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In defense of the sanctimonious women's studies set.

In defense of the sanctimonious women's studies set.
On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania touched hearts as she addressed the Republican National Convention, sharing the lessons she learned growing up as a black girl on the South Side of Chicago. As first spotted by journalist Jarrett Hill, Melania’s speech bore more than a passing resemblance to another speech at another convention about eight years ago — Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. The cribbed portion discussed the values that Michelle and Melania apparently share, including working hard for what you want in life and keeping your word. Read more → I apologize for Feministe’s long, long radio silence, and I hate that this is the occasion to break it. This space is available for discussion of the recent extrajudicial executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Read more → [Content note: mentions of transphobia and child sexual abuse] Here are some highlights, if somehow you missed it while you were missing us. Read more → Calm down. 1.

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The Genderbread Person v2.0 Hundreds of comments, ditto emails, ditto Facebook messages and Twitter tweeters and in-person holla-atchas and I feel like I’m finally in a place to release this. I give you the new and improved Genderbread Person! (click for larger size) Depending on what you folks have to say after checking this out and reading the rationale below, I’ll be updating the Breaking through the Binary article and uploading a printer-friendly version of the new graphic. Stuff What Boys Can Do This is a list of ways that boys can ally themselves against misogyny. Examples, anecdotes, and stories. This list is for men that want to help but don’t know what to do.

Ms Magazine Blog NEWSFLASH: N.Y. Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage by Julia Robins · July 24, 2015 · 1 Comment “You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 in the State of New York, period,” said New York Gov. Girl with Pen Recently I’ve been researching the life of my childhood friend, Miss Georgiana Fulton. It’s been a welcome distraction from news filled with stories of urban protests against police violence and continued assaults on women’s reproductive rights. Battles once considered fought and won are again bitterly contentious. The 1967 Kerner Report on the despair inducing conditions prevalent in many cities reads as if written weeks, rather than decades, ago. The Combahee River Collective Statement We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974. [1] During that time we have been involved in the process of defining and clarifying our politics, while at the same time doing political work within our own group and in coalition with other progressive organizations and movements. The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. As Black women we see Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face. 1.

Teenagers exposed - Features 15-year-old C. Robinson looks at the causes and ramifications of a culture where teenage girls are encouraged to bare all C. Robinson, 3 June 2011 "Dress Less to Impress" is the advertising slogan for a women's underwear brand named Sapph Lingerie. Fundamental Feminist Frameworks Reading Schedule Week 1: Early Feminist Thought Mary Wollstonecraft, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” London, England, 1792Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,” Seneca Falls, NY, 1848Sojourner Truth, “Can any man do more than that?” speech (formerly known as “Ain’t I a Woman?”), 1851Gerda Lerner, Selections from The Creation of Patriarchy, 1986 Week 2: Second Wave & Women’s Liberation Friedan, Selections from The Feminine Mystique, 1961Kate Millet, Selections from Sexual Politics, 1969Mary Daly, Selections from Gyn/Ecology and a chapter from Beyond God the Father Week 3: Third Wave and Intersectionality Elsa Barkley Brown, “‘What Has Happened Here’: The Politics of Difference in Women’s History and Feminist Politics”Kimberle Crenshaw, “Intersectionality: The Double Bind of Race & Gender”J.

Retro Sexism and Uber Ironic Advertising Marketers are increasingly using Retro Sexism to sell products. This form of advertising uses irony and humour as a way to distance itself from the sexist and/or racist representations and stereotypes they perpetuate. Retro Sexism (n.): Modern attitudes and behaviors that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way. Transcript – Retro Sexism: Uber Ironic Advertising*music* and isn’t it ironic, don’t you thinkHave you noticed this strange trend in TV commercials recently? It’s been bothering me for awhile but I haven’t quite been able to put a name to it. It’s this kinda twisted combination of cynicism and humour with these over the top caricatures and it always ends up being racist and/or sexist.

How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it As a feminist, I've always assumed that by fighting to emancipate women I was building a better world – more egalitarian, just and free. But lately I've begun to worry that ideals pioneered by feminists are serving quite different ends. I worry, specifically, that our critique of sexism is now supplying the justification for new forms of inequality and exploitation. In a cruel twist of fate, I fear that the movement for women's liberation has become entangled in a dangerous liaison with neoliberal efforts to build a free-market society.

Another post about rape « Fugitivus By the by, I consistently use that title because I mean for it to operate as a trigger warning. I write a lot about rape, but sometimes I write about other things, and I don’t want anybody taken off-guard transitioning from “help computer” into wtf rape-talk. Case you were wondering. I was re-reading my five billion goddamn posts about rape and force, and I realized (surprise!) there is a more succinct way for me to express what I was thinking. I tend to go on and on, circling a subject, trying to get out everything in my head that possibly relates to it, and then sometimes find I didn’t really address the subject at all.

'Ze' or 'They'? A Guide to Using Nonbinary, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Earlier this month, Harvard University made a buzz after allowing students to select gender-neutral options like “ze,” “e,” and “they” on registration forms. In doing so, it joined a wave of other major colleges in acknowledging that gender identity, and the pronouns that go with it, is more fluid than how previous generations understood it. Among academic institutions, the University of Vermont led the change last year when it became the first school to allow students to select their own identifiers. Students chose their preferred first names and pronouns, which were then added to the campus-wide information system and distributed to professors, according to The New York Times.

A Daily Dose of Sexism « Fugitivus New feature for this blog: the Daily Dose of Sexism. A list of the little daily indignities that come from not presenting the right genitalia in the right place at the right time. 1. At Wal-Mart the other day, my bear was looking for a wireless router. I wandered into the HDTV aisle, since we’re also thinking about buying one of those. The male sales person who lived in the HDTV department walked by me several times with a nod and a smile, but never asked if I needed help.

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