2019/01/19: What do I feel when I watch it?
Nothing really. Neutral. Slight positive because it lifts some issues such as bullying and sexual harassment. Slight disgust at capitalist opportunism disguised as idealism. Thinking I’ve seen all of the situations in the ad and do recognize that most men in most situations do indeed not stand up and call folks out. Still it all comes out a bit silly, as commercials generally do.
To the offended party: I think you’re all wrong, folks. And I think that your reaction says more about yourselves than about the commercial. I think you are exact equivalents of the non-constructive, bitter, bitchy kinds of feminists and anti-racists whose toes are always perpetually stepped upon by one wrong word, some naked skin, one commercial or another.
I’m calling you out, guys: you’re being over-sensitive. You’re taking part in a silly hysteria.
I am only comfortable with a postfeminist position *if* it successfully transcends and includes feminism – in particular the undeniable and empirical aspects of inequality and relations between the genders. Otherwise it isn’t real postfeminism. The proof that the folks offended by the ad weren’t true postfeminists? None of them bothered to check if the world actually *does* work according to the assumptions of this ad. Which it does. More proof? Their message is indistinguishable from that of the classical conservatives. How much is this post-anything? And how much is it simply social conservatism? Nothing wrong with it, but that’s what it is.
I want us to move towards a “neomasculist” position, one that *is* tough and manly but is still friends with feminism. One that doesn’t get “offended” at every corner, isn’t over-sensitive. One that lifts itself, by virtue of character and understanding, above the trench wars of the gender issues and identity politics at large. One that lands in a paradigm of emotional and sexual development.
Feminism and masculism need one another. They are two sides of the same equation.
2018/11/29: If two-parent families could support themselves with only one parent working outside the home in the past, then something is wrong with “growth” that imposes a de facto need for two incomes.
There needs to be a return to the notion of the oikos, or household, or marriage, as unit, rather than atomized Jane (or as Obama and Orwell both put it, Julia). Matrimony was always intended to be a shared division of labor that would protect the mothers long term interests while raising family. And that marriage needs a rebuttressing by the church in the face of today's pressures.
2016/02/10: Those young feminists who support Sanders are not naive or disloyal. They are building a new world, and they are demanding a new politics that invites everyone to play. They are, in fact, doing exactly what we feminists of a certain age once wished for our daughters: thinking for themselves, unburdened by gender.
At behest of a feminist professor, an academic journal's board reportedly threatened to "harass the journal until it died."
Theodore Hill, a retired professor of mathematics at Georgia Tech, claims that activists successfully pressured the New York Journal of Mathematics to delete an article he had written for the academic journal because it considered a politically incorrect subject: the achievement gap between men and women at very high levels of human intelligence.
The rehearsed smugness of the presenters puts me off the content - which is all about making the simple sound profound
Whatever you think of Sheryl Sandberg, her book Lean In achieved one very important objective: it exposed the deep class divide within American feminism.
Hilary Wainwright explores the turbulent history of 1968 social movements - and what they can teach us about building counter-power today.
2018/03/08: Once again we see a resurgence of interest in intentional communities and in Utopian experiments in living communally. Even Time Magazine is advocating such ways of living as a solution to the problems of modern living. Over the last ten years I have made forays into alternative living; finding and testing out Utopian intentional communities.
Encouraging girls to participate in STEM is a hot topic that has captured the concern of the world's academic, business and scientific communities. The intention is noble, however the strategies being deployed are reinforcing the very bias society seeks to eliminate. If we wish to advance our evolutionary journey as a species, a shift from "feeling sorry for disadvantaged girls" to "fearing STEM without girls' reformation" is imperative. This piece discusses the rise to an initiative to redesign culture: Girlapproved.
German ex-official Kristina Schr195182der said on Wednesday that the #MeToo
debate, which was launched to encourage women all over the world to come out with their experiences of sexual misconduct and harassment, will not necessarily have a positive impact on the society.
As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution.
You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men are intrinsically different and we should stop trying to make it
I'm about to do something ill-advised: I'm going to comment on why I think Wonder Woman represents the wrong kind of feminism. Let me get out there that as a middle aged male I have no
Get-girls-to-code initiatives aim to fix tech's gender imbalance - but they may help reinforce it
Do sexual images of women impact how men perceive women?
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren't working anymore?
Leah Fessler considers herself a feminist.
Possessing a gun is considered by many men as a straightforward way of subscribing to dominant masculinity."
Conferences are a crucial ritual for our community; they allow us to come together, solve problems, and get to know each other in a way which is not possible through electronic communications. But some people have less fun at community conferences than others; women, in particular, are often treated badly there. In this article, Valerie Aurora discusses the problem with several prominent community members and introduces a new proposed generic anti-harassment policy for open source conferences. Click below (subscribers only) for the full text.
Research suggests that hunter gatherers were more egalitarian than us, partly because they had fewer relatives around.