Reclaiming femininity, crippling feminism

Women in the second wave considered ditching femininity key in charting the course to women’s liberation.

Fast-forward to the so-called feminism of today, which does not concern itself so much with women’s liberation as did the feminism of females now too old to take seriously. We’ve worked out a thrilling new spin on femininity: Today, critical analysis of femininity is derided as simple-minded or trivial — “basic.” It is more complex (and more fun, duh) to do what men wanted us to do all along.

If we continue to celebrate femininity, we will remain bound — decoratively stooping, in the cage, daubing on lip gloss, taking a selfie. In solidarity with femininity, we stand with the oppressor. Or, more precisely, we’re sitting at his feet.

Source: Reclaiming femininity, crippling feminism

Every Mother is a Working Mother Network 

We are a national multi-racial grassroots network of mothers, other carers and supporters campaigning to establish that raising children is work and that caring work has economic value, entitling us to welfare and other resources.

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Trans men are men (but transwomen are not women)

Men have had little opportunity historically, and still have little opportunity, really, to gain any real insight into women’s lives, women’s stories, women’s pain, women’s fears, or women’s view of men. Most of what men are exposed to when it comes to women is men’s view of women. This bears repeating. As long as our world is androcentric, men are likely to have a poor understanding of women and women’s lives.

All of this has serious implications for the claim we started off with, which was the adult human male’s claim that he feels like a woman. For him to know that what he feels like is how being a woman feels, he has to have some idea of how being a woman feels. Given the overwhelming androcentrism of our culture, it is highly unlikely that he has any such idea.

Trans men, on the other hand, are in the same position as the woman writers of male characters, whose success rate seems to be noteworthy. Trans men, being steeped in androcentric culture like all the rest of us, have ample knowledge of what being a man feels like (or at least, as good as it gets without literally crawling inside someone else’s brain).

Source: Trans men are men (but transwomen are not women) – Holly Lawford-Smith – Medium

SUFFRAGETTO

Suffragetto is a feminist, political board game dating to the early 1900s. It was created by the Women’s Social and Political Union.

In 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928), with daughters Christabel and Sylvia, formed the WSPU because they were frustrated with the slow-moving pacifist methods of the mainstream movement. For over fifty years, UK women had campaigned for the right to vote, with little progress. Wanting to “wake up the nation” with “deeds not words,” the WSPU embarked on a coordinated plan of civic disruption.

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To end patriarchy, woman must first seize power over herself

As we contest our own patriarchs in media wars on the internet, it is still time to heed her revolutionary message. The dedication and introduction of Wollstonecraft’s book lay out the first steps toward bringing down the patriarchy for the betterment of all humanity.

Source: To end patriarchy, woman must first seize power over herself | Aeon Classics

Windows into an alternative world

Artist and filmmaker Helen Grace reflects on her time documenting a radical women-only community.

In 1978 and 1980, the artist and filmmaker shot a series of never-seen-before photographs at Amazon Acres, a radical women-only community that unfolded on a remote Northern New South Wales mountain in the seventies and eighties.

Friendship as a Way of Life shows from May 8 to November 21

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Dear Men, start putting your home schooling where your mouth is

A report in the New York Times by Claire Cain Miller says that nearly half of men say they do most of the home schooling. Only 3 percent of women agree.

[T]his isn’t the first time research has shown a huge disconnect between what men say or believe they are doing on the domestic front and reality.

As Cain Miller points out in the NYT article, past research using time diaries has consistently shown that men often overestimate the amount they do, and that women actually do more.

If that wasn’t enough, in 2018, in a piece entitled “The ‘Woke’ Men Who Still Want Housewives”, US-based feminist writer Jessica Valenti wrote about a new study with data spanning four decades that shows while Americans’ attitudes on gender are progressing (there is broad support for equality between men and women) there is still a major gap in how people reconcile their political beliefs with their private lives.

Twenty-five percent of the people surveyed in the study said that while women and men should be equal in the “public sphere”, they believed women should do the majority of domestic work and childcare.

After nearly a decade that has seen the proliferation of “engaging men for gender equality” initiatives, such as Male Champions of Change here in Australia (which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year) and the UN Women’s HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality, that’s just not good enough.

Source: Dear Men, start putting your home schooling where your mouth is

Why Andrea Dworkin’s radical feminism is more relevant than ever

Far from being old fashioned, Andrea Dworkin’s feminist analysis was prescient. She wasn’t ‘crazy’ when she foresaw the prominence of the pornography industry as a cultural force, or when she called for the abolition of sex roles, or when she warned of the resurgence of right-wing politics and its foundation on the control and abuse of women’s bodies.

Source: Why Andrea Dworkin’s radical feminism is more relevant than ever – ABC Religion & Ethics

Malaysia issues apology after telling women to “stop nagging”

In the past week, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in Malaysia posted tips for women on how to behave in the home.

They included:

– Don’t nag your husband.
– Don’t speak in an infantile voice.
-If you must request your husband to do something, adopt the voice of Doraemon (a Japanese cartoon robot cat)
– If you’re working at home, wear makeup and dress neatly, rather than in casual clothes.

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry have since issued an apology.

“We apologise if some of the tips we shared were inappropriate and touched on the sensitivities of some parties.”

The posters have now been removed.

Source: Malaysia issues apology after telling women to “stop nagging”