Intended as guides or not, the next generation of boys is learning how to be fathers, how to treat mothers, and what to expect of their children from shows like Doctor Who.
Whitney is the Outsourced of gender.
There is a seduction at work in shows like these; one which plays on the viewer’s need to feel enlightened, even as it satisfies her baser desires.
News Limited is picking a misogynistic fight with the Aussie Prime Minister.
My Little Pony gives children of all sexes–and adults too–a broad range of meanings to draw from on what it means to be a girl, what it means to be an individual, and what it means to be friends.
We are dealing with a strain of American thought that appropriates religion for the purposes of oppressing women, and has developed a specific rhetoric to cover up this fact. Michele Bachmann follows it, and has allowed it to shape her career.
If bookish, overeager boys would truly refuse to read about a bookish, overeager main character, simply because she was female… well, that says as much about contemporary gender relations as anything else. And what it says is depressing.
Looking back over the series–from Hermione Granger and the Philosopher’s Stone through to Hermione Granger and the Deathly Hallows–the startling thing about it is how original it is.
Once again, “gender neutral” parenting is in the news, but is anything new really going on?
The professionalization of feminism in the academy has often meant further exclusion and disenfranchisement for many marginalized women, as their experiences are often treated as abstract material for term papers, theses and graduate courses instead of the stuff of their everyday lives.