#patriarchiesrealign: what does it mean when we call women girls?

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Tackling the “girl” trend has become a bit of a trend in itself, but often these pieces elide a meaningful distinction between two kinds of “girl” book: those whose plots revolve around actual, underage girls and those whose titles describe adult women. Conflating the two makes sense if you’re wondering how girly the market has gotten (answer: very), but—as any […]

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#guestpost: Heteronormativity and the family

By Elin Weiss A while back I visited a friend who recently had a baby. During the visit we ended up talking a lot about expectations on mothers and fathers. The coupled that I visited, a man and a woman, did what worked best for them, and they were happy about how they divided chores and lived their lives together but […]

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#vivelafeminism: @BitchMedia: An alternative 100 days

We’re living dystopia but by gods, we got game. From bitch email dispatch: Brown Girls appeared onscreen. [OpenTV] The newly-announced Poetry Coalition gathered to defend the value of poetry and poets to American culture. [Academy of American Poets] NASA and the National Parks Service went rogue. [NPR] Jack Jones Literary Arts combatted the whiteness and elitism of the writers retreat by announcing their own […]

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#feminismisdead: Feminism: an excuse to exploit women? – @PatriarchTree

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These are really disturbing allegations about the goings-on in the Thinx company, which is, apparently, based on “beliefs in gender equality”. This piece, however, is written by someone who is so clearly anti-feminism and who really wants to grind his feminist axe. See, for example, the statement: ‘Feminism often seems to be interpreted as carte blanche for women to engage in […]

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#research: U of T: racial bias may begin in babies at six months

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In the first study, published in Developmental Science, Lee  showed that six- to nine-month-old babies begin to associate faces from their own race with happy music and those from other races with sad music.   In the second study, published in Child Development, the researchers found that babies as young as six months were more inclined to learn information from […]

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#anonymouswasawoman: British women, the vote, and the fascist movement

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Excerpted from Hurrah for the Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh. Published by Penguin Random House UK. Sir Oswald Mosley’s immediate appeal consisted in his economic program, a marriage of Keynesian ideas for stimulating domestic demand and a policy of economic autarky influenced by the example of the United States, with its huge home […]

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#vivelafeminism: being a libertarian and a feminist

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Libertarians despise racism and sexism as much as anyone because it is a form of collectivism that strips someone’s individual identity with a set of traits and stereotypes. Rugged individualism is at the core of libertarian philosophy, while collectivist ideologies go against many of the tenants of libertarianism – the belief that the government should not outlaw “hate speech” for […]

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#vivelafeminism: Feminism in the age of Trump – @wync

#vivelafeminism: Feminism in the age of Trump – @wync:  ‘On this episode of Indivisible, we’re talking about feminism in the age of Trump. Are we all seeing politics and life through the lens of gender more than before the election? Collier Meyerson from The Nation and Soraya Chemaly from the Women’s Media Center join hosts Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy to talk […]

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#vivelafeminism: How Romania’s feminists are fighting back

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Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal and free, the reality of accessing the procedure is much […]

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#todayin: empowerment: fast feminism, cheap talk. marketplace feminism’s fragile bargains – @bitchmedia

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#todayin: empowerment: fast feminism, cheap talk. marketplace feminism’s fragile bargains – @bitchmedia “Jennifer Lawrence’s New Dior Campaign Has a Feminist Message,” read the headline on VanityFair.com. In smaller type, it clarified: “It’s on her shirt.” Nice one, Vanity Fair. Pointing out that the slogans espoused by celebrites trying on feminism as part of their personal brands are often backed up by […]

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#todayin: empowerment: many of the self-styled ‘feminist’ corporate CEOs aren’t as empowering as they think they are @alternet

The Thinx debacle demonstrates that “feminist hypocrisy is the new trend in startup narratives”. While there is certainly some truth to this, it’s important to point out that the hypocrisy isn’t that new and the trend encompasses far more than startups. Rather, the rise in brands hypocritically espousing pseudo-feminist values is the latest chapter in a broader rebranding of capitalism […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: slut shaming and the friend zone: two sides of the objectification coin – @FeminismInIndia

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#maleficentmisogyny: slut shaming and the friend zone: two sides of the objectification coin – @FeminismInIndia Side 1: Slut Shaming  Slut shaming only needs the smallest of excuses to manifest itself. “When I was about 14, I shifted to a new school, and being small in figure, my kurta was tight-fitting as well. A girl came up to me and told me to […]

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