Posts tagged "patriarchy"

7 Things Feminists Should Understand About Today’s Men

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…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 18, 2014

Mommie Dearest: So-Called Overprotective Dads Are Doing Their Daughters No Favors

A tale as old as time. A so-called overprotective father writes an extreme list of demands for dating his (currently only 2-year-old) daughter, and it goes viral. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell took to his public Facebook page to rant about all the things he'll do to any potential suitor that may take a liking…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 2, 2014

8 Reasons Why Feminism Isn’t “Anti-Male”

As highlighted in Emma Watson's recent speech addressed to the United Nations, society has ravaged the word "feminism." For many, the term has become synonymous with "anti-male." This perception derives from the attempt to view feminism as a singular movement or theory founded by lesbians and promoted by man haters. In actuality, feminism represents a…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 26, 2014

12 Reasons Black Women Are Not More Privileged Than Black Men

A seemingly impervious narrative dominates today's social discourse in the Black community where Black men are painted as more vulnerable victims than their female counterparts. This far-reaching myth typically arises along with discussions about gender inequality or sexism where claims are made that Black women face less hardship than their male counterparts, or even --…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / August 28, 2014

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar, my eyes tear u…

By: Kitty Stryker / April 10, 2014

Rolling Stone‘s Article On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes It Clear Patriarchy Was At The Root Of His Problems

It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2013

Five Ways Men’s Lives Would Be Better If Women Were In Charge

We live in a patriarchal society, where men lead and determine much of our what happens in our lives. But this isn't the way it is in certain parts of the world. Argentinean writer Ricardo Coler spent two months living with the Mosuo in southern China, where it's a matriarchy, and he spoke to Spiegel…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 29, 2009

Depressing News Story of the Day: Dad Allegedly Kills Daughter For Marrying Without His Permission

Suffice it to say, I'm not much for many traditions, including the one that says your intended fiance should ask your dad for permission to marry you (I just got engaged and while I thought it was sweet my bf...err, fiance...talked to my parents about his intentions after the fact, I am glad the only…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 2, 2008