Category Archives: sexism

What’s Wrong With Hooking Up?

By Lisa Wade

Crossposted from Ms. and Sociological Images

Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The End of Men, has written a piece about hook-up culture on and off college campuses for the September issue of her magazine. Given that I’ve done some research on hook-up culture, here are my two cents: Rosin isn’t wrong to argue that the culture offers women sexual opportunities and independence, but she mischaracterizes the objections to hook-up culture and draws too rosy a conclusion. Read the rest of this entry

Men Upset About Treatment? Turn It Around.

Many people are more offended at calling out sexism than being sexist.

Many people are more offended at calling out sexism than being sexist.

A lot of guys are angry at so-called reverse racism and reverse sexism.

So I tried imagining the world turned around. Read the rest of this entry

Objectification’s Role in a Suicide

abc_bullied3_amanda_todd_jt_121012_wg[1]More than sexual objectification was certainly involved in 15-year-old Amanda Todd’s death. But it seems to have played a role.

It all began when Amanda and a few of her middle school friends started videochatting with strangers just for fun. Some told her she was “stunning, beautiful, perfect,” a complement any 13-year-old would enjoy. Eventually, a man asked her to flash. And she did. Read the rest of this entry

Women-Parts As Urinals

Sociological Images has quite a collection of women-parts as urinals, and sometimes sinks.

Looks like equal parts sex and denigration of women.

From Stephanie Medley-Rath: urinals shaped like women’s mouths (source)

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Women Can’t Criticize Rap?

Why should women put up with insults?

Why should women put up with insults?

It’s perfectly fine to insult women.

And women shouldn’t complain — because they might offend someone.

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Not all rap is sexist. But when I talk about sexism in gangsta’ rap some of my students start squirming. Read the rest of this entry

Terrorist War On Women and Girls

Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”

Why would terrorists target girls and mothers?

You’ve surely heard of the ISIS attack at Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” concert in Manchester, England.

“Dangerous Woman” — an anthem of female empowerment. Scary stuff to male-supremests. Read the rest of this entry

Is the Handmaid’s Tale A Prediction?

Women’s March, New York City

In The Handmaid’s Tale Americans — and women especially — were gradually stripped of their rights, with little protest.

A small march here or there.

Is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a prediction?

Author Margaret Atwood is commonly asked that question. Read the rest of this entry

Women Who Are Sexist Against Women 

Women and men, alike, shouted “Lock her up!” and “Trump that bitch!” at Trump’s GOP Convention last summer.

Some women wore shirts bellowing, “Trump can grab my pussy!”

People often confuse patriarchy with men. But they aren’t the same thing.

Plenty of men fight against patriarchy/sexism. And plenty of women are sexist.

Why are women sometimes sexist?  Read the rest of this entry

Devaluing Women and Blocking Their Autonomy

GOP war on women.

The theocratic Gilead of The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) devalued and disempowered women and forced them from the public sphere.

It all happened gradually… drip, drip…

Mirroring what some in the (probably more fundamentalist Christian branch of the) Republican party try to do today.

Like their fight against birth control, which keeps women in the home and dependent, as we’ve seen.

But there’s more. Here’s a sampler: Read the rest of this entry

No Abortion — But No Birth Control, Either

Handmaids tale 3In the Handmaid’s Tale the post-apocalyptic, post-US Republic of Gilead strips women of rights over their bodies.

Republicans today seem hellbent on turning that fiction into fact. Read the rest of this entry

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