The recent hue and cry over the main panel at the conference formerly known as BEA’s Power Reader Day has been pretty awesome. The main panel, which was focused on children’s authors, was overwhelmingly white and male. Not a good look when we’re talking about a section of publishing that is…
I like how correcting her kids creepy behavior doesn’t even matter to that mother.
This actually makes me very angry. It basically highlights everything wrong with the world. Instead of teaching boys not to look at women like that, women are taught not to dress provocatively so boys don’t get “distracted”. It makes me sick.
Reblogging cause that comment ^^^^^
Hemingway and James Joyce were drinking buddies in Paris. Joyce was thin and bespectacled; Hemingway was tall and strapping. When they went out Joyce would get drunk, pick a fight with a bigger guy in the bar and then hide behind Hemingway and yell, “Deal with him, Hemingway. Deal with him.”
Between this and the story about him reassuring F. Scott Fitzgerald re dick size, I’m developing a picture of Hemingway as the mother hen of the disaffected white male literary set of the early 20th century.
He probably called up Steinbeck sometimes and was like I CAN’T EVEN WITH THESE DIPSHITS and Steinbeck was all “That’s what you get for living in Paris, asshole”.
We Can’t Get Out Of The Bedroom Now.
Shirley Maclaine on Parkinson in 1975
This woman is amazing.
Girls who run with the wolves aren’t here for boys to love.
I am reminded of the story of Cinderella’s stepsisters who, in an effort to attain the prince, squeezed their feet into a slipper that was too tight and constricting. One of the sisters was compelled to cut off her toes, the other to amputate her heel, all in an attempt to fit into a shoe that belonged to someone else. Generally, when we read the story of Cinderella we see these sisters as unsympathetic characters. It is Cinderella waiting for her prince who is the heroine of the story. Yet these sisters present us with a story which resonates with the experiences of many modern women. Unable to fit into the images that have been presented to us, we often do damage to our essential selves, amputating important parts of who we are so that we can squeeze ourselves into the images that have been constructed by others. Not insignificantly, the slipper that the sisters tried to fit was made of glass. It was never intended for a real woman who would obviously be unable to walk in a glass slipper; only a woman who existed as a figment of our imagination could wear a glass slipper; only a woman who ceased to be real and had ascended the pedestal of an idealized image of femininity could possibly own a slipper made of glass.
Maxine Harris, Down from the pedestal, 1994
A fitting metaphor for the struggle to meet society’s image of beauty and for the specific research done on footbinding practices in China.
Interesting how it’s always the “evil” ones or the antagonists who show more truth in Disney movies than the protagonists do. I guess it’s really no surprise.
“Sex negative” and “sex positive” are relatively useless terms in terms of discussing feminist approaches to issues of sex and sexuality. The terms convey the message that “sex positivity” equals support for a vision of sex and sexuality that is defined by patriarchy and one that is primarily libertarian. What’s defined as “sex positive feminism” tends to translate to: non-critical of the sex industry, BDSM, burlesque, and generally, anything that can be related to “sex.” “Non-judgement” is the mantra espoused by so-called “sex-positive feminists,” which is troubling because it ends up framing critical thought and discourse as “judgement” and therefore negative. Since I tend to see critical thinking as a good thing, the “don’t judge me”/”don’t say anything critical about sex because it’s sex and therefore anything goes” thing doesn’t sit well with me.
“Sex negative,” on the other hand, tends to be ascribed to feminists who are critical of prostitution, pornography, strip clubs, burlesque, BDSM and, really, sex and sexuality as defined by patriarchy and men. The reason that feminists are critical of these things is because they want to work towards a real, liberated, feminist understanding of sex and sexuality, rather than one that sexualizes inequality, domination and subordination, is male-centered, and is harmful and exploitative of women. To me, that sounds far more “sex positive” (from a feminist perspective, anyway), than blind support for anything sex-related, because sex.
After taking that terrible terrible Buzzfeed quiz that claims to assess your privilege (spoiler alert: it doesn’t), we decided to make our own version, which is much shorter, much more accurate, and has much less data mining. Please enjoy:
Also, if you’d like to check your privilege, please click here. Smooches!