“Feminism is not only for women. It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve … balance and peace. … Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society. And it’s one we rarely address because it’s so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance. You can’t start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.”
– Ani Di Franco talks feminism while promoting her new album, Which Side Are You On?, which is coming out on January 16. It has always surprised me how some people think feminism means a matriarchy in the sense of oppressing men and women being in control of society. Really, people who care about gender equality care about just that: letting who you are dictate your opportunities, not your gender. How come that’s so hard to understand? [Independent UK]
When I heard yesterday that New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie made a blowjob joke while campaigning for Mitt Romney, I thought it just sounded, at worst, crude. (And embarrassing for Romney’s squeaky-clean Mormon image, although that’s another story.) Christie was rallying for Romney at a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, when some women started chanting about jobs going down. After a few distracting chants, Christie says, “You know, something may go down tonight but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.” Keep reading »
A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word “mademoiselle” — which means unmarried woman — on official documents.
Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using “mademoiselle” on January 1 and will henceforth refer to all women as “madame,” which is the term for married women or older women. ”This is about getting rid of anything that could be seen as discriminatory or indiscreet,” the town hall of Cesson-Sevigne said in a statement. ”Having two different terms to distinguish between married and non-married women is discrimination against women as there is no such differentiation for men.” Keep reading »
Colorado high school student Sydney Spies was banned from her yearbook for submitting this photo as her senior portrait. The photo was rejected by student editors and the administration at Durango High School for being too sexy. “We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional,” said the student editor. But Sydney is not accepting the decision to leave her out of the yearbook just because she’s wearing a scarf around her breasts (or is that a tube top?) and tooching her booty. She’s decided to stage a protest to fight for her freedom of expression. Her meeting with the principal is forthcoming. I am in sheer awe of how good she looks in her senior portrait. I was fat with acne in mine. If I had any business wearing a scarf as a top, maybe I would have. But then again … it’s not really my style. [Dlisted]
So what do you think? Is Sydney’s pic too racy or should her photo be allowed in the yearbook?