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active 3 years, 10 months ago
  • okra commented on the blog post Social Network sexism   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    The female and ethnic minority characters and extras in this film weren’t just stereotypically potrayed…the screen *oozed* misogyny and ethnic (esp. East Asian) caricature. It destroyed my pleasure in an otherwise excellent movie. Out of dozens of female characters and nameless but prominently displayed extras, only three (3) appeared capable of holding a coherent conversation [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: A shriek of inarticulate* anguish   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    What follows is a feverish rant borne of grief and frustration. I was loudly and proudly pro-life (and fundamentalist Christian) for much of my life. My family remains both of these things. I feel vomit rising in my throat (apolgies for being graphic) when I read the thousands of comments on the popular news blogs [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Do we have a better word than “privilege”?   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    Those of us who are both in academia and sensitive to the diverse lifestyles and intellectual perspectives of those around us know that there are some terms and ideas one doesn’t just throw out there into non-academic society, at least not haphazardly. Academic ideas, no matter how prosaic they may seem to us (“Imagined Communities” [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Anti-feminist cheer to bring a smile to your face   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    Many an anti-feminist blog or news piece or comments section has sent our blood pressure sky-high. You know what I’m talking about. These are often the blogs that make light of domestic violence, that construct elaborate apologias for rapists and trot out the vicious rape-victims-are-liars tropes. These are the sites blindly wedded to sociologically-inept arguments [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Stay at Home Daughters: When Patriarchy is longed for   5 years, 7 months ago · View

    *A very long post on a very vexing topic.* Everything that mainstream and even right-wing America believes is good is, to the Daughters, poison. To the Visionary Daughters/ Issacharian Daughters/ stay-at-home daughters movements, the words “independence” and “self-achievement” are anathema. Who are these daughters? They are young, predominantly European-ancestry women living in the West, practicing Christianity [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: To Julie and Miriam and Morgan’s Mama and SuzyQ   5 years, 8 months ago · View

    I’m not a poet. But upon reading the comments below this piece, I know of no other way to express my unholy anger and contempt. *To Julie and Miriam and Morgan’s Mama and SuzyQ* Smug and replete, you settle back, Your large hands extending to sweep to your bosom The bounty. Your comfort increases; you needn’t share. [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Because assertive women must be “divas”   5 years, 9 months ago · View

    Palin Sexism Watch: I know there’s not a lot of love for Palin’s policies around here, and with good reason. But policies aside, this woman’s trajectory intrigues me. And this really annoys me on all women’s behalf. Women who are assertive, who know what they want and make known their needs, and who express ideas that [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Anti-B.C. Pharmacies Don’t Just Serve Anti-B.C.’ers   5 years, 9 months ago · View

    You know, I support private pharamacies’ bids to not provide birth control of any kind on the grounds of the pharmacists’ beliefs. (Yes, I know there are many who argue they shouldn’t have gotten into the business to begin with, sort of like a very conservative Orthodox Jew or Muslim who believes in segregation of the [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: “Hey, Bro”: On Being Neither Seen Nor Heard   5 years, 9 months ago · View

    What do you make of this? 5 minutes ago, I had an experience that made me feel deliberately minimized and passed over. It was the tenth or twelfth of its kind, and the proverbial straw on the camel’s back. When I, a woman, am out walking by myself, men and women alike approach me for [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: NYTimes to dutiful daughters: “Don’t throw a feminist hissy fit!”   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Okay, I have to admit I’ve never reflected on this element of gender roles, but I’m glad the blogger brought it up. On the other hand, I wish she HADN’T: (1) Told women to avoid “throwing feminist hissy fits!” (2) Told women to stop whining about being stuck with all the responbility, and just hunker down [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: No Women Pastors…said the Palin supporters   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    (My browser/screen doesn’t offer an html option, so excuse the un-hyperlinks). Perhaps you’ve heard about the recent controversy over magazines pulled off display by Southern Baptist leadership. They were recalled because they featured cover photo and article discussing women pastors. A Southern Baptist leader, Richard Land, has written an article explaining SB views on women leaders in [...]

  • Amidst the swirl of controversy surrounding McCain Vice President pick Sarah Palin–a woman some believe is not ready for Presidential politics but was chosen for her “vaginal” assets–I saw this LA Times piece : “UCLA accused of illegal admissions practices: A professor resigns as an admissions committee member, saying the university is factoring race into acceptance decisions, [...]

  • okra wrote a new blog post: Craigslist Catastrophe? When “Porn” Hits Close to Home   5 years, 11 months ago · View

    Note: this post makes reference to things that may not be considered pornography in the academic sense, but which I believe are being used for the same purposes as porn. * * * Theoretically, I’m okay with people choosing to look at pornography. I feel about it similarly to the way I feel about bondage, [...]

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