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Fuck the mani-cam: It’s time to point the lens at those who police our bodies

Ever woken up in the middle of night and wondered about the state of Jennifer Aniston’s cuticles? What about Reece Witherspoon’s? Maybe you’ve stopped dead in your tracks during your busy schedule to stress about whether Angelina Jolie’s finger-bling will match her dress? Well, stress no more, ladies! The good folks at E! have all our worries covered. Awards season is upon us, and like every over-hyped Hollywood event rife with awkward speeches and feigned enthusiasm, the red carpet is a flurry with reporters asking the most talented female actors in the country “who” they’re wearing (sometimes they fill time by asking questions about their acting, too.) The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards was held in Los Angeles this week and — swarming the fringes of the red carpet...
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What’s Current: Who’s afraid of an all-female Ghostbusters cast?

Are they really re-making Ghostbusters, but gender swapping the main characters? Why can’t they just make a sequel instead of a re-make? Can you even tell the same story gender-swapped? Will they gender swap the love interests, too? Is a man going to be all sexily demon possessed instead of that character who was Bill Murray’s love interest? So many questions!! “Don’t call me a female boxer. I’m a boxer.” …Does the concept of “gender equality” have to be taken so literally?? Speaking of “gender equality,” He For She has launched a new program called “IMPACT 10x10x10.” Totes awesome manly name for a man-focused movement. A critique of He For She. Female victims of the sex industry are routinely disbelieved when they speak about their abuse. Marissa Alexander, the...
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What’s Current: Men unstoked to sexually harass their mothers, Wikipedia is run by misogynists, & why we need black feminism more than ever

This is amazing! What happens when men realize the women they’re cat-calling are their moms in disguise! Ontario prison inmates will now be housed according to their “self-identified gender,” rather than whether they have a penis or vagina. You will not be thanked or celebrated for pointing out the oppression of women, due to the nature of oppression. The social experiment of Wikipedia has failed. With 90 per cent of editors being male, the supposed “democratization of information” is proving to be little more than just another misogynistic cyber mob. Wikipedia bars female editors and gives anti-feminist males control over gender and sexuality entries. Male students at law school use their course evaluations to “evaluate” their female professors’ clothing. Black Feminism: Why we need it now more than ever....
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Objectification, pornography, and Glen Canning, Rehtaeh Parsons’ father

On Saturday I published a post by Emily Monaghan, “Pornography as Rape: The Rehtaeh Parsons case.” Monaghan pointed out the connections between pornography and violence against women, specifically with regard to the treatment of the case against Rehtaeh Parsons’ alleged rapists. Such as with images of women in pornography, there is a belief that the sexual nature of women (and girls) is licentious. The pre-pubescent girl that lures the older man with her nymphic charms or the oversexed school girl whose body torments all of the boys in class. The male sexual value system classifies women as virgins or whores — Rehtaeh Parsons was labelled a whore and whores cannot be raped. The ruling on Rehtaeh’s rape emblematic of the presumed nature of women’s sexuality. We are taught to...
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What’s Current: Replacing ‘isms’ with ‘phobias’ and avoiding men is the secret to a long life

Documentary film on campus rape: The Hunting Ground premiered at Sundance on Friday. Replacing “isms” with “phobias.” How language shifted from critiquing systems of power to individual feelings. Why womens spaces are critical to Feminist autonomy What kind of negative impact does sexism have on women’s health? It turns out that studying this phenomenon is difficult, due to how much women normalize their constant gendered abuse so that they might not be so bothered by it. The majority of beaten women in Manitoba won’t press charges against their attackers. 109-year-old Scottish woman reveals the secret to longevity: Staying away from men! “… Women’s liberation starts when we refuse to live in the shadow of the cock.” An American expatriate who fled to the wonderland of Canada, Susan Cox spends...
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Pornography as Rape: The Rehtaeh Parsons case

