Category » Feminism
  There's no denying that homophobia (and all kinds of phobias, for that matter) runs rampant in the Twitter-verse. Last week alone, NoHomophobes.com, a website dedicated to exposing homophobic Twitter users, noted that 218,477 tweets contained the slur "faggot". Just when I thought Twitter had gone to the trolls, my faith in the Internet was restored this past weekend (if only for a moment). The Huffington Post reported that the ... Read More
Once upon a time, there was a snack made out of dried meat. This snack was magical, because it prevented spoilage, and therefore prevented the people of the kingdom from getting sick or hungry in times of trouble. The people rejoiced! Over time, however, a bunch of people decided that this snack needed to take over the world. The only way to do this, in the small minds of these puny people, was to appeal to both men and women, separately (not just humankind in ... Read More
Last night, after Mitt Romney made a comment about “binders full of women,” social media took the unintentionally hilarious phrase and ran with it - a tumblr has already been created.   ln keeping with Romney’s idea that women are simply stored in paper documents, Brainpickings has posted a list of twelve rules dated 1943 (possibly found in a binder somewhere) that any decent woman should follow.  Women shall not appear on the ... Read More
The recent shooting of Malala Yousafzai has torn me up. Deeply. You’d have to be an automaton to feel anything but grief. But she continues to hang on, and along with the rest of the world, I'm hoping that her doctors' most recent predictions--that she'll make a "decent recovery"--will turn out to be true.     I mourn the disruption, if not the destruction, of a young and very promising life. But violence is often a response to fear, and it gives ... Read More
The bullshit keeps on coming. As I’m sure many of you have already heard, a student-produced flyer entitled “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” was posted in a freshman men’s bathroom at Miami University in Ohio.     The suggestions--which range from fratty bro-outs (“its [sic] college boys, live it up!!”) to straight-up calls for violence against women who report sexual assault--are almost outlandish. Almost. Whether ... Read More
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