The Lesson of the 2013 MTV VMAs: Being Sexual While Female Is Worse Than Being Rapey or Racist

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So. Miley Cyrus. It seems she sang a song at the 2013 MTV VMAs.Mostly I've just been watching the multiple conversations going on about Miley's performance. But since the discussion hasn't shown any signs of letting up yet, I thought I'd dip my toe in. But since so much has been said already, I want to do so by highlighting some of the work of others, and also by opening the floor for commenters to post additional articles they thought were particularly thought-provoking---or particularly … [Read more...]

Problematizing “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage”

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Earlier today I posted this video at the end of a post on women and the vote:I am reposting it because in searching it on youtube and embedding it in the post I was suddenly confronted with something that I had not noticed before. Something I should have noticed before. Something I shouldn't have had to only realize after my eyes strayed to a youtube comment.The video has no women of color. While some white suffragettes believed in racial equality and at least verbally spoke in … [Read more...]

If Women Won’t Vote My Way . . . They Shouldn’t Vote

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One argument against women voting that I didn't mention in my recent post on the subject is that women lean left. The blog post I responded to mentioned that here: Based on the Bible, it is wrong for women to exercise authority over men. However, women voting can lead to a passing of laws that the majority of men would oppose. One example of this is abortion – more than 50% of men are against it, but more than 50% of women are for it, which is why it is legal. Interestingly enough, abortion is … [Read more...]

Male Atheists and White Knight Sexism

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One strategy frequently used by male atheists attempting to deconvert religious women is to point to the ways religion oppresses women. This is fine, if it is accompanied with an understanding that not all religion oppresses women, an awareness that atheism does not eliminate sexism, and a wider commitment to challenging the oppression of women in every forum where it surfaces. But all too often, it's not accompanied by these things. In fact, there are all too many times when pointing out the … [Read more...]

Female Heroines and Sexual Harassment

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Sadly, the title of this post may be a little misleading. Namely, I've found some interesting links/drawings regarding female heroines and sexual harassment, separately, and because I found some of them from the same source I thought I'd share them together in one place. However, if someone wants to write a guest post about female heroines and sexual harassment, let me know, because that sounds like an awesome post. :PFirst I want to start with a cartoon drawn by Jim C. Hines:The man who … [Read more...]

A Stroll in History: Suffragette Postcards

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I recently came upon a scattering of old suffragette postcards via the Atlantic and I thought I'd share. Some are pro and some are anti, and I'm betting you'll be able to figure out which are which! I didn't even know this was a thing! There are more here as well. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Race, Feminism, and #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter

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One thing I write very little about here on the blog is race. Maybe this is something I should change, I don't know, but I'm as white as you get and I grew up in an upper middle class family in a lily-white community, which means that I am awash in white privilege---and I try to make sure to always bear this in mind. As a result, I'm often hesitant about bringing up race here, because I don't feel that I'm in a position to appropriately speak to the issue. I don't want to appropriate others' … [Read more...]


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