“I’m not saying they deserve to be raped, but…”

Conservative evangelical provocateur Doug Wilson recently posted an article titled On the Moral Necessity of Judging Books by the Cover on his blog. It was ... interesting, to say the least. In his post, Wilson argues that we should judge people by their appearances, in contrast to what anti-racism or feminist groups might argue. A black male wearing a hoodie and low-slung jeans should be assumed to be dangerous, and that women who dress a certain way are selling something.Check out this … [Read more...]


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Woman Senator Mistaken for Random Selfie-Taker

Just run for office, they said. Stop whining, get elected, make change. But even when women get elected, even when they work to bring change, some things don't change. Check out this image and caption, by way of example:Getty Images published this picture with the caption "A woman takes a selfie with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) (R) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC." The image was quickly shared on Facebook and even the … [Read more...]


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What Would Become of Our Husbands and Sons Under a Trump Presidency?

When confronted with a 2005 tape of Trump bragging about committing sexual assault, Mitt Romney declared that "such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters." I am tired of talking about wives and daughters. We need to start talking about husbands and sons. Many people have responded to Trump's comments by claiming that this is how all men talk about women in private. Trump himself said it was standard locker room talk. Who are these husbands and sons, who talk about women as though they … [Read more...]


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First Debate Highlights: That Moment Every Woman Knew What It Felt Like to Be Hillary

I wasn't going to write about last night's debate, I really wasn't. And then I started watching it. My god. Wow. Let me just highlight a few things that stuck out to me.Let's start with this:Yep. You read that right. Clinton had five "fleeting interjections" while Trump had three interruptions (successfully grabbing the floor) and twenty-four "fleeting interjections." Some have argued that that is an undercount, and that Trump actually interrupted Clinton fifty-one times.Watching … [Read more...]


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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...]


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Dolls, Yes; Ballerinas, No

It may surprise some readers to know that in spite of my parents' patriarchal beliefs, they gave one of my brothers a doll for Christmas one year---because he had begged for a doll of his own. My parents believed that my brothers were preparing to be fathers, and that that meant boys playing with dolls was perfectly acceptable.There's lots more, too. There's the brother who built his own dollhouse so that he could get in on dollhouse play with his sisters. He carefully fashioned the rooms, … [Read more...]


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Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech

The world is abuzz with talk of this week's deadly terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirist newspaper. That anyone could be willing to kill someone else over cartoons---no matter how offensive they find them---is unthinkable to me. Both newspapers and private individuals should be able to be offensive without fearing for their lives. What happened this week at Charlie Hebdo is wrong, and tragic, and horrifying in the extreme.Supporting a person or organization's freedom of speech … [Read more...]


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