Today is International Men’s Day. You might be thinking to yourself, Isn’t almost every day Men’s Day? Believe me, I’m wondering the same thing.
I’ll roll with it, though! I’ve made a policy of not making public shows of gratitude to male feminists, because too often those public shows of gratitude make it seem like men are doing women a favor by deigning to acknowledge injustice and believe that we should be their equals. But, for International Men’s Day, I’d like to acknowledge the good work of a few men who are not just saying that they believe in gender equality, but really living the struggle.
So, male feminists, on International Men’s Day, we salute you! Thanks for speaking against the status quo, for taking harassment and abuse alongside the women you work with, for writing serious and nuanced critiques of gender constructs in our culture.
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Beating out “Bae,” “Budtender,” “Contactless,” “Indyref,” “Normcore,” and “Slacktivism,” Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year has officially been crowned! While they were all worthy contenders, this year’s pick was an obvious choice since it’s usage has more than doubled over the last year, and you’re 30 times more likely to come across the word than you were two years ago. So without further ado, the Word Of The Year is… Keep reading »
In case you’ve missed the internet’s collective freakout this week, Charles Manson, mass murderer, is engaged to a 26-year-old named Afton Elaine Burton. Manson is serving life in prison and the pair has permission to marry in the facility. A few questions I have for Burton…
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I don’t think this video will spoil much for you, but my text might, so SPOILERS, possibly. In this video Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains some of the more confusing theoretical points of the end of “Interstellar,” specifically regarding the movie’s treatment of the dimension of time. This is a good primer on time as the fourth dimension, so watch it if you’re wondering about that, too! Keep reading »
The feminist movement began as a struggle for basic rights: women’s suffrage, reproductive rights, access to work and education, and equal rights within those institutions. Through the hard work and dedication of our foremothers, many of those feats have been won. As a result, our culture has become dominated by a narrative that is not representative of the country’s reality: A progressive picture of fairness and equal opportunity regardless of sex or race. One where the fight for Civil Rights eradicated racism and feminism ushered in an era of “equality” between the sexes.
Yet, in reality, not much has really changed where gender relations are involved. Though a small percentage of men and women have entered fields that they were once barred from participating in because of their sex, most work fields are extremely gendered, many of the most dangerous occupations are still dominated by men and society still has very restrictive gender ideals. Keep reading »