Classy as always, 4chan used its collective powers to drive a book vlogger off of YouTube with comments on her channel that were in turns condescending, mansplaining, and vulgar. She had nothing to do with the forum’s /lit/ board; her channel’s link was posted there for a discussion about book vloggers, and, of course, the 4channers decided that the appropriate course of action was to speculate about her virginity and harass her over her looks, persona, and content.
What’s next for 4chan in their quest to sexually harass women who are doing things that in no way affect those 4channers? My guesses are that they’ll start harassing… Keep reading »
Buzzfeed just posted a collection of #MeninistTwitter tweets, and the hashtag is such a hot mess of contradictory motives, logical fallacies, and bad rhetorical skills that I actually consider it beneath a formal response. My only addendum to Judy’s total lack of interest is that if you’re going to make an argument in the English language, you should probably make up words that actually adhere to linguistic rules, i.e. “masculist” as a response to “feminist” rather than “meninist,” which means literally nothing, etymologically speaking. Keep reading »
Art has never imitated life so disgustingly.
One of the biggest pornography companies in the world has launched a webseries called Border Patrol Sex that features American border patrol agents catching undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrant women attempting to cross the border, arresting them, handcuffing them, raping them, and then sending them back to Mexico. 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 »
This month, author Gregory Sherl’s debut novel, The Future For Curious People is being featured as an editor’s pick on Oprah.com’s book club list, a potentially career-making achievement for such a young writer (Sherl is only 29). Any other author would be ecstatic, but instead, Sherl seems to be ensconced a self-imposed exile, riding out a storm of abuse, coercion and sexual assault accusations from numerous women. Keep reading »