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'Too Much Estrogen': The Golden Globes, Chris Christie and Men Who Don't Want to Share Culture | Soraya Chemaly. Brit Hume thinks Chris Christie is paying for a "feminized atmosphere," in which his naturally tough guy (read: male) behavior has been erroneously cast as bullying. Meanwhile, the NY Post's film critic Kyle Smith's take on the Golden Globes was that there was just "too much estrogren. " These are just this weekend's examples of men having a hard time-sharing culture. Sounds an awful lot like my 3-year-old brother, who used to chant, "Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!!! " "Guys [like Christie] who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys," explains Hume, "Run some risks.

" Smith, in the meantime, thinks that the Globes should have just been called "Girls. " You can't argue with the way people feel. The Globes red carpet and crowd shots suggested a nice gender parity, everyone seemed to have a spouse or a date, usually of the opposite sex. Horrors. First, let's put Smith's disgust in context. 30 Ways to Be a Better Ally in 2014. Awesome Women throughout History. Citizen Radio. Jamie Kilstein on Male Privilege. Gradient Lair. A Year in Review: The Top 10 Most Racist/Privileged Things White Feminists Did in 2013 | The Colored Fountain. In honor of the #stopblamingwhitewomenweneedunity hashtag (started via this Huffington Post article penned by the delightfully clueless Adele Wilde-Blavatsky) I’ve decided to put together a top ten honoring the many interesting methods white feminists employed this year to promote unity between themselves and feminists of color.

From refusing to defend feminists of color against attacks from the patriarchy (or from other white feminists for that matter), to deriding feminists of color for not being feminist enough, to blaming feminists of color’s oppressions on their own cultures (instead of, you know, patriarchy) white feminists sure have a funny way of expressing their desire for unity with feminists of color. 10. 9. Lily Allen became a white feminist icon for pop anthem “Hard out Here”, a video in which she sings the lines “no need to shake my ass for you cause I’ve got a brain” over a backdrop of black women shaking their asses for you in a demonstration of how brainless they are. Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2013. 2013 has been truly awesome for new queer and/or feminist things to read. Here are some of the best ones. 10. How Poetry Saved My Life, by Amber Dawn Amber Dawn combines memoir and poetry into something that is both at once as she discusses her experiences as a writer, sex worker, survivor and queer-identified person.

In her interview with Ali, Dawn says: “Many memoirs cover a chronological time frame—travelling from the author’s “inciting moment,” through a sort of character or personal arch, to an ending resolution. I think this popular memoir formula is much too tidy to capture most of our lives, especially if our lives are under-represented in the mainstream. 9. The Summer We Got Free is a fearless, semi-magical-realist queer coming-of-age story that also won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction.

In a review at Lambda Literary, Dawn Robinson writes: 8. In an interview with Dan Fishback on Emily Books, Binnie says: 7. A.J. 6. In an interview with the Rumpus, Corin says: 5. 4. The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women. The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new swell built up and broke through. Since the early summer, I've been talking to feminist activists and writers for a short book, All The Rebel Women, and as I tried to keep up with the protests, marches and talks, my diary became a mess of clashing dates. The rush was such that in a single weekend in October, you could have attended a feminist freshers' fair in London, the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle, a Reclaim the Night march in Edinburgh, or a discussion between different generations of feminist activists at the British Library (this sold out in 48 hours, was moved to a room four times bigger, and sold out again).

You could have joined one of the country's 149 local grassroots groups, or shared your experience of misogyny on the site Laura Bates, 27, started in April 2012. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism. Thousands more feminists raised their voices online. Information addict • surrenda: tedx: Watch the whole talk here» ... Muslim Reverie | When Men on the Left Refuse to See Their Sexism.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post cites examples of misogynistic language, gender slurs, sexual objectification, and other forms of sexist oppression. A couple of weeks ago, I came across an article on Vice that was oddly titled, “You’re a Pussy If You Think There’s a War on Men.” It seemed clear that the author, Harry Cheadle, was referring to an awful “reverse sexist” and anti-feminist article about “The War on Men,” which asserts that women are to blame for the “dearth of good men” and must “surrender to their nature” while letting “men surrender to theirs.”

Cheadle writes in defense of feminism and exposes the absurdity of claiming that men are “oppressed” by women. While I agree with his arguments that men need to stop blaming and fearing women, the sexist use of the word “pussy” in his title couldn’t be overlooked. After a brief conversation with friends who also found it offensive, I decided to write an e-mail to the author. 1. Misogynistic Language 2. Go ahead, call me paternalistic. The Fake Male Feminist Chicanery by Minh Nguyen | Cold Drank. Some personal thoughts on this wily breed … This last summer, a straight male friend and I cozied up on his sofa with his laptop and, to sate my nosiness, perused his OkCupid account. My friend received a graduate degree in gender studies and is intimidatingly informed about both theoretical and pop feminism, which was invariably conveyed on his dating profile. In his inbox, women responded positively to his profile’s reference of the ”manic pixie dream girl” trope ( “I’m just so glad you know about that,” they lauded.

