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29th Carnival of Feminists Is Up!

The 29th Carnival of Feminists is up at The Imponderabilia of Actual Life, and here’s one of the categories:

In which we look at examples of sexism from all over the world – sometimes blatant, occasionally subtle, often insidious. Some key words for posts in this section: stereotypes, gender bias, toys, pretty, and porn.

Yours truly has been included in this section for my recent post on Stereotypes and Subtext. Fellow Scienceblogger Tara at Aetiology is also in there for this post. In fact, there’s a whole bunch of good stuff on gender and science that you’ll enjoy.

I particularly enjoyed finding a post from Shakespeare’s Sister’s that was included in the Carnival, titled Men Are Not Babies. Here’s an excerpt:

Charges of “hypersensitivity” regularly lobbed at feminist bloggers often contain overt or covert reference to the notion that it is only because of feminism that women react negatively to sexist t-shirts, inequality in the workplace, “mankind,” and all manner of offense and discrimination–as if no woman would ever take issue with many of these things were it not for the nefarious agenda of feminism to turn women into affront-spying machines, reacting with indignation as often as possible. (Never mind the obvious logical query of whence, then, did feminism come.) The truth is, it’s not that being groped on the subway by male passengers wouldn’t bother me if feminism didn’t exist; feminism simply provides the tools to analyze and prescribe solutions based on a context larger than my immediate experience. “That guy grabbed my boob” is a very different thought than “A patriarchy consigns women’s bodies to community property, and that guy just acted on that principle to the extreme, the dirty fuck.” The distinction is important because it immediately redirects responsibility for prevention away from the victim by identifying a cultural imperative that must be challenged–and in so acknowledging that imperative, it also recognizes that we all, men and women, are socialized.

She goes on to explain that feminism contains the implicit expectation that “men are not infantile” – they are capable of understanding feminism, of advocating for social change, of working against their own socialization. It’s a great post; you ought to read the whole thing.
All the stuff I’ve sampled from the Carnival so far has been extra-tasty. I think you will enjoy it.

  1. Mustafa Mond, FCD
    December 22, 2006 at 12:45 pm
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