Words are not fists: some thoughts on how men work to defuse feminist anger at Hugo Schwyzer This is, I think, an important post. I’ve been thinking about men in women’s studies classes, and jokes about "male-bashing." This semester’s women’s studies class is like most: overwhelmingly female. I’ve got 32 women and 6 men in the class. Most of the guys hadn’t spoken in class all semester; today, all did. When men find themselves in feminist settings (like a women’s studies class) they are almost always in the minority. But one thing I remember from my own college days that I see played out over and over again is this male habit of making nervous jokes about being attacked by feminists . All of this behavior reflects two things: men’s genuine fear of being challenged and confronted, and the persistence of the stereotype of feminists as being aggressive "man-bashers." There’s a conscious purpose to this sort of behavior. Here’s where I need to issue a big ol’ mea culpa. I’ve allowed this kind of joking and defusing to go on too long in my classes.
NOMAS | Pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, enhancing men's lives. Ms. Magazine Online | More Than A Magazine - A Movement Ubuntucat » Blog Archive » Stupid husbands and smart wives on TV If you’ve seen any American sitcoms featuring het couples in the past ten years or so, you’ll probably have noticed that it’s common for the show to portray the husbands as a stupid but endearing oaf who likes beer, barbecues, watching TV, hanging with the guys, and ogling women; and the wife as a smart, attractive, career woman who is also a housewife… and who generally just puts up with the man. Some people have tried to use this as evidence that feminism has gone too far, but I have seen no indication from feminist writers or bloggers that they approve of this dynamic. Granted, I don’t hear a lot of feminist outcry over it either, but it is worth nothing that feminists do not celebrate the gender dynamic in popular husband-wife sitcoms like King of Queens, The Simpsons, George Lopez, or Rules of Engagement. I do think the dynamic comes from a combination of sociological factors and political light-stepping, though. When is it “okay” to make fun of someone?
Personal Responsibility | Hello Ladies I went for a run after dinner tonight. It was a beautiful night. The moon was full and I wanted to unwind after a long week of work. I was responsible. I wore a bright, white vest so cars could see me. About one mile into the run, a car full of young men in their teens or early 20s drove by me. I decided to shorten my route to avoid a dark patch of road. I walked in the door far less relaxed than I had been when I set out. If something had happened to me during my run – if I had been attacked – and the incident made the paper, do you think most people reading the story would have first thought, “Why do those men behave that way?”
The terrorism that dare not speak its name Why is it that the media and the government never calls the “pro-life” groups who plant bombs at women’s clinics what they are: terrorists? From the AP article, entitled “Explosive found at Austin women’s clinic”: AUSTIN — A package left at a women’s clinic that performs abortions contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death, investigators said today.“It was in fact an explosive device,” said David Carter, assistant chief of the Austin Police Department. “It was configured in such a way to cause serious bodily injury or death.”The package was found Wednesday in a parking lot outside the Austin Women’s Health Center, south of downtown Austin.Nearby Interstate 35 was briefly closed, and a nearby apartment complex was evacuated while a bomb squad detonated the device. Actually, I shouldn’t say “from” the AP article. But it’s an abortion clinic, so. For some reason, terrorism doesn’t count if it’s directed against women and their health care providers.
Third-Wave Feminism 1. There must be a widespread understanding that feminism does apply to men. Therefore, men who stand up for feminist issues may, and should, be identified as feminist. It is counterproductive and hypocritical to discuss gender equality while simultaneously creating a double standard towards males who share feminist values. (I think that the phrase "feminist male" should be dropped, as well. 2. 3. 4. (This logic applies only to minor, mainstream cosmetics. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. How many gay people are there? Why are people called homosexual or gay? The terms heterosexual and homosexual or same sex are rarely used in everyday speech. More often people use slang words or terms, which can be abusive. Throughout the last century the terms used to describe gay people and that gay people used to describe themselves, have changed. 'Homosexual', 'gay', 'lesbian', 'straight' - what do they mean? A rainbow flag at the 20th annual Johannesburg gay pride The term 'homosexual' is not nowadays sex specific. Generally, the terms 'gay' and 'lesbian' are seen as being less laden with negative implications than 'homosexual'. However, in the late fifties and sixties it came into everyday use in association with the struggle for gay rights. 'I don't mind so much what people call me as what they mean by it. Choosing the right words Choosing which term to use and how to use it can be troubling. 'I think that everyone is OK with the term 'gay' nowadays. How do you define homosexuality? Sexual feelings and behaviour
Why Slutwalk? a href=” posted on BroadSnark By: Mel One morning, when I was in eighth grade, I got dressed for school and went outside to wait for my father to drive me. I was wearing a long knit skirt, sweater, and some boots. You have to understand that, when I was a kid, my father and I were as close as two people could be. There was nothing slutty about what I was wearing (if you believe in that sort of thing). One of my friends at the time had the misfortune of having huge boobs. It really didn’t matter if my friend found that perfectly chaste t-shirt. The idea that girls and women are in some way responsible for other people’s action, for the sometimes truly awful things that people want to do to them, is pervasive. My teen-aged reaction to this bullshit (and a whole lot of other bullshit) was a big, punk rock Fuck You. So I did. “You know, I think we’re beating around the bush here,” the officer said, according to Hoffman. Or maybe not.