Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
Questioning Manhood on the Net:
It’s well past time that we as a society really deconstructed our concept of maleness and what it means… Men remained locked in what Dr Charlie Glickman calls the Masculinity Box. Guys are expected to act and think in very rigid ways and conform to very distinct ideas of “manliness”. Step outside the box (be gay, sensitive, emotional, weak) and you will be punished by both men and women
Feminists have been talking about fatness for a long time. Here’s an essay on a feminist classic: Fat is a feminist issue.
In Australia, the mainstream media seems to have noticed that Gail Dines is full of shit.
Dines appears to regard the evidence as a distraction from the truth she holds dear, irrespective of any “study, argument or theory”. In my view, Dines has shown that she cannot be trusted by readers to honestly and accurately represent the truth about what she writes.
Yet another study shows that homophobic people are more likely to have experienced same-sex attraction.
Love Stinks: Violet Blue on the pheremone myth. (Site NSFW.)
From AlterNet, the differences between the US and countries that are less sexually-repressed.
Over at FreeThoughtBlogs, Taslima Nasrin argued for the abolition of sex slavery. It’s an interesting piece, but along the way she makes some claims about prostitution like this one.
Lie5. Women choose to enter prostitution.
Truth5. Prostitution is not an acceptable job for women. They are forced to enter prostitution. Prostitution is an abusive institution and women stay poor in prostitution. It is not a vocation choice, it is human rights abuse.
A couple of the other women blogging at FreeThoughtBlogs have responded. Greta Christina argues that prostitution is not sex slavery, pointing out that we must not erase sex workers own accounts of how they approach their work. Natalie Reed, in But Seriously, Prostitution is not Sex Slavery, talks about autonomy, and being free to make your own choices, no matter how odd those choices might look to other people. I (Deb) think that all three pieces are worth reading, as is Taslima Nasrin’s reply: Do women really ‘choose’ to be prostitutes? I’m very sympathetic to the pieces by Greta Christina and Natalie Reed, no doubt because the ideas in them are very much like things that Tallulah and Emma have talked about from time to time.
And I’m (Deb) quoted in the local paper today, on the affordability of paid parental leave. The reporter kindly promoted me to professor, which is an exaggeration, but she also described me as “a lecturer in accountancy at Massey University, working mother and a feminist blogger.” That about sums it up.
On with the day’s work then. I think I need coffee for that. Preferably in a pretty cup.
This image shamelessly “borrowed” from a blog post titled “Pretty Coffee Cups” at La Dolce Vite (di Cape Town).