Why Empower Girls If You Can Just Protect Them?


A while back, I posted about the sexist way our society approaches fathers, daughters, and dating. You know, the whole "I'll have to get a shotgun to keep the guys away from my daughter" meme and the "I'm not letting her date until he's thirty" line. I know, I know, I've had people insist to me that it's a joke and I'm taking it too seriously, but I'm sorry, if it's a joke it's a sexist joke that perpetuates sexist ideas about women and removes agency from girls and women.Take a look at this … [Read more...]

Why Hillary Clinton’s Gender Matters


As the Democratic Party's presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heats up, I've noticed an increasing tendency among some to argue that Clinton's gender should be irrelevant to the decisions people make at the polls---or even that any consideration of Clinton's gender at all is anti-feminist. I couldn't disagree with this assessment more strongly.Let me be clear: I am not telling you that you should vote for Clinton. I am not even telling you that I am voting for … [Read more...]

Time for This Millennial Mom to Buy Some Barbies!


Okay, okay, so the title of this post is slightly over the top. This past Christmas was a bit more heavy on consumerism than I'd planned and I've sworn off getting my children new toys until their birthdays, but I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed with the new direction Mattel is taking Barbie. The toy company has just announced  a move away from its classic look toward a greater embrace of diversity in body shape. The dolls in the image below are only some of the 33 new Barbies the company … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins’ Patronizing Paternalism


Richard Dawkins has stepped in it on twitter again. This time he tweeted a photo of the wife of a prominent Middle Eastern dictator who does not wear hijab, with the text "This is how a good Muslim speaks. And how she dresses. And wears her beautiful hair." Can you say patronizing? Dawkins then deleted his tweet, not because he realized he'd said anything wrong but rather out of concerns that it might put this woman's life in danger, but not before someone on twitter captured a screenshot. We … [Read more...]

Wanted Pregnancies and Unwanted Abortions


I have a lot of respect for Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN who runs a popular blog about childbirth, abortion, and reproductive health. But something she wrote in a recent post struck me as off, and I feel the need to address it. Access to child care doesn't reduce abortion.Really, how little do you think of women to say such drivel?Ben Carson tried to say the same thing. It’s insulting to women. Feminists don’t insult women.“I’m 22 weeks but just can’t bear the burden of finding affordable c … [Read more...]

Sexual Assault in Cologne and Sexual Assault at Home


Earlier this week, Hemant Mehta published an article titled We Can’t Ignore the Cultural and Religious Roots of the Cologne Sexual Assaults. While I largely agree with his post's content, I want to add something to his analysis. Hemant begins his post as follows: On New Years Eve, in the city of Cologne, Germany, what was supposed to be a night of celebration turned disturbing very quickly.We’ve learned that hundreds of women may have been sexually assaulted or had their property stolen that … [Read more...]

Hi! Married Feminist Mother Here!


Last summer Ladies Against Feminism posted an article titled "Speak for Yourself: Why Single Feminists Should Not Speak for Married Mothers." I've been ruminating over this article ever since and it's still bothering me. For one thing, I'm finding it highly ironic that the author of this piece, Marian Shah, is herself not a mother, while I, the feminist in the room, am a mother. For another thing, the author doesn't seem aware of third wave feminism. And finally, the author's words do not … [Read more...]