Feminist Friday #21

A vote for continued inequality in the Church of England was cast this week, and I think the London Feminist did a thoughtful analysis of the problem with that. http://londonfeminist.com/site/women-bishops-and-why-we-should-care/

“A new study on violence against women conducted over four decades and in 70 countries reveals the mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians.”  High fives!
Read more: 
http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Largest-Global-Study-on-Violence-Against-Women-3902792.php#ixzz2CzggX4lH

The CDC has reported that abortion rates in the USA have fallen by 5%, which is the biggest drop in a decade. This is being chalked up to women being more diligent with their use of birth control during rough economic times, but I also think it demonstrates the importance of easily accessible birth control/family planning (especially for a country with so many citizens against abortion for any reason-can’t very well be against both bc and abortion, right? right??)  http://news.yahoo.com/us-abortions-fall-5-pct-biggest-drop-decade-171356037.html

Why, Price is Right, why???? A former model on the show was just reward $7 million in punitive damages because she was sexually harassed and then fired when the show found out she was pregnant. C’mon. C’mon, seriously. We’re still doing this? http://jezebel.com/5962743/the-price-of-firing-a-price-is-right-model-while-she-was-pregnant-about-7-million 

A very interesting, heartbreaking experiment. http://youwontlivethisonedown.tumblr.com/post/36030515373/last-week-as-part-of-a-cultural-discovery-project

Feminist Friday: American election edition!

Let’s see how the ladiezz did in the US election, shall we? (hint: awesome!) And with a woman friendly President still in office (Obama 2012, hollaaaa), I’m legitimately feeling hopeful about the future of my country. And honestly, just thankful that a very, very stressful election season is over.

This election saw the first disabled woman, the first openly lesbian woman, and the first Asian woman elected to the Senate. Hot damn! That’s progress. Now we’ve still only got 19 women out of the 100 Senators in there…coughcough….but progress is progress. And with several states legalizing gay marriage, this was one hell of an election year. Onward and upward ya’ll.

The most women we’ve ever had in the US senate have been elected: http://blisstree.com/live/ladies-night-election-ushers-in-record-number-of-female-senators-197/#ixzz2BYHMzh8Y  andhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/women-senate-2012-election_n_2086093.html

Suck it, Team Rape. http://jezebel.com/5958480/team-rape-lost-big-last-night http://feministing.com/2012/11/07/yay-obama-won-big-last-night-so-howd-all-those-gop-rape-apologist-candidates-do/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

In New Hampshire, women are running the joint. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/new-hampshire-female-governor-maggie-hassan-emilys-list

Misogyny takes a beating, and we breathe a collective sigh of relief. http://www.thenation.com/blog/171089/misogyny-went-down-defeat-last-night

And finally, what American women had to say to Republicans:

(source via)

Suffragettes and modern women: fighting the same old fight nearly 100 years later

Really. Go read this article, and think about why we are still having these same discussions, with such little change in content, nearly 100 years later regarding the rights and abilities of women in America. Think about this when you go to the polls on Tuesday.

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http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/war-on-women-waged-in-postcards-memes-from-the-suffragist-era/

The messages you find on anti-suffrage postcards from the 1910s are not dissimilar from what you might hear from Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly today in the 2010s. Suffragettes were drawn as conniving coquettes, ugly, mean spinsters or, worse, ugly, mean wives who left their families helpless as they attended town-hall meetings. Scenes of women politicians showed them hatching diabolical plots to undermine and emasculate men further. In England, particularly offensive cards took sadomasochistic delight in the force-feeding, while sympathetic cards depicted women as beat-up cats, referring to the Cat and Mouse Act.

“Married Suffragettes were depicted as nagging wives, that was a common one, and the wife was always big, and the husband tiny and puny,” Purvis says. “Or, if they were single, Suffragettes were depicted as very ugly women with big feet, protruding teeth, hair pulled back in a bun, and glasses. They were depicted as quite mannish and unattractive so that no man would want to marry them.”

“Even when you hear some of the contemporary discourse about the conservative women who go into politics, when you listen to the Michele Bachmanns or the Sarah Palins, there are strong connections back to the arguments and ideologies of the Remonstrants. Should women with school-age children work? Who is the primary giver in the home? Should men co-parent? Yeah, we’re having the same debates.”

Now, in 2012, it’s possible the women’s vote could effect the outcome the U.S. presidential election. You would think we’d also have moved beyond gender stereotypes depicted in these postcards, but they’re still strong. In fact, in the past year, a lot of breathless articles have been passed around declaring “the end of men.” American women, it seems, have gone and reduced the male population to sniveling man-children, just by making small advances in academics and business.

 

I, for one, am tired of fighting this fight.

Feminist Friday #19 (okay, it’s on a Saturday, sorry)

I know I know. It has been a loooooong week. But just watch this video and keep on enjoying your weekend:)

And this article, which appeals to every educational/social justice loving bone in my body. Why is this happening? http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cook-county-schools-racial-diversity-and-segregation/Content?oid=7669705&showFullText=true

Feminist Friday #18

Dudes, starting back up with the FF series was maybe not the best idea right before starting this course. I’ve been busy as all get out this week, but here’s a few bits and pieces I managed to bookmark while running around like a crazy person.

