Thursday, February 21, 2008

Women as enemies, men as scarce

when comedian Chris Rock quipped on "Saturday Night Live" that Barack Obama was more disadvantaged than Hillary Clinton because "everyone loves white women . . . except other white women," he might have been channelling the mid-20th century philosopher Simone de Beauvoir.

Beauvoir famously argued that women had difficulty uniting and supporting each other because their livelihood and status depended on a "good" marriage. Their competition for husbands engendered envy and hindered female bonding.

-By Elizabeth L. Keathley
WeNews commentator

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fight sperm AND cancer!

A new "transdermal" form of birth control may offer women an alternative to traditional contraceptive methods, the Australian reported Feb 9. Researchers in Australia are working on a hormonal contraceptive that women can spray on to their arm to prevent pregnancy. The odorless spray also conveniently includes sunscreen. Results from testing are expected mid-year.


what?!

npurmort: seriously though, you're pretty cool

Birthday weekend in Lebanon,NH March 7-9, anyone/everyone is welcome to crash in the loft. Bring airmattresses/sleepingbags/shiny costumes/dancing shoes. Look up the event on facebook.

Boston birthday March 1-2 for anyone who's not away on spring break.

I fell off the elliptical at the gym on Friday. I wore hot pink leg warmers to the bar that night to cover the bruise with something a little more noticable.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
- CP Snow

Friday, February 1, 2008

Feminist men

I feel a tension... both in
myself and in the movement about how men fit into Feminism.

The tension comes from various places/questions... some of which
are mine, others posed by others that have stayed with me... many of
which I honestly haven't yet fully identified. Questions like:

- How can I balance a sense of (my personal and other's)
responsibility to do personal work with that of dismantling
inequities? (See next point for better explanation)

- How can men be granted the space to explore (healthy) masculinities
and to break out of traditional roles while understanding the impact
and responsibility that comes with having the social power to
explore... and without taking away from the time I should be putting
into our supporting roles that I feel we owe the movement?

- How can men be effectively prepared for critique, resentment or open
disdain from men AND women... potentially those they care about?

- Where is the line between using patriarchal privilege as a tool for
"good" and when it is simply a tool of oppression?

- AND how can I/we make sure I/we stay on the "good" side?

- Where is the line between sexual attraction and objectification?

- How does a man in our culture learn to know exactly where that line
is if he desires to end sexist objectification and rape culture?

- What do we do when confronted with men who use the Feminist label
and Feminist-type arguments to inflate their own (patriarchal) egos or
agendas?

-AND is it forgivable if I sometimes am that guy? How do I know?

To prove to (mainly) myself and others that I'm not alone in these
questions... and perhaps to give a better discussion of related issues,

Three blogs of interest along this line:

http://girlbomb.typepad.com/blog/2006/01/feminist_men_ox.html

a male feminist response to questions raised regarding the above,
http://hugoboy.typepad.com/hugo_schwyzer/2006/05/someone_named_t.html

www.feministallies.blogspot.com

and:
http://trishwilson.typepad.com/blog/2004/08/feminist_issues.html


I think even participating in the conscious struggle is incredible. Let's discuss...

I work at a non-profit

I work at a non-profit that 4 years ago bought a building and next week will move into that building.

I work at a non-profit that didn't have the $6000 to paint the new building - so staff painted it.

My office is still unpainted.

I will be there tomorrow if anyone wants to join...