On Our Radar: Today’s Feminist News Roundup, Special Patriarchy-Is-Dead Edition

Big news, everyone! According to Slate’s Hanna Rosin, the patriarchy is dead. Like really dead. Super deceased. She has no idea why feminists won’t stop banging on about inequality and stuff, because she’s just not seeing it. Ladies in Congress exist, y’all! Feminist pundits sometimes get airtime! White ladies with books to sell, like Rosin herself, feel totally equal! So in honor of patriarchy’s cool new dirt nap, let’s read a roundup of all the news that’s on our radar that we might call “feminist” but that Rosin would probably just label “victimy whining.”

We’ll miss you, patriarchy! Kinda odd that many of your fruits (vajazzling! rape culture! no mandatory maternity leave!) seem to be sticking around, though. [The Cut]

• A group of more than 100 Latina activists who traveled to Washington to advocate for an immigration-reform bill that recognizes the need for family support and reproductive justice were arrested after a peaceful protest on Capitol Hill. [National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health]

• What do the tech-bro events of this past week have in common with Riptide, the new history of how the rise of new media disrupted the old status quo of journalism? Both almost completely ignore women’s participation in shaping the culture of digital technology and information. [LinkedIn Today]

• Remembering Chien-Shiung Wu, the female physicist who along with two male coworkers disproved The Parity Law in the 1950s. Her male coauthors—but not Wu—were awarded the Nobel Prize. [American Association of University Women]

• Bitch has written before about the conservative Catholic phenomenon of “stay-at-home daughters.” This week brings a new video by one man who wants to warn others about the dangers of sending young women to college. Among them: learning, independence, and autonomy. Wow, it’s a really good thing that the patriarchy doesn’t exist anymore; otherwise this could seem like a textbook example. [Jezebel]

Big Brother is a crappy show, but we should definitely listen when its host, Julie Chen, talks about feeling pressured to have eyelid surgery when she was younger to better conform to Western notions of beauty. That would never happen now, of course, what with patriarchy and all its beauty imperatives being totally dunzo. [Angry Asian Man]

• The candy chain It’Sugar is selling a classy little baby onesie emblazoned with the words “Hung Like a Preschooler.” If you’re interested, you can sign a petition asking the chain to stop sexualizing babies’ bodies. (Don’t use the word “patriarchy,” though, since everyone knows that has nothing to do with penis size as a measure of masculinity.) [Change.org]

• Anyone who takes public transportation is no doubt familiar with the phenomenon of men taking up more than their fair share of space while women are expected to crunch up all their limbs to accomodate them. A new Tumblr documents some of the most egregious examples, including one that appears to be Robb Stark of Game of Thrones. It’s not patriarchy, though! It’s biology. You know, because testicles need air. That’s just science. [Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train]

man holding a cane and sitting with his legs spread wide on a subway seat
Sorry about that Red Wedding, guy, but your comfort is not more important than others’.

by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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2 Comments Have Been Posted

Men taking up more space

This is something I notice ALL THE TIME as a daily utilizer of public transit in Boston. Men never look where they're going, EVER, to see if anyone might be in their way when they are walking, changing direction, stopping, or sitting down. They simply feel "entitled" to their space and screw anyone else who might be near them. Everyone else needs to watch out for them, not the other way around. SO inconsiderate.

Did y'all see Genevieve

Did y'all see Genevieve Valentine's post about Dealing With It? "Lavaballing"--the practice of spreading one's legs as wide as possible in order provide cooling airflow to one's genital areas, which are obviously on the verge of melting through the seat due to their extreme heat output. (The post includes the fallout from her reporting harassment at a Sci-Fi con, but it's also a discussion about gender expectations for dealing with intrusions into your time and space in general, from childhood onward.)


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