Archive for the ‘feminism’ category

Robert Jensen

June 1, 2008

On the future:

There is no easy route to a different future. In our laziness and greed we have narrowed the range of our choices and eliminated too many options for us to pretend there are easy solutions. I can’t predict the future, but I am relatively certain that the future will be hard. There is sorrow in coming to terms with all of this, but sorrow is not the same thing as despair. Sorrow need not lead to paralysis; sorrow isn’t the end. Sorrow is simply a part of life, which can help us understand where we’ve been and in what direction we must move.

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Brilliance in the Southern Hemisphere

May 4, 2008

Via IBtP, HellOnHairyLegs.

Two posts jump out as favorites – this on high school, and this:

Between the towns and fast food restaurants lay sparely grassed country side which featured cows and the occasional stunted tree. I finally got to see the Australian countryside which has inspired so many dog-awful country ballads. If I lived there and attempted to farm such a desolate area I would make bad music too.

It was a fun trip; I really bonded with my family. I would point out the misogyny in song lyrics and be ignored. Heartened by this I would point out the racism in song lyrics and be ignored. Then, for an encore I suggested that a Guy A could be singing about Person X, not Girl B. It was a totally epic family vacation. I think the highlight was having my dad throw hissy fits and having his Giant Baby ego soothed by everyone else in the car. I’m practically doing cartwheels thinking about it all.

The week without the feminist blogosphere? It was awful, depressing and a trial on my sanity. The problem with interacting with sane people for hours is that you expect people in RL to act sane. I’ve never got the hang of RL; hopefully a decent tutorial will come out soon.


That sarcasm in that last paragraph is so dry I need a drink.

Piling on Althouse

December 10, 2007

Lots of the feminist blogs I read have an intense dislike for Ann Althouse, and it’s been present since before I started reading them, so I have never been quite sure what the deal is.

I think I understand now, thanks to Stoller’s post about the pink locker room. Check out her comments in this Inside Higher Ed piece:

Ann Althouse…“It just seems to me that you’ve got a long tradition at a big football school and you’re picking on something that’s going to make people think that feminists are very prickly and touchy and have no sense of humor or they don’t respect the male tradition of sports. I just don’t think that that’s helpful to the feminist cause to pick that battle,” said Althouse…


Translation: Feminists shouldn’t object to things that bother men, because then men will think feminists aren’t any fun.

What the hell kind of argument is that? And she’s a law professor?

The last time I checked, feminism was about justice, not making friends with the boys on the playground.

Feminist Movement Appoints Man As Leader

December 4, 2007

I’ve shared at least one post that links to this bit from The Onion, but it’s too good not to post on.

Some of the best satire I’ve seen in a long time:

“All the feminist movement needed to do was bring on someone who had the balls to do something about this glass ceiling business,” said McGowan, who quickly closed the 23.5 percent gender wage gap by “making a few calls to the big boys upstairs.” “In the world of gender identity and empowered female sexuality, it’s all about who you know.”

Author Courtney Martin on Feminism

November 28, 2007

While this is an otherwise straightforward column, I really liked this bit:

Educated choice: Both men and women need to have access to choices and, even more, they need to have the tools necessary to make good choices. It is not enough to just say that women should have access to abortions, for example. They also need to know all of their options and feel like they have a full understanding of the health risks and quality of life issues that each entails; they also need to have the economic provisions to make whichever choice fits their lives and values best.

Exactly.

The whole thing is a quick read, so check it out.

Feminism is Not Your Expectation

November 16, 2007

Feminism is Not Your Expectation.

Brilliant Post.

Jezebel

November 6, 2007

…is the name of blog a friend of mine has turned me on to. At first, I was pretty skeptical – it reminded me of Wonkette but with more celebrities. It also reminded me of the biblical character and the resulting stereotype.

However, once I read enough, it penetrated into my tiny brain that the folks behind Jezebel (who I have been assuming are mostly or all women) are pretty critically feminist.

I like that.

They are also incredibly snarky, which I can’t help but laugh at.

Anyway, this post is both an endorsement of my new favorite blog and an excuse to post something I read this morning that struck me as being exactly right. This is an excerpt from a suppose IM conversation between two contributors:

YOUNGJEZZY: I’d like to see a study on how the percentage of people who identify as pro-life dwindles after high school. To me, in a lot of ways, being pro-life is just another way of being a “good kid.” The reason they get so crazy about it is because it’s seriously the only political issue anyone in high school feels directly affected by.

HOTELLOBBYIST: I mean, I think everyone (Code Pink ladies excepted) is more radical in their youth than they are later in life.


Holy crap, does that describe the folks I went to HS with. It was (assumed) common knowledge that lots of the folks in the STARS (Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex, which was a codephrase for abstinence-only) program were having sex. And drinking, but that’s another post…

Though I have to say I don’t think HS students feel really strongly about abortions because they are affected by it, but because they’ve been programmed to feel really strongly about it. At least in my experience.

In any case, good on Jezebel for pointing out the – again! – class nature of HS abortion/abstinence debates: “Good” (read: middle class or higher) kids don’t have sex. Only poor (read: slutty) women have kids while in school.

Do I even need to say that I’ve met HS students with kids, and some of them have their shit together far more than their student leader counterparts? No? Good.