Category Archives: The Patriarchy

February 2, 2012, 12:10 pm

Yale Could Just Say No to Covering Up Rape

In 1976, Yale women rowers drew dramatic attention to sexism on campus.

What do top university administrators really talk about when they talk about rape with no one else in the room? Maybe someone will comment on this post and tell me. I’ve always wanted to know because every time I am in a meeting about sexual assault I get so much smoke blown up my posterior that I leave the room floating upside down.

My curiosity about this has been piqued even further because Yale University, my alma mater and the object of a Title IX investigation, recently released its stats on sex crimes for the last six months and has announced that it is sobered by the news. As the Oldest College Daily reports: “’The number and scope of complaints make it abundantly clear that there is more that we must do as a community…

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July 4, 2010, 12:31 pm

Family, Flags and the Fourth of July: A Meditation

We at Tenured Radical are conflicted on the subject of July 4. We are not nationalists, much less homonationalists, whatever our critics might assert (although we will cop to being homos.) And yet, July 4 is one of the few secular holidays on the calendar, and cannot help but provoke thoughts about the national past.

My father always made a big production of hanging out the flag on Independence Day: in addition to having been an Eagle Scout and Jack Armstrong type of character, he was a veteran of several different government services in WWII and the Cold War. He knew how to tie all the knots on the flagpole so that the flag draped correctly, how it ought to be folded and put away, and how to perform a blind information drop using a newspaper. In my preteen years, when I announced my intention to have a career either as a spy or a private investigator, he bought me The Hardy Boys…

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March 2, 2009, 2:02 pm

Happy Women’s History Month! A Celebration, A Challenge and a Call

Of course, every month is women’s history month if you are the Tenured Radical. And, if you are the intersectionally-inclined person that I am, Black History Month isn’t over at the end of February either (although I’m sure organizers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that it is, particularly at Zenith, where a group of students organized a great calendar of events this year.)

To celebrate, a few of us in the feminist history blogosphere have been drawn into a great project initiated by Ann Little, over at Historiann. Four feminist history bloggers are responding to Judith Bennett’s book History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.) One of us will write every Monday for the entire month of March and, in round table style, drop in and out of each other’s blogs to comment. The first post, Should politics be …

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June 7, 2008, 11:50 am

What To Do When Surrounded By the Patriarchy? Or, Rethinking Conference Hell

A reader who I will descriptively dub “Feminist Guy” (as sie has not given permission to use hir name) writes:

Dear TR:

Thanks for the post on AHA tips and tricks— the AHA has been one of the major Old Boys’ Clubs, but feminists (female and otherwise) have found their own ways to network there, and this is a great development. But there are still plenty of smaller subfield conferences where this isn’t the case — with attendance being dramatically tilted towards Old White Straight Guys. (In fact, I’m attending one as we speak— let’s call it Little Patriarchy Conference.) If you’ve never been to a particular conference before, you might not even realize this imbalance until you’re already checked
into the hotel.

What’s a junior, feminist-trained scholar to do when blindsided by a conference like this? How can/should women who find themselves at LPC react, and how do they/we build…

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