Patriarchy Hurts Archives

Scott Adams to Men’s Rights Activists: Don’t bother arguing with women; they’re like children.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

So Scott Adams — the Dilbert guy — has a blog. Recently he made the mistake of asking his readers to give him a topic to write about. Well, some Men’s Rights Activists heard about this, and, being the herd animals that they are, quickly flooded his site with comments urging him to write about Men’s Rights. And so he did. What he wrote ended up revealing a lot more about Scott Adams than it did about any issues involving men. And what it revealed wasn’t pretty; after explicitly insulting Men’s Rights Activists, Adams insulted women much more profoundly, without, it seems, even recognizing that what he wrote was, well, a load of misogynistic drivel. Evidently unhappy with the response he got from his readers, Adams decided to take his post down, saying that it had gotten “a bit too much attention from outside my normal reading circle.”

Political mailer criticizes female candidate for being “unmarried”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Like so many mailers going out this soon before an election, it’s pretty mean spirited. Ferlita is compared to a wilted rose — in other words, an old woman who’s lost her beauty, clearly an important political qualifier. (Plus, oh-so-clever word play.) It calls her unelectable because of her, “notoriously difficult temperament.” But far and away the worst thing about this mailer is bullet point one of it’s three main points: Ferlita is “unmarried”:

Here, I will help you vomit up your lunch.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

A few things to make you sick as hell this fine evening (sexual assault trigger warning on this post): 1. Why men prefer innocent girls to bad girls. Shorter Rich: Women who are over the age of 16, or who have done anything fun or interesting, are like snow that has been driven over and turned black with exhaust. And probably peed on. Basically, Rich has some issues — he finds intelligent women “intimidating.” He finds women who know what they’re doing in bed, or who enjoy sex, to be “intimidating” and “promiscuous.” But mostly he doesn’t like bad girls because “A bad girl is tough to control.” Actual quote. I wonder why Rich is still single? Get a chocolate lab, Rich, they’re really nice.4

Human rights, privilege, and why I bowl for abortion access

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I had to pay for my abortion out-of-pocket. Luckily, I had a modest but steady income. The out-of-pocket price of $400 for a first-trimester abortion was a big unexpected cost. But I could afford it. My boyfriend at the time contributed half. I cut back on take-out, downgraded to drinking 40s, and kept an eye on my balance for a few weeks. That was that.

Stereotypes Sway Women’s Purchase Decisions

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Fellow Daily Femme blogger Ashleigh recently posted about a study that suggested women who are ogled by men before doing math tend to perform worse than women who aren’t ogled. She also talked about how even being aware of the existence of a stereotype, whether or not you personally believe in it, can make that stereotype start coming true. An article on Science Daily this past week discusses how that same “stereotype threat” plays out in a different arena: women’s purchase decisions including picking financial advisers and buying cars. A study found that women who are subtly cued in to gendered stereotypes, such as the idea that women don’t understand cars or money, are less likely to end up making a purchase than women who haven’t been cued in on those stereotypes. For example, “when asked to report their gender before seeking a car repair, women were more likely to feel anxiety when contemplating a transaction with a male technician.”

Rebuttals to Sexist Arguments

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I have this friend who’s in the year below me who insists that certain sexist institutions within society should be tolerated based on the fact that a couple million years ago there was a biological basis for it. He says that that’s why women shouldn’t be included in the draft and also uses it as a front for some scary homophobia and gender role enforcing (he said that a man shouldn’t be able to wear a dress and be considered straight.) When I pointed out to him, on the dress comment, that it wasn’t a biological reason, as he said, that men started wearing pants, but merely a helpful observation that wearing kilts/tunics didn’t really mix well with riding horses, the kid totally disregarded my comment.

This is what white privilege looks like

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This video is one of the clearest and most appalling demonstrations of white privilege that I have ever seen. And this is probably the shortest post I have ever written on any topic, because I can’t think what else to say.

On Charlie Sheen

From: discoverfeminism.com |

It probably isn’t super surprising to hear that I can’t stand Charlie Sheen. The fact that Two and a Half Men exists makes me believe that none of us deserve nice things. I think he’s a jackass and an abusive, egomaniacal coward. So while I can’t feel all that sad for him about his very public meltdown (clearly he is BI-WINNING), I’m a little disturbed that his pattern of violence against women never got him booted from any of his projects.

Women, Men, Love, and Hate: A Radical Profeminist Perspective Calling For Patriarchies to Be Unplugged

From: discoverfeminism.com |

What are the chances that society will teach the white boy pictured above, and every other boy, the difference between what it means to live in a society in which women are loved, respected, and regarded as fully human by men, vs. what it means to live in a society in which women are hated, disrespected, and regarded as sexxx-things for men to control, possess, beat, rape, or incestuously abuse?

Feminist Resources: Protective Mothers Alliance: Working to Make Justice Real for Women and Children. Working to Hold Accountable Abuser Husband-Fathers and their Pro-Patriarchal Attorneys

From: discoverfeminism.com |

We must realise that courts are patriarchal spaces. Juries are people who, often enough, see the world through the lenses of patriarchs. Male supremacy is the law of most lands which means men rule and men are presumed to be truth-tellers unless proven otherwise. Male supremacist rule means women are perpetually seen as wh*res, b*tches, and unrepentant liars, unless or until, as a class, they can prove otherwise, to the satisfaction of men as a class.

Who’s Your Psychopath? (I mean “Husband&quot” or “Daddy”)

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I'm not sure about using a term like "psychopath aggressors" (see below) when being aggressive is normally encouraged among men, and when being dangerous isn't all that unusual. "Psychopath" generally means someone who significantly deviates from the norm. Given that the norm for men is to be oppressive, controlling, and abusive to women, how can being an abusive husband or father be called "psychopathic"? The terms of mental illness are used in courts and classrooms, in media and by the military, to not name what's really going on. This is to say, the problem, socially, isn't that some men are mentally ill. It's that they've been socialised to be men and feel entitled to exercise power they have structurally, positionally, in many social hierarchies that aren't at all "psychological". And, some men are, clinically speaking, psychopaths. But who gets clinically diagnosed? Very few people.

New Confessions iPhone App

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I love my iPhone. This week, there was quite a buzz about a new app for the iPhone targeted at helping Roman Catholics with the sacrament of confession. A few days ago, Maureen Dowd wrote a whole column about the app in the New York Times. The app has quickly rocketed up the list of top iPhone apps, and when I downloaded it this morning to check it out for myself, it was listed as #34 on the list of Top 50 paid iPhone apps.

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