“It’s so refreshing to see a guy get it.” Their receptiveness made sense. Flash back a year, and I’m cozy on my own sofa with my own laptop, watching a video in which social commentator Jay Smooth speaks out ( about the Anita Sarkeesian controversy. Here I witnessed two men behaving in what to me were very radical and admirable ways, defending women who had received sexist backlash from other men. This Image Should NOT be Seen by the Whole World | How to be an Anthropologist.

Chief Raoni Metuktire of Brazil’s Kayapó If your response is either “I shared it and this is not what I meant!” Or “The ends justify the means!” Then consider this: Follow Up Post Why is Chief Raoni Metuktire of Brazil’s Kayapó tribe crying? THIS IMAGE SHOULD BE SEEN BY THE WHOLE WORLDWhile magazines and TV chains report about the lives and love affairs of movie actors and actresses, football players and other celebrities, the Chief of the Kayapo tribe heard the worst news of his entire life:Mrs.

This narrative is truly heart wrenching. The image attached to this meme depicts Chief Raoni in tears and clearly emotional. This is inspiring stuff. Chief Raoni in Paris presenting his petition. The picture is not of Chief Raoni crying and grieving about the Belo Monte Dam. While far too many have shared this image on facebook, twitter and elsewhere – including many anthropologists – Chief Raoni is effecting actual change and wielding real power.

This post has been syndicated on the Daily Dot. The Vagenda. Madonna earns the wrath of Joyce Banda - full statement. We had been studiously avoiding coverage of Madonna's latest trip to Malawi, but such is the deliciousness of the excoriating 11-point press release put out yesterday by Joyce Banda that we couldn't resist wading in. These two had previous — Madonna's people had scapegoated Banda's sister over a botched school project — and the latest visit was something of a surprise, as the singer was widely supposed to have been declared persona non grata. Last week Madonna sent Banda a weird overfamiliar hand-scrawled note which seemed to anger Banda to the extent that she immediately leaked it. Claims and misgivings have been expressed by Pop Star, Madonna and her agents, against the Malawi Government and its leadership for not giving her the attention and courtesy that she thinks she merits and deserves during her recent trip to Malawi.

State House has noted these claims and misgivings. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. It must be noted that the President, Her Excellency Dr. [Neilson] said Ms. Helpful Advice For Talking To Men Who Think Misandry Is A Thing. Autostraddle Editors’ Note: There aren’t a lot of men here in our ladyspace, because we’re radical leftist tree-hugging hemp-eating man-hating lesbians, OBVIOUSLY.

But as you’ve possibly noticed, half — 50 entire percent! — of the world is men. Yup. All men. Just a bunch of men. All ye bisexual and otherwise-not-entirely-gay-or-straight readers out there may even have a man in your kitchen, bedroom, front porch, back porch, heartspace or tree fort. Any one of you could be living with, working with or working for a man at any given moment. For these reasons, this piece from Jezebel (below) really struck a chord with us, and not just because we have a BIG GIANT LESBIAN CRUSH ON LINDY WEST.

So even though it’s written by a straight girl and addressed to men, you get the picture. If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? By Lindy West Okay, so maybe you are a man. However. I wish, more than anything, that I could just be a “humanist.” Katie Makkai - Pretty.

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Bechdel 101 | rosiesaysblog. I was out to dinner last week with two new friends who are awesome, smart, talented, progressive in-the-know feminist ladies. Like seriously, they are rock stars. We were talking politics and media, gender studies and feminism (you know, the $1 taco usual), and I mentioned the Bechdel Test. In response, I got blank stares. It was a great reminder that even in a community where we know our values align so well, there are often tools and memes, instruments and concepts that don’t permeate from group to group. I’ve written about the Bechdel Test before, but I think it’s worth recapping in honor of the upcoming Oscars. This is one of those “lightbulb” moments in my own education, one of those ideas that, once it had been gifted to me, permanently colored everything I watch. 1. 2. 3.

That is an offensively low bar. Putting It Into Practice: Take Lincoln, for example. Another Oscar nominee, Django Unchained, also fails the test. Want to try? Like this: Like Loading... An open letter to Caitlin Moran | Shadow's Crescent. About a month ago, an NPR headline caught my eye. “Not a feminist? Caitlin Moran Asks, Why Not?”

; I mean… I’m a hardcore feminist and I lie at the intersection of a lot of oppressions. People have long lamented that feminists haven’t been able to make a very big dent into the mainstream media and popular culture. There are a lot of things about your interview that I love. But to be honest, that’s not what this letter is about. I should make this part clear: all of the comments I’m about to make are based on this one NPR interview. You’re right; more people should be feminists. Feminism is a conscious lifestyle choice, one that has to be re-examined constantly. So here is the quick way of working out if you are a feminist: A: Do you have a vagina? My first problem with the assertion is that, well… I’m a woman and a feminist.

These women can vote, teach, command, program, draw, read to their hearts’s content, because of advances made by feminisms. That attitude is really dangerous. Jessica valenti.