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]
Sorry about that Red Wedding, guy, but your comfort is not more important than others'.
Back in the day, infants of all genders wore white frocks—white, because it could be bleached of any infant spewage, and frocks, because it's easier to wriggle a baby into a dress than into britches. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1884 toddler photo depicts our dignified to-be president sitting primly in a white skirt and patent leather shoes.
Eventually, parents began dressing their infants in "the colors of springtime," but it wasn't until World War I that those colors became gender signifiers. In June 1918, the Earshaw Infants' Department instructed parents, "The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl."
There are plenty of shows on television right whose characters sport highly realistic wardrobes, and there are just as many that definitely don't. I crowdsourced (read: asked people on Facebook and Twitter) some examples of both recently and have ranked 10 shows based on a completely unscientific wardrobe believability index. My only criteria were that the show in question: A. is currently on the air, and B. takes place in 2012 (sorry Mad Men and Game of Thrones, I love your clothes but I don't know how believable it is for Jon Snow to be wearing a yak fur). Check out the rankings after the jump, and be sure to add your own in the comments!
Dressing up and pretending to be an adult is a natural part of childhood. Adults (just like fairies, kings, or queens) hold a bit of allure and enticement for young kids, making it a treat to pretend to be them for a while.
Yet, in today's consumer-driven culture, the notion of "aging up" kids is happening in a way that has taken all the fun and pretend out of it. Clothing that is marketed towards kids, especially girls, looks less "girly" and more like smaller versions of outfits found in the tween and teen sections of stores.
As well as showcasing the quintessential Spinster Detective, the Miss Marple adaptations have plenty to say about England's shifting class structures in the decades after World War II and women's changing roles. It's all played out in microcosm in the fictional village of St Mary Mead.
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Wednesday's New York Times Fashion & Style section featured an article on the recent "outpouring of fashions aimed at trend-driven, round-figured teenagers and young women." Round-figured? Outpouring? Is that model in the frozen food section of a grocery store?