Feminist Theory

I think we need to have a talk about patriarchy

By · Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 · 21 Comments »

Yesterday Echidne linked to a story in the New York Times about Spanish brothels. Spanish slave brothels, really, since most of the women in them are trafficked slaves who are being held against their will. The article is enormously upsetting, as is every article about prostitution. I’m going to arrange a few of the quotes […]

Feminism 101

By · Monday, June 13th, 2011 · 41 Comments »

In a patriarchal society, men are the default humans. Women are the sex class. They are defined in terms of their relationship to the default humans, the men: whether as daughters, mothers, sisters, wives, or potential mates. This definition is automatic and fundamental. A woman’s femaleness—and thus her sexual potential—is, in a patriarchy, always uppermost. […]

I figured it out

By · Monday, June 14th, 2010 · 89 Comments »

The “it” being this: As you’ve identified, one flaw, hopefully not fatal, of lefty feminism is the tendency to militantly guard the door. If that is the case — if contemporary leftist feminism is like that — then why? And when did it happen? I know I’ve told you guys a million times that I’ve […]

About that non-vacuum in which Stupak happened…

By · Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 · 41 Comments »

Kate Harding has a good piece in Salon that captures the PUMA-a-year-later zeitgeist we’ve been talking about here (to recap: A year later, world suddenly gets what PUMAs were talking about, House Democrats pass healthcare reform for men, and Rachel Maddow is becoming post-rational). Harding’s piece is called Face it: The Democratic Party is not […]

Christie Hefner, Sarah Palin, and the meaning of feminism

By · Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Last year I got into several disputes over whether it was appropriate for Sarah Palin to consider herself a feminist. Most people, including me, consider her abortion stance anti-feminist, but is that alone enough to disqualify her? She clearly embraces the feminist message in other respects, and self-identifies as a feminist. (Notice, of course, that […]

How would you define the fourth wave of feminism?

By · Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 · 140 Comments »

Earlier today, commenter Alison said: I think the women at Feministing are at war with the 4th wave just as much as they are at war with any woman who does not meet their card carrying Democrat standard. Their recent post in which they are defensive in regard to criticism that they do not support […]

“Stone her”

By · Friday, October 17th, 2008 · 86 Comments »

That was the cry when Sarah Palin appeared at a campaign stop in Philadelphia. “Let’s stone her, old school!” yelled a man in the crowd. Maybe that’s next. Over at The New Agenda, Amy Siskind raises the spectre of Kitty Genovese and asks, “Are Democratic women the new bystanders?” What started as “MILF” has taken […]

A comment that should have been a post: the difference between the height of Women’s Lib and today

By · Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 · 51 Comments »

I’m in the habit of carrying on substantive conversations with people in the comment threads, so it sometimes happens that my Serious Opinions About Major Issues end up being expressed not in posts, but in off-hand comments. Which is fine, except that whenever people ask me stuff like “where did you say that thing about […]

An open letter to Feministing

By · Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 · 21 Comments »

I tried to post a comment at Feministing but, as usual, was bitterly rebuffed by Typekey, which thinks I’m a Soviet spy. So here’s the question I want to ask about this post: What is the empirical foundation for the claim that “creating a culture which values genuine female sexual pleasure can help stop rape”? […]

Buying into patriarchy

By · Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 · 40 Comments »

The mayonnaise thread over at Twisty’s morphed into a discussion of why women in a patriarchy justify their own oppression. A commenter named JR mentioned Social Justification Theory, which other people in the thread at first thought was the same as Stockholm Syndrome. Here’s my comment, which I’m dragging over here in order to continue […]