The Oppression Olympics
Welcome to the Oppression Olympics! Here are some of the events you can watch, courtesy of the Google search engine: Which Is Worse? Racism, or Sexism, or Asking Which Is Worse?Sexism Is Worse Than RacismDo victims of racism or sexism suffer more? I don’t get why people get in stupid debates about whether racism or… Continue reading The Oppression Olympics
Is there a new word to add the sociological dictionary?
Discussions of racism and sexism (or any *ism, really) in mixed company can easily become heated, especially if some people in the discussion try to combat the notion that we are “all in the same boat.” I don’t think the emotional charge of the discussion comes so much from what is being described as how… Continue reading Is there a new word to add the sociological dictionary?
Handling unwanted advances
In high school, college, and beyond, I’ve had many conversations with female friends about street harassment, and the conversations have almost always been disheartening. It usually goes something like this: Woman is minding her own business on the street, on the bus, in a coffee shop, in a store. Random man makes a lewd sexual… Continue reading Handling unwanted advances
Stupid husbands and smart wives on TV
If you’ve seen any American sitcoms featuring het couples in the past ten years or so, you’ll probably have noticed that it’s common for the show to portray the husbands as a stupid but endearing oaf who likes beer, barbecues, watching TV, hanging with the guys, and ogling women; and the wife as a smart,… Continue reading Stupid husbands and smart wives on TV
“I’m not a feminist, but…”
Ani’s not an angry girl, but it seems like she’s got everyone fooled. Every time she says something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to her anger and never to their own fear. Recently, I was talking with a female friend of mine about various songs, and I mentioned Ani DiFranco’s “Not… Continue reading “I’m not a feminist, but…”
I was quite looking forward to this new Iron Man film adaption. I’ve been a big Iron Man fan for decades (particularly fond of the alcoholism saga and armor wars of the 80s and 90s). Well, last night, I saw an advanced screening of it at the Balboa Theater. I love this theater. With the… Continue reading Stark Sexism