"Tammy Wynette was quite wrong when she sang 'Sometimes it's hard to be a woman'. It's not. It's always hard to be a woman. Especially if you're a man."
Hard-hitting journalism from The Daily Mail. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Sep 20, 2007 -
Recently an opinion writer for The Age
, Catherine Deveny unleashed a firestorm of sorts when she wrote an article entitled 'Why Do Some Wives Still Change Their Names?
'. The reaction to her article (from both men and women) was strong; so much so that in a recent follow up article entitled 'I Don't Give A Stuff What You Do. I'm Paid To Write What I Think'
, she jokingly wrote that it had had the effect of reducing her readership to three. But when an article penned by a professional comedian employs such pointed rhetoric along the lines of "Insecure or conservative or stupid women are bowing to the wishes of their husbands
", can she truly claim surprise at the level of vitriol her article generated or is this simply a case of an opinion writer trying to get opinions?
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments
on Sep 19, 2007 -
Other Women's Voices:
"Below are links that will take you to passages from over 125 women writers. The entries are on women who produced a substantial amount of work before 1700, some or all of which has been translated into modern English. Each entry will tell you about the print sources from which the translated passages are taken; it will also tell you of useful secondary sources and Internet sites, when those are available." An amazing resource. (Via wood s lot
posted by languagehat
on Jul 26, 2007 -
It puts the lotion in the basket. [nsfw]
You know how in that movie, The Silence of the Lambs,
the serial killer they're trying to catch is skinning women because he wants to make a suit out of real girls?
If this product was around, perhaps we could have saved the lives of a lot of fictional victims.
posted by Sully
on Jul 25, 2007 -
“With the number of human beings having increased more than six-fold in the past 200 years, the modern mind simply assumes that men and women . . . will always breed enough children to grow the population . . . Yet, for more than a generation now, well-fed, healthy, peaceful populations around the world have been producing too few children to avoid population decline. . . . Throughout the broad sweep of human history, there are many examples of people, or classes of people, who chose to avoid the costs of parenthood.
Indeed, falling fertility is a recurring tendency of human civilization. Why then did humans not become extinct long ago? The short answer is patriarchy.”
posted by jason's_planet
on Apr 26, 2007 -
Porn for Women
is a new photo book by the Cambridge Women's Pornography Collective that asserts that what really turns women on is a man who cleans the house and asks for directions. Others disagree
. (All links SFW.)
posted by desjardins
on Apr 9, 2007 -
The "Revolution" that isn't.
The idea that well-educated women are leaving their careers behind and choosing to stay at home is a recurring story- notably in "The Opt Out Revolution
", Lisa Belkin's 2003 essay in the New York Times. A closer examination
[.pdf, long] challenges the idea that women are returning home as a matter of biological "pull" rather than a workplace "push", and argues that how the media portrays the personal decisions of a few obfuscates the real social needs of most American working families. In 2007, the United States is one of the few countries
in the world without paid maternity leave.
posted by ambrosia
on Mar 16, 2007 -
You would think that with 4,000 women and 200 girls together, along with hundreds of NGOs and representatives of 45 governments
the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women
would be well covered by the media. Sadly, it is not
: this year only 10 journalists
demanded media accreditation to cover the international meeting, while pro-life groups are more than happy to send delegates
arguing that "governments should protect girls from the moment of conception."
The Commission however is no small event: it provided a legal frame
protecting the rights of women and girls worldwide (those rights were officially adopted in the early 90s [!]). It also provides standards to which participant countries must try live up to. This blog
takes us backstage, behind the CSW's scene.
posted by Sijeka
on Mar 6, 2007 -
Born to War
is a series of paintings of American women killed in Iraq. The combination of the increasing role of women in the American military and the blurring of lines between combat and non-combat roles in Iraq have made this the first war in which female US soldiers have died in direct combat. The focus on a smaller number of women provides a more approachable view of casualties than more general sites like Iraq Body Count
and raises some interesting questions about the role of women in the US military.
posted by scottreynen
on Feb 23, 2007 -
The three-decade decline in teenage and young-adult rape accompanies huge drops in all crimes -- murder, assault, drug abuse and property -- committed by youth... Women's rapidly rising status and economic independence in the larger society fostered new attitudes and laws that rejected violence against women. That younger people growing up in this environment of greater gender equality should show the biggest decreases in rape, while older generations lag behind, is consistent with this explanation... Over the last 30 years, rape arrest rates have fallen by 80% among Californians under age 15, much larger than the 25% drop among residents age 40 and older.The decline of rape
So, kids today are
posted by y2karl
on Feb 22, 2007 -
"Ben Barres's work is much better than his sister's,"
one scientist remarked to another. The only problem is that Ben Barres and his “sister” Barbara Barres were the same person. An FTM transsexual offers a unique view
of the impact of gender discrimination in science, having seen it from both sides. Despite the fact that recent studies have shown that a woman has to be 2.5 times as productive
to be judged as scientifically competant as a man in the sciences, many still argue that there is actually a level playing field,
a source of some frustration for
many women in the field. (For a somewhat easier to read and referenced response to the Physics Today letters, check out Evalyn Gates’ reply at the end.)
posted by kyrademon
on Jan 10, 2007 -
Islam Outlaws Female Genital Mutilation
"After listening to several international physicians, they pronounced the sensational decision to classify the custom of female genital mutilation (FGM) as punishable aggression and crime against humanity. As a result, the custom can no longer be practiced by Muslims. Now awareness of this decision has to be spread in the 33 affected countries." [+ WHO]
and [+ wp]
posted by FunkyHelix
on Dec 4, 2006 -
The Rhythm & Blues Review
is a one+ hour Google video clip of a 1955 Apollo show featuring Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway -- and at 1.05, Miss Rhythm herself, blues diva Ruth Brown singing her signature song, Teardrops From My Eyes. Ruth Brown sadly passed away
on Friday. [More on Ruth Brown]
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 19, 2006 -
Ask A Man?
"You have come to the right place for love, relationship and dating advice. Ask a man will provide you with the love, relationship and dating answers you seek. Our staff of amazing men have agreed to break the "man code" and tell you the absolute truth about what your man is really saying to you." For example: "Men want respect. In a man's world, men are nothing without respect. In a relationship, a man needs to know his woman respects him. "
posted by feelinglistless
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Geiko of Kyoto
is a stunning photo gallery of Kyotos's Geisha - both the mature Geiko and the apprentice Maiko. Melissa Chasse annotates many photos with fascinating details and offers an account of her tea party with Mamechika
, a lovely Maiko. For more, this lovely Geisha site
offers a brief history from the era of the floating world, more photos, Ukiyo-e art, and links. Also see y2karls' prior definitive post on ukiyo-e
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 23, 2006 -
I Do Nothing All Day
- The guys at idonothingallday.com
NSFW) do a great job of capturing the simple act of admiring a
woman passing you by while walking around on the streets of NYC.
Some of the smiles can really lighten up your day. My particular
Most of the videos are embedded Quicktime with a few recent Flash
posted by Big Mike
on Sep 18, 2006 -
"It’s a cliché among hikers that there are as many ways to hike the trail as there are people who hike it. Most start at Springer Mountain in Georgia and end at Katahdin in Maine; a few start in Maine and head south. Purists walk every 2,167.1 miles of the trail marked by white rectangular blazes painted on the trees. Blue blazers take short cuts on side trails marked with blue. Yellow blazers hitchhike ahead along roads. And then there are the pink blazers. Pink blazers pursue women
posted by jessamyn
on Aug 28, 2006 -