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sister-hood interview with Mona Eltahawy. Feminist author and public speaker. - YouTube
[2:00] "For some reason — I don't know who did this because there's no women's and gender studies program in that university to this day — some renegade librarian or professor had put all these feminist journals on a bookshelf that I discovered. And they had all these feminists from my heritage, from the Middle East, from Muslim backgrounds, and also other feminists from different backgrounds. And I remember when I first discovered the word 'feminism' and discovered their writing. [It] terrified me. It terrified me. I would just put these books down and these journals down and just walk away because I was really scared because I understood that the more I got into that, the more it would just unravel everything. And I use that experience now to tell people, "when something really scares you, it's an indication that it's something you really need because it's going to really unsettle all of the things that you need to shake up in you life." Feminism saved my life and feminism saved my mind. And thanks to Saudi Arabia, ironically enough, I became the woman I am today."
monaeltahawy  feminism  change  books  2018  unlearning  learning  patriarchy  librarians  libraries 
3 days ago by robertogreco
Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? | Moira Donegan | Opinion | The Guardian
But there is something else at play, something more complicated, in white women’s relationship to white patriarchy. White women’s identity places them in a curious position at the intersection of two vectors of privilege and oppression: they are granted structural power by their race, but excluded from it by their sex. In a political system where racism and sexism are both so deeply ingrained, white women must choose to be loyal to either the more powerful aspect of their identity, their race, or to the less powerful, their sex. Some Republican white women might lean into racism not only for racism’s sake, but also as a means of avoiding or denying the realities of how sexist oppression makes them vulnerable.
Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  fascism  neofascism  neonazi  KKK  far-right  right-wing  Strongman  alt-right  fearmonger  demagogue  hate  preacher  speech  post-racial  America  USA  LGBT  abortion  conservatism  patriarchy 
7 days ago by asterisk2a
Boudica: how a widowed queen became a rebellious woman warrior | Aeon Essays
How a widowed queen became a rebel warrior, defying Roman patriarchy, and leading her people to glory even in defeat
history  Boudica  Britain  war  Romans  women  essay  patriarchy 
9 days ago by mirthe
Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy - The New York Times
TORONTO — Jordan Peterson fills huge lecture halls and tells his audiences there’s no shame in looking backward to a model of how the world should be arranged. Look back to the 1950s, he says — and back even further. He tells his audiences that they are smart. He is bringing them knowledge, yes, but it is knowledge that they already know and feel in their bones. He casts this as ancient wisdom, delivered through religious allegories and fairy tales which contain truth, he says, that modern society has forgotten.

Most of his ideas stem from a gnawing anxiety around gender. “The masculine spirit is under assault,” he told me. “It’s obvious.”

In Mr. Peterson’s world, order is masculine. Chaos is feminine. And if an overdose of femininity is our new poison, Mr. Peterson knows the cure. Hence his new book’s subtitle: “An Antidote to Chaos.”
gender  patriarchy 
15 days ago by paniedejmirade
Jed Rubenfeld investigation at Yale Law School: misconduct allegations, a broken Title IX process, and Amy Chua’s power over clerkships.
Allegations of misconduct. A faculty power couple. A clerkship process run amok. What is going on at the top law school in the country?
culture  patriarchy  law_school  harassment  sexual_harassment  misconduct  power  yale  yale_law_school 
18 days ago by cglinka
Trump Towers | Crappy Living
This is just the most lovely heartfelt and gutsy writing.

"To my delight, my children have amazingly few categories in which to place themselves. They pick up a doll or a truck without asking who it is ‘for’, they build things and play fairies, they wear what keeps them warm and makes them feel good (not always the same thing, naturally). They are not girly girls or tomboys, or pretty all the time. They talk about the people they know with words like brave or kind, not short or skinny, and ‘funny’ is the greatest compliment they know how to give. They catch tiggers by the toe. They think ‘historic’ is a good thing.
This hasn’t happened by accident, of course. My shields have been up since the day my first daughter came home from hospital, dressed in grey with a little yellow hat, courtesy of the NHS.

Forget what they tell you about womanhood. For 10 years at work, arguing with the police and the council, negotiating with the hopeless, the dangerous, cleaning up human shit from the floor of my office – i was soft. Now, for my children, I am hard. My shields are titanium. Disney princesses, dieting, make up ads, creepy comments – they ping off my force field in all directions. All the time. Aaaalll the time.

My children made me selfish, and i definitely didn’t care. I wanted their privilege to be utterly, utterly unexamined, for God knows i had examined mine enough, i thought.
crappyliving  parenting  childhood  innocence  motherhood  gender  patriarchy 
21 days ago by oddhack
Obsession with transwomen fetishises sex difference |
Datun Sat 13-Oct-18 11:04:31
Barracker

You've elucidated my thoughts completely.

It's reminiscent of claiming that lesbians 'fetishise' vaginas, because they're not attracted to penises.

It's using the wrong words to manipulate perception.

FermatsTheorem Sat 13-Oct-18 11:08:56
Barracker, I agree. I'm trying to use language like "sexist" rather than "patriarchy" more and more.

