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.
Around the same time I started watching porn, I developed a habit of investing meaningless hours into Instagram. While I tried to care about niche net-art aesthetics or the rise of street-wear, I consistently found myself in bed researching the details of Cara Delevingne’s handle.
Along with a balanced diet, physical exercise is one of the secrets to a long and healthy life. But strenuous, compulsive exercise can be just as detrimental to health as chugging ice cream in front of the TV set. In fact, more and more people are using exercise as a way to feel like they are in control over their bodies and lives, instead of just a means of staying in shape.
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.
This week: Girls show their pre-match game face; 500 people have already been killed by police this year in the US; a “debate” on fracking turned sour as Stuart Varney was caught in an embarassing lie; Women in Russia face renewed sexism; and Mona Eltahawy argues that it’s high time the Middle East had its own sexual revolution.
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.
Chinese cinema in the 1930s gave a new perspective to Chinese women: it seemed that they were to play an important part in the upcoming changes. However, there were limits to the way women were portrayed –and consequently, to the way women’s liberation was envisioned.
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.
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.
by Marie Baleo Dear “Women Against Feminism”, please allow me to debunk a few myths and guide you to the light Unless you were hiding under a rock in 2014, you have probably heard of “Women Against Feminism”, a social media trend hailing from the United States. This online phenomenon consists of predominantly young, white …