Category Archives: feminism

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

Combating Patriarchal Knuckleheads

knuckleheadsBy Timothy Vo

Standing eighteen years young, yet old enough to pretty much understand the essence of life on Earth, I’ve come to the solid conclusion that we live in a pretty damn androcentric society.

Androcentric: Seeing through a male perspective. Valuing men and masculinity over women and femininity.

The words “since the dawn of man” (which excludes women) fit all too well.

Am I right?

Take male trolls on the Internet, for instance. Read the rest of this entry

Feminist, Malala

Feminist, Malala

Feminist, Malala

Patriarchal terrorists are scared of girls.

Especially educated girls.

And most especially Malala Yousafzai, who promotes girls’ education. So they put a bullet through her brain.

They say God does not like knowledgeable girls.

But Malala’s miraculous recovery just might indicate that God is on her side. Read the rest of this entry

Is a C Cup Too Small??? !

cup sizeI read somewhere that most women who want breast augmentation ask for a C cup. But an awful lot of surgeons convince them to get D’s. Or the doctors simply give them a bigger size than they had asked for.

Denise Richards, actress, model and one of Charlie Sheen’s ex’s, said that when she was 19 years old a doctor put in bigger implants than she’d asked for.

Actress, Tara Reid, has a similar story:

I was 34B, but the right one was always bigger than the left. He gave me C’s, and I didn’t want them. At all.

Another woman wanted a breast reduction and lift. Her doctor mostly did “lift”Read the rest of this entry

Language Can Make Women Disappear

Words affect thought.

 

  • Europeans play football
  • Americans play baseball
  • Australians are bear-drinking surfies

A few years ago (when both language and culture were more sexist than today) Dale Spender asked some teens to play a game. She made statements like those above and asked if they could guess the rule behind the game. Girls were quicker to catch on:

You pretend you’re talking about everybody but you don’t. It’s only men.

Basically, they were using language to make women disappear. The boys had a lot of fun with this game.

Until she changed the rule. Read the rest of this entry

Makeup Makes Me A Bad Feminist?

Don't know if she's a cultural feminist, but Gwen Stephani uses hair and makeup to self-express.

Don’t know if she’s a cultural feminist, but Gwen Stephani uses hair and makeup to self-express.

I stopped wearing makeup in graduate school.

I’m not alone. Of my professors mentioned that women grad students almost always stopped wearing makeup.

I suppose that a made-up face makes women feel less serious. And less feminist.

After getting a PhD in sociology I started teaching women’s studies — the feminist arm of academia.

And not long after, I started wearing makeup — some of the time. I like to mix it up.

Why did I start again? Read the rest of this entry

Women in Pornography

porn-for-women[1]By Brittany Merry 

In America, pornography is almost unavoidable. What sorts of messages does it send?

To find out, I looked at the 10 “most viewed” videos on PornHub.

Two were celebrity sex tapes, and I didn’t look at those because their popularity was probably less about what they were doing than who was doing it.

All of the remaining videos were: Read the rest of this entry

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