If you are a woman or girl seeking justice, the Canadian legal system is an abject failure. Whether the case is instantiated at the provincial or federal level; the judicial decisions reflect the values of society, regardless of the assumed impartiality of the judge. The judge is not the only actor who plays a pivotal role in upholding the status quo; the police (especially the RCMP) are complicit in reproducing violence against women and girls. Rehtaeh Parsons is just one woman who did not receive an adequate police response; she was raped while boys (now men) produced pornographic images of her, she was intoxicated to the point of vomiting profusely at the time. The boys circulated the pornographic images of her rape, yet the police and the court decided...
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What’s Current: Censoring women’s body hair & romanticizing women’s work

Gail Dines lays out every common pro-porn argument and demonstrates how to refute it. Pubic hair controversies! “Wifework vs ‘proper work'”– Sisterhood is apparently dead, because wives pay some one else to iron their husbands’ shirts. The secret behind why male-dominated careers pay better and are regarded with more respect. Podcast on the history of how teaching became “women’s work.” Lierre Keith discusses some basics of radicalism. 80 per cent of ten year old girls in the US have been on a diet… How is that possible? It turns out that it’s not just Photoshop that makes girls have a warped perception of their bodies, but also cartoons with exaggerated/sexualized femininity. And so… The Hawkeye Initiative.   An American expatriate who fled to the wonderland of Canada, Susan Cox...
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What’s Current: US maternal death rate climbs and women’s tennis star asked to ‘Give us a twirl!’

CALLING ALL WOMEN! Catharine Mackinnon on prostitution laying it down like a boss. If Hermione Granger were the lead in Harry Potter. Mothers in the US are dropping like flies in the war on women due to restrictions on abortion and healthcare. This is must-see data. A former male porn director on the difference between all-male gay porn, and porn with women. (This guy inanely compares himself shooting porn to Susan Sontag doing activist journalism, but it’s important that he’s speaking out about what goes on in the industry.) Women’s World Cup soccer players withdraw their complaint from the Human Rights Tribunal over sexism of being forced to play on cheap, artificial turf. “There will be a cloud over this tournament.” Women’s Tennis star asked to “Give us a...
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The Sun executives aren’t just sexist pieces of shit, they’re also deceitful, manipulative teenagers

A number of news outlets reported that The Sun would no longer be running images of topless women on “Page Three” and the BBC reported that, “The Times, which has the same publisher as the Sun, said it understood Friday’s edition of the Sun was the last that would carry images of topless women, although they would continue online.” Since Monday, there have been no topless models on Page Three, further supporting the widespread understanding that the feature, first introduced in 1970, had been dropped. What the topless models were replaced with was not much better — on Monday, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was shown wearing Marks & Spencer underwear and Tuesday’s Page Three featured two bikini-wearing actresses running on a beach. This sent a clear message that The Sun’s editors...
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What’s Current: The tech industry’s exploitation of low-paid female labourers, the semantic power of ‘rape,’ and sexual violence against women in the US military

ISIS is executing ‘educated women’ in a new wave of horror, says U.N. The small miracle you haven’t heard about amid the carnage in Syria – bands of women-only militia are protecting the Kurdish population from ISIS, as well as challenging ideologies of male-domination: “While Americans may like the picture of sexy young women smiling while they kill IS soldiers, their official program verges on what Reddit might call ‘misandry.’” “The semantic power of ‘rape'” How the act of simply naming rape for what it is (not excusing it as “rough sex,” or “something consensual but regretted”) creates change for the better. The unspoken rates of sexual violence against women in the US military: “An estimated 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in the armed forces last year…only...
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After 44 years, The Sun drops Page Three

Congratulations are in order for our UK sisters! The BBC reports that “Friday’s edition of the Sun was the last that would carry images of topless women.” The No More Page Three campaign, founded by writer and actor Lucy Anne Holmes, has been going strong since 2012, lobbying the current editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore to remove the completely outdated, embarrassing, sexist, and unnecessary “Page Three,” which featured photos of topless models. The change.org petition garnered over 217,000 signatures. It reads, simply: We are asking very nicely. Please, David. No More Page 3. George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 O’ Clock News, does he, David? Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of...
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What’s Current: Our breasts are not to blame for objectification