Women (like Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson) talking about women’s issues and the upcoming election. Check out the video.

Mormon feminists aren’t super into Romney, it turns out.

12 year old girl genius, woo woo! I love me some successful young ladies.

I don’t always agree with Lindy West, but this is right on target. Why are we fighting a “culture war” with people who don’t even believe we’re equal to them in the first place? It’s not a discussion that needs nuanced participation from the likes of people like me because no matter what, THEY ARE WRONG. And I’m tired of having to talk sense into hateful idiots because “everyone has an opinion” or some such nonsense. If your opinion is that stupid, I’m not talking to you. Go away. You suck, and the war on women is real, unlike the “war on religion”.

 

And with that, back to my red wine and Hocus Pocus. I am exhausted.

Feminist Friday #17

It’s back! After a little break due to vacation and whatever, it’s time to get back on the feminist news track. With (American) election season kicking into high gear, there’s much to be discussed, and most of it is about women’s reproductive rights. Let’s do this.

A terrible, terrible Republican actually said that “some girls rape easy“. Like, those words came out of his mouth. Which mean they were in his brain in the first place. And he is making important government decisions! Lord help me. 

This tumblr, stemming from a twitter debate, poking fun at the idea that feminists don’t do certain things (like, ya know, wear lipstick or get their hair did). Memes ftw!

A pro-life/anti-choice Tea party congressman who is against abortion for any reason….well, except for that time his mistress got pregnant and he wanted her to abort that fetus post-haste. Ah…irony. And while I am of the camp that politicians private lives should generally remain private, if your platform is all “family values” and regulating every woman’s reproductive choices, your ducks better all be in a row (a non-coercive abortion, no mistresses in the closet sort of row, feel me?)

Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights! (I did!) Watch the video too-it’s pretty enjoyable, and Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon are in it, which sweetens the pot a bit:)

Collateral damage in the war on women, a heartbreaking article about the consequences of shutting down women’s health clinics in Texas. An excerpt:  “In the run-up to the presidential election and the full implementation of Obamacare, anti-choice Republicans have taken umbrage at the “war on women” metaphor, but they have not changed course. Red state governments, along with religiously affiliated hospital networks and universities have filed court challenges to repeal health reform or gut its birth control coverage requirements. In these cases, state officials have used the rhetoric of religious freedom to deny women birth control and abortion coverage in the private insurance policies for which they pay premiums. Similarly about 15 states have signaled that they will reject Medicaid expansion, a core component of the plan. Fourteen have outlawed abortion coverage in their insurance exchanges. It’s likely that the next wave of anti-choice sabotage will be centered on insurance coverage.”

And I take it you’ve heard about this, but Malala Yousafzai is my hero. This brave 14 year old Pakistani girl, who has been publicly campaigning for the right to education for herself and all the other girls in Pakistan since she was 11 years old, was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head while on her school bus. She is recovering now, but what will happen to her?

 

Woo! That’s kind of a lot-guess I had more to share than I planned. Enjoy your weekend, and get it started with some fierce Beyonce in her most arguably nuanced and feminist video, why don’t you? (And to read more about it go here or here)

Feminist Friday #16

Hollywood actresses tired of being asked fluffy questions about their diets and plans to have children while their male costars get the juicy theory questions strike back-some more sharply than others. http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/hollywood-actresses-fed-up-with-fluffy-interview-questions#page2

There’s a teenage girl quarterback at a high school in Florida. Kick ass! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/sports/girl-is-pioneer-at-quarterback-for-florida-high-school.html?_r=2&smid=tw-share

A fascinating article about the “Good Girls Revolt” that happened when the female employees at Newsweek sued over sexual discrimination in the 1970s and how much has changed (or gone retro) since then.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/09/04/the_good_girls_revolt_what_s_changed_since_the_women_of_newsweek_stood_up_to_their_bosses_.html

Alanis Morisette, back on the scene and talking about female empowerment.

“[There’s] the whole shifting of the misogynistic, chauvinistic, patriarchal thing into what this new climate is slowly becoming, which is the celebration of the alpha-empowered woman.”

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a404032/alanis-morissette-hails-rise-of-female-empowerment-in-music.html

A superbly written article about Kristen Stewart and why the media/public’s shaming of her cheating and subsequent split with Robert Pattinson is damaging to young women. Excerpt: ‎“I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for my younger stepsister who has pictures of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on her walls, who idolizes and worships them, and who might grow up to hate Kristen Stewart for reasons she doesn’t understand…I’m worried that she’ll think its okay to harass and threaten women for their indiscretions, even if men get off scot-free.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-lang/trampires-why-the-slut-sh_b_1850940.html

And in more amazing female empowerment-how super fantastic is Michelle Obama?? Too cool for school, is the appropriate answer. Her speech at the DNC was so good!