Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/16/2011
Masculinity: From A Feminine Perspective
It pains me a little bit to say this, but I have to admit it. I’m kind of a hypocrite. I’ve spent over a year on this blog exploring most every facet of being a teen girl in this culture through a feminist lens. I’ve bitched (and rightfully so) about how there’s still a shit ton of sexism out there and how we still need to fight for equality, but I never really mentioned the guys.
While I’ve always supported men in the feminist movement, and believe they need to be a part of it, I’ve always viewed the way masculinity standards shape and effect men as something completely separate from women in this culture and a marginal part of feminism. It wasn’t until I read Michael Kimmel’s book Guyland …
Feminism | Posted by Alec A on 02/10/2011
The Future West Point Cadet and Military Axe Grinding
Not a single female was to be found in my first semester history course.
Our class discussed this curious state of affairs extensively, and it was decided after much deliberation that another history course offered during the same block – Gender, Culture, and Power – had absorbed any females interested in learning about current affairs in the Middle East and Central Asia course. Do women find hardcore politics unappealing? I think that would be a gross generalization, but the better question is: Do men find gender studies emasculating?
In any case, one morning, my favorite history teacher who taught the class, started a conversation about the military. As was her style, she often began the day with some relaxing banter before pulling out the academic big-guns. She was extremely quirky, …
Feminism | Posted by Brian C on 12/8/2010
Just Because Berry Is In The Name…
Does anyone else enjoy partaking in the outlandish factoids of Snapple caps? I recently got a fact that stated that a banana is technically a berry and strawberries are not even berries. I will repeat this, because it bears reiteration. A banana (the yellow things you have to peel) is a berry whereas a strawberry (red fruit of deliciousness with BERRY in the name) is not a berry. So I had an initial shock and a moment of muddled thoughts. Society has played this trick a number of times on me throughout my life. Koala BEARS and panda BEARS are not even bears. Furthermore I concluded that this type of poor labeling by society is why I fight for gender equality.
To me, equality is a condition worth fighting for …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Alec A on 10/13/2010
Being A Gay Teen at Homecoming
I was at homecoming this past weekend and, given my miraculously heightened sense of male gender roles, I made a few interesting observations that I would like to share with the wild internet west. Alright, I have taken a sip of coffee, so here we go.
There is no such thing as a male dance move. I noticed this as I was trying to dance to various rap and pop songs. I would sort of try and get into it and then I would grudgingly realize that I really had no dance repertoire to draw on for that selection. I had two options: either dance like a heterosexual douchebag or dance like a flaming homosexual.
Let us look at the dance routine of the douchebag. Put yourself in the scene. …
Feminism | Posted by Maren H on 05/3/2010
How Feminism Helps Everyone (Not Just The Women)
Feminism has changed and evolved throughout history; so has public regard towards it. From the suffragettes to the reproductive revolutionists, all feminists, though separated into many facets all have one superior goal; to empower, to ensure well-being, health and good quality of life of women all over the world.
Today, Feminists are often seen as the enemy to men, determined to deflate the power of the phallus and kick men off the throne and into oppression with our Birkenstocks and unshaven legs. There are countless thoughts on what feminism is and what we do. There are certainly women calling themselves feminists who believe that women should be elevated to a higher social level than men, however; this is hardly the case with the majority of feminists.
The view of feminists …
Feminism | Posted by Matt W on 12/1/2009
Men Can Be Feminists?
Yes, men can be feminists.
Why, you may ask? Well, why the hell not?
I’ve been wanting to write about my experiences as a male feminist for quite some time now. Yes, I am a cisgender male. Yes, it is impossible for me to have exactly the same experiences as a cisgender woman. If I decide to stay as a cisgender male, I will never give birth to a child, menstruate, experience many forms of sexist discrimination, worry about my safety while walking across campus at night, etc. etc.
I realize this. I wanted to make that disclaimer before I continue so as to let people know what I am aware of the discrepancy between the discrimination (or lack thereof) that I will face in my lifetime as compared to …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/23/2009
feminist chat with the rad Nikki Darling
Nikki Darling recently interviewed me for her blog, and we had a very cool chat.
Nikki Darling is a feminist music critic who writes for the LA Weekly and was the former interviews editor at LA Record. She also worked for Jessica Hopper on her book the Girls Guide to Rocking. If it wasn’t evident from this description, she is a really, really cool person.
Here are some highlights. You can read the whole version here.
What would be your goal or hope for the state of teenage girls who have perhaps fallen into old misogynistic traps? I.E Girls who have bought into the lie, how do you hope on reaching them?
Through my website I’m hoping to spread awareness. My goal is not necessarily to …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/17/2009
The Case for Male Feminists
Great post by “eitheror” at dailykos.com, who makes the case for male feminists – quite eloquently at that. I’m so glad a man wrote this article for men: it’s so important that this happens more often. He makes some great points about the public reactions to Palin and even Ann Coulter, before summarizing:
“I am defending women. Not because they asked me to do it, or because they need me to do it, but because its the right thing to do. I am defending women because they are human beings who are entitled to the dignity and consideration of that condition like anyone else. How can we say that we aspire to the virtue of our ideals, like equality, when we entertain positions that denigrate our wives, girlfriends, sisters …