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 Starbucks customers, not men sexually exploiting women.

The Pope goes to great lengths to avoid pointing out male violence. A weeping Philippine girl asks the Pope why children are forced into prostitution. Pope replies that she is the only one to submit a question that “has no answer.” Follows up by saying: “Women are able to pose questions that we men can’t understand.” What’s so hard to understand?? Maybe it’s just that he thinks of all those men as “patrons” of child prostitutes.

Glosswitch On Lady Staplers and Feminine Weakness:

Of course, a cynic might say that the whole weak woman construct is there to create the illusion that men are caring and providing for women when in fact it’s the other way round; we’re the ones providing the physical and emotional resources that enable men to faff around earning money, kicking footballs, killing each other and whatnot.

“Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside” – a short film that documents the 20 year history of the annual women’s memorial march for missing and murdered women in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

An American expatriate who fled to the wonderland of Canada, Susan Cox spends most of her time writing, reading, and cooking.

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SUSAN COX IS A FEMINIST WRITER WHO LIVES IN NEW YORK. SHE EARNED HER MA IN PHILOSOPHY IN 2014.

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  • Hey, thanks for linking to my article! (The one on Fargo from Rooster Illusion.)

    This is a great little “what’s up in the world of Feminism and gender” article, and I am always excited to find new Feminist sites. 🙂

  • ArgleBargle

    Seattle gets it: “The Seattle City Council is poised Monday to change the name of the crime “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation,” and the state Legislature may in its new session increase the offense’s maximum penalty from 90 days to a year in jail. “In a nutshell, the idea is to attack the demand-side of prostitution and human trafficking,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who supports both measures.

    Unlike Seattle, Canada actually has a law in place that recognizes the exploitation, social harm and inequality inherent in the purchase of sexual services. This law specifically empowers the police to arrest third parties who advertise sexual services, johns and pimps. Enforcement? … not so much.

    NOW and the Georgia Straight are still running 3rd party ads inviting men to purchase women; johns are still cruising around looking for women, children and men they can pay to rape, escort services are still in operation.

    Police, do your job. Any time now would be good.

  • Thank you for linking to that witchwind entry. I thought it was great and there needs to be a lot more discussion about this in feminist circles.

    • Morag

      I second that. It’s a beautiful (and sad) essay which will probably speak to many women.

      • Sabine

        I agree, Francois. I think it’s definitely something that hovers in the background with regards to a lot of feminist discussion and could do with being brought into full view. I can imagine it causing some libfems to see red… 😉

  • Chris

    Regarding the Seattle article, this is actually really encouraging, they are focusing on the demand side. Even the cops seem to be on board with this.

    I would go further, the “pimps” should be properly referred to as slavers, and those purchasing the “services provided” should be charged as accessories to this crime, subject to the same penalties.

  • Sabine

    The “Lady Stapler” article”

    “Delicate ladies who cannot lift a pen unless it is “designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand” turn out to be just fine at wiping shit-covered toddler arses and lifting sick, elderly relatives twice their weight. It’s funny, isn’t it? Women – those fragrant little flowers – end up doing the vast majority of unpaid caring work: fetching and carrying, cleaning up blood and vomit, doing all that emotional heavy lifting that men just aren’t equipped to do. We even give birth to the next generation (ideally not by being “too posh to push”; let’s face it, staplers are hard but pushing a human being out of your vagina? Piece of piss).”

    Snort!!!!

  • It’s-a-Me

    In response to Radical Wind’s essay “‘Individualism’ and Relational Deprivation”:
    Amazing. I had been looking for the words to express a phenomenon that’s been damaging some of my friends in male dominated fields, though admittedly I know I’m (on a very minimal level) exempt from it. I am a Registered Nurse in the United States. I participate in a profession that has traditionally been considered “women’s work,” and most of my professional peers are women. From time to time I feel disappointed that I didn’t go for a more “impressive” degree, i.e. a medical degree, but I’ve always felt there was something about nursing that went much deeper than the stigma. I’ve also felt that going for a feminine-stigmatized degree made me some sort of lame quitter, and that I was a bad feminist for perpetuating the trend. But this article helped me understand that succumbing to the brospace of capitalism also isn’t helping shit. It’s destroying women’s social lives. I can say, without a doubt, that I do not lack strong bonds with some seriously powerful sisters. All of my superiors are women, and (at least in the US), highly respected, highly compensated degrees and positions are available within the field. Everyone I look up to and aspire to be are women, and it is so refreshing to hear my mentors talk shit about male doctors and how rude they can be.

    ( And yes, it is usually the male doctors. The women who have become MD’s are definitely kinder to us nurses, but I can see that they, too, are affected by the brospace. Still, kudos ladies, kudos.)

    Anyway, we don’t have to censor ourselves. We have meetings about how to properly stand your ground against serious bullshit. We go out for breakfast/lunch/dinner on a constant basis. We form unions. We watch and help people get better, we watch and help people die.

    I don’t suffer from a lack of female friends because of my profession, because I don’t have a run-of-the-mill workplace. But I can say that most of the lady-friends I made in college are suffering from a serious lack of female community, feel pressured to prove themselves more than their male counterparts, and also feel a pressure to deny that they appreciate woman-ness. Also I’m really not friends with them anymore, due to aforementioned pressures. They don’t have time, they don’t feel like woman-woman bonds are worth it as much as being “one of the guys.” It makes me really sad. But it also makes me proud to be a nurse, proud that the profession is expanding and demanding more respect (and $$$) than it ever did before, and most importantly, proud to be a woman.

