Does He Treat You Right?

In my previous post, I wrote about cultural messaging regarding how fathers should respond to their daughters dating both displays an utter lack of trust of young women and a normalization of violence toward other males. Two readers, however, pointed out that this messaging also portrays males as inherently sexual predators and thugs.Reader Nathaniel put it like this: I've been lucky enough to have grown in a community that never had anyone say something like this to me. Still pisses me off … [Read more...]


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Dads, Daughters, and Dating

I saw this hat while grocery shopping last week:Am I the only one who finds this profoundly disturbing?When Sean's youngest sister was a preteen, his dad used to joke with her about how she would be allowed to date the day she turned 30. She didn't find it funny, and neither did I. Sean has a younger brother too, but I never heard his dad so much as say boo about him dating.My parents were pulled into the courtship movement in the late 1990s. As a result, my siblings and I were … [Read more...]


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When Sexism Kills: Deadly Hurricane Edition

So it seems that hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with more male names, and that even within female names those that are more feminine tend to be the deadliest. Or so found an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But don't take my word for it! Read on! People are more afraid of a Hurricane Victor than a Hurricane Victoria, says a study out today from researchers at the University of Illinois."People may be dying as a result of the f … [Read more...]


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The Pay Gap: The Chicken and the Egg

I recently came upon a really interesting blog post at Crates and Ribbons. The gender wage gap has long been an issue of importance for feminists, and one that consistently finds itself on the UN and government agendas. Despite this, there is a persistent idea among many in mainstream society (mostly men, and some women) that the gender wage gap is simply a myth, that women are paid less on average because of the specific choices that women make in their careers. Everything, they claim, from t … [Read more...]


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This Happened Today

This morning I asked the staff member at my local YMCA's front desk about whether the facility had a policy on wearing clothing with sexist messages.I didn't expect to find myself there, asking that question.It started out as a normal day at the Y. I lifted some weights and then walked to the drinking fountain. And there, in front of me, was a man. All I could see was the back of his shirt. I wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't have my iPhone on me and besides, I didn't want to … [Read more...]


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Upworthy, Duke, and Ableist Slurs

I recently came upon an Upworthy article that asked the following question: Which one of these is not like the others: 1. That's so dumb. 2. That's so stupid. 3. That's so annoying. 4. That's so gay.To me the answer was obvious: The first two are ableist slurs and the last one is a homophobic slur. Only the third one does not personal characteristics like sexual orientation or physical or mental normatively as derogatory slurs. Given this introduction, I assumed the article as going to … [Read more...]


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The Politics of Middle School Leggings Activism

Somehow I missed Amanda Hess's recent article, Middle-School Girls Picket for the Right to Wear Leggings. It may seem a little thing, but the little things are often also the most achievable. Today Amanda followed up on the issue with another article, Talking With 13-Year-Old Leggings Activist Sophie Hasty. Interviewee Sophie Hastings has only just hit her teens, but I found her amazingly perceptive.First, Sophie explains how she got involved in leggings activism---and why leggings became a … [Read more...]


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