What We Missed

Turns out that, “Many of the great quotesmiths have been women who are now forgotten or whose wit and wisdom are erroneously credited to more-famous men.”

Don’t you love it when people you would rather get a root canal rather than associate with boycott you?

MTV execs are worried that some scenes from an upcoming episode of “Skins” may violate federal child pornography statutes.

Cool thoughts on how helping sons explore their feminine side prepared one momma for the challenges of adoption.

This amazing looking film, currently in Egyptian theaters, is under threat by the head of the Association for Human Rights and Social Justice, who claims that the film should be banned because it might encourage victims of sexual harassment to violently harm men in their “sensitive parts,” causing impotence. Oh, and it’s also facing a lawsuit because it “tarnishes Egypt’s image.”

Thanks to Maggie for the heads up.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I really want to see that and hope it will be available in the U.S.

  2. Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Boycotting American women? Humbug! Oh well- if the menfolk are so insecure they can’t handle the concept of a mutually respectful, egalitarian relationship, I guess that means more dating opportunities for feminist men. Sucks to be you, patriarchs!

  3. Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see anything about a boy’s “feminine side,” in the linked article. I saw a young man who enjoys certain things that are inconsistent with masculine gender stereotypes. The concept that those things are part of a “feminine side” feels very gender essentialist to me. I don’t know. Perhaps I protest too much. What does the community think?

    • Posted January 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      I agree on this point. The use of the term seems to reinforce the legitimacy of gender stereotypes in a way that a more precise description would not: that the parents allowed their son to transcend gender norms/stereotypes. It may make the parents’ behavior sound more normal, which makes it sound like this support by parents is *expected* of them. Actually, it *should* be expected of them.

      I think there is also something else even more grating about the term “feminine side,” particularly when “get(s) in touch with [your/their/his]” or similar phrase precedes it. It suggests masculine and feminine as being distinct, as if anything we do is one or the other, as if these terms are not self-contradictory, and as if these terms should color our actions and our experiences.

    • Posted January 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      The way I see it, the definition of ‘maculine’ must include all the things males do, or it isn’t a valid definition. With such a definition, it becomes a meaningless, all-encompassing word that means basically the same as ‘feminine’. Which is fine by me.

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