Obama’s Man in Virginia, and the state of feminism

By · Friday, April 3rd, 2009 · 85 Comments »

This week Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia signed a bill that includes state funding for “crisis pregnancy centers,” which are basically anti-abortion propaganda bunkers. Now here are a few interesting things to think about: Tim Kaine is the chair of the Democratic National Committee, a post to which he was appointed by his good buddy […]

The President is a man, the First Lady is talking fashion, and all is right with the world

By · Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 · 53 Comments »

There were a few scary moments last year when it seemed a woman might actually be the next President of the United States, but then the patriarchy got things back under control with Barack Obama. Just as Obama’s inauguration was an aggressive and carefully calculated display of male dominance, the media coverage of his White […]

The Triumph of Patriarchy

By · Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 · 60 Comments »

The dominant narrative of Barack Obama’s inauguration is that it represents the triumph of civil rights for African-Americans. And it does, undeniably. It’s a transcendent moment in America’s tortured history of race relations. But there’s another, unacknowledged narrative. This one is about the role of men and women in the world, and about shoring up […]

The Turning Point

By · Thursday, January 15th, 2009 · 34 Comments »

There are some turns that are so clear you can’t miss them. They loom up before you like an accident scene on the highway, all flashing lights and broken glass. Detour ahead. Such is the Ms. magazine cover proclaiming Barack Obama a super-feminist. It’s not that men can’t be feminists. They definitely can, and I […]

In Which Feminism Finally Bends Over And Eats Itself From The Ass Up

By · Sunday, November 16th, 2008 · 185 Comments »

That was the title of a post at the Insider last summer, prompted by the notorious TV interview in which a couple of Jezebel editors — allegedly feminists — made drunken jokes about rape and other hilarious topics. It could serve as the theme of 2008. (By the way, the Insider was behind the curve […]