Category Archives: up your patriarchy

June 17, 2010, 1:27 pm

Call 1-800-FEMNIST: Would Publicity About Unnecessary Genital Surgery On American Children Get Women Off Their Asses?

OK, I know I haven’t blogged about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ($20 billion? Not enough, Barack — and do not point your finger at me to show how “tough” you are. Hyper-masculinity pisses me off.) I have also not blogged about the closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the California case that will nominally decide whether Prop 8 is overturned, but that will really decide that GLBT marriage will go to the Supreme Court sooner than activists on either side intended (see Georgetown law prof Nan D. Hunter at Hunter of Justice for updates.)

What I am thinking about a lot this summer, however — since I am writing a book on radical feminism in the 1970s — is: what could happen to kick women in the United States out of their torpor and provoke a feminist political revival? Specifically, what could get women to care about female genital mutilation here in the United States,…

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July 9, 2009, 9:42 pm

What’s Wrong With Journalism: Your Radical Reporter In Afghanistan

Many things are wrong with journalism, and not just reporting on Afghanistan. But what has obliged me to speak today is this report posted on line by the Associated Press and appearing as a headline story on my Yahoo email account. As if endless advertisements for Acai products (accompanied by distorted, pulsating pictures of doughy female flesh that are supposed to make me hate myself) are not enough, today I was greeted by this headline: “Afghanistan tones down contentious marriage law.”

You remember that contentious law — the one applying to Shiite women that made it legal for their husbands to rape them? The one signed by our democratic ally Hamid Karzai? “The new version,” you will be glad to hear, “no longer requires a woman submit to sex with her husband, only that she do certain housework.” The housework will be agreed to at the time of the marriage, and please be assured…

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