Day: October 5, 2006

Quote of the Day

“Women are understandably reluctant to concede that their deep attachment to the trappings of patriarchy (marriage, femininity, gender, fashion, porn, religion, beauty, the nuclear family, pink tool kits, et al) is not the manifestation of empowered personal autonomy, but rather…

The Baby and His Bottle

So over on the Phelps Visits the Amish thread, I realize that I’ve used the phrase “Holocaust denier” without explaining the reference. It’s a nod to Deborah Lipstadt, scholar, historian, and author of, “History on Trial: My Day in Court…

Priorities

From Alternet, an article about the increasing crisis in childcare: And, it keeps getting worse. According to a new 50-state report on child care policies just released by the National Women’s Law Center, the Bush administration has successful dismantled government…

Rape as a war tactic in Africa

via Pandagon, I came across this transcript of an investigation into the rape of women and girls in Africa. The level of everyday violence here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been simply unfathomable over the last several…

Dolores Claiborne?

I’m pulling this quote from the livejournal feminist community’s discussion of Dolores Claiborne: I appreciate that King puts thought into his descriptions of women. Except for that one who turned into an alien and her vagina became a bunch of…

Beyond Legality

With all the focus on simply keeping abortion legal, we often miss the fact that access to abortion remains highly limited and even impossible for some women. “It’s a sad calculus … It helps if they are farther along in…

A Cornucopia of Homophobia

I’m just gonna quote directly from Gawker: Post “cartoonist” Sean Delonas raises his game today with the masterpiece you see here. We’re not sure which hand-drawn gay stereotype is our favorite: there are so many to choose from! Village People…

Could Fox News Go Any Lower?

It’s not entirely surprising that professional funeral-picketing bigot Fred Phelps has decided to picket the funerals of the Amish girls killed by a gunman earlier this week. His daughter explains: Those Amish people, everyone is sitting around talking about those…

The Revolution That Wasn’t

Surprise, surprise: The opt-out revolution is bunk. Yale University’s Women’s Center released a survey last week finding that just 4.1 percent of Yale women plan to stop work entirely after having children, compared to 0.7 percent of men. A vast…

Patriarchy 4 Life (and in death)

I’m not even sure what to make of this article, which is about Chinese families buying female corpses to bury alongside their dead sons, in order to give him a wife in the afterlife. Brides are already essentially bought and…