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  1. Alison
    Alison January 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm |

    Yay, we’re back!

    In other news, it’s fucking cold.

  2. BBBShrewHarpy
    BBBShrewHarpy January 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    1. tomek
      tomek January 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm |

      this niec guy thing is so much of nonsense.

      on that tumbler they have selected a few guy who have been nice guyed and who are also write sexist and racist thing in dating profile. what this prove exactly? nothing. because there also is many genuine nice guy who dont write the sexist and racist thing and dont have entitle attitude, but they can not have girlfriend.

      also it is not entitle to wish to have relationship and love. most heterosexual woman wish at some point to have the boyfriend, the love, the sex, etc. would such woman be denigrate by feminist as being entitled and insincere if she be nice to man she is attracted to but is not attracted to her? i think not. only when man has done it, it is considered worthy of the mocking.

      use for example feministish show such as buffy slayer of vampire (i am going to say things that are in show, do not read if you think you may watch in future and dont want to know what happen).

      in early season, willow and xander are friend. however willow have crush for xander for long time. he unaware and she is not tell him. but still she remain good friend with him. but still sometime it difficult for her when she have these unrecipracated feeling. she want her affection return from xander. this does not mean she have entitle attitude. since she do not get back this sort of love from xander, she is happy to be friend with, but still it difficult. she is good person and sympathetic character. feminist would sympathise with she.

      however if gender was swapped and willow was boy and xander was girl. feminist would attack willow for be “nice guy” and consider to be misogynist and all these things. is this seem fair?

      1. mxe354
        mxe354 January 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

        Not this again. V_V

        because there also is many genuine nice guy who dont write the sexist and racist thing and dont have entitle attitude, but they can not have girlfriend.

        Yes, they do have an attitude of entitlement. They think that being nice to the girls they like should be rewarded with intimacy. And that is decidedly misogynistic and creepy.

        also it is not entitle to wish to have relationship and love.

        No one is saying otherwise, you dumbass.

        Your straw man arguments will not convince anyone here.

    2. Radiant Sophia
      Radiant Sophia January 5, 2013 at 12:13 am |

      I realize that I probably don’t have the right to comment on this (being an asexual in a committed partnership), but, Most of the men there complain about being in the “friend zone” (whatever that means). I think they are lying. I (and most feminists I know) would certainly never be friends with that kind of trash. They are not “nice guys”.

    3. White Rabbit
      White Rabbit January 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm |

      Other-people-who-shall-not-be-linked also have opinions.

      Heh. Thank you for that.

      I hope I’m not stomping on any blog etiquette by posting this… but for anyone who’s interested, here is a blog post that includes a most excellent (in my not-so-humble opinion) Storified Twitter rant from one of my favorite bloggers on the subject of the-person-who-shall-not-be-linked in response to his opinion piece on this subject: http://arewomenhuman.me/2013/01/04/feminist-abuse-culture-and-enabling/

      1. PrettyAmiable
        PrettyAmiable January 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm |

        I haven’t seen that blog before; thanks for linking.

        Also, holy shit. I wish I could write that well in stream of consciousness.

      2. AMM
        AMM January 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm |

        I sometimes feel like I’ve got some kind of pathological fixation, because whenever he-who-must-not-be-named’s name comes up — which it does with depressing regularity — I feel like a never-imprisoned Hannibal Lechter just walked in the door. (Even though, being male, I don’t have to worry about him seeing me as prey.)

        It’s gotten to the point where I use a blogger’s position on him-who-must-not-be-named as a sort of litmus test. People who still have him on their blogroll, or who reference him favorably, I generally find are also patriarchy-friendly at some level. They come across to me like the guy who seems like a decent guy but is still best buddies with a guy he knows is a rapist.

    4. littlem
      littlem January 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

      Anybody caught this near-3000-comment followup gem?

      1. jojo
        jojo January 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm |

        (I think the goal was not to link to HS due to past dramz)

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

          Yes. Clearly performing an attempted murder-suicide and then claiming it never happened is “dramz”.

          That said, yes. Plz to not link to Voldeschwyzer.

    5. SlipperyWombat
      SlipperyWombat January 6, 2013 at 12:39 am |

      Believes abortion is evil = douche

      Some of the OKC questions are a bit problematic in there phrasing, for instance:

      “For you personally, is abortion an option in case of an accidental pregnancy?”

