What’s Current: Rachel Dolezal rejects the concept of ‘transracial’

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A couple of compassionate profiles on Rachel Dolezal seek to explain her identification as “black.” From The Guardian:

“Other people are operating on an autopilot that race is coded in your DNA, that there are different races of human beings and those races are called black, white, etc. As opposed to race is a fiction that was invented,” she says. “What I believe about race is that race is not real. It’s not a biological reality. It’s a hierarchical system that was created to leverage power and privilege between different groups of people.”

Petition calls to investigate Judge Martin Griffiths for corruption and protecting rapists with regards to the trial of Ehsan Abdulaziz and his “whoops, I slipped” rape defense:

“This petition calls on Karen Bradley MP, who is the minister for preventing abuse and exploitation, to stand up on behalf of the British people and prevent millionaires from being able to buy their way out of rape charges. Rape is unacceptable regardless of how rich the perpetrator is and we expect Karen Bradley to take the necessary first steps in bringing these criminals to justice.”

This South Carolina lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it as difficult for men to obtain Viagra as it is for women to get an abortion.

In the midst of China’s “bachelor crisis,” wherein there are 30 million men for whom there are not enough female adults to marry, economists are debating the question: “Should wives be shared or rationed?”

Everyone thought that DNA evidence would make a difference in rape convictions — but we were wrong.

Glosswitch on how today’s third wave feminist analysis is so much more sophisticated and nuanced than it was in the past:

“These days sexism is different. It isn’t about the appropriation of female sexual, domestic and reproductive labour or anything so crude. These days we’ve realized that the people who do this unpaid work are privileged enough to want to do it, freeing us up to focus on the more important task of validating everyone else’s sense of self.”

“Boys blast and girls sparkle.” As toy consumerism reaches it’s annual Christmas peak, girls are barraged with sexist indoctrination into female socialization.

“Girls are beautiful, magical friends; they like princesses and hair. They enjoy painting nails. Boys ooze power and control, as they rescue and have adventures. They enjoy playing tricks – quite often, on girls. These stark characterisations have been documented in new analysis from the campaign group Let Toys Be Toys – which has looked for the first time at how boys and girls are represented in television advertisements for toys in Britain (previous analyses have focused on the North American market). And the differences were extreme.”

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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  • Astrid

    I’ve noticed this extreme sexism in ads for children’s toys too. It seems like were in a regression. Back to the seventies.

    Not long ago I watched Jurassic Park 4. I’ve watched number 1 and 2 so many times. They’re such great movies. We’ve got female scientists, a guy that blatantly states he doesn’t like children and doesn’t want them, men that shit in their pants because they are so scared. The children are also gender non-conforming: one girl is a computer hacker that saves the day, another does an amazing gymnastic stunt, again saving the day.

    Now number 4. It starts with a mother who is nearly hysterical because her kids are going away for a couple of days. Now how believable is that? One of the kids is already a teenager. Can you imagine how happy a mum is when she get a few days for herself? But no, not she, the “perfect” mum is so worried because the kids are going to stay with her sister who is a monster, a CAREER WOMAN!!! She can’t possible know how to take care of these kids because we all know you have to study for years before you understand you have to feed them three times a day. SNORT.

    Enter career woman. She is the librarian type that we know so well from our porn movies. She really only needs to meet the right man who talks to her in the right way so that she voluntarily submits to him, turns into a sex object and follows him, the leader.

    The children are also strange and not very nice. I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t find some nice kids as the budget for this movie must have been quite large. (Maybe the kids just didn’t want to be part of such a lousy movie?) I can’t remember if they served any purpose, they just got lost and were found just in time to not die and make the career woman look really bad. How nice of them.

    Anyway I kept wondering if the scriptwriter watched too many porns and thinks those kind of shitty plots are actually acceptable and not insulting in the extreme. But now I wonder if it is part of this regression we’re in. Looks like we feminist have to start all over again with breaking the stereotypes.

    • Jude

      It’s because most of our movies are made for Chinese audiences now. It’s a large American export. Less dialogue, less “feminist” roles — that’s what Chinese audiences want. A lot of Americans don’t seem to mind, either.

  • oneclickboedicea

    Glosswitch piece is great!!

  • Cassandra

    I find it sadly ironic that the article about toys and gender was filed under the “Lifestyle/Women” section of the paper. Of course it was.

  • Cassandra

    The situation in China is horrible if only for the complete lack of common sense it shows when you kill little girls because boys are preferred (I think because they are the ones primarily responsible for taking care of their parents?). Is anybody really surprised that the men outnumber the women? What did they think was going to happen?

  • Tired feminist

    I know how you feel. I have a two-year-old niece who lives in a different continent. It’s so sad that I can only visit her once a year. Wish I could be around more often to save her at least partially from this bullshit.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    Thank goodness! 🙂