What’s Current: First male ‘CoverGirl’ assumed to be trans because he wears makeup

First ever CoverGirl, James Charles.
First ever CoverGirl, James Charles.

Boy wears makeup. Is still a boy.

The rise of the alt-right is clearly tied to the rise of MRA culture, a generation of young men raised on Internet porn.

“When we fret about young people leaving western countries and going to fight with Isis, it’s common to focus on the role of the internet in their political radicalisation. It’s time we discussed the radicalisation of angry, young white men in a similar way. The manosphere gave us Elliot Rodger. He was a regular on the forum ‘PUAhate’ – populated by bitter men who had tried the techniques advocated by so-called ‘pick-up artists’ to attract women and failed…

Much has been written about financial hardship turning afflicted white communities into breeding grounds for white supremacist politics, but what about when dissatisfaction has little to do with economic circumstance? It’s hard to know what can be done to combat this phenomenon, but surely we have to start by taking the link between online hatred and resentment of women and the rise of neofascism seriously.”

Rebecca Solnit on the social forces that elected Trump.

“Since election night, I’ve been hearing too many men of the left go on and on about how Clinton was a weak candidate. I’ve wondered about that word weak, not only because it is so often associated with women, but because what they’re calling her weakness was their refusal to support her. It’s as if they’re saying, ‘They sent a pink lifeboat and we sent it back, because we wanted a blue lifeboat, and now we are very upset that people are drowning.’”

Sorry, lesbians. Tinder just ensured there will probably be a lot more dudes showing up in your feed.

Susan Cox

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