What’s Current: Male anchor hands female colleague a cardigan to cover her bare shoulders

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Male anchor hands sleeveless female meteorologist a cardigan to cover up with, on air; Twitter erupts. “Been getting a lot of emails,” he explains. Because nothing helps a woman’s professional position like legitimizing the public’s scrutiny of her body while she’s in the middle of doing her job!

After going missing for over a day, singer Sinead O’Connor found safe.

Glosswitch on the anguish of having breasts in patriarchy.

In NYC? The Left Forum is hosting a panel on Sunday about “deconstructing gender identity under male supremacy.”

“The pronomial is political.” Debbie Cameron contextualizes the “they” pronoun boom in linguistic history and how the current push to adopt “they” is qualitatively different than the historical move from “he” as the default third person singular to “she or he” in sentences like, “Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion.” She writes:

“The problem first and second-wave feminists had with generic masculine pronouns was not about gender in the sense of identity, but about gender as an axis of power: the question was why ‘he’ outranked and subsumed ‘she’, and it mattered because that usage mirrored the actual social fact of women’s legal and political non-personhood.”

Sarah Ditum asks: “What is gender, anyway?”

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Cepheid-III

    I adore everything Glosswitch writes. It’s so moving.

    • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

      “…the way in which ever since fat deposits started to gather in particular places, we were seen as complicit in our own abuse.”

      I’ve never seen such a concise summation of the source of the absolute torment of puberty as this sentence. She truly is an incredibly talented writer.

  • cday881@gmail.com

    I don’t object to her shoulders, but do women anchors/weatherpeople like to show skin, or are they pressured to do so?

  • Kendall Turtle

    Did anyone else here feel extremely uncomfortable as a girl at the idea of growing into a woman? I remember as a child finding women’s bodies extremely embarrassing and I didn’t like people joking with me that I would be like that in the future.

    My younger sisters seem to act the same as I did when I was prepubescent, this huge embarrassment at the idea of growing Breasts and hips. My younger brothers never acted concerned about growing into men.

  • Bleep

    This is one reason I have discomfort around the yoga pants scandal(s). If men were displaying their butts and/or genitals in the same way, such as at school, at the grocery store, etc. it would not be “prudish” or “slut-shamey” to want them to put it away. And I do see men in similar attire, though usually their shirts go down far enough that you don’t get an eyeful of junk.

  • As you very well know, Tobysgirl, it’s a matter of fashion. Sleeveless A-line and sheath dresses happen to be what’s in vogue. An attractive lady on TV can’t look frumpy, she has to look the part, and that means contemporary and stylish but not attention-getting.

    This bare-arms complaint makes as much sense as whinging about the women wearing eye makeup. “What’s all this goop on their faces? They don’t make the MEN wear eyeliner and lip gloss!” That’s how ridiculous this is. Men should look like men and women should look like women and both need to stay within the currently acceptable norms. Otherwise we’d look at their weird appearance and not pay attention to what they’re saying.