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Emotions are Work

Men Dump Their Anger Into Women "Women are expected to regulate the emotions of men as well as themselves. They have to sharpen their emotional regulation skillz because they’ll be regulating for two even when they’re not pregnant. [...] This takes many forms, and at its most benign looks like listening, support and empathy. However, as it becomes more noxious, women are expected to read the emotions [of] men and proactively protect them from their own negative emotions. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Dec 3, 2016 - 255 comments

To all the women who've had to fight

"With "Fight," Magnets put her finger on the pulse of the feminist revenge fantasy" [more inside]
posted by misfish on Dec 3, 2016 - 49 comments

Women at at punk shows are done with your shit

Australian indie-punk band Camp Cope has spearheaded a call to action for bands, venue staff, and concert-goers to stand up against sexual harassment at shows, in part because of incident that went viral at their gig this past may. Their hashtag, #ItTakesOne, has been picked up by other Aussies in the music scene, including Courtney Barnett, and Luca Brasi-who notes the importance of strong male presence in the movement:
"It shouldn't solely be the responsibility of women to fix the problem," they wrote. "We feel it's important for men to speak too, and speak out against other men's behaviour and be positive role models to other men."
The band has been sending this message since the beginning- their cardinal song Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams is an anthem exploring the ideal of female safe spaces. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Dec 1, 2016 - 22 comments

The Understudied Female Sexual Predator

According to new research, sexual victimization by women is more common than gender stereotypes would suggest. Two years ago, Lara Stemple, Director of UCLA’s Health and Human Rights Law Project, came upon a statistic that surprised her: In incidents of sexual violence reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 38 percent of victims were men––a figure much higher than in prior surveys, Results published here[Fulltext]. Intrigued, she began to investigate: Was sexual violence against men more common than previously thought and who were the perpetrators? Other men? Women? In what proportions? Under what circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 30, 2016 - 136 comments

Scientific Motherhood

A well-stocked and carefully curated medicine cabinet conveyed care and successful home management, while an overstuffed or unconsidered one ran afoul of received ideals of motherhood. Yet while women were responsible for the cabinet’s care and contents, certain products essential to their own health and hygiene were long thought to be inimical to it.
A feminist cultural history of the medicine cabinet, an interview with Dr. Deanna Day.
posted by Rumple on Nov 26, 2016 - 17 comments

Hope on a napkin

Each day, Meaghan Elderkin draws a different feminist hero on a napkin — along with one of her famous quotes — and tucks it deep within her 4th-grader’s lunchbox.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 15, 2016 - 6 comments

Apply yourself to supply your wealth

The Universal Right to Capital Income - "If a universal basic income is to be legitimate, it cannot be financed by taxing Jill to pay Jack. That is why it should be funded not from taxation, but from returns on capital." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Nov 4, 2016 - 54 comments

The Weird Familiarity of 100-Year-Old Feminism Memes

Today’s political dialogue—which often merely consists of opposing sides shouting over one another—echoes another contentious era in American politics, when women fought for the right to vote. Then and now, a mix of political tension and new-fangled publishing technology produced an environment ripe for creating and distributing political imagery. The meme-ification of women’s roles in society—in civic life and at home—has been central to an advocacy tradition that far precedes slogans like, “Life’s a bitch, don’t elect one,” or “A woman’s place is in the White House.”

The Weird Familiarity of 100-Year-Old Feminism Memes, by Adrienne LaFrance.

PS There are early-1900s cat pics too
posted by librarina on Oct 27, 2016 - 28 comments

Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

In theory, any of the major characters could have been the star of this episode. But it is not at all a coincidence that it is Beverly — a woman, a healer, a mother, and Picard’s occasional love interest — who lives out this story. Star Trek’s Feminist Statement: Believe Women
posted by redsparkler on Oct 27, 2016 - 51 comments

Out of Bounds

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin - "Ursula Kroeber was born in Berkeley, in 1929, into a family busy with the reading, recording, telling, and inventing of stories. She grew up listening to her aunt Betsy’s memories of a pioneer childhood and to California Indian legends retold by her father. One legend of the Yurok people says that, far out in the Pacific Ocean but not farther than a canoe can paddle, the rim of the sky makes waves by beating on the surface of the water. On every twelfth upswing, the sky moves a little more slowly, so that a skilled navigator has enough time to slip beneath its rim, reach the outer ocean, and dance all night on the shore of another world."
posted by kliuless on Oct 24, 2016 - 29 comments

