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Sexism in America: Too normal?

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

So, yes, of course…sexism in America/North America is definitely normal, and feminists see this and that’s why feminism remains as a movement. However, according to Barbara Berg, a historian and new author of Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining our Future, says that it’s becoming too normal and that the condition that America is in right now in terms of women’s rights could very well be worse than ever before. Berg surveyed over 200 women, and interviewed 200 more for her recent findings.

The Toronto Star was able to have an interview with her, and I just wanted to point out a few excerpts:

Many of the ways that women go about their lives and men go about their lives are based on premises such as we had seen in the 1950s. A sense of difference over who had power.

Numerous women told me that would not challenge the authority of a male boss, that they were happy to have their jobs, that they felt that they had to accept – and this is very disturbing – a certain amount of sexual harassment, that they did not expect the same kind of promotions, that they were accepting the 70 cents to the dollar gender wage gap. (emphasis mine)

This information is quite disturbing, but not necessarily surprising to someone who really knows what’s happening within the realm of gender relations and gender inequality. Berg goes onto state that this has happened because “there has been a tremendous sense of acceptance of a hierarchical and patriarchal society again” (emphasis mine). And of course, this is utterly disappointing. Because we live in an apparent “post-feminist” society, people are so damn blinded to what is really going on.

Berg ends off the interview with some positivity, by saying that there are so many things that women can do to change this kind of attitude. She states,

Women also have tremendous power as consumers. Don’t buy Bratz Dolls. Don’t buy hypersexualized Halloween costumes. Don’t go to movies that brutalize or demean women. Choose women authors. Make sure that women’s history in the curriculum of your daughter’s school. Lobby your government. Run for office.

It’s a great, great interview. I didn’t even really cover even just a bit of it, so please head on over to the Toronto Star and read this amazing interview! She talks about everything from pop culture, to reproductive rights. Berg really has some great insights on what’s going on in our culture today and why it’s going on.


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Hayden Panettiere gets, uh, dirty?

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

First off – **NSFW**

I came across this Hayden Panettiere stuff while doing my weekly search of horrible, trashy, gossip blogs. Don’t judge me!

So, she participated in a photoshoot with Tyler Shields, who is creating a book called “The Dirty Side of Glamour“. Here, we first see a picture of her, obviously naked, licking a machine gun.

Hmm…sex and violence. What a great combination! And how awesome is it that the machine gun is obviously this phallic image and she’s going to lick it. Wonderful. Juuuuust wonderful. This isn’t objectifying at all, right? And I mean, the sensationalized and glamourized concept of sex and violence? That’s not harmful at all, right? Oh, just wait for it. It gets better! Below is the video that Tyler Shields shot along with the photoshoot. You’ll love it. Watch it. Seriously.

Do I even have to explain myself? I hope I don’t, but I will. This video clearly has a huge sexual image. I mean, “champagne” (I know it is champagne, but come on), being sprayed all over Hayden’s face/body? And her looking very sexual about the whole thing? And drinking it? And possibly enjoying it? I mean, fine, I’ll be honest, I don’t know exactly what is being tried to get across here, but either way, even if some people think it’s art, it’s still objectifying. It shows that women are only sexual beings for men to mess around with. Nothing more, nothing less. Now, before I go further, I will say that something similar was done with Zachary Quinto, but you will clearly see that his video with milk does not seem to be an overtly sexual thing. He’s not opening his mouth or drinking the milk; and in fact, he remains fairly stoic during the whole thing. But you can judge that for yourself, I guess.

And you know, I know the book is called “The Dirty Side of Glamour“. I get it. It’s supposed to be dirty. But why does it have to be dirty at the expense of women? If you go to Tyler Shields website, you will see that there are many more photos that are complete, disgusting, objectification of women, which involves a combination of sex and violence. Like I said, just wonderful! In fact, click here, here, here and here. You will see what I mean! (Seriously, click there NOW – despite me not wanting to give him more traffic). But hey, it’s just art, right?


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Of course! Being kind is all it takes men!

December 28, 2007 Leave a comment

New craptastic book alert! Victoria Zdrok, a Penthouse columnist, is the author of a new book called Dr. Z on Scoring: How to Pick Up, Seduce and Hook Up with Hot Women.

The Economic Times (for some weird reason) has a little article about it. In it, it explains that being kind is really the only important things and that pretty much any women, whether she’s attracted to you or not, will give into your great man-kindness and at least get in bed with you!

“And kindness is one of the qualities women most look for in a male. Be sure to have a good sob story handy about the times you were ‘down on your luck’ and now want to ‘pay back’ the community. Next thing you know, you’ll be enjoying soup in her kitchen,” Zdrock added.

Um. Ok. Is this really how all women work? I doubt it is. And if men were smart at all, maybe they wouldn’t listen to someone who works for Penthouse. I mean, seriously! Oh, and of course, the book mentions “women’s lib.” So good.

“Contrary to your instinctual aversion to women’s lib, National Organization for Women meetings are the perfect breeding ground for available horny women,” she wrote.

“Liberated women are much more likely to cast away outdated notions of courtship and chivalry . . . and you just might get laid on the first date,” she added.

Warning to all liberated females at the National Organization for Women meetings/conventions/whatever. Be weary of any man that comes and is kind, tells a sob story and clearing looking for some ass. Since you know, we’re liberated and all, so we’ll just sleep with absolutely anyone we can get our hands on.

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1000 misogynist comments

November 12, 2007 Leave a comment

1000 Terrible Things...

Meredith Burgmann and Yvette Roberts, two of the top feminist academics in Australia have compiled a book that quotes 1000 terrible things that men have said about women. They call it a “portfolio of piggery.”

“We’d like this to be seen as a way of poking fun at these men but it’s also a serious piece of research into misogyny.”

That is most definitely is. Some examples include “”In the old days, you were a good guy if you lifted your feet when she was vacuuming.”, and “”Come back when your IQ is as high as your skirt?”

Of course that’s only two, so you’ll have to find out the other 998 when you read the book!