The quote in the OP muddles up the ordinary English meanings of "is" and "ought".

What it really comes down to, in plain English, is this:

Men as a group, throughout history, have bossed women as a group around. This is a matter of historical fact.

Men as a group have been able to do this because they are physically larger and stronger. This is a matter of biological fact.

They ought not to have done this. That's a matter of moral judgement (and one on which I suspect I, the quoted author and even Spanna in her garbled, muddled way, agree).

However the author of the original quote seems to think that the only way we can point out that men are wrong to have done this, that they ought not to have done this, is to somehow deny that the reason they were able to do this (even though it was wrong) was because they are bigger and stronger (and don't get pregnant which further adds to the vulnerability of being smaller and less strong).

That's what I don't get about this crap - it's as if these deluded fools think that accepting actual real world physical differences exist is the same as thinking it's okay to use these differences to be violent towards and limit the lives of women. (And yet, bizarrely, the one "difference" they do buy into is the very one which has no real-world basis at all, and which has been used over and over again to justify limiting women's opportunities and keeping them in a box, namely the belief in "lady brains.")
mumsnet  discussions  feminism  patriarchy  queer_theory 
4 weeks ago by paniedejmirade
For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building On Fire
So from one white woman to another, ten concrete steps to take right now if we hope to ever do math with women of color; the very math the doing of which is not optional if there is to be any hope of calling into existence the deep, robust multi-racial coalitions on which all of our lives depend.

No particular order here. Some of these steps fall in the category of “for the love of god, stop pouring gasoline!” Some fall in the category of our long, slow work. None is adequate. All are critical.
White  supremacy  patriarchy  solutions 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Eugenia Zuroski on Twitter: "Doing antiracist/anti-imperialist work within existing institutions is good but it is not decolonizing work. Decolonizing Turtle Island means restitution of land and Indigenous sovereignty. Making colonial institutions better
"Doing antiracist/anti-imperialist work within existing institutions is good but it is not decolonizing work. Decolonizing Turtle Island means restitution of land and Indigenous sovereignty. Making colonial institutions better is at odds with removing them. We have to see this.
[@apihtawikosisan:] Just stop using the word decolonize. Stop it. You don't know what the fuck it means, and it's ridiculous to throw it into every sentence. You cannot "decolonize education" by showing people a few pictures. "Decolonize minds" but keep all the same structures, as if.

Tuck and Yang’s “Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor” is not the only piece of writing that addresses this but it makes the case very clearly and directly and should therefore be mandatory reading for everyone pursuing social justice projects in North America.

Listening to that article, like listening to all the Indigenous voices that generously share their knowledge on this problem, has been humbling and it should be. Before reading it, I often elided the difference between decolonizing and anti-colonial work in my own speech.

I recognize that I was trying to think through the relationships between anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, antiracist, anti-patriarchal, and decolonizing work. We should think long and hard about these relationships. But the first four can (I think) be practiced within

existing institutional structures, at least to some extent, and if we allow them to be called “decolonization,” we provide colonial institutions and social structures cover that absolves them of actually being decolonized.

As Tuck and Yang point out, decolonizing movements and social justice movements may have good work to do alongside each other, in relation to one another. They may also reach a point at which their objectives part ways. These relations are what we should be working on.

And paying attention to our language as our Indigenous colleagues keep. Asking. Us. To. Do is important because Canadian institutions are trying to incentivize Decolonization *As* a Metaphor, and we don’t want our work to be co-opted by this latest maneuver of colonial power.

Link to the article:
https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/18630 "
eugeniazuroski  2018  decolonization  indigeneity  evetuck  kwayneyang  settlercolonialism  colonization  education  highered  highereducation  academia  power  unschooling  deschooling  antiimperialism  institutions  patriarchy  control  socialjustice 
4 weeks ago by robertogreco
Kingdom Crackdown
Sarah Aziza's deep investigation into the Saudi women who fought for the right to drive, who are now disappearing and going into exile.
Middle  East  patriarchy 
5 weeks ago by jbuzz
Consent
Isobel Yeung hosts this 30 minute correspondent-led, VICE News documentary that investigates the state of consent among young adults today, and efforts at colleges and universities to normalize affirmative, or enthusiastic, consent in sex. It culminates in an intense, anonymous, candid, restorative justice conversation between a woman and her college rapist.
rape  culture  consent  patriarchy  misogyny 
5 weeks ago by jbuzz
Opinion | What Men Say About #MeToo in Therapy - The New York Times
"I have found that for many men, underneath the anxiety that is always humming along are layers of shame. Shame at having feelings at all, shame because they believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with them, shame that they are not men, they are just boys.

Shame is the emotional weapon that allows patriarchal behaviors to flourish. The fear of being emasculated leads men to rationalize awful behavior. This kind of toxic shame is in direct contradiction with the healthy shame that we all need to feel in order to acknowledge mistakes and take responsibility."
metoo  men  psychology  therapy  sociology  patriarchy  weinstein 
6 weeks ago by alexpriest

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