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The Gay Men Who Hate Women

Ever had a gay man criticize your appearance, or had your ass slapped in a gay club 'as a joke'? Gay male sexism is alive and well.
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I wrote about this 4 years ago in a short blog post; this one is not only longer, but includes some gender history.

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Art, Identification, and Labels: Understandings of “Feminist Art” Among Female Artists » Sociology Lens

Art, Identification, and Labels: Understandings of “Feminist Art” Among Female Artists » Sociology Lens | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Janet Bloch. Self Portrait as Shakti, 2004.

 

"Full Disclosure:  I am a feminist.  It never crossed my mind that there might be anything problematic about labeling myself this way since I have openly articulated my interests in gender issues and social, political, and economic equality since my early undergraduate days.  Of course, I knew that researchers had shown women today often reject the term “feminist” (McRobbie 2004; Rowe-Finkbeiner 2004; Levy 2006). However, I somehow had convinced myself that these individuals were just not informed.  I truly believed that if men and women could critically examined the social construction of gender, see the ways in which gendered notions impact their lives, and take the time to critique these forces there could be greater understanding, acceptance, and embracement of feminist politics.

 

Last fall I found myself working on a project on women’s art.  I met with several female artists whose work examined, questioned, and challenged cultural gender expectations.  What I found utterly shocked me; within the art world, there are a number of female artists that use art as a vehicle to challenge gender inequality but are cautious, hesitant, or dismissive of being labeled as “feminist artists.” I found that many female artists believe that term “feminism” is so deeply connected to a stigmatized social movement that strongly reject the label even while creating feminist art."


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Egypt: "We Will Wear Dresses on 24 August !"

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We Will Wear Dresses - Online campaign calls for women to take back their power and wear what they want

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End the rape culture at university

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Alexandra Brodsky: I was sexually assaulted my freshman year at Yale. I refuse to remain silent anymore about what should be called an epidemic

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The Government Can't Force Anyone To Donate An Organ, So Why Must A Pregnant Woman Hand Over Her Uterus?

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In no other case except pregnancy, do we legally compel one human to give up their bodily autonomy to sustain the life of another human.

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Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The title -- and cover image -- gave me this impression: This book is going to be about women taking back the kitchen and crafts (and all the things once called "women's work") and are refusing to be told that they are anti-feminist or backward-thinking for doing so. They are reclaiming the word "domestic" from its status as a slur.

Yes . . . but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Matchar explains that that is what we think we're doing (there's the motive) but what we're really accomplishing, if we truly believe ourselves to be feminists, might be shooting ourselves in the feet (there's those repercussions).

...Some women who are quitting their jobs to bake bread and grow veggies and homeschool their kids are saying, as I did, when I dropped out of the workforce, "Work sucks and it ain't getting any better. Screw the middleman. I'm my boss now and my job is to feed my family." As noble as this seems (and, yeah, I was getting a bit of a head), Matchar thinks that we have jumped off a ship that isn't sinking, as we thought, but is, in fact, still struggling to get out of the harbor. Feminism hasn't failed -- it just isn't done yet. Just as we don't have total racial equality even though we have laudable civil rights laws, we don't have equality between the sexes, either -- not in employment or anywhere else. To use another metaphor, our mothers didn't fail to win, they just started the fight. They tagged us in and we've walked away.

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