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.
As Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser goes down in a blaze of accusations and libel, the rehabilitation of the IMF proceeds on apace.
It’s not so much that we are at a tipping point, it’s that we’ve already substantially tipped. There are no actual, practical down sides to gay marriage, so threats of vague, futuristic, supernatural consequences are employed simply because threatening real-world consequences can’t be found.
After so many years of hearing Palin speak about “Real America,” it’s undeniably exciting to see her actually try to define the damn thing.
SlutWalk did not, and could not, speak to the needs of every woman; nor could it adequately sum up and address every facet of rape culture. Removed from its original context, it stops being simple, and became simplistic.
For too long, Democrats have been willing to accept the idea that protecting the lives, bodies, and futures of their constituents is an “idealistic” move. As opposed to, you know, their job.
When we want to “protect” little girls from the wrong clothing, the wrong online presence, the wrong stage of physical development, we really want to “protect” them from looking like women, and receiving the abuse that women get.
Schlafly has actively motivated more women to join the workplace, and laid the groundwork for their success. Grizzly Moms, straight shooters and anti-choicers are all, ultimately, Schlafly’s daughters.
The decision facing the Supreme Court now is not simply whether the Wal-Mart case is too large to be prosecuted as a class-action lawsuit. It is whether women constitute a class.