Journalist Susan Faludi was born in Queens, New York in 1959 to a Jewish family. After graduating from Harvard in 1981, Faludi started writing for many of America’s most prestigious newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She particularly focuses her writing on feminism, crafting pieces in the 1980’s about the backlash against the movement.
Slate has a great interview with Hakim, in which she is pretty blunt about her position. For example, the American workforce penalizes people for being fat (obese women earn less money than slim women). But instead of working to combat this form of discrimination, Hakim's final answer to this (and other criticisms) is that "Discrimination is part of life itself. Discrimination is part of being an intelligent and thinking person."
Austrian Ingeborg Bachmann’s short story “A Step Towards Gomorrah,” tells the story of a lesbian relationship, but still adheres to traditional Austrian gender roles. The main character Charlotte’s husband Franz still conforms to these traditional gender expectations, as well. Women in this story are confined to World War II gender and marriage ideals. However, Charlotte tries to escape these traditional systems, but all fails. After conforming to traditional gender and marriage ideas for years, Charlotte tries to escape the system through dominance in lesbianism.
I wrote earlier about how female cross-dressing in 16th century England wasn’t seen as queer, it was seen as promiscuous. It’s strange how things change. Let’s look at some of the reasons that female cross-dressers were seen as the modern equivalent as streetwalkers:
It seems that Peg Aloi is stumping for stronger female role models in the media, which is a worthy cause. But why start with three long paragraphs about how womankind has been rapidly backsliding from the gains made by the feminist movement? And why use blogs about knitting as evidence for that?
A few nights ago I watched No Strings Attached, though I'm not sure why; I guess because it had my darling Natalie Portman in it and I will see any movie she is in. I was expecting something more than what it delivered. I should have known that with a costar like Ashton Kutcher, it wasn’t going to have any substance.
Everyone wants to feel that they have worth. Personally I believe that this is what drives all human endeavor; not the desire for a mate, but the desire to feel worthwhile.
Imagine, then, what kind of a life you must lead, if your way of feeling that you have worth, your primary means of achieving external validation, is to give out free hand jobs at a Juggalo gathering. As described early on in Emma Carmichael's Deadspin article.
You're really pushing my buttons these days, Fox. Normally, you sit at the periphery of my consciousness like a mosquito buzzing a few inches from my ear. I know you're there, I know you're annoying, but I rarely give you too much of my attention. I'll just sort of half-heartedly swat you away whenever you get too loud.
Lately, though, you've been posting all kinds of crap on the internet that just makes me want to smack you full-on between my palms. You've already got the racism down pat over at Fox Nation--hey, we knew you had it in you the whole time--and now you've covered sexism while you're at it, too. This gem of an article popped up under the Men's Health section of the Fox News website. I didn't know Fox News had a Men's Health section but I'm sure it gives plenty of advice on how to avoid shooting yourself in the face with your rifles and how much light beer is too much. Useful life skills for the modern man, you know.
To be fair, this article was originally published over a year ago on AskMen.com. But Fox seemed to endorse it enough to reblog it. It's called "5 Feminist Demands She Wants You To Ignore." Already Fox is making it seem like feminists are a subset of women that just run around demanding things all day. You don't really need to listen to them because they're not your woman. She would rather you ignore the harpies. The condescending tone doesn't stop at the headline, either. The article identifies a modern feminist as simply a woman who pays her own way and doesn't need a male mate. Last I checked you didn't need to pay all your own expenses to be under the impression that men and women were beings of equal worth, but I'm not going to rail too hard on a sloppy definition. Then we get this bite: "While the notion of the sexy feminist isn’t completely false, you need to be aware of those pesky feminist demands that even the most independent of women is expecting you to ignore. Why don't women just tell you what they want, you ask? Silly rabbit, then they wouldn't be women!"
Ha! I get it. Women are tricky, mysterious, inscrutable creatures, right? And those who actually have the gall to believe they're equal to men just keep making pesky demands that ruin the fun for those involved in the patriarchy. Some of them might be a little sexy, though. It's not completely unheard of.
Because most of the time when I hear conservatives chime in on an issue, they push it to its most extreme possibilities. Gay marriage? If everyone were gay, there would be no babies! Better make sure no one is gay so that our species doesn't die out. Same with abortion--if we kill all the babies, there will be no more babies. And the same logic applies, evidently, to contraception.
I wish I were kidding. But Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) used this very logic on the House floor. "If you applied that preventative medicine universally, what you end up with is -- you've prevented a generation," he said. "Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That's not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate, we're a dying civilization."
You guys. We are so close to running out of babies in this country it's ridiculous. If every woman doesn't have babies all of the time, we might run out of America. So no gays, no condoms, no pills for you. Just lie back and think of the founding fathers. Keep on multiplying like a good girl.
Seriously, do people buy into this? Do we really think there is a baby shortage in this country? We don't have enough jobs for the people that are living here. Even if we maintained a steady population instead of inflating it with newborns, we'd still have a few too many folks kicking around. Fewer kiddos--especially fewer unwanted ones--is not a bad thing. People are still going to want to make little people with their faces on them. It's not as though women never breed on purpose.
First of all, there's no reason that birth control shouldn't be covered by health insurance. What is health insurance for, if not to prevent and control health issues? And surely an unintended pregnancy is one of the biggest health issues of all. Birth control is not a frivolous or cosmetic issue. For many women, it's a matter of life or death - both literally and figuratively.