      For any male, abortion is not a “personal option” for obvious reasons, but even moving past semantic snarkiness the question sucks.

      I am about as pro-choice/pro-reproductive rights as they come, but I would never encourage someone I was with to pursue an abortion in the case of pregnancy. I would support them if that was their decision, but I actually have the “what if you get pregnant convo” with women I sleep with and we have always mutually decided we would keep the child should BC fail us.

      The fact that I personally don’t want to abort an accidental pregnancy doesn’t say shit about my larger stance on the legality and availability of abortion.

      On the larger issue of Nice Guys of OKC, I am a fan. As someone else said, mockery is just part of the price you pay for posting your dbagerry on the internet. And if we are going to start pushing for less offensive discourse on the internet, there are roughly 7 billion terrabytes of crap more egregious than NG of OKC out there.

      1. bookshopcat
        bookshopcat January 6, 2013 at 8:50 am |

        I think you meant that abortion’s never a personal option for men without uteri…

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm |

          …not related to your actual point, but. Fuck, are there actually anti-choice trans men out there? Please, fuck, gods, tell me no.

        2. bookshopcat
          bookshopcat January 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm |

          @macavitykitsune:

          Sadly, yes. I haven’t met more than a couple of them- it’s pretty hard to get dogmatic about other peoples’ right to bodily autonomy when you’re up against the gatekeepers yourself- but some of us *do* have the extra-special powers of hypocrisy it requires :(

    6. Chingona
      Chingona January 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

      (In light of the Voldemortizing, I have to say I find it slightly surprising that Fogg is being welcomed with such open arms by Anglo-American feminist bloggers these days. It was only a few years ago he was hounding Cath Elliot on C-i-F, trolling Julie Bindell, and voicing not only a strongly anti-feminist but an openly misogynist perspective.)

      1. BBBShrewHarpy
        BBBShrewHarpy January 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm |

        I’m not super-familiar with him myself, although I have appreciated his perspective on a number of threads on Feministe and I enjoyed his article on Emma Goldman linked from his blog. So I would hardly say my arms are open to him, but I haven’t found him villainous thus far and I do enjoy his writing style. I’ll look for the articles you mention, though. It is nice to have a complete picture when one links to someone, and it may be that I don’t have such a picture yet.

      2. Donna L
        Donna L January 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm |

        I’d rather form my own opinion on Fogg. because the way you casually mention Julie Bindel — one of the more loathsome people to put pen to paper on a regular basis — as if her name is supposed to evoke positive associations, and as if we’re supposed to think that “trolling” her is a bad thing, doesn’t incline me to trust what you say. Bindel is, and has been for years, openly, consistently, and virulently transphobic; she goes way beyond clueless ciscentrism, and is almost certainly the most transphobic “mainstream” journalist in the UK or USA . Period.

        I know nothing about Cath Elliot, and have no interest in trying to find out, given how many times I’ve been burned when I start reading a recommended feminist writer.

        But you’re going to have to do better than citing Julie Bindel if you want to warn people about Fogg’s alleged anti-feminism and misogyny.

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

          The first thing a google search of “Cath Elliot transphobic” turns up is a fairly icktastic article quoting… Julie Bindel. God, please don’t start reading her.

        2. BBBShrewHarpy
          BBBShrewHarpy January 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm |

          My searches were a bit different but led me to a very scary site that has scarred my psyche enough to call it a day, hug my kitty, and go out in search of chocolate. Yikes.

      3. matlun
        matlun January 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

        Ally Fogg has not to my knowledge ever been anti-feminist or misogynist, and I have read his comments of CiF (where he has been a very frequent writer both above and below the line) for years.

        This is not some general endorsement (since I do not always agree with his positions), but Chingona’s comment seems very biased. (Also: I agree with Donna that his attacks on Bindel is hardly something that should be seen as negative – she is repugnant).

        The article linked above is from his own blog, so obviously anyone can browse it and form their own opinion.

  3. Li
    Li January 5, 2013 at 12:01 am |

    Welcome back!

