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...]


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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...]


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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...]


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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...]


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What No One Said about Rey (Star Wars Spoilers!)

By now most of you have probably seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened on December 18th. My daughter has been pretending to be Rey nearly constantly since seeing the movie, and my son has spent all day today telling everyone he comes in contact with that he is BB8. (At three, I think the robot BB8 is actually the character he identifies with most strongly.) Learning proper light saber usage (can you say Christmas presents?) has suddenly become very important in our household!I have … [Read more...]


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Jessica Jones Open Thread

So, who wants to talk about Jessica Jones? I'm nearly through watching the newly released Netflix production, and I must say, I'm very impressed! And there's lots to talk about, from the series' coverage of stalking and the dynamics of abusive relationships to its treatment of abusive parenting and much, much more. I'll leave it at that here in the OP, but all holds are off in the comments, so expect spoilers!What are your thoughts on the series? What does it do well, and where is it … [Read more...]


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Can We Talk about Those Faux Victorians?

By now you've probably heard about Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman, who've decided to live as though they are in the Victorian era. They've fitted their house out with original 1890s appliances and dress in clothing from the era---Sarah even wears a corset. I've been avoiding writing about them because they originally seemed to be outside my usual topic material, but with their recent comments on feminism and women's rights they've suddenly become very relevant. The quotes below, which I will comment … [Read more...]


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