Category Archives: Gender essentialism

Why are body politics important? [Loving Our Bodies, Part 4]

If I had a penny for every time I’ve seen people, both men and women, call issues such as shaving “petty” or otherwise mock them when someone brings up the double standard as an example of why we aren’t equal, … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Gender Caste, Gender Cultism, Loving Our Bodies, The Beauty Myth | 16 Comments

Male gaze, what male gaze?

I think the video says it all. But, if not, then go read this deconstruction of the site being advertised: Chickipedia. For Guys That Never Get Laid.

Posted in Gender Cultism, Gender issues, Popular Culture, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, The Beauty Myth, The Evil -ism's, The Internet is Serious Business | 2 Comments

Debunking a "female privilege" list

Over on her LJ, Rachel Edidin debunks purported “female privileges” one by one: Let’s take a closer look at some of these “female privileges”: 1. I am physically able to give birth to another human being, and then do my … Continue reading

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Exposing the hypocrisy of Unilever's targeted marketing

Dove and Axe — which send diametrically opposed messages about women to their target audiences — are both made by Unilever. This video juxtaposes the two campaigns in order to raise awareness of the connection between the two. Via The … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Companies Behaving Badly, Gender Cultism, Gender issues, Popular Culture | 7 Comments

"Prostitute" does not mean "worthless"

Jeffrey McKee was convicted of raping two women, but received a lighter prison sentence because his victims were prostitutes.

Luckily, there are people in the Washington state judicial system who aren’t total fuckwits.

Read the article for the full story, but here are a few notable quotes that illustrate the persistent sexism and victim-blaming in public attitudes towards sexual violence. Sure, society says, we’ll protect the victims of rape – but only if you’re the right kind of victim. Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Feminism, Gender Caste | 7 Comments

"I'm cute, not smart", an explanation [Intent versus Message, Part 2]

If you haven’t yet, go read the first part of this series. So now for some context. I was contacted by a representative from not so long ago about me writing a promotion post for their site in order … Continue reading

Posted in Gender essentialism, Gender issues, Intent versus Message, Series, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc | 16 Comments

"I'm cute, not smart", first impressions [Intent versus Message, Part 1]

I would like all of your help on doing an experiment. This will be part of a short series that, among other things, will look at how intent and message interact. But in order to make my arguments, I need … Continue reading

Posted in Gender essentialism, Gender issues, Intent versus Message, Series, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc | 26 Comments

"If I were [x] I wouldn't do that!" [Loving Our Bodies, Part 3]

It’s summer again in Japan, which means torrential downpours, blisteringly hot days, and enough humidity to make you feel like you need to shower again right after you step out of the house. It is not weather that is conducive … Continue reading

Posted in Gender Caste, Loving Our Bodies, Series, The Beauty Myth | 10 Comments

Hollywood, please stop shitting on my childhood

While on vacation, I went to see the Fantastic Four movie (the only reason it was worth it was because it was the first move I had seen in theatres in over a year) and had the dubious pleasure to … Continue reading

Posted in Film and televison, Gender Caste, Gender issues, Racism, The Evil -ism's | 9 Comments

Am I the only one bothered by this?

This was supposed to be a rant on a recent NY Times article called To Appeal to Women, Too, Gadgets Go Beyond ‘Cute’ and ‘Pink’ (feel free to bingo it in my stead), but I got to reading a Gizmodo … Continue reading

Posted in For "her", Gender Caste, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Technology | 7 Comments