READ.LOOK.THINK. | Hila Shachar
The last guest poster in the READ.LOOK.THINK. summer series is Perth writer and academic Hila Shachar from the thoughtful and beautiful blog, le projet d’amour. She’s chosen to focus on a topic that is close to her heart: feminism and women’s rights, which she blogs about regularly at On Feminism. These are Hila’s picks.
READ: So, it’s perfectly okay to attack a female politician’s dress sense, body, appearance and family status, right? Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Top 10 Sexist Insults. | “Bitch, whore, witch. All are gendered and all are designed to demean and silence women in positions of authority.” The ugly precedent. | “As the Michigan incident tells us, those who want to control women’s bodies also want to treat that body as an obscenity. The best answer to people like Mike Callton is simply to say the word: vagina, vagina, vagina.” Right on, Sarah Ditum. | “lo and behold, the plane didn’t fall out of the sky … my cleavage did not interfere with the plane’s ability to function properly”. Southwest Airlines’ classic case of slut-shaming. | The Catholic Church’s archaic and misogynistic stance on rape and abortion. | How to Spot a Misogynist. Best article ever. | Journalists, take heed: Nine Articles ‘for Women’ That Journalists Should Stop Writing. | No Place for a Woman: Female Fiction. | “Funny that when women acknowledge that we haven’t truly achieved gender balance and equality, it is so often dismissed as ‘whingeing’, ‘privileged whining’ or worse as if the problem is not the problem, the problem is noticing the problem.” Tara Moss on why critiquing gender inequality is not ‘whining’.
LOOK: I’ve had enough of the ‘eat a cheeseburger’ gang. | Republicans, Get In My Vagina! | Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage. | Glamour Magazine deconstructed in words. | A critique of ‘Sex Sells’ in advertising, by artist Yolanda Dominguez. | Derailment Bingo. I’ve heard every single one of these comments. | “So Hollywood writers, let me remind you that women are not here for your inspiration, celebration or to coax you out of your troubles. You might not know this but we’re full and complete human beings with our own troubles, interests and creative endeavors. So how’s about your stop using us as your muse and start writing us as real people.” The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. | The best visual response to slut-shaming ever. | Spot the Illogical Fallacy.
THINK: A man’s explanation of being Pro-Choice. Love him. | It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male? | “I don’t think silence in the face of unfairness leads to greater equality”. Why we can’t ignore sexism in the workplace. | Straight white male privilege explained, by a man. | “The best predictor of a state’s stability is how its women are treated.” What Sex Means for World Peace. | The Girl Effect affects everyone. | “being a sportsMAN in contemporary Australian masculinity requires you to claim women as a commodity.” Emma Pocock explains chauvinist Australian sports culture. | “A woman must be seen to be vigilant as well as be vigilant. If she is deemed insufficiently vigilant, she will be at least partly blamed for any sexual violence that befalls her.” Victim-blaming and rape culture explained. | Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried. | Hey, PETA–Don’t Women Deserve as Much Respect as Animals? | “If it’s so natural, why all the conditioning?” No gender essentialist comments here. | A Thousand Reasons we need feminism. | “She genuinely doesn’t care if she annoys, alienates or threatens men. Or women. And in not caring she shows us true liberation.” Why women should be more difficult, and the tyranny of ‘Being Nice’.