Posts Tagged: feminism
Anne Boyd Rioux reviews a new biography on the wife of Lord Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke. In her review, Rioux evaluates the still-too-high standard set for women’s biographies, particularly when those women lived in the shadow of famous men:
Insisting that the female relatives of famous men be accomplished players on the world stage in their own right in order to warrant biographical treatment is perhaps asking too much.
Rachel Vorona Cote writes about how people use beauty to undermine the words of women:
I understood, as I continue to understand with distressing nuance, that too many men navigate the terror of women’s brilliance by reducing them to skin and bone.
Of all possible women characters, how did I ever end up writing about an actress? Having spent two decades making films and art about women’s experiences from a feminist perspective, I realized that actresses are the ultimate representation of women—they tell our culture who and what a woman is, what she wants and feels.
Domestic duties are regarded as feminine in popular culture. Karl Ove Knausgaard’s enormous three volume tome, My Struggle, is full of descriptions of domesticity, and he has been showered with highbrow literary praise for them. But would the same be true if he were a woman?...more
Camille Paglia, a feminist writer and theorist, wrote a damning critique of Taylor Swift’s tendency to curate her group of “friends” and bring them onstage as testimony to her good taste, or dominance, or what have you—namely, the phenomenon that has become attached to the use of #GirlSquad....more
My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.
For Motherboard at VICE, Victoria Turk writes on the gender biases still present in writing histories of female scientists. Turk focuses on the legacies of Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, and even Florence Nightingale, whose roles as a statistician and social reformer are overlooked in favor of the more traditionally feminine narrative of her contributions to nursing....more
The road has been viewed as a male turf. If you think of the classic “Odyssey,” of, you know, classical literature or Jack Kerouac or almost any road story, it’s really about a man on the road. There’s an assumption that the road is too dangerous for women.
First, Brandon Hicks allows us a peek into psychological disorders of the animal kingdom, the most elite bars in the world, and more in “Just Some Jokes.”...more
In a lot of senses, this book is as much a critique of the novel as it is a novel. It’s about the assumptions we have about who gets to create, and what has been created, and how stories get told… People have charged me with misandry, which is crazy because I truly, deeply love men… But of course this is a feminist novel, because a feminist is just someone who recognizes power structures that keep people from having the fullest life they can.
At Marginalia, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Darryl W. Stephens reviews a new history of 19th century marriage by Leslie Harris. Harris’s book documents the ways public rhetoric and legal proceedings reshaped marriage into a new institution to define early American culture:
[Harris] has offered concrete illustrations of how rhetoric about marriage bolsters an American mythology in which civilization triumphs over barbarians and moral virtue wins over unrestrained sin....more
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Claire Boucher describes her song “California” as “kind of shitty.” Via her stage name, Grimes, Boucher has released an eclectic and not-at-all-“shitty” catalogue of hybrid dance pop that has seized the attention of critics and listeners internationally....more
In Paganism, there is a belief that of course, women should play important roles in their religious communities.
Comics is a great medium for communicating complex or divisive topics, and so it makes sense that embedded within comics history we can find stories of abortion. Insane as it is that in 2015—forty-two years since Roe v. Wade—politicos are still arguing against a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, here we are....more
Over at Lit Hub, Bridget Reid praises the proto-feminist Gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe and company, in all of their glory as horrid, formulaic, and dreadfully misunderstood creatures, with a special laundry list of gothic tropes as they can be applied to Halloween in New York City....more
This week, let’s talk about dialogue. As with any facet of writing, there are “rules.” Don’t be too formal—real people don’t talk like the dictionary. Don’t be so informal—all that slang is distracting. Use dialogue tags sparingly. Use more dialogue tags to clarify who is speaking....more
Emily Gaynor writes for Weird Sister on the performative aesthetic of Internet “sad girls,” who use their work to explore the boundaries of acceptable/unacceptable public displays of emotion for women:
Performing sadness is a self-indulgent practice, and that’s part of what makes it radical.