Category Archives: Feminism and Culture
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.
INTRODUCTION â€œIt hurts to be beautiful”is a clichÃ© 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
That is the title of a brilliant post by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, here. And there is a follow up here. –Ann Bartow
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
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
That’s the title of this interesting New Yorker article about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose. Via.
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
Terrific post here, below is a short excerpt:  Jessica Alba Repositioned her head, eyes, and hair strands, Thinned waist, thighs and knees, Raised and enhanced chest/cleavage.  Penelope Cruz De-frizzed and repositioned hair strands, Lowered neckline, enhanced cleavage, Thinned … Continue reading
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
Spotted yesterday on a man in my neighborhood. -Bridget Crawford
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
More here! Via.
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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
Via Marge Twain.
How do you know a reproduction if you see one? Read Laura Murray’s essay here at No More Potlucks.
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
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
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
Via Tennessee Guerilla Women
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
An illustrated overview of the Happily Ever After myth, monetized, here at StilettoRevolt. –Ann Bartow
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
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
Here’s the trailer: More info here.
…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
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
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
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
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
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
Judge Judy learns about feminism here. –Leigh Goodmark