Posts Written by Rebecca

Time to get rid of “man up”

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

In an interview, Secretary of State John Kerry laid down a tired old trope when asked about Edward Snowden (emphasis mine):

The bottom line is this is a man who has betrayed his country, who is sitting in Russia, an authoritarian country, where he has taken refuge. He should man up and come back to the United States if he has a complaint about what’s the matter with American surveillance, come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case. But instead he is just sitting there taking potshots at his country, violating his oath that he took when he took on the job he took, and betraying, I think, ...

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

In an interview, Secretary of State John Kerry laid down a tired old trope when asked about Edward Snowden (emphasis mine):

The bottom line is this is a man who has ...

Don’t apologize for your privilege, do something about it

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

I was at a progressive political event recently and got into a conversation with a young white man who had been thrown off by a presenter’s comment about white male privilege. “I don’t discriminate against anyone,” he said (a whole other issue to examine), and he couldn’t grasp the idea that he had any special privilege. I reached into the handy invisible knapsack to gently point out some ways he probably never thought about how he and I have an easier time than people of color in this country. I told him that in my view, the point of examining privilege is not to get ...

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

I was at a progressive political event recently and got into a conversation with a young white man who had been thrown off by a presenter’s comment about white male privilege. ...

The birth control coverage mandate: our work isn’t done

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

A few years ago, I went to the doctor about a pain in my leg that was so intense it would wake me in the middle of the night. Tests revealed that it was a blood clot, and with no other risk factors my doctor determined it was caused by birth control pills. I had to stop taking them immediately, and thankfully a combination of medicine and stopping the pills cleared it up. But it left me with very limited effective birth control options as any return to hormonal birth control methods could potentially be life-threatening. Despite a clear medical reason for switching to an IUD, I still had to wade through obstacles thrown ...

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

A few years ago, I went to the doctor about a pain in my leg that was so intense it would wake me in the middle of the night. Tests ...

Toxic masculinity won’t save us

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

The conflation of stereotypical masculinity and leadership is nothing new. There’s ample discussion of how it plays out everywhere from the workplace to the political sphere. Perennial non-favorite columnist and pundit David Brooks hit on this theme on Meet the Press last week in reference to President Obama’s foreign policy:

DAVID BROOKS:

And, let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a (I’ll say it crudely) but a manhood problem in the Middle East: Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s ...

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

The conflation of stereotypical masculinity and leadership is nothing new. There’s ample discussion of how it plays out everywhere from the workplace to the political sphere. Perennial non-favorite columnist ...

Who would you put on feminist trading cards?

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring a set of feminist trading cards from the late 70s called Supersisters that were designed to spread feminism to a younger generation.

Published in 1979, the Supersisters trading cards were a playful, informative, and accessible way to spread feminism to younger audiences. The series was inspired by Lois Rich’s daughter, an eight-year-old baseball-card collector, who asked why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. With a grant from the New York State Education Department, Lois Rich and her sister, Barbara Egerman, contacted five hundred women of achievement and created cards of the first seventy-two to respond.

The sets featured artists, politicians, athletes, activists ...

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring a set of feminist trading cards from the late 70s called Supersisters that were designed to spread feminism to a younger generation.

Published ...

What to do if you can’t tell the difference between sexual harassment and sexual liberation

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

1) Stop publishing articles about feminism.

2) Stop talking to women, just to be safe.

Guardian writer David Foster has faced a fierce and well-deserved backlash to an inane article blaming feminists for stifling sexual liberation by calling out sexism.

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

1) Stop publishing articles about feminism.

2) Stop talking to women, just to be safe.

Guardian writer David Foster has faced a fierce and well-deserved backlash to an inane article blaming feminists ...

I hope Dianne Feinstein is emotional about torture

Cross-posted at Of Means and Ends.

When was the last time you heard a male politician described as “emotional”?

Discussions about John Boehner’s propensity for crying notwithstanding, it’s pretty rare that you will hear much discussion about a male leader’s emotions. “Emotional” is a heavily gendered term that isn’t used to invoke the possibility that feelings may have a legitimate place in a debate, but rather to discredit someone who’s supposedly not acting rationally. Even when Boehner’s crying is discussed, it’s usually played for laughs or viewed with confusion (its own problem), but not to impugn his ability to lead a party or make policy. But there’s been a firestorm this week over former CIA director Michael Hayden’s lobbing the term at Dianne Feinstein. ...

Cross-posted at Of Means and Ends.

When was the last time you heard a male politician described as “emotional”?

Discussions about John Boehner’s propensity for crying notwithstanding, it’s pretty rare that you will hear much discussion about a ...

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