New allegations of sexual harassment and inequality could help change a culture that routinely alienates female fans and cartoonists.
According to Justin Lookadoo, “dateable” women “know how to shut up.” He’s given hundreds of speeches at public schools across the South.Read more. [Image: lookadoo.com]
In honor of “Titstare,” an ode: to the soft bigotry of bro expectations
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"Thank you, honey, for ignoring my infidelity, here’s a diamond."
In The Smurfs 2, there are a lot of Smurfs. And they all have names based on their unique qualities. According to the cast list, the male ones are Papa, Grouchy, Clumsy, Vanity, Narrator, Brainy, Handy, Gutsy, Hefty, Panicky, Farmer, Greedy, Party Planner, Jokey, Smooth, Baker, Passive-Aggressive, Clueless, Social, and Crazy. And the female one is Smurfette—because being female is enough for her. There is no boy Smurf whose identifying quality is his gender, of course, because that would seem hopelessly limited and boring as a character.
These characters, originating as they did in mid-century Europe, exhibit the quaint sexism in which boys or men are generic people—with their unique qualities and abilities—while girls and women are primarily identified by their femininity.
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It’s hard not to be tickled by the new “gender flipping" meme making the rounds of late, which gently pokes fun at the media’s penchant for absurd hyper-feminine and hyper-masculine imagery and stereotypes. Basically, the meme "flips" the gender of ads/book covers/movies posters/etc., turning female images into male ones and vice-versa, thus rendering them absurd.
Advertising flips are the easiest, since women’s semi-nude bodies have long been used to sell everything from toothpaste to monster trucks. In ad gender flips, we get a lot of faux ads of semi-nude men in goofy and improbable positions: buff models crawling pants-less on countertops, celebrity males in topless come-hither poses, and serious cases of duck face, “pin-up boys" wagging their butts at the camera.
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A few weeks ago, Ezra Klein wrote about the “subtle, sexist whispering campaign” against Janet Yellen, but I didn’t really believe it. (Hey, I’m a white guy). Yellen, the current Fed number two, is so obviously qualified and respected that I thought it was pretty much a given that she’d get nominated for Fed Chair. It’s not. And it’s getting harder not to think that doesn’t have something to do with gender.
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…There is no one theme that has anywhere near the prominence and influence that Disney Princesses do. Regardless of the more recent generations of empowered princesses in Disney movies, the overall princess trope promotes traditional notions of femininity and an unhealthy focus on physical beauty. Even the most feminist-friendly princess derives her social currency, her political power, and her personal identity as “princess” from the make-believe patriarchy.
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For decades these seasonal jewelry commercials have portrayed ladies at Christmas losing their frigidity at the sight of a diamond solitaire. While the O-face remains a constant feature in the ads, the message has somewhat evolved. The ads used to be aimed at men — “Wrap me in gold this Christmas!" a blonde coos in a Zales commercial from the late 80s. Now, the ads are aimed at women. The gift recipients aren’t sexy models, but moms in mom haircuts with babies.
Hipster Sexism is a distancing gesture, a belief that simply by applying quotations, uncool, questionable, and even offensive material about women can be alchemically transformed.
But have we really reached this stage of enlightened irony? We think we’re over sexism yet our ironic expressions of it can only reinforce the basic problem, which is that women are paid less and (degradingly) sexualized against their will far more than men.
Interesting. What do you think of this essay?