What's Current: Millennial women too broke to have children

Millennial women are the slowest to have babies of any generation in U.S. history.”  New study finds that the millennial generation — famous for moving back in with parents after college — is too broke to have babies (if they want to).

Study: Men who say they support equality in the workplace often actually have strong implicit bias against female professional competence.

Philosophy’s sexism: scholars say Philosophy has systemically erased women from the Western canon.

“Yellow Fever” — This experimental short film is about patriarchal beauty standards which create distortions of self-image across the planet.

“I bet you think you’re not a rapist” — A poem about those “blurred lines.”

Tom Meagher on prostitution: “It’s a lie that disempowers both men and women. We need to end the lie that this is about sexual freedom or liberation. It’s not liberation; it’s exploitation.”

Women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies per day and US federal regulations on the cosmetic industry haven’t changed since the 1930s. A new amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act proposes to give FDA power to evaluate chemical safety risks in cosmetic products.

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and erstwhile academic in Philosophy. Follow her @Blasfemmey. Got tips? Email us.

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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  • Hecuba

    Tom Meager claims ‘this feeds into the lie that ‘male sexuality is this uncontrolled force of nature- so therefore needs a constant supply of women to satisfy that man. It’s a lie that dis-empowers both men and women. We need to end the lie that this is about sexual freedom or liberation. It’s not liberation, it’s exploitation.’

    No Meager this male misogynistic lie doesn’t disempower men it empowers men and justifies male pseudo sex right to females of all ages!

    Men don’t want to be held accountable for their choice and agency to purchase supposedly dehumanised disposable females, which is why men promote their male lie that male sexuality is supposedly uncontrollable once aroused.

    Men created their mens’ pimp industry in order to ensure limitless male sex right to female bodies. Therefore men cannot be ‘disempowered.’ If men are disempowered then this automatically exonerates men from any accountability. Perhaps the white male slave owners were also ‘disempowered’ despite the fact it was white men who created their very profitable slave industry!

    Radical Feminists have consistently challenged mens’ lies concerning male sexuality and proven said male sexuality is socially constructed which is based on male sexual domination/female sexual subordination.

    • David

      Would it have been better if he had said “It’s a lie that impacts negatively on both men and women.”? That is what I think he really means.

      I am guessing that almost everything Tom Meagher has learned about MVAW, and it’s links with prostitution, has been from a feminist perspective. He has adopted a radical feminist stance. His only mistake here seems to be that he has slipped into using the liberal feminist jargon of “empowerment”.

      As far as I can see, in the context of prostitution “empowered” means getting paid a few dollars. In the context of HIV/AIDS, “empowered” means knowing your HIV status, learning that you are HIV+ means you are now “empowered”. The word has lost all meaning. He made a bad word choice.

      Meagher has had a lot to deal with. More woman are coming forward about Bayley (10 convictions for rape to date + two attempted), failures in the parole system, the system’s systemic failure to deliver justice to women in prostitution, priests victim-blaming his wife for not being sufficiently “faith-filled” meaning “at home”.

      To top it off, read down through the comments on the article. He is now been branded a hypocrite, a pious do-gooder, as someone who volunteers to be abused by people ‘with an agenda’. This is in response to a very simple campaign message Prostitution cheapens men and enslaves vulnerable and trafficked women.

      The same handful of pimps or hobbyists, all men, spend their days commenting on any article about prostitution here. “They put on the act of saying they are only people who truly care for the mental and welfare of the prostituted – they care enough to improve their working conditions, they care enough to deal with the rare violence in-house away from stigma, they care enough to help the prostituted earn more.” – Rebecca Mott. These people are viscous and relentless.

      Meagher’s words may not be perfectly crafted, but he is speaking up, and I don’t imagine it is easy to do so.

      By the way, his name is misspelt by both Susan and yourself, MEAGHER.

      • Meghan Murphy

        “By the way, his name is misspelt by both Susan and yourself, MEAGHER.”

        Fixed. Thanks for catching that David. Don’t blame Hecuba/Susan, blame the editor (i.e. me).

  • Speaking of chemicals and women, I saw this startling bit of news today: Women’s use of talc powder may be tied to ovarian cancer.

    Apparently, this has been in the scientific journals since the early 1980s.

    But our useless media are too busy yammering about viagra and false rape accusations to mention it.

    Sometimes I just want to smash things.

    • Anna

      That’s really sad 🙁 And not just because of the risk being buried, but that women even feel necessary to use anything to ‘mask’ a smell on their genitals. We are conditioned to believe our bodies/genitals are nasty and disgusting, and it’s apparently giving us cancer.

      So heartbreaking.

      • I never thought of talcum powder being used as a deodorant; it was used to absorb moisture that created uncomfortable chafing, and on babies’ bottoms for similar reasons. I remember using it decades ago, but of course stopped when the health alerts came out.

        There are other products available now to prevent chafing, which can be a real problem and has nothing to do with disliking the body’s natural odour.