"Anime fandom has a cultural resistance to critique"

I have a lot of friends who used to watch anime but don’t anymore, partly because, like me, it became too hard to seek out anime that treated women well. There are also lots of people who are enthusiastic about other geek properties but won’t touch anime because of its reputation of infantilizing women and sexualizing children. It makes it hard to recommend anime to people who aren’t already fans.
Amelia Cook on the need for more feminist criticism in anime. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 22, 2016 - 81 comments

How to Suppress Women’s Criticism

And in the thoughtless, uncredited, mangled deployment of that phrase — even in praise — Gaiman broke the chain between the two of them; a prominent, living male artist inserted between Russ’ ideas and Jackson’s reality.
On Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, and the importance of not erasing women’s writing by Carmen Maria Machado
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 20, 2016 - 59 comments

Black as Midnight, Black as Pitch. . .

We're all witches now: with our black turtlenecks, our blood-brown lipstick, our crescent moons and evil eyes, our combat boots and girl gangs and moon cycle apps. We've been shimmering like mood rings for a while now. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 19, 2016 - 18 comments

Fear of a Feminist Future

A future shaped, at least in part, by women poses such a profound identity threat as to be unthinkable to many ordinary joes.
posted by Lycaste on Oct 18, 2016 - 80 comments

the process by which we all eventually pass away

Taller Than the Trees [N/YT] by Megan Mylan - "Japanese men haven't traditionally been caregivers. But for Masami Hayata, it's a crucial part of raising his family." (via)
posted by kliuless on Oct 16, 2016 - 1 comment

do not mistake a desire to avoid violence for the inability to deal it.

United Nations to Name Wonder Woman Honorary Ambassador [Comic Book Resources] In the DC Universe, “Wonder Woman [wiki]” has long acted as an ambassador from her native land, but soon the Themiscyran Princess will take on the role for real when she becomes UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. According to a statement released by the UN, the official announcement of “Wonder Woman’s” new title will be made at an event held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday October 21.
posted by Fizz on Oct 13, 2016 - 18 comments

I Was Pregnant, And Then I Wasn’t

There are many administrative tasks to a miscarriage. You have to tell everyone, including your boss and your sister and your husband’s parents. We thought we were in the clear at 13 weeks along, so we had already started telling all of our friends and family, some only a few days earlier. We didn’t have the energy to make dozens of phone calls, so we sent text messages. I felt an urgent need to update everyone who knew, as if I had passed out bad information and needed to correct it as quickly as possible. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Oct 12, 2016 - 26 comments

we are the virus of the new world disorder

CyberFeminism in the 90s and An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists chronicle a wave of multimedia art that spun out of Australia's VNS Matrix, creators of the CyberFeminist Manifesto and All New Gen, a CD ROM game where "Female ‹cybersluts› and ‹guerrillas,› ‹anarcho cyber-terrorists› infiltrate cyberspace and hack into the controls and databanks of Big Daddy Mainframe, the Oedipal man". (Most links NSFW).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Sep 26, 2016 - 6 comments

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Taz & Zahra

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim is a podcast by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh. [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Sep 26, 2016 - 4 comments

Happy Birthday, Ms. Andrea

Today, Andrea Dworkin, "radical feminist" would have turned 70 years old. (Trigger Warning: written depictions of rape, assault) [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Sep 26, 2016 - 28 comments

Fleabag

TV needs far more seething, devastating women like Fleabag - The creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge (interview), Fleabag started as a finely tuned one woman play and made the jump to television, becoming "a precision black-humor mechanism" in the process.
posted by Artw on Sep 23, 2016 - 40 comments

Greta Friedman

Greta Zimmer Friedman, 92, has died. According to the New York Daily News, Mrs. Friedman led a long, eventful life. As a girl, she fled from the Nazis in Europe, and settled in New York, where she later studied theater and costuming at the New School. But her place in history is marked by a single snapshot. She was ambivalent, at times, about that place in history, which can well be characterized as sexual assault. Nonetheless, many years later, she became friendly with the man in the photograph, who had been, at the time, a stranger. (Previously, if incorrectly)
posted by Countess Elena on Sep 10, 2016 - 15 comments

You can has a pretty either way, IMO

Why You Should Stop Telling People Not To Wear Makeup (slMedium)
posted by Kitteh on Sep 7, 2016 - 189 comments

♫ We're drinking male tears/we're bathing in their fears ♫

The Misandry Hour is a monthly feminist podcast hosted by Australian writer Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford).
posted by Gymnopedist on Sep 4, 2016 - 27 comments

Living on the Borderline

When insolent kids and women are the only ones pathologized for throwing temper tantrums as opposed to violent behavior, then the discourse is suspect. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Sep 2, 2016 - 40 comments

It’s...still the mid-Paleolithic period for far too many.