    I am in the USA at the moment, which is a… strange experience. I’m sure a lot of the things that are jumping out at me would be less jarring if I was more familiar with San Francisco, but at the moment it’s all about the GIANT PORTION SIZES and WEIRD MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

    1. littlem
      littlem January 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm |

      Can I ask where you’re from originally? ‘Cause there are days — weeks — where I’d like to be somewhere where that stuff is a little less familiar.

    2. Alexandra
      Alexandra January 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm |

      My mother – who has lived in the U.S. since she was 16 – has still never quite adjusted to the GIANT PORTION SIZES in American restaurants. Particularly the cheaper chain restaurants common in parts of the midwest, where instead of a plate, they bring you a platter. Not to mention a “medium” size fast food meal will easily net you 1600 calories.

      And my grandfather always gets pissed off about the medical advertisements when he visits the U.S., as he’s a physician and finds them morally objectionable.

    3. DouglasG
      DouglasG January 6, 2013 at 7:37 am |

      A great Australian friend of mine came over to study in Los Angeles for a year and noticed much the same thing. There was something else, too, that gave him a bit of a shock, but it’s slipped my memory. I hope you enjoy your stay.

    4. auditorydamage
      auditorydamage January 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm |

      I’ve lived near the US border for my entire life. The medical ads never stop being weird – for drugs *and* various insurance companies and “provider networks”.

      I sometimes wonder how many stress-related deaths per year can be correlated with the worries caused by a lack of health coverage or massive financial costs not covered by insurance. With a report that insurance companies are still seeking 20%+ premium increases, I worry for the health and happiness of my neighbours down south.

      1. Radiant Sophia
        Radiant Sophia January 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

        Uninsured and unInsurable. I rely on the charity of the government (ha ha) for my psych meds. Most of the time I am without. And everywhere are the ads telling me to ask my doctor if xxx is right for me. What doctor?

      2. TomSims
        TomSims January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

        “The medical ads never stop being weird – for drugs *and* various insurance companies and “provider networks”.

        Really? I get spam mail almost daily from Canadian pharmacies trying to sell me drugs. And get spam from insurance companies in both the US and Canada.

    5. catfood
      catfood January 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm |

      A friend from the former USSR commented on several things she found odd about the US: our refrigerators are huge, “sour cream” has its own shape, and people put their kids in sports that they’re bad at.

  4. Radiant Sophia
    Radiant Sophia January 5, 2013 at 12:17 am |

    I think a post or two disappeared.

  5. EG
    EG January 5, 2013 at 12:22 am |

    Thank goodness you’re back! I was reduced to actually doing work!

    Seriously, I missed everybody.

    1. Past my expiration date
      Past my expiration date January 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |

      Yes, me too. Now I’m happy again.

      1. Lolagirl
        Lolagirl January 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

        OMG, I have been in serious withdrawal mode whilst waiting for Feministe to get back online!

        1. (BFing)Sarah
          (BFing)Sarah January 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm |

          Me too! I kept just going to the page and hoping it would be back on! I felt so helpless…

  6. Donna L
    Donna L January 5, 2013 at 12:54 am |

    I just checked, not expecting anything, and saw that you’re back. Thank you! It was really tough going cold turkey the last few days.

  7. Kristen J.
    Kristen J. January 5, 2013 at 2:28 am |

    OMIGOD. Thank you for your hard work getting everything back up.

    Apparently, I can’t go that many days without a feministe fix.

  8. matlun
    matlun January 5, 2013 at 8:14 am |

    Welcome back!

    I would be curious to know what happened. When you just went down I assumed as server crash and that you were bringing up a backup on a new server, but since you are now saying that the old server still exists (and even ate some posts), I am slightly confused.

  9. Lauren
    Lauren January 5, 2013 at 10:45 am |

    You’re back. I can breathe again. There’s a whole bunch of gross ass rape culture stuff, from Steubenville to the overturning of a rape conviction in CA because a woman wasn’t married. Also, because they’re never done being bigoted assholes, the House GOP didn’t pass VAWA.

  10. Trulie
    Trulie January 5, 2013 at 11:11 am |

    Lauren, you echo my thoughts exactly. I feel like there is a huge rock on my chest right now for all that is recently in the news for this country (rapes, Republican f####ers against women, mass shooting) and other countries (gang rapes in India). My brain just refuses to move on and be happy right now. I have a daughter and I greatly fear the future for her. Given my own experiences with rape and abuse, it is hard to be optimistic for her right now.

