“My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and…”

My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and toxic manifestation of patriarchal ideology? Not a uniform hatred of women, surely. Patriarchal social structures, in conjunction with the ideology that governs them, work to make women into men’s deferential, attentive social subordinates, and to mask many of the forms of dominance […]

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“Trump signals a deep-seated fear of women, especially those who hold any sort of power” – @addiestan

feminism - hate, misogyny (VAW)

From Adele M. Stan on prospect.org: Well, whattaya know? Big, bad Donald Trump is afraid of a girl—well, a woman, to be more precise. A woman named Megyn Kelly. On Tuesday, Trump announced he was pretty certain that he would skip the final Republican presidential debate if Kelly, the Fox News Channel host, wasn’t booted from her role as moderator, a decision […]

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#todayin: seriously! white men don’t need defending, written by white man (from @jembloomfield)

men - poor menz, what about the men

The idea that we’re being “derided” comes from a reading of the British Social Attitudes Survey, in which it seems this demographic were the most expected to be “lazy”, “drunken” and “promiscuous”. Cosslett usefully demonstrates that many people are vulnerable to stereotyping, by suggesting jokily that the survey was taken mainly by “the nation’s Hyacinth Buckets outside Marks and Spencers”, […]

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The Handmaiden’s Handbook: sexual assault, pornography and victim-blaming (sometimesitsjustacigar)

feminism (rape culture) - stop blaming victims (victim-blaming)

It was with a familiar sense of dismay that I saw Grace Dent blaming pornography for sexual assault yesterday. Setting aside the fact only some children’s lives seem to matter to Dent (white middle class ones) the false correlation is one feminists like Dent seem to love. Ally Fogg expertly does the number crunching Dent was too lazy, or unwilling, […]

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Yes, there is one great contribution men can make to feminism: pick up a mop

women - women's work, capitalism, unpaid labour

Our association of domestic labour with women is so ingrained that it’s hard to see it’s a social construction rather than an immutable natural phenomenon. In her new film Joy, Jennifer Lawrence’s character has her big idea – a self-squeezing mop – while cleaning up someone else’s glass of spilled red wine. The responsibility doesn’t fall on her ex-husband, who […]

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research: active consumption of pornography and women’s bodily dissatisfaction (from @feministcurrent)

feminism - pornography vintage (found on nytimes.com, (c) Jonathan Leder)

(For a body “ideal” that does not actually exist, I add.) From feministcurrent: The latest reports from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeries indicate that the number of labiaplasty surgeries performed between 2011 and 2012 increased 64 per cent, and went up again 44 per cent between 2013 and 2014 (ASAPS, 2015). While it might be tempting to dismiss […]

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Even in most progressive circles, staying together is what matters (on @thefworduk)

feminism - (marriage) life sentence

[…] The idea that good people have lasting relationships comes from all directions. There are social conservatives, often with religious objections to divorce, who have an inconsistent faith in romantic love. Marriage is wonderful, they argue, but marriage is extremely difficult, and what counts is that people endure it, no matter what. Such people often use statistics which demonstrate the […]

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#inhaste: Enough platitudes and excuses: here is the truth about this week of sexism

#inhaste (transp)

On The Guardian: What a week it has been for sexist men and their apologists. First a federal government minister resigned over inappropriate behaviour towards a female public servant while out drinking in Hong Kong. Then that same minister, Jamie Briggs, sent out photos of the woman in question to his mates. Then those mates leaked the photo to the media. Then another federal minister, […]

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“We live in a culture that breeds people who are terrified of women who exercise bodily…”

“We live in a culture that breeds people who are terrified of women who exercise bodily autonomy — especially when that autonomy involves decision-making around sex and family planning. When you combine that fear with a society that tells men they are entitled to women’s bodies, time, attention and affection in the ways they deem fit, and generally does not teach men […]

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The year in male tears (by @chelseagsummers)

feminism - male tears teapot

“She looks around, and she fears every man, Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to misandry. And misandry leads to some pretty amazing social action, not to mention some great pop culture. Misandry isn’t as simple as hating men. Just as misogyny is less a dislike of women and more a network of practice built on the oppression of women, […]

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#aroundup: my most read posts, 2015

#aroundup (transp)

I went for a dozen. Seemed to work. From the top: The real women behind your favorite pin-ups looked a little less photoshopped (from @bust_magazine) Manslamming: What Happens When a Woman Walks Like a Man? Seven studies that prove mansplaining exists #womensstories: “I Stopped Delivering Babies So That I Can Provide Abortions.” Handy chart for deciding if you are, or […]

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#inhaste: he knows me better than i know myself: “Don’t tell the Bride” and gender (from @jembloomfield)

#inhaste (transp)

quiteirregular on gender norms, patriarchal expectations (from men and women) and reality TV: “I’m less interested here in the ways by which the show’s editing shapes scenes, or produces characters from the people onscreen (though there’s plenty to say about that elsewhere.) Instead, I want to look at some of the assumptions which lie beneath the stories which play out on […]

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#todayin: *smh*: It’s time to consign the word ‘feminism’ to dustbin of history

feminism - humanism (mansplaining)

As well as a heckuvalot of roundups over the next while (probably), there will also be a lot of “reflection” pieces on the state of feminism and women’s rights. Inevitably also, some of these will be about the redundancy of feminism. Let’s start with the piece below which veers much too close to the just “lean in” philosophy. Because anything is possible you know […]

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On “choice” feminism (on @feministcurrent)

On “choice” feminism (on @feministcurrent): Liberal feminists stop debate by crying “choice” when radical feminists unpack the context and impacts of choices — especially choices that reinforce male supremacy. This usually happens in conversations about prostitution, pornography, or other industries and activities that objectify women or encourage women to objectify ourselves, like, say, stripping. A radical feminist sees stripping as […]

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Men bleed too – the incoherent outrage of men’s rights activists (on @sluggerotoole)

feminism - MRAs

The patriarchy there: it really is a bad for everyone (but don’t let that stop you hating wimmin). On Slugger O’Toole: There has been a recent upsurge in the number of disgruntled men taking to social media to loudly proclaim that they too suffer. They too suffer domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, and a range of other injustices. They are determined to […]

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