A Canadian newspaper peppers its front page with comments from Internet trolls. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Aug 30, 2016 - 34 comments

The women in my family had to be good with money

"I was twelve, in that liminal state between childhood and womanhood, still playing with dolls but also shopping for training bras. Eager to soak up lessons about what it meant to be a woman, I watched, and learned, never once questioning why a woman who had a job had to hide money from her husband." (Previously somewhat related on mefi: The Fuck Off Fund.)
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Aug 21, 2016 - 68 comments

Sobriety, Wine O'Clock, and the 24-Hour Woman

"But knives and booze, yoga and booze, 13 mile runs and booze? What’s next to be liquored up: CPR training? Puppy ballet class? (Not really a thing, but someone should get on it.) Is there nothing so inherently absorbing or high-stakes or pleasurable that we won’t try to alter our natural response to it? Maybe women are so busy faking it — to be more like a man at work, more like a porn star in bed, more like 30 at 50 — that we don’t trust our natural responses anymore. Maybe all that wine is an Instagram filter for our own lives, so we don’t see how sallow and cracked they’ve become." Writer Kristi Coulter on making it to "the other side of the pool."
posted by sallybrown on Aug 17, 2016 - 55 comments

40 years of partying like a punkette

The Story of Feminist Punk in 33 Songs: From Patti Smith to Bikini Kill, the songs that have crushed stereotypes and steered progress (Pitchfork). More than a list of songs, it's an overview of feminist expression through raw music, from 1975 to 2015, with an introduction by Vivien Goldman. "Because nothing beats jamming and singing with your sisters. That is punk. Punk freed female musicians. It is yours. Sing it, play it, live it now." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 12, 2016 - 48 comments

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise

"Five years ago I wrote something that became kind of popular.... It was bizarre to see my name in pink fonts, being sold as a commodity when the entirety of my work has been against the commodification of feminist ideas and the misuse, appropriation and subsequent lack of credit of feminism of color." (SL Medium, by Flavia Dzodan)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 9, 2016 - 34 comments

I'm Buffy and You're History

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a role model for the modern feminist "After more than a decade of reading Buffy academia, to which Patricia Pender’s I’m Buffy and You’re History is a very laudable addition, I’m starting to know why this show continues to inspire sincere and thoughtful devotion among intellectual people who need to talk about gender and about what it means to be a woman in our world." ~ Naomi Alderman, The Spectator [more inside]
posted by pjsky on Aug 7, 2016 - 75 comments

Tiny Feminists

Tiny Feminists is a set of three very short films about three very short feminists: Juliette, Yasmine, and Linda are three middle schoolers who are mad as hell and ready to take down the patriarchy. Created and directed by Yulin Kuang (previously on MeFi: the Lizzie Bennet Diaries).
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Aug 5, 2016 - 11 comments

"This Is What a Feminist Looks Like"

SL Glamour. "This Is What a Feminist Looks Like" by Barack Obama
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 4, 2016 - 46 comments

"Toddlers and elderly women get to stand outside the male gaze."

Toddler Grandma Style, like any style, does have a message. The message is “boys, this isn’t about you.” [more inside]
posted by explosion on Aug 2, 2016 - 95 comments

"I am able to say this is who I am."

On being lesbian in a straight marriage (approx. 26 mins podcast) A conversation between two friends. [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Jul 29, 2016 - 3 comments

[W]e live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy.

In a recent interview with Financial Times, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie nonchalantly mentioned her new child. She hadn't made it public (or even told all of her friends) because she refuses to "perform pregnancy." [more inside]
posted by slmorri on Jul 13, 2016 - 67 comments

Ladies of the 1980s

Bitch Flicks offers a number of pop culture related essays (mostly film) from their recent website event, Ladies of the 1980s Theme Week. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 comments

Why Has It Taken the Menstrual Cup So Long to Go Mainstream?

