September 2010

Anti-Misandrists, and "The Bangkok Girl Fantasy"

Blogger David Futrelle has written up a short but sweet article on the Western male fantasy of the "nubile, pliant, and above all grateful" Asian or Eastern European woman.  This is a common trope, and it's one that I think a lot of us in the feminist community have chosen to simply ignore.  But sadly enough, ignoring something doesn't make it go away.

The same can be said for the anti-misandry or "men's rights movement."  After reading the linked article, I clicked around a little and found that Futrelle has developed a commendable vocation for directly tackling misogynist outlets like Spearhead.

I'll be honest with you: I don't engage with the men's rights movement because those guys scare me.  The only violent, threatening comments I've ever received have been from that particular corner of the Crazyverse. 

These are men who believe there's no such

Sex Coercion = Cute “Punk” Idea!

All of this media hullaballoo surrounding the “Almost-Punk’d CNN” incident by James O’Keefe is negligent at best, sick at worst, as it’s treating the sexual coercion, intent to record a person in a sexual act without her consent, and plenty of other dark intentions as a “punk.”

If you hadn’t heard, James O’Keefe (of “I’m the pimp of ACORN!” fame, among other instances of his dubious character and lack of media integrity) was miffed that Emmy-award winning CNN journalist Abbie Boudreau might be portraying him in a less-than-favorable light (easy to do) in her new documentary film. In retaliation, he decided to “punk” Boudreau by luring her onto his boat and seducing her on camera to sully her credibility.

The "Girls Only Marathon" Debacle

The Wall Street Journal has an article which is as dismaying as it is enlightening.  Not being much of a runner, myself (understatement of the year) I didn't realize that there is a lot of tension in the running world between "regular marathons" and "marathons for women." 

Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of marathons aimed at women are doing it all wrong.  Like, "forehead smacking wrong."

It makes sense to hold marathons which are aimed at women, both because they help highlight and promote the sport to women everywhere.  And because they allow women to compete against each other on an even playing ground.  (Evidently there is a lot of gender disparity in long-distance running performance, but don't quote me on that, that's just what the Wall Street Journal says.)

Men Hate Shopping Just As Much As Women Love Yogurt

A lot of men blame feminism for bringing the hate on men, but I'm here to tell you, it's not feminism.  It's the world of advertising.  (Which, oddly enough, is still a very male-dominated industry, although it has evolved some since the days of "Mad Men."  But I digress.)

Women, as we all know, love yogurt.  We looooooove it.  Almost as much as we love scented candles. 

The only time you'll ever see a man eat yogurt in a commercial is in that ad for the dessert flavored yogurts, when the man is briefly confused by an overheard conversation his wife is having on the phone.  Boston cream pie!  Key lime pie!  He goes digging through the fridge with great excitement, but finds only yogurt.  He has a sad.

Larry Flynt Calls For Return Of The ERA

I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see such strong feminist writing coming from the mouth of infamous Hustler publisher (and free speech advocate) Larry Flynt.  But there it is, in the Huffington Post, for all to see.

The quintessentially 1970s Flynt calls for a return of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The Equal Rights Amendment was THE issue of the 1970s.  It was bigger than the Tea Party and Obama's health care reform combined.  It divided the country for over ten years.  It would have amended the Constitution to give women equal rights, and I am sad to say that it failed.

The ERA would have guaranteed women equal rights, "not to be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."  

Michael Arrington Gets Snippy

Oh look!  Another white guy defensively blaming women for being under-represented in his field.  Seriously, someone should keep a tally.

In this case, it's Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, blaming women for not being in tech enough.  Same old, same old, in other words.  

Arrington asserts (because as a white male, surely he KNOWS) that life is actually easier for women in the high tech world!  For one thing, the tech world is a meritocracy.  Of course the funny thing about that assertion is that it's always being made by white men.  Ever notice that?