    1. (BFing)Sarah
      (BFing)Sarah January 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm |

      Yeah, I was just having a conversation today about how helpless I feel raising children in this sexist, racist environment…which exists everywhere. I feel at a total loss when it comes to raising my daughter and I just don’t even know what I would do if my son or my brother…I just can’t even say it…just to even talk about the rape in Ohio and that the kids were laughing about it…I just feel sick thinking about it. I talk to my brother (who is in college right now) about treating women that he interacts with the same way he’d treat his niece, his sisters, and his mother…but does he even hear it? I hope so. I don’t know. I’m honestly worried about keeping my daughter safe.

  11. Angie unduplicated
    Angie unduplicated January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    That California judge needs to be disbarred. OK, so this wasn’t specifically covered in rape statutes, by the letter of the law. It’s still fraud, and he didn’t convict on fraud, even though he had that option. As uninvited physical contact, it’s still battery, and he didn’t convict on that charge. You know, I know, what a plea bargain is. This bozo could have sentenced for either of the above charges. The judge is a rape apologist.
    Indian women are after the death penalty in the gangrape/murder of a med student by five strangers. Given that willing sex and transactional sex are so easily had in America, there is no excuse whatever for rape. Exterminate rapists: sounds good to me.
    And: Two children are dead in my county, after their mother ran a stop sign and hit a semi. Auto accidents are the single largest cause of death in children. [Content redacted by moderator: ableist abuse] drive cars. We license drivers but enormous numbers of unemployed are driving unlicensed because their insurance was cancelled. Do we ban cars because they kill people?

    1. tomek
      tomek January 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm |

      Given that willing sex and transactional sex are so easily had in America, there is no excuse whatever for rape. Exterminate rapists: sounds good to me.

      [Content redacted by moderator: gratuitous insult used in expression of strong disagreement]

      1) sex is not easily had by guy. and many guy do not want to do transaction for sex.
      2) sex being hard to have not excuse for rape
      3) would you advocate of deaht penalty if a woman is rapist?

    2. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune January 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

      Given that willing sex and transactional sex are so easily had in America, there is no excuse whatever for rape.

      ….so if I couldn’t get as much willing/transactional sex as I wanted, that would be an excuse for rape? So people in, say, India (where I’m from, by the way) have excuses to rape?

      WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? Do you have any idea how offensive you’re being?

    3. mxe354
      mxe354 January 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm |

      Given that willing sex and transactional sex are so easily had in America, there is no excuse whatever for rape.

      Rape is fundamentally unjustifiable.

    4. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune January 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

      [quoted content redacted by moderator - ableism] drive cars.

      Wow. Just wow.

    5. matlun
      matlun January 6, 2013 at 8:03 am |

      You seem to be misunderstanding the California ruling. He threw out the ruling of the lower court because it was not in accordance with California law and ordered a retrial.

      So: He was not acquitted – he got a retrial.

      Others have commented on the the “no access to sex” = “excuse for rape” implication, so this is perhaps a bit redundant, but still: WTF was that?

    6. Angie unduplicated
      Angie unduplicated January 6, 2013 at 8:54 am |

      No ableism was intended. My mind was still in North Murray County, and I used a local colloquialism. I apologize for any hurt I might have inflicted by my thoughtlessness.

      1. macavitykitsune
        macavitykitsune January 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

        Sure, no problem. What about the rape apologia?

  12. evil fizz
    evil fizz January 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm | *

    On a serious note: Jay Smooth’s awesome Storify collecting links and resources on Idle No More. http://storify.com/jsmooth995/idle-no-more-links-and-resources

    On a less serious note: how is Alessandra Stanley still allowed to be the TV critic at the NY Times? Between calling Ethel Kennedy a brood mare and her latest “I watched the trailer for the new season of Downton Abbey and guess what guys, it’s just like 50 Shades of Grey!”, I’m having many WTF moments. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/arts/television/downton-abbey-begins-third-season-on-sunday-on-pbs.html

  13. Bunny
    Bunny January 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    Sooo… I’ve done something scary but potentially fun. I’ve made a HAES, feminist forum! It’s a naff little free thingy, all default settings and very little going on, because I have no money and no idea what I’m doing and am just figuring things out.