In 1937 actress Leona W. Chalmers filed a remarkable application at the Philadelphia branch of the United States Patent Office: a funnel-shaped receptacle of vulcanized rubber inserted low into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid, rather than soak it up like a Kotex pad did. This invention was later sold as the Tasette, but it never gained commercial success though it had a few devotees. It wasn't until 50 years later that a similar device called The Keeper emerged. We have now entered the age of the menstrual cup, with multiple brands easily purchased online and in stores like Whole Foods, and reviews and comparisons on YouTube and blogs in every corner of the internet. But why did it take so long for them to become mainstream?
posted by apricot on Jul 7, 2016 - 192 comments

MOTHER, WRITER, MONSTER, MAID

Rufi Thorpe writes about being an artist and a mother in Vela.
posted by bardophile on Jul 4, 2016 - 18 comments

But Lola's life was about to change...

Nuclear Family presents: Underwritten Female Character: the Movie.
posted by frumiousb on Jul 3, 2016 - 35 comments

Stripping away negative body image

Burlesque as an expression of body positivity [SLYT, TedX Talk]
posted by a strong female character on Jun 29, 2016 - 2 comments

The irony that this essay is a memoir is not lost on her

The Reluctant Memoirist: Suki Kim, the journalist who spent 6 months undercover in North Korea and wrote Without You, There is No Us talks about the implications of marketing her book as a memoir: I immediately emailed my editor. “I really do not feel comfortable with my book being called a memoir,” I told her. “I think calling it a memoir trivializes my reporting.” Memoir, after all, suggests memories—the unresolved issues of the past, examined through the author’s own experiences. My work, though literary and at times personal, was a narrative account of investigative reporting. I wasn’t simply trying to convey how I saw the world; I was reporting how it was seen and lived by others.
posted by jacquilynne on Jun 27, 2016 - 15 comments

Like it or not, all of our rights are intertwined.

Maybe there’s some woman who has had four abortions and maybe that feels really wrong to you. But my rights are wrapped up with hers, so I have to fight like fuck for her to have as many as she wants—not just for her sake, but for mine, too. If I ever have a daughter, the way things are currently going, she’s going to be fucked if she ever goes through this.
From "Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks"
posted by AceRock on Jun 15, 2016 - 57 comments

Hot Air Millionaire

Sex. Race. Class. Inequality. Personal branding. Millenials. Selfies. Affordable luxury. Femvertizing. Unattainable beauty standards. And a glass of free champagne. Put it all together and what do you get? $100 million a year in less than a decade. Buzzfeed's Sapna Maheshwari takes a deep dive into the success of Drybar.
posted by Diablevert on Jun 2, 2016 - 97 comments

In Defense of Unlikable Women

There is something hypnotic in unlikable male characters that we don’t allow in women, and it’s this: we allow men to be confident, even arrogant, self-absorbed, narcissistic. But in our everyday lives, we do not hold up such women as leaders and role models. We call them out as selfish harridans. They are wicked stepmothers. Seeing these same women bashing their way through the pages of our fiction elicits the same reaction. Women should be nurturing. Their presence should be redeeming. Women should know better. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jun 1, 2016 - 94 comments

It makes you sound weak!

"More than 38 million American women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Many of these women develop coping mechanisms to placate their abusers and protect themselves." How about we stop policing women's language?
posted by xarnop on May 26, 2016 - 71 comments

Cosmo’s Former Art Director

There is a radical feminist thrift store in Denmark run by the former art director of Cosmopolitan magazine. I learned this by accident. (Michelle Goldberg, Slate)
posted by Think_Long on May 20, 2016 - 13 comments

Why dating is drudgery

[Mora] Weigel had a revelation: she was always turning to a man to tell her what she was after, and the institution of dating was to blame. It trained women “in how to be if we wanted to be wanted.” Hence “Labor of Love,” an exploration of that training, in which Weigel reaches two main conclusions. The first is that though dating is passed off as a leisure activity, it really is a lot of work, particularly for women. It requires physical effort—all that primping, exercising, shopping, and grooming—as well as sizable investments of time, money, and emotion. In our consumer society, love is perpetually for sale; dating is what it takes to close the deal.
posted by Bella Donna on May 19, 2016 - 36 comments

Girl Power

What does it mean when we call women "girls"? - by Robin Wasserman [more inside]
posted by hellopanda on May 18, 2016 - 114 comments

“I have three children & a husband who is prime minister. I need help.”

Criticism leveled at Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of prime minister Justin Trudeau, dismissed as ‘sexist and spiteful’ after she says she needs more staff. [The Guardian] The wife of Canada’s prime minister has sparked a fierce national debate after saying she needs more help to expand her official role and take on more public duties. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau last week told a French-language newspaper that she wanted to do more, but struggled with just one staff member. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 16, 2016 - 238 comments

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