    • Morag

      Wonderful comment, It’s-a-Me! You are very lucky to have so much female companionship and professional camaraderie. And it’s built right into your life, which is not the case for most women, and which is exactly what the radical wind essay was lamenting.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Tommy

      Also It’s-a-Me never feel like you could have gone for a better degree because you know you do very important work. I’ve been doing this for a while and there is really good money in nursing. A few years ago I found a better hospital to work at and now I’m making twice as much.

      • Word – I’m so happy you found a better hospital Tommy! I lucked out with the one I started with. There’s still a long way to go for a lot of hospitals as far as compensation+license safety is concerned, but if you can find those that take care of their employees… I mean, my god. Dem benefits.

        I feel like my hospital has such great employee rep due to the fact that both the CEO and COO of the whole shebang are women. I mean how often does that happen?! Really inspiring. I just started my career so I’m asking around to see if I can climb that ladder and get in on that.

  • Al

    The “Broad City” gals make an excellent point-“We are totally feminists and love the idea of gender equality. It’s important to us but we’re gender equality, we’re not like women get to rule everything and f–k men. No, we love men. Our show has so many men and it’s more of like a humanism than feminism.” The reason that is important is because there have been too many radical feminists that live their lives by the opposite of gender equality. Today’s generation of young feminists who take gender studies are embracing gender equality because previous generations did not and it is very hypocritical. Too many women have never been interested in the movement because they see such hypocrisy. I will admit I think Broad City is really lame and not funny at all but just because it stars 2 women doesn’t mean it’s their job to be feminists.

    • What are you going on about? There’s no such thing as “gender equality.”

      • Morag

        He’s another clueless, male supremacist troll who is afraid that women will achieve fully human status (i.e., in his mind, that women will become his masters, because human = supremacist). What a boring twit!

      • Gerri

        “What are you going on about? There’s no such thing as “gender equality.”
        Well it’s something feminists have been fighting for and there has been a lot of progress. Denying gender equality exists is ignorant and further perpetuates a common stigma from not long ago that women were weak. I see a lot of young feminists are probably more like egalitarians than anything else and I think that is fine because of the gains women have made and the fact that there are people everywhere that need support no matter what gender they are.

        • Gender by definition is a hierarchy. There is no such thing as “gender equality” because gender by definition is inequality. Why should feminists love the class of people exploiting them?

          • Sorry, I guess my comment about feminists loving the class of people exploiting them should be addressed to Al, not you. Unless you are the same person.

          • Tommy

            I disagree that it is a hierarchy because that would mean the consensus would be that one gender is better than the other. Our modern society doesn’t believe that. Women are world leaders, business owners, not considered lower than men in the US at least. Maybe when it comes to sports but it stupid to compare the sexes when it comes to our physical features because men and women are totally different in that regard.

          • What in the hell are you going on about? None of what you said was connected to anything else. What do women business owners have to do with gender not being a hierarchy?

            Where are all you bozos coming from? Would it really hurt you to learn about feminism because you make such bizarre and ignorant comments?

          • Morag

            Yeah, it’s getting too strange in here. I can’t tell the MRA-like trolls from the (possibly?) very young, innocent and not-yet educated. Or, if they are all one person. Or, if we have found ourselves in a wrinkle in time. Gah! Maybe it’s a sinister and sophisticated plot to drive us mad?

          • C.K. Egbert

            Gender is a hierarchy because males are socially-sexually dominant and females are socially-sexually subordinate. Everything to do with gender roles/gender socialization has to do with socializing women into being submissive, care taking, self-sacrificing, physically weak (via beauty practices and exclusion from sports), and to see themselves as objects to be used by men.

            A lot of this has been documented by psychological evidence (such as the dynamics of how men get called on more often, how they are seen to contribute more, their tendency to interrupt, etc.).

            You are taking “gender equality” to mean “the idea that men and women are equal.” We’re talking descriptively about how gender (roles/socialization) are enforced and for what purpose.

        • Morag

          “Denying gender equality exists is ignorant and further perpetuates a common stigma from not long ago that women were weak.”

          Jesus Christ. You obviously have no idea what Francois is talking about, and are most definitely not in a position to school anyone here about radical feminism.

          • I don’t know nothin’ ’bout no fayminism, but I’m gonna post on a fayminist blog on a fayminist issue because I’m a MAN and I’m entitled to say anything I goddam want! HYUK HYUK!

          • Tommy

            I get what Gerri is talking about. You have to admit there’s been a lot of progress because the notion of “gender equality” is the most common notion among people who are in the working world. Maybe not in your average male dominated field like construction, police, firefighter, army, etc. I know that most women and most men believe it should be there is equality. That’s a big deal that the ideology is there.

    • Gerri

      I agree that Broad City is a horrible show. Some people liken it to a female version of Workaholics( a show I think is really funny). The Workaholic guys are portrayed as crazy, immature, losers. The women from Broad City are portrayed as crazy, immature, cool girls. It reminds me too much of the characters on “Girls”. It bothers me because it seems as if there is this hipster generation of women that really look up to these characters because they are supposed to be “cool” despite being so immature their lives are a mess. Does anyone else feel like it would be funnier show if they weren’t “trying to be so cool”?