Cultural Codes Archives

What the hell is ‘Wigger Wednesday?’

From: discoverfeminism.com |

A high school in Red Wing, Minnesota is under fire for what a federal class action lawsuit describes as a 2009 homecoming theme called “Wigger Wednesday” during the school’s spirit week. After first rejecting a “tropical theme” a number of white students then decided it would be a fantastic idea to dress in attire that looked “black.” Their interpretation of “black” meant to wear “oversized sports Jerseys, low-slung pants, baseball hats cocked to the side, and ‘doo rags’ on their heads.”

Sugar Daughters: why “Sugar Daddies” bother me more than johns

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I’ve got a short piece (a blog post rather than a more thoughtful column) at GMP today on the Sugar Daddy phenomenon: Buying ‘Sugar Daughters’: What’s Really Wrong With the Sugar Daddy Phenomenon. Riffing on this Amanda Fairbanks piece in the HuffPo, I note that I’ve known students who’ve sought out these “arrangements” with varied results. And I touch on why the Sugar Daddy phenomenon bothers me far more than traditional prostitution:

In Defense of Female Friends

From: discoverfeminism.com |

People always ask me if being a teen feminist in high school made it difficult for me socially. I always respond that it didn’t really matter. Sure, I got the annoying comments from guys and girls in my school alike, who largely had no idea what the hell I was always going on about. But of all things (and there are a lot, I’m weird for a variety of reasons) what really made things difficult for me socially in high school was the fact that I chose to be a part of a really close group of all-female friends.

$1.3 Million does not mean justice for Oscar Grant

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As reported by the Grio, yesterday the San Francisco transit agency (known as BART) agreed to pay $1.3 million to the mother of Oscar Grant. You’ll remember Grant was the 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white transit officer in 2009. The officer was found guilty only of involuntary manslaughter, and has already been released from jail.

“Bros”, Players, and Bachelor Parties: The Sad Triumph of Homosociality

From: discoverfeminism.com |

It’s June 27, the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the 13th anniversary of my last drink. My Further Up, Further In column runs one day earlier than normal at The Good Men Project. This week, it’s Bros Before Promises. It builds on a Marie Claire article about bachelor parties, and brings back up the issue of homosociality. Excerpt:

Happy Graduation, Honey–Europe or Lipo?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Graduation gifts used to include things like jewelry, a hi-tech gadget, a trip abroad, or maybe even a new car if that’s in the budget.  These days, the question is, new breasts or a nose job, and which one is more appropriate as a graduation gift. When I was growing up, I was relentlessly teased, called every anti-Semitic name imaginable and even dreamed of having my nose reshaped into something less Jewish and more American. At the time, “Ethnic Rhinoplasty” wasn’t in vogue, and my delusional dream quickly lost its luster. A lot has changed over the years—these days it’s common to surgically refine or remove one’s ethnicity with plastic surgery.

Saturday Vids: Beyonce – Run the World (LIES)

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I’m sure Beyonce had good intentions with her recent single “Run The World.” But unfortunately she didn’t exactly think that “girl power” sentiment through. Samhita from Feministing wrote a particularly insightful post about the dichotomy of this song, but hey. This is Saturday Vids. So I’m going to let Amber from the YouTube channel “Nineteen Percent” give an equally insightful interpretation of this song via video.

The personal is political: princess parties

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Yesterday was my goddaughter’s sixth birthday. She loves princesses and her favorite color is pink. She alternated between a princess dress and a swimming suit with princesses on it. Even her stuffed animal kitty was dressed up like a princess, tiara and all. There was a princess pinata. You can imagine the ways in which these realities provoked some major gender analysis buzz in my head.

Savage beauty: searching for feminism in the grotesque

From: discoverfeminism.com |

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress,” says the first of many placards quoting the late Alexander McQueen, in the haunting, horrifying and beautifully curated costume show of the year in his honor, Savage Beauty, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I finally made it to the show yesterday (Miriam went a few weeks ago) and it got me thinking about some of the contradictions and possibilities of a feminist politics of fashion.

On Kreayshawn and the Utility of Black Women

From: discoverfeminism.com |

“De nigger woman is de mule uh de world…”- Zora Neale Hurston  I grew up in a white suburban/rural community where I was one of a few black kids and the only one in my classes and social circle. In high school, we had this habit of waxing nostalgic for our not so distant youth in a way that made us feel older than we were so at a parties we’d often play songs from our childhood. Well once, Baby Got Back came on and I was rapping along as were a white boy and white girl. A crowd formed around them and folks were cheering them on for knowing most of the words while my flawless performance went unacknowledged.

NY York Parents SHOCKED to Discover the NAACP Braintrust Doesn’t Care About ALL Black People

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Oh. Look, in Harlem a group of Black parents is upset with the NAACP for filing a lawsuit that might close charter schools in their community that mainly service children of color.  To all of the parents SHOCKED that the NAACP might take action that is not in your best interest, WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!

“I’m not racist or sexist but…”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Gee, I’m glad that I live in a post-racial, post-sexist society! Via Colorlines, here are two of the most brilliant–and most depressing–new tumblrs on the internet. “I’m not racist but…” and its sister site “I’m not sexist but…” are curated by a couple college students who simply search public Facebook posts for those respective phrases and grab screenshots that reveal just how not racist and sexist our culture is these days.

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