Listen, we all know that everyone’s ancestors were invaded by the British and so you too can lay claim to historic oppression! And everyone has at one point or another been insulted for some intrinsic quality, and it made them feel bad. But someone calling you an “evil ginger” on the playground is not the same as living in a society that tramples your human rights and dignity. And even if you think your experience is equally bad — or even worse! — the fact is that this particular conversation is not about you.
I wrote a piece for Rabble on how you should not respond to indigenous people voicing their experiences of racism, and I am very pleased with it, if I do say so myself.
Digital cameras made things even worse, cameraphones worse still. “We do the rest,” Kodak used to boast: but with digital photography there’s no rest left to do, unless you count the addition of inane push-button filters to make it look as if you were eating your cronut during the Civil War.
Wearing a bikini…shut[s] down a man’s ability to see her as a person. In order to preserve their personhood, Rey said, women should dress more modestly.
Former Power Ranger Jessica Rey is really worried about women dressing like sluts, negating their personhood, not buying her “modest” swimsuit line.
There’s a military museum in Brantford, but there’s no indication Ms. Wallin – an honorary Air Force colonel – held an event there. “If she did, she must have snuck in,” said Rick Shaver, chairman of the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford. The Brant Historical Society’s curator also couldn’t recall any visit by Ms. Wallin, though said it’d be difficult to know for sure.
Pretty sure the conspiracy here is not that Pamela Wallin is a deceitful, useless politician (yawn) but that she is actually the Kitty Pryde of the Senate, which explains why everyone is like “WELL WE DIDN’T SEE HER COME IN BUT THERE’S NO WAY TO KNOW WITH THAT ONE.”
While every major scientific regulatory oversight body in the world, including the National Academies of Science and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, has concluded that genetically modified foods pose no harm not also found in conventional or organic foods, the public remains deeply suspicious of them. A survey published in the same newspaper the day before Harmon’s piece ran found that 37 percent of those interviewed worried about GMOs, saying they feared that such foods cause cancer or allergies.
Getting a little necessarily tautological, Jon Entine for Slate points out that scientists are the best sources of scientific information, not, for instance, anecdotal stories in popular media.
Throwback narratives about stay-at-home motherhood tend to include lots of comforting quotes about how women are making this decision on their own, not under pressure from traditionalist partners. (Cut to Charlotte on Sex and the City screaming “I choose my choice!”) But when it comes to such complex arrangements as balancing a ballooning workload with the demands of parenting in an era with no clear rules, telling women it’s their choice is basically telling them the burden is on them to figure out the details. And live with the consequences. Most young men and women say they want to be in committed but autonomous relationships in which both partners have a happy balance of work and family life, according to sociologist Kathleen Gerson’s book The Unfinished Revolution. But if (or rather, when) they are unable to achieve that egalitarian ideal, a majority of those young men assume their wives will be the ones to “shift down” their careers.
Ann Friedman replies to the universal reaction to The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In: Why did all these women marry selfish jerks? THE ANSWER IS DEPRESSING.
So much of it comes down to gender and this fear of femininity in our culture. Julia Serano talks about this so brilliantly, even in the history of feminist theory, femininity has been presented as something that’s artificial and masculinity is something that’s authentic, and even in a lot of feminist discourse until recently, femininity was seen as something that was artificial and fake. So there is this fear of feminine that we see in a lot of different aspects of culture that is punished. That’s a part of patriarchy. In a lot of ways we can’t talk about homophobia and transphobia, without talking about patriarchy.
Everyone on Orange is the New Black is great— except Jason Biggs and maybe Taryn Manning— but Laverne Cox as Sophia is especially great, and her incredibly eloquent thoughts on gender and identity and the patriarchy in this interview are spectacular. BOOM.
There is no question that, in their obsession with zygotes, embryos, and non-viable fetuses as part of their supposed pro-life stance, they are effectively murdering real, walking, talking women—mothers and daughters, grandmothers and sisters, all sacrificed on an altar of Pecksniffian hypocrisy and contemptible disregard by people who have the insurance, connections, and available health care to feel certain their politics won’t kill their loved ones.
In 1981, when President Ronald Reagan declared that he was “running up a battle flag” in the War on Drugs, fewer than 2 percent of the American public viewed drugs as the most important issue facing the nation. That figure jumped to 64 percent in 1989, thanks largely to a sensational (and racist) media campaign. She also points out that the police could make numerous drug arrests by raiding the fraternities and sororities at colleges, but for the most part they don’t, because those students are not viewed as criminals: they’re just kids who use drugs.
Ross Gay in The Sun Magazine has some very eloquent and sobering thoughts on racism and law enforcement.