It’s that time of the month again with Call for Feminism 101 Links III, and a guest post – Feminism Friday: What can I do, right now today, to help stop sexual violence
Colour us as unreasonably demanding, but women do tend to want a little bit more than a guy who simply refrains from being nasty like it’s some great sacrifice (which implies that he might just stop refraining from being nasty if he doesn’t feel appreciated enough, so watch it).
I don’t have time to do justice to the mountains of myths about women who have positions of some status and authority amongst other women as advisors, counsellors and healers…
I hear this a fair bit. People who are angry, passionate, non-submissive, resolute, intense – we get shocked looks, and exhortations to compromise, and remarks like “You’ll catch more flies with honey, dear“. I’ve been vaguely wondering why that particular reprimand makes my teeth itch so much. There is a lot to dislike about it: the patronising nature of the… Read more →
And that talking point is: “If you truly support ALL women’s rights then you will get behind Sarah Palin and fight for her.” The news that a group of veteran feminist organisations have endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket (many of the organisations making the point that Joe Biden is one politician on the Hill with whom they’ve been working for decades,… Read more →
from Shakesville by Melissa McEwan (read the whole series, linked at the foot of the post)
Olympic medal-winning women called “gold-diggers”
from Feministing by Ann
Why feminism should be taught in schools
From The Times by Joan Smith
Looking back, I’m amazed at how much we achieved – many feminist ideas, such as the right to maternity leave, have become mainstream – but I’m also horrified by the casual misogyny of 21st-century life. Since my book, Misogynies, was first published in 1989, it has got much worse.
But 21st-century politicians don’t use the vocabulary of their 20th-century forebears, and feminism needs to reinvent itself as much as any other political movement.
Also from The Times:
A few must-reads highlighting several very different feminist core issues from the recent posts at Feministe:
Octogalore: Opt Out, Push Out, and Pink Collar Paths
Well, it’s critical for workplaces to become more family friendly. Single parents, poor parents, don’t have the option for one parent not to work. And for women and men to have equal access to unemployment benefits.
But it’s also critical for this “family friendly” path not to
This is an early Feminism Friday post, as I won’t have time to write anything this long again until the New Year, probably. This post has been edited for clarity since it was first published. A thread disrupter is trying it on at Shakesville, arguing for a general standard of a rebuttable presumption of joint custody in child custody disputes… Read more →
Over at Feministe, Jill dissects a particularly loopy column/movie review from Jill Stanek (dialled up several notches even from her notoriously loose grip on what passes for analysis), where Stanek ends up in her column’s comments thread being reduced to claiming of Godfather II‘s Michael Corleone that “as husband and father, he was ideal”, because he “didn’t drink, refused to… Read more →
Edited to add: I was most remiss in not pointing out that I was sent this story by a Lovely Lurker. Thanks! From todays SMH, in the Heckler section (where readers are encouraged to send in 500 words of contrarianism), we have Educated and chic – it’s not a crime, sisters grim, contributed by one Lindyl Crabb (an anagram, most… Read more →
Last week’s Feminism Friday post was on why Rape Jokes Just Aren’t Funny, based on a series from Melissa McEwan of Shakesville, and Bernice made a telling comment. Humour – the final frontier of colonialisation. You really now you’ve co-opted someone into the frame of dominance from which you work, when you can get them to laugh at jokes insensitive… Read more →
Obviously, a lot of women feel uncomfortable about rape jokes because rape is an ever-present background threat to daily life for us, not just a bit of regrettable “bad sex”. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville has written quite a lot about how rape jokes bolster rape culture, and posted an excellent essay on the subject of rape jokes this week, and… Read more →
We’ve long known that there are regular games and toys, and there are girls’ games and toys. Here’s a pile of the latest puce spew, mostly via Yehuda. Pink Playstation 2. Comes bundled with Singstar Pop, of course. As well as the slimline console in pink, metrosexual gamers will get a pair of matching pink Dualshock controllers and – the… Read more →
Today’s Hoyden is courtesy of guest poster “Dita”, who is otherwise A. Lurker (and who occasionally sneaks up on me in Facebook). “Dita” lives and studies on the west coast of the USA. (~ tigtog) ____________________________________________________________ Now you’re probably scratching your head a little because, wait a minute, women don’t lift weights! Well earth to you, sweetie, because they do… Read more →