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The backlash against feminism aims to preserve the 'manosphere'

The backlash against feminism aims to preserve the 'manosphere' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

[A]nti-feminist backlash occurs not when women have achieved equality but when there is any possibility that we might. It's "a pre-emptive strike" and here, I would say, it's been going on for the past five years. This is a strange time to be talking of backlashes when we have just seen several successful feminist campaigns, but we need to understand the scale of what is happening. I am glad there is a woman's face on the money. But can we have more actual money? Equal pay?


The reality is that in public life, politics, business and media, we are grossly under-represented. There are constant attacks on abortion, a push to make women dependent on partners – Iain Duncan Smith's "belief" – and women are disproportionally hit by cuts. The icons of the day are mute and "respectable" – such as Sam Cam and Kate Middleton.


The backlash started in the early 90s when to be laddish and un-PC was a bit a naughty. Liam Gallagher, described brilliantly by his brother Noel as "a man with a fork in a world of soup", was its pin-up.


Right now we are dealing with something worse: a rightwing establishment and its lackeys who have managed to convince themselves they are mavericks and who are openly anti-feminist.


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Jody MacPherson's curator insight, November 2, 2014 1:25 PM

Suzanne Moore: Those in power are legislating away women's rights at work, making sure women are not promoted, maintaining a status quo in which half the population are silent and invisible. Internet trolls are but fleas on the mangy coat of the backlash. In popular culture as in politics, as Faludi wrote, this is not an organised and centralised conspiracy. Its workings are "encoded and internalised, diffuse and chameleonic".


And meanwhile in Canada, income splitting introduced by Harper says, "it's okay married women that you're not making as much as your husband, we'll let you manipulate the books and shuffle around the money so that he doesn't have to pay his fair share of taxes and you look like you're doing much better than you actually are!"


Oh happy day. The manosphere wins again.


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The Women's Movement's Next 50 Years

The Women's Movement's Next 50 Years | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

I always knew this was the longest revolution, one that would take a century or more to unfold. It's upended most of our lives, and significantly improved so many of them. Nothing will ever be the same. Yet there's still such a long way to go. I doubt I'll see full gender equality in my lifetime.

 

By Ruth Rosen, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Davis and a Scholar in Residence at U.C. Berkeley. She is the author, most recently, of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America.


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Your Right To Bare Breasts

by DEANNA, Kitch-Slapped

 

Given all the ruckus about breast feeding in public (something which relegated me to the isolation of many a stuffy room, even during family gatherings), I consider the right to bare breasts right up there with the right to bear arms. So meet crusader and an activist Moira Johnston, aka The East Village Topless Lady, who is working to spread the all-important message that it is legal for women to be topless — at least in New York City, since 1992. [MORE]


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Gender Ads Project

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Scott A. Lukas, a college professor, began the Gender Ads Project, a website that analyzes women's roles in advertising in 2002. Now there's nearly 4,000 examples on the site.

 


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Who needs feminism?

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by ALLISON BEATTIE, MICHELLE BURROWS,

KATE GADSDEN, and SARAH KENDRICKBY,

The Chronicle, Duke University


Identify yourself as a feminist today and many people will immediately assume you are a man-hating, bra-burning, whiny liberal. Perhaps a certain charming radio talk show host will label you as a “Feminazi” or “slut.” Even among more moderate crowds, feminism is still seen as too radical, too uncomfortable or simply unnecessary. Feminism is both misunderstood and denigrated regularly right here on Duke’s campus.


We, the 16 women of Professor Rachel Seidman’s course Women in the Public Sphere, have decided to fight back against these popular misconceptions surrounding the feminist movement. [MORE]


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GOP War on Women an Important Undercurrent in Scott Walker Recall Effort

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by RACHEL MADDOW

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Rachel Maddow reviews recent headlines of violence and intimidation at Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin and traces the extremist anti-abortion, anti-contraception roots of unpopular Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. [MORE]

 

[One reason why I love Rachel Maddow; she talks about issues that most do not. DD]


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Feminism F.A.Q.s: What is Feminism?

What is feminism? What does it really mean? Turns out it's not some big, scary thing. In Feminism F.A.Q.s Jarrah Hodge of Gender Focus tackles questions and myths about feminism.


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Slut! Reclaim the word or banish It?

Slut! Reclaim the word or banish It? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Limbaugh controversy is a perfect example of the complexities of reappropriating, or renouncing, the slur.


by TRACY CLARK-FLORY, AlterNet


Until now, reclaiming the word “slut” never appealed to me. I fully supported the message of SlutWalk — that women don’t ask to be raped by dressing a certain way — but I had no interest in applying the slur to myself. But this Limbaugh thing has me singing a different tune. [MORE]


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Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners

Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JENNIFER LUDDENRnpr.org

 

Liza Mundy's The Richer Sex is like a fantastical trip through the looking glass into a future few of us dared imagine, but which Mundy forcefully illustrates is already well under way. Forget gender parity. Mundy culls a broad range of research to lay out how women are fast overtaking men in today's economy, a shift that is happening worldwide.

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Paid parental leave is a feminist issue - Green Left Weekly

Paid parental leave is a feminist issue - Green Left Weekly | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Green Left Weekly Paid parental leave is a feminist issue Green Left Weekly Feminist commentator Eva Cox has supported Abbott's scheme. She has said it is based on industrial context, rather than Labor's “welfare” scheme.


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The GOP Rape Advisory Chart: Volume III

The GOP Rape Advisory Chart: Volume III | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

GOP is so horrific and prolific regarding their misogynistic rape stance that (so far) there are THREE charts required.


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Female Olympic Athletes Still Have “Beauty” To Hurdle

Female Olympic Athletes Still Have “Beauty” To Hurdle | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Today, in honor of the Olympics, in honor of the strong, skilled, and powerful US female gymnastic team, Proctor & Gamble’s official beauty Twitter account tweeted a kick in the groin to the gymnasts -- and all women really.


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Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex

Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"As long as we tolerate being saturated by media that depicts female success as tied inextricably to the ability to attract a man and produce offspring […] we leave room for the notion that women are above all procreative vehicles."

 


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Feminst Buttons

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http://vintagefeminism.tumblr.com/
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ACLU Wins a Round for Reproductive Justice and Advances Gender Discrimination Argument | RH Reality Check

ACLU Wins a Round for Reproductive Justice and Advances Gender Discrimination Argument | RH Reality Check | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The ACLU won a round this week in its court challenge to a Kansas law passed during the 2011 legislative session.  There are a few court challenges being waged in Kansas and the cost of these challenges continues to rise. ...

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Reinventing feminism

by COURTNEY MARTIN,  TEDtalks

 

Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism." In a personal and heartfelt talk, she describes the three paradoxes that define her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.  


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The GOP's Witch Hunt

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by ANNE LLEWELLYN BARSTOW, RH Reality Check

 

"Having a female body was the factor most likely to render one vulnerable to being called a witch...the truth about the majority of persons accused of [witchcraft]: old, unattractive, disliked, and FEMALE"

— Witchcraze: A New History of European Witch Hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow

 

The past few months the GOP has waged a war on women that places them firmly in bed with religious lobbyists, treating women like they are subhuman all in the name of patriarchal religion.  Bah humbug. 


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Annie Lennox Discusses Feminism & HIV

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by DAVID PESCHEK, The Quietus

 

David Peschek spends ten minutes with Annie Lennox and discusses HIV, Africa, International Women's Day, celebrity culture and why an Evening Standard columnist "should be ashamed of herself". [MORE]


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Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street

"Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street" was inspired by International Anti-Street Harassment Week. It was created by a group of women and m...

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