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What’s Current: Gleeful female murderesses in art, pointlessly gendered products, and male-speak

Gleeful mobs of women murdering men in Western Art History. Obituary for Australia’s best-selling author, Colleen McCullough, leads with how she was “plain” and “overweight,” but had lots of redeeming qualities, such as still being able to attract men! How to correct male-speak. Pointlessly gendered products! Pink Brain Blues – A touching piece on female socialization. 50 Abusive Moments in 50 Shades of Grey Huffington Post ran an article connecting the porn industry to the increase in sex trafficking. Making waves in the mainstream, baby! An American expatriate who fled to the wonderland of Canada, Susan Cox spends most of her time writing, reading, and cooking. Got a great article you think should be included in What’s Current? Send it to Susan Cox: coxjsusangmailcom Consider supporting our work with...
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What’s Current: Sexism in Silicon Valley, femvertisement, and abortions for everyone!

The all-female Ghostbusters will be good for Hollywood. Why I have no time for allies: “Solidarity was not an identity, it was an action.” Movement calls for Reproductive Health groups to “Stop saying and stop thinking that abortion is a women’s issue,” because it’s “exclusionary.” Two organizations have responded by allocating funds to erase the term “women” from their language. The cost of educating a child vs. the cost of housing a prisoner Newsweek’s cover for Silicon Valley article normalizes sexual harassment. Dove is at it again with another “femvertisement.” Because instead of actually changing anything, maybe we can just shout “ACCEPT YOURSELF!” repeatedly at young girls. It’s their attitude that’s the problem here. Celebrate International Women’s Day by nominating an exceptional journalist reporting on girls’ and women’s health...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 things you don’t understand about feminism that you should probably learn before writing about feminism

I’m pre-apologizing for wasting everyone’s time but I had to suffer through reading Bustle’s moronic “6 Things That Don’t Make You a Bad Feminist (No Matter What Anyone Says)” and am taking you all down with me. Why oh why do so many American liberal media platforms insist on publishing articles about feminism by people who are totally clueless about feminism? There are so, so many feminists who know what feminism is, it seems unnecessary. There are also hundreds of books and resources that you could simply, you know, read if you were interested in writing about feminism with any accuracy whatsoever. But why bother learning about what you are writing about when you can just make it up as you go along! Especially when you know your fellow...
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Breaking: Violent man is violent

Remember George Zimmerman? Of shooting 17 year old Trayvon Martin to death and then getting off fame? Well, CNN has reported that he was arrested Friday night on a charge of domestic violence with a weapon and aggravated assault. He allegedly threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend. Oh gee oh gee WHAT? Violent men are violent?? God, it’s almost like you can predict this shit. Raw Story points out this isn’t the first time Zimmerman has faced domestic violence charges: He was arrested in November 2013 after he pointed a shotgun at a girlfriend’s face and shattered a glass table. Prosecutors later dropped the charges after his girlfriend changed her mind about pursuing the matter. He was also put in handcuffs over a similar incident that September, but...
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It’s the capitalist patriarchy, stupid: Academics create video game normalizing prostitution; lets patriarchy, johns, and capitalism off the hook

Apparent academics are promoting capitalism and misogyny under the guise of feminism. Our faux-feminist friends over at Concordia are repping for the sex industry again, this time, making a fun “game” out of capitalist patriarchy. The objective of “The Oldest Game” is to to trash Canada’s prostitution legislation, which came into effect on December 6, and to normalize prostitution. The trailer describes it as “A news game that demonstrates how the lives of sex workers are challenged in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision (known as the Bedford decision) and Bill C-36.” One of the creators of the video game, Sandra Gabriele, told The Globe and Mail that “as an academic” she wanted to create a “news game” that would “ us understand stories beyond the two-sided debate...
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Can ‘maintenance sex’ ever be gender neutral?

Ah, “maintenance sex.” That good old fashioned idea that we are obligated to satisfy our partner’s sexual desires lest they leave us or cheat on us. Tracy Moore wrote about it for Jezebel on Monday, arguing that, eventually, in all relationships, there are going to be times when you’re having sex, not because you want to, but for the “good of the relationship.” If you’re in a relationship in which you agree the sex matters, eventually you will have to expend more effort to have the sex you both agree should happen. Sex drives will not always magically align. When they don’t align, somebody will be horny and the other somebody will not. Then what? Now, I don’t particularly disagree with the above. It’s true for the most part....
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I’m only here for the male-shaming: Time magazine publishes call for new feminist movement in 2015

Either Time magazine is engaged in an internal competition to publish Most Clueless Commentary On Feminism or they are prepping us for their MRA coming-out party (BYOB because equality, ladies). The first entry into the competition was, of course, Time‘s 2014 poll asking if the word “feminist” should be banned in 2015. Needing to make a splash in the New Year, the magazine has thrown its second competitor into the ring: Cathy Young, a contributing editor at Reason (a libertarian publication) who attaches scare quotes to terms like “rape culture,” “rape joke,” and “sexualization;” doesn’t believe in patriarchy; thinks misandry is a real thing; and rails against “toxic feminism.” Some choice quotes from Ms. Young’s recent work: On GamerGate: The feminism of male demonization and female victimhood has become...
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“I’m not a feminist… I love cooking!” Why food is a feminist issue

Another day, another “I’m not a feminist” news story. In an interview for Redbook, Kaley Cuoco — who plays Penny in the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” — talks about her recent $1 million an episode pay cheque, her decision to get breast implants and, perhaps most controversially, about her opinions on feminism. In response to being asked if she identifies as a feminist or not — a response which has since generated much talk among feminists online — Cuoco replied: “Is it bad if I say no?” Joining a long list of female celebrities who shy away from the f-word due to a basic lack of understanding, Cuoco’s answer comes as no surprise. Feminists have become used to cries of “humanism” and “but I love men!”...
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Movement against ‘manspreading’ on transit leads to MRA sads

The notion that one person should take up one seat on public transit is not a particularly radical one. I’ve been taking the bus regularly since I was about 12 years old and it’s just basic, human courtesy (albeit, “basic, human courtesy” many people choose to ignore) that we do not take up extra seats with grocery bags, purses, or legs. The bus does not have seats so that your bag has a place to rest or so that your knees don’t need to share a seat. But the problem of “manspreading,” as the New York Times called it recently — the much-maligned and mocked phenomenon wherein men spread their legs out, either forcing whomever is in the seat next to them to squeeze into the tiniest corner of...
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