Archive for August, 2011

August 29, 2011

A Dereliction of Democracy

by zeph

Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst (centre and centre left) with other suffragettes outside Holloway prison, probably celebrating a release.

“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
Winston Churchill.

August 26, 2011

Living the Revolution

by HUB Newsfeed

I received my Gold Card for road-service club membership the other day and feel somewhat ancient, as the Gold is issued for 25 years of driving your own car.

Like many other young women of the 70s, I rallied to the “personal is political” slogans of women’s liberation (later termed feminism), because I twigged to the connection between how males treat females in “private” (or personal) relationships, is mirrored in how males-as-a-class treat females-as-a-class in “public” (or social and political) relationships.  

August 26, 2011

Six Degrees of Misogyny (Or Less!) On Corrective Underpants, Bondage and Porn

by FCM

trinity, "the matrix: reloaded"

has anyone ever played the “six degrees of kevin bacon” game?  apparently, everyone in hollywood has either worked with kevin bacon, or has worked with someone who has worked with him.  its a small world and all that.  the point is that there are degrees of separation among things that are seemingly very different i mean incestuous, homogenous and the same.  like hollywood!  and theres more than a little similarity between corrective underwear (ie. spanx) and bondage gear (obviously) and its less than a stones throw from bondage gear to bondage-porn.  so what the fuck comes next?  you tell me.  how many degrees of separation are there, between corrective underpants and rape?  and whats at the very end of that road?

August 24, 2011

Book Review: Being Married, Doing Gender, by Caroline Dryden

by cherryblossomlife

Being Married, Doing Gender is a little-known book with a decidedly Radfem feel. Dryden illustrates how marriage has been ignoredin mainstream psychology to a suspicious degree. The field has traditionally been dominated by behaviorism, namely the study of rats, followed by cognitivism, the study of innate differences between the sexes. And that’s about it. Emotional experience has been completely overlooked and in her 1999 research she set about changing that.

August 22, 2011

Side Effects of Patriarchy May Include PIV

by lishra

Much has been written with feverish anticipation of the possibility of contraception for males. Indeed, it’s been pondered since at least the late 1960s. Recently, an international trial for such a drug has been called off because of the “serious side effects” experienced by 10 percent of the male participants. These “serious side effects” were depression, weight gain, increased libido, and acne. Quelle horreur!

August 15, 2011

Radfem-ological Images (Dove Beauty and Dove for Men)

by FCM

August 15, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about Brennan & Hungerford’s UN submission re: ‘gender identity’ legislation

by Undercover Punk

Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford’s responses to frequently asked questions about their submission to the United Nations regarding ‘gender identity’ legislation and the erosion of sex-based legal protections. These are not necessarily the views of the Hub, nor statements of the “radical feminist party line.”

1. Where’s the evidence of harm? You have not demonstrated the harm that has come to females in states that have adopted ‘gender identity’ legislation!

Anecdotal evidence is not needed to legitimize our criticisms about overbroad definitions of ‘gender identity.’ Here is our point: male persons have cross-dressed in order to gain access to sex-segregated spaces with the specific intent to harm females. This has happened. Many times. That’s all we need to know. 

August 14, 2011

Still Not a Love Story

by HUB Newsfeed

When the movie Braveheart (1995) was first released, there was media attention around the treatment of horses. The impalement of the horses on pikes in the battle appeared so realistic, that audiences were shocked and upset. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formally investigated the treatment of the horses in the making of the film.  We were told that the clever stunt filming in Braveheart did not hurt any real horses, any more than the human cast, but films today often provide reassurances to audiences such as ‘No animals were harmed in the making of this film’.

There is no similar statement in pornography or prostitution, saying that ‘No women were harmed in the making of this film’.  There is no Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Women to investigate such films made using real torture on real women.

August 13, 2011

Killing our Mothers: Our Daughters’ Fairytales

by allecto

As a child care worker I am interested in children’s media and am often increasingly horrified by what passes as children’s entertainment. After watching the latest Disney Princess movie, Tangled, it really got me thinking about the construction of female/female relationships in children’s movies and entertainment.

August 11, 2011

Let’s Declare a National Sue Our Rapists Day

by Loretta Kemsley

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid sexually assaulted by Dominque Strauss Kahn, is being attacked again, this time because she dared to sue her rapist. Her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, made a brilliant move when talking to the press. He used the word “vagina,” much to their horror. Here’s a quote from his former partner Andrew Goodstadt that appeared in the Observer:

He connects with juries. He connects with members of the media. I mean, you saw him standing out in front of the court house on D.S.K. I mean for a 35-minute uninterrupted CNN interview where you use the word vagina 20 times in four minutes.