    Would appreciate any advice, feedback, and help people are willing to offer!

  14. Alexandra
    Alexandra January 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm |

    Well, I’m getting more and more sick of the Atlantic’s website. I came for Ta-Nehisi Coates (whose blog remains excellent) and I’ve always liked their print magazine, Christina Hoff Summers’ articles on feminism excluded. But recent web-only content has been pushing all my buttons. First was a post about the best podcasts of 2012, where, when commenter asked why no women were included, the author of the piece asked for suggestions (reminiscent of “binders full of women,” imho – he really couldn’t think of ANY?).

    Then there was Jeffrey Goldberg using “high-functioning deranged people” as a synonym for folks with mental illness who are capable of purchasing firearms.

    At this point, I think I’m just going to scale bag to reading Coates occasionally.

    Also: Django Unchained is a weird movie, and while individual scenes were powerful, the movie as a whole – with its wildly varying tones and attitudes – was a hot mess, imho.

  15. BBBShrewHarpy
    BBBShrewHarpy January 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm |

    p.s. Thanks tigtog! The feminist blogosphere is slim pickings these days and I missed it!

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune January 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

      Pheeno, that was AMAZING. I just read all of it and I’m nearly in tears. Thank you.

      1. pheenobarbidoll
        pheenobarbidoll January 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

        I know! I’d never read the whole thing, only seen quotes here and there so when I saw it last night (3 freaking 30, couldn’t sleep) I had to post it.

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

          It is so, so awesome. I’ve bookmarked the hell out of it. And about 50 ideas for short essays on decolonisation/ ecofeminism just leaped into my brain, because he’s stated so many things so perfectly that it sparked my own thinking.

        2. pheenobarbidoll
          pheenobarbidoll January 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm |

          It reminded me of what I was trying to explain on that election thread. Only he said it much better than I ever could.

    2. Jadey
      Jadey January 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm |

      Thank you. Bookmarking the hell out of that.

    3. A4
      A4 January 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm |

      I can’t think of a better recommendation for something that if someone said “Pheenobarbidoll posted it, Macavitykitsune loved it, and Jadey bookmarked it”. I’m gonna get dinner in the oven and then read my little heart out.

      1. A4
        A4 January 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm |

        I can’t thank you enough for posting that Pheeno

    4. Marni
      Marni January 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

      Truly an excellent speech, except for the anti-science rhetoric, but I realise this was the ’80s, when pretty much all science was philosophically materialist.

      1. pheenobarbidoll
        pheenobarbidoll January 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm |

        It’s less anti science and more anti “use science to further eradicate cultures and promote European culture”. Think of- just because we can doesn’t mean we should. In the context of his speech, there’s a point behind it that’s not boiled down to anti science. Where religion was once used to justify genocide of cultures, science has now replaced it. The problem is that science is being used as the tool, not that science exists.

        1. Marni
          Marni January 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

          Oh I completely agree that science is used as a terrible tool and has been since the ancient Greeks. Just wanted to clarify that Newton himself is not the enemy, even if he did inadvertently solidify materialism in science due to the influence of the church. Unfortunately I remember how anti-science things were in the ’80s. Scientists have always fought the terrible uses of their investigations, eg. Oppenheimer on atomic weapons. Sadly the scientific mind, which exists in all cultures, is often politically and socially naive.

          Newton and Descartes, mentioned in the speech, are interesting examples. We have to remember the time they lived in. It was only in the late 1400s that the europeans started relearning Greek science from the rediscovered books, but this was under the authority of the church and the church hierarchy soon realised that it needed to combat the dangerous, ancient anti-patriarchal ideas. There is a reason that Bruno was burned at the stake and Galileo was not: Galileo promoted materialism, which served the church’s purposes, while Bruno promoted completely demolishing the symbolic meaning of the Holy Trinity by remembering the ancient pre-Greek origins of symbolic thinking.

  16. hotpot
    hotpot January 6, 2013 at 11:49 am |

    So it looks like it *may* be John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense, Jack Lew for Treasury, and Tom Donilon for Chief of Staff. Obamas top Cabinet positions will all go to white men, or at least all men if you count Eric Holder at Justice. Supposedly Obama trusts Lew, a former budget director, even though he has no finance sector experience ( which is going to be important to get over the debt ceiling crisis ) because the built a personal rapport. But how much of building a personal rapport with the president involves golfing or shooting hoops together?

