Category Archives: feminism

A Feminist Corset? 

corset

The corset. A means to female empowerment?

Why would my wife like corsets? Especially since she’s feminist?

One of my male feminist friends wondered about that.

Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Alexander Fury brought this news alert: the corset has become:

A symbol of empowerment, of sexual freedom, of control. She’s the one holding the laces, the one constructing her own femininity.

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Women Aren’t People, They’re “Hosts”

Handmaids Tale. Women are just hosts, not people.

Fertile women of Gilead’s Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, airing today) were not seen as people. They were mere vessels carrying the babies of men.

Too many theocratic Republican legislators see women the same way today.

Like Oklahoma Rep. Justin Henry who asserted:

I understand that they (women) feel like that is their body (but) what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.

Women don’t have bodies. They are incubators for other people’s bodies.

Do baby girls have bodies until they become fertile and then lose them? Read the rest of this entry

“GIRLS” Mirrors Feminist Dystopia?

HBO’s Girls

Does HBO’s Girls reflect a feminist dystopia?

Some think so. With the fall of patriarchy the world changed … but nobody knew what to do next. And Girls reflects the disjoint. So writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times.

Prophylactics and graduate degrees and gender equality are supposed to lead smoothly to health, wealth and high-functioning relationships. (Yet) the characters’ sex lives were not remotely “safe”; they were porn-haunted and self-destructive, a mess of S.T.D. fears and dubiously consensual incidents and sudden marriages and stupid infidelities.

The problem is feminism? Or a failure of complete equality? Read the rest of this entry

Haunting Handmaid’s Tale Actually Happened

The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu April 26.

The Handmaid’s Tale seems too hauntingly creepy to have ever occurred in real life, yet all of the main events (and more) actually happened at some point in history. Some are alive and well even now. Read the rest of this entry

Handmaid’s Tale Reflects US In Dark Mirror 

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, reflects us today.

The disturbing Handmaid’s Tale (April 26 on Hulu) holds a dark mirror up to America and other societies in the world today.

I’ll write more later on the parallels I see. What do you see? Read the rest of this entry

Stirring Up Feminazis

FeminaziWhat’s the difference between being powerful and merely feeling powerful?

Too often people chase the feeling and give up the real thing.

I sense the phenomenon when frat boys try to feel powerful by intimidating women.

Or when feminists are called “feminazis.”  Read the rest of this entry

Seeing My Male Privilege

Male privilege

Male privilege

By Jonathan Castellanos

I’ve often thought how nice it must be to be white.

Popular, attractive, upper class: these are words I’ve come to associate with whiteness.

But until recently I hadn’t given much thought to privileges I gain from being male. Read the rest of this entry

The Evolution of a Beauty, a Beast and Us

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast’s Belle is much evolved from Disney’s early wimpy maidens.

That evolution tells us something about us, too. Read the rest of this entry

What Created Patriarchy? Many Possibilities

gender-equalityMost people think that the world has always been patriarchal.

Nope.

Women’s past status and power are evidenced by a variety of things. Read the rest of this entry

1st Woman President Won’t Be Inaugurated Today

hillary-girls-can-grow-up-to-be-presidentBy Pamela Robinson

When I was a girl growing up in Iowa in the 1950s, my parents and teachers told me, along with the boys, that when I grew up I could be whatever I wanted to be, even President of the United States.

In my world, adults told the truth, or what they thought to be the truth, and I believed them.  Read the rest of this entry

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