women are supposed to be sexually available to men, that’s our assigned role; if we are hot, we are supposed to put out since we are signaling we want sex, and if we are not hot, we are supposed to be so grateful for male attention we do anything the attending dood wants. Otherwise, death to us…

Some links and post excerpts about the Sodini murders: Anna N. at Jezebel: Sodini was clearly disturbed, but his bilious diary displays an extreme version of a type of grievance misogyny that is all too common. His conviction that all … Continue reading

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Not So Old-Timey Sexism

Spotted yesterday on a man in my neighborhood. -Bridget Crawford

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Tagging, Tiffany Style

I laughed out loud today when I read Cintra Wilson’s review (here) of the Tiffany & Co. branch on Wall Street.  She compliments the interior design for its accommodation of the building’s original Beaux-Arts details.  She restrains herself in talking … Continue reading

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“I Was A Teenage Feminist”

More here! Via.

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More “How to strip for your husband”

Click image for clearer version and source info.

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Advice About Feet Sweeping and Taxes

Read.

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Sotomayor Redux–Is Regina Benjamin Too Fat to Be Surgeon General?

Just as Judge Sotomayor was pilloried for her appearance, questions about whether Dr. Regina Benjamin is too fat for public office have begun to circulate.  An analysis of this really troubling trend here.  And yes, I get that the Surgeon … Continue reading

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Sort yourself out!

Via Marge Twain.

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Laura J. Murray, “Reproductive Technologies: Flesh, Paint, Text”

How do you know a reproduction if you see one? Read Laura Murray’s essay here at No More Potlucks.

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NYC now has Jane Jacobs Way, named for the famed author-activist who changed the course of urban planning in the 1960s.

From this NYT story: Ms. Jacobs, who died in 2006, lived between West 11th and Perry Streets at 555 Hudson Street and immortalized the”sidewalk ballet”of that block in her book,”The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”As of Tuesday morning, … Continue reading

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“”Make Her Say (Poke Her Face)”: Un-conscious Hip Hop, Oral Rape and the Silencing of Women”

That’s the title of this essay at Celie’s Revenge about a very misogynist song. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As a female listener, one willing to allow herself to really hear this song’s words and take them to … Continue reading

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Laura Ingalls Had Hairy Pits and So Did Pa

Remarking on Sacha Baron Cohen’s smooth appearance as Bruno, the New York Times reports here on a survey of grooming habits among men at the University of South Florida.  80% of those men surveyed reported their  below-the-clavicle hair removal — mostly … Continue reading

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Mark Gonzales: “As With Most Men”

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Nellie McKay: Feminists Don’t Have a Sense of Humor

Via Tennessee Guerilla Women

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“the painful consequences of having sex without a condom”

An advertisement for condoms in China with the tag line “”Such tragedy could have been easily avoided”: Via. Strikes me as pretty dumb, if startling, but apparently it increased sales. –Ann Bartow

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“The ‘Happily Ever After’ Complex”

An illustrated overview of the Happily Ever After myth, monetized, here at StilettoRevolt. –Ann Bartow

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A Diet Drink to Make a Man Large (in the Right Places)

Just in case you didn’t know, this ad makes it pretty darn clear: Pepsi Max is a diet soda marketed to men.  Diet Pepsi?  That sounds so girly.  But caffeine-hepped Pepsi Max will help you get your banana pointed in … Continue reading

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Too Scandalous To Be A Registered Trademark: “Pussy Natural Energy”

At least according to the TTAB which said: In this case, it is the term PUSSY which is the focus of the refusal and our analysis. The term PUSSY is the most significant element in the mark. Accordingly, when we … Continue reading

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“Ferron: Girl on a Road”

Here’s the trailer: More info here.

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Your Feel-Good Feminist Moment…

…courtesy of the Washington Post here.  13 year old girl wins Scripps National Spelling Bee.  I’m hoping that the Post headline refers to the boy who came in second rather than the girl who came in first simply because he’s … Continue reading

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Katha Pollitt, “Amber Waves of Blame”

First paragraph: Can we please stop talking about feminism as if it is mothers and daughters fighting about clothes? Second wave: you’re going out in that? Third wave: just drink your herbal tea and leave me alone! Media commentators love … Continue reading

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Still more “breast cancer awareness” via the pinkification of consumer products.

Lisa at Sociological Images has a series of photos, such as the one just above, and this one depicting Breast Cancer Awareness Cat Food: The post poses some questions about this that can largely be summed up as WTF? (though … Continue reading

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New Low for the Huff Po?

Ugh.

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Remember when Ray Comfort claimed bananas proved Darwin wrong?

Well now there is a handcrafted product commemorating same, the Ray Comfort Tampon Case! Minds out of the gutter; that is a banana on the front of his pants. Order yours here. The artist says: “Materials: felt, fabric glue, thread, … Continue reading

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Lessons for Girls

Compiled by Historiann: A Feminist Vade Mecum: Anger, by Historiann. Opting Out, by Dr. Crazy. On Pity, by Professor Zero. Independence, by Sutton. Trust Your Instincts, by Undine. No Apologies, by Exile in Academia. It’s okay if not everyone likes … Continue reading

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Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane University – May 16, 2009.

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What the World Has Badly Needed: The Pink Ouija Board

Wonderfully described here, by the Onion.   An excerpt: In case you’re wondering, girl, about what makes this Ouija game different from other Ouija games, girl, besides the fact that the whole thing seems to have been dipped in Pepto … Continue reading

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Comic Relief

Judge Judy learns about feminism here. –Leigh Goodmark

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“”Home Game” ends with Mr. Lewis’s description of getting a vasectomy — at the request of his wife, naturally. Having submitted to metaphorical castration, he decides to go the whole nine yards.”

That’s a sentence from this review of this book. Here’s another excerpt: “Home Game,” Mr. Lewis’s account of becoming a father to his three children, begins promisingly. “At some point in the last few decades, the American male sat down … Continue reading

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The science of sales, 1950s style.

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“Oldest depiction of female form shows that modern archaeologists are pornsick misogynists”

Dr. Violet Socks lays it down here.

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“At least 84 Afghan girls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said.”

That’s a sentence from this frightening NYT article.   Here’s another excerpt: Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks. It comes one day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from … Continue reading

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“… it’s okay to opt out of toxic situations and conversations. Opting out doesn’t mean that you’re weak, nor does it make you a bad person. Sometimes, the most advantageous position is, in fact, one in which you don’t resist, in which you don’t explain, in which you don’t try to justify your position, in which you don’t bother trying to help others see your point of view. Or, conversely, in which you don’t try to be inclusive, to give antagonists a forum, or to apologize to diffuse a situation.”

More Lessons for Girls here at Historiann.

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On Carrie Prejean

Pageant Hypocrisy at Feminist Jayhawk; The Carrie Prejean Shaming Has Gone Too Far at Washington City Paper; more to come. Yes, she’s a bigot. Calling out her bigotry does not require disgustingly sexist insults. –Ann Bartow

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Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint on July 10, 2007 against the man now believed to be her murderer, asserting that he was calling her repeatedly and sent her insulting e-mails for at least a week.

Story here.

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