Tag Archive | feminism

Lurker request: feminist poetry for teens

I am a secondary English teacher in Queensland and am trying to expose my students to some feminist poetry, particularly if it of the protest kind, but all the poems that I tried to pass by my P&C committee have been shot down as being too ‘adult’. I was wondering if you (or anyone for […]

FAQ: if “gender is a social construct”, aren’t feminists saying that gender doesn’t really exist at all?

Updated 21 August 2008 A: NO. Social constructs are human conceptions, invented but not therefore imaginary (unless one thinks that social consequences are imaginary). Social constructs are human systems of social interaction organised around shared ideas. The shared ideas may be true, false or inaccurate, but the socially constructed systems that have developed in response […]

You feminists just want to tell women to do what you want, instead of letting them CHOOSE (and we all know girls *choose* the girly stuff)

Bumped from the Open Suggestion thread, so that we can have a general discussion about the various issues surrounding how choices can be constrained by socialised expectations: lala, on June 15th, 2008 at 1:53 am Said I’m an engineer and pretty much always the only woman (or occasionally, one of two women) in any workplace […]

Friday Links Roundup

Some stories which this week: Broadsheet: Breaking the mirrored ceiling A new report by the Fawcett Society, a women’s rights organization, tackles the usual corporate culprits: the glass ceiling, the wage gap and sexual harassment. But it adds a lesser-heard complaint to the list: London’s corporate strip club culture. In London, lap dances and stripteases […]

Open Thread: can there be feminist porn?

The organisers of Canada’s Third Annual Feminist Porn Awards (Toronto, April 4th and 5th 2008) think so. In 2006 we decided that it’s not enough to criticize adult films for not adequately representing women’s – and in many cases, men’s – sexuality. So we decided to do something about it. As porn star and performance […]

Women more prone to depression than men: it’s NOT the fault of feminism

There are however many conservative columnists and pundits generally who’d like us all to believe that lie. Amanda at Pandagon debunks the following common claims (how many have you heard, and more importantly, at least partly believed?): Assertion #1: Women need marriage more than men, and it’s their marriages, not their jobs, that help save […]

More Feminism Friday posts: two from Melissa at Shakesville

I just left this link in comments to the previous post, but it deserves greater visibility. Feminism 101: Calling Out Fellow Progressives for “Sexism Prevents Unity on the Left” Melissa comprehensively debunks this pernicious silencing tactic. Just one little part: There are too many progressives who view social change like conservatives view economics: Make everything […]

9 for ’09: challenges to address On Day One of the next U.S. presidency

The inbox has been piling up. This one is from the UN Foundation on behalf of their new interactive online community. We’ve created the website, On Day One (http://www.ondayone.org/) as a platform for gathering and sharing ideas about what the next president can do on the first day of his or her administration to help […]

Event: MichFest Halfway Soiree (and a way to promote and organise feminist meetings)

Another event landed in my mailbox: Third Annual MichFest Half-Way Soirée party on March 1st in honor of the six month mark to the famed Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. All are welcome to join us at Cattyshack, Brooklyn, (249 4th Avenue between President & Carroli St.) at 6:30 pm-3:00 am, pre-party drumming circle 5:30-6:30 pm. […]

Centenary week: Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir was born on the 9th of January, 1908. Toril Moi writes in The Guardian that all of us should read her masterpiece, The Second Sex (of which Random House has recently announced a new English translation to be published in the next few years, finally acknowledging long-standing criticisms of the only English […]

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