For the Patriarchy Is Dark and Full of Errors
Feminism / Society

For the Patriarchy Is Dark and Full of Errors

Even though our female friends and relatives may love us for the person we are, they can still occasionally make comments on our appearance which make us feel vulnerable, not desirable, not valued. Do you know why that is? Because all of us women—whether bi, gay, straight, queer or otherwise identified—, have internalized misogyny. Continue reading

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Unlikely Allies: the MRM and Feminism
Feminism / Society

Unlikely Allies: the MRM and Feminism

Although it appeared as early as the 1970s, the Men’s Rights Movement only truly found its audience, peculiar style, and obsessive gimmicks with the birth of Internet forums (they are perhaps best known for this gem of a Reddit thread) and the rise of trolling, an art form at which they excel. But some of the movement’s concerns, such as understanding the causes for, and striving to reduce, the particularly high rates of male suicides, are perfectly legitimate. Continue reading

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?
Feminism / Politics / Society

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?

Beyond the specific political problems women can encounter, i.e. being elected and holding elective office, the core issue has to do with women’s presence in the public debate at large. Greater female presence would influence the terms of political debate on several crucial issues. There are still too few female experts in debates and on television panels, and females over the age of 60 are especially absent from the public eye, unlike their male counterparts, whose credibility grows with time. Continue reading

Rolling Stone, Jackie, and the “emblematic college rape case”
Feminism / Society

Rolling Stone, Jackie, and the “emblematic college rape case”

This is important: it is not known whether Jackie was in fact raped or not, but the public’s perception following the story is that of a cunning, hysterical liar, an attention-seeking fabulist[10]. This, and not the jaw-dropping failure of the magazine, or the very real problem of campus sexual assault, is what readers everywhere will come away with. Continue reading

Writing Beyond the “Feminine Note”: Virginia Woolf on Women and Fiction
Books / Culture & Art / Feminism

Writing Beyond the “Feminine Note”: Virginia Woolf on Women and Fiction

Addressing the topic “women and fiction” in her essay entitled A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf often seems to go off on a tangent, using different writing styles and delaying her point into her ‘stream of consciousness’. In a sense, one could say that she tries to fathom the subject through a writing experience that reaches beyond the intellectual grasp of the issue. Continue reading

The Iron Maiden and the Walking Wounded
Culture & Art / Feminism / Society

The Iron Maiden and the Walking Wounded

In 1991, Naomi Wolf published “The Beauty Myth”, wherein she introduced the Iron Maiden concept, an “unattainable standard that is (…) used to punish women physically and psychologically for their failure to achieve and conform to it.” The Iron Maiden is a monster, the product of a deep societal illness. Yet, somehow, most women aspire to be her. Continue reading

Women and Technology, a Story of Love and Hate
Environment & Sciences / Feminism / Society

Women and Technology, a Story of Love and Hate

Women and scientific subjects still have a complicated relationship: in 2012, close to 80% of the British students taking A-level Physics were male. Yet technologies represent an important part of women’s daily lives, and in fact women use the Internet 17% more than men in western countries, and form the majority of technological devices’ owners. This paradox illustrates that despite women being involved in new technologies, the mastery and consequently control of technology oftentimes remain out of women’s reach, for reasons that have to do with the structure of our patriarchal societies and with cultural norms. Continue reading