“It’s time to stop blaming women for having breasts.” Seriously! When men harass, men are at fault. Here’s a must-read essay contemplating how women are deprived of relationships with one another. FX President says that the second season of critically acclaimed series Fargo will be about feminism. Yeah, we can guess that it won’t be about feminism in a good way. Female creators behind supposedly feminist TV show Broad City really want the world to know that they “love men” and their show is “more like humanism than feminism.” Hmm… why am I not surprised? Seattle attempts to stigmatize men buying sex by changing the name of the criminal charge from “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation.” City attorney notes that being a “patron” is a word to describe...
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What’s Current: A Japanese man is suing a women-only university for rejecting his application and misogynist art is still misogynist

On the tragedy of Rehtaeh Parsons and the failure of our legal system to address virulent misogyny. Women are not incubators! Women won’t be silent when droves of anti-abortion protestors emerge on the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade. NYPD cop, working as a detective in the Special Victims Unit, rapes a rape victim while working on her case. Two women fight rape culture with this powerful spoken word performance. Man sues Japanese women-only university for rejecting his application. How could the university be so exclusionary like that?! Glosswitch calls out when supposedly “intellectually complex art” is just gratuitous misogyny and revenge fantasies in disguise. Here’s a less recent but related article on how films indulging in toxic fantasies of extreme violence against women “left the confines of hoary...
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Men embrace women who embrace retro sexism

Adam Bisby at The Globe and Mail is thrilled that it’s not just men who are participating in the retro sexism trend. When his friend gifted him a vintage Playboy mag he wondered why his “modern, liberated, platonic pal” would give him something that ” many women find … an objectifying affront to feminism.” Bisby was relieved to learn that some women have bought into the notion that objectification is ok when it’s retro, ironic, or vintage. Sometimes referred to as “hipster sexism,” this is nothing new. In 2010, Anita Sarkeesian defined “retro sexism” or “ironic sexism” as “modern attitudes and behaviours that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way.” You’ll notice that burlesque performers and fans will also defend the strip...
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All-women’s college, Mount Holyoke, deems vaginas ‘exclusionary’

I’ve never actually seen “The Vagina Monologues” and, frankly, it doesn’t strike me as all that interesting or radical (but what do I know — again, haven’t seen or read it) so I feel odd defending something I’ve never much cared about. That said, this is getting ridiculous. Campus Reform reported that “Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s college in Massachusetts, is retiring its annual production of the Vagina Monologues this year because the play is not inclusive of transgender students.” Since when are vaginas supposed to be “inclusive?” These are our bodies. Vaginas are something females have. There isn’t anything we can do about that. Our bodies do not have to be the same as all other bodies, nor should we stop talking about the realities of our bodies...
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What’s Current: Women edited out of photo at Paris Rally, vaginas are exclusionary, and Japan tries to erase ‘comfort women’ from history

What’s the difference between Sherlock Holmes and Hermione Granger? One is brilliant by nature and the other has to work her butt off. These literary figures represent the gender bias of our time that women can’t be geniuses. Women’s college cancels its annual performance of Vagina Monologues because it is exclusionary to people without vaginas. Thank goodness they put a stop to that awful exclusionary practice. (Side note: the thing I remember most about Vagina Monologues is reading it as a teenager and thinking, “I really need to start masturbating if I want to be a good feminist!”) What’s with Sci-Fi’s obsession with sexy female robots? From The Guardian: Being literally objectified women, female robots have traditionally been vehicles for the worst male tendencies. Invariably, inventors’ ideas of the...
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What’s Current: Manterrupting, bropropriation, and killer heels that kill your knees

Study finds that women in meetings are not only “manterrupted,” but actively punished for making their voices heard. Another study suggests that men don’t know the meaning of “rape.” Cartoonist Evan Munday stops tweeting illustrations of missing and murdered aboriginal women due to images being too cartoony. Lame. Judith Butler on what’s wrong with the phrase “All lives matter.” Wearing killer heels can kill your knees. Scientists find that heels over three and a half inches can age and damage the joints. After Paris shooting, Irish say it’s time to finally ditch their blasphemy law. Anti-feminist party to stand in UK general election. Name: Justice For Men and Boys (and the women who love them). Age: Eleven months. Appearance: All the worst parts of the Internet scooped up and...
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