  17. Schmorgluck
    Schmorgluck January 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  18. Marni
    Marni January 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm |

    … the 2009 Sweeting study that showed a leap in anxiety and depression in 15-year-old girls between 1987 and 2006. “They are probably the most mentally ill single group of people in the country: a staggering 43% of them are depressed or anxious and 27% are suffering a full-scale mental illness. And that was the more privileged girls.”

    quote from this stupid article:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jan/05/aunties-girl-teens-consumer

    1. thinksnake
      thinksnake January 7, 2013 at 4:31 am |

      Which of course leaves open whether what is being studied is actually in increase in anxiety and depression, or an increase in the diagnosis of those. Certainly when I’ve spoken to people older than me, they make clear the increase in the availability of mental health care in the last few years (not that it’s anywhere near where it should be, as I know personally).

  19. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune January 7, 2013 at 2:48 am |

    On a completely unrelated note:

    I have to write a short essay on “everything I know about being a man/woman I learned from….” (with some options like movies, TV, an experience) for a class I’m taking on gender and sexuality. Right, because clearly there’s no non-binary people in Alberta, and clearly there’s one supreme source of information of gender that can be identified, and even one definition of any given gender that can be unquestioningly and unproblematically accepted. And because everyone’s just so clueless and coming to a senior sociology course with no background whatsoever in feminism, or gender studies, because lol undergrads amirite? or something.

    FUCK I hate this assignment.

    So far, I’ve got “Everything I learned about being a person who doesn’t fit in either pole of the gender binary, I learned by becoming incredibly angry with every media specified on that list.” Probably going to fail the hell out of the assignment, but I don’t even care, I’m so pissed off.

    1. Li
      Li January 7, 2013 at 3:28 am |

      I am reading The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Jack Halberstam at the moment and that sounds totally like something worth failing.

    2. hotpot
      hotpot January 7, 2013 at 11:05 am |

      If the professor is smart they’ll appreciate an honest and creative answer. Otherwise-meh.

      1. BBBShrewHarpy
        BBBShrewHarpy January 7, 2013 at 11:51 am |

        Seconded. This sounds like a great opportunity for opening minds, perhaps resulting in a redefinition of the assignment by the prof for next year’s class. [As long as it doesn't end up in a let's-silence-mac-or-make-her-work-really-hard-to-enlighten-us chore]

        1. Angel H.
          Angel H. January 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

          Exactly. On an exam in my undergraduate history class we had to answer three essay questions. One of the questions was, “Would you have supported the fight for independence during the Revolutionary War? In what ways?” I said something about how being a Black woman in the south didn’t give me much of an option outside what my master would say.

          From then on, people got to pick which essay questions they wanted to answer. :-)

        2. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

          I hope it doesn’t wind up that way! Thanks for the support, y’all. ^__^

        3. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune January 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

          Also, Angel, that’s fucking awesome.

  20. hotpot
    hotpot January 7, 2013 at 11:07 am |

    By the way, these open threads are a great idea. Could we have more of these?

    1. Jill
      Jill January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am | *

      Yes! I love this idea. Thanks TigTog!

  21. wanttobeanon
    wanttobeanon January 7, 2013 at 11:42 am |

    I would be most interested to hear what Feministe thinks of the situation with the Iowa correctional officer and the showing of violent and/or sexually explicit movies and tv to inmates. Obviously some serious stuff she experienced and reported was not taken seriously, and the supervisor who said she was getting harassed because of her outfits (i.e., the standard uniform) is a sexist butthole, but thoughts on the larger issue? Just curious. It brings so many issues up. Sexual harassment, misogyny, complaints from a woman on the job being repeatedly dismissed and ignored, the question of rehabilitation for violent sex offenders, the problems with the US prison system… thoughts?

    http://news.yahoo.com/iowa-prison-lonely-battle-against-sex-movies-091857054.html

  22. Alyson
    Alyson January 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

    Well, I don’t have much to report, but over on Facebook there’s a really annoying page calling itself Women’s Rights News which is posting almost nothing but sentimental memes full of gender essentialism. I’d love it if it could get re-named/categorized.

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