Category Archives: misogyny and gender discrimination

One more for the road: the impossibility of raising a non-sexist male

From PuffHo, which is converging with Everyday Feminism (click on the screenshot to see) I’ll just give quotes: Of course, we all want to raise feminist sons. I wrote an article a few months ago detailing the ways I try to do just that. But my efforts are starting to seem like grains of sand against a steady […]

Trump jumps the shark on Twitter

Yes, this is a tweeticle, but what else are we supposed to do when the President of the United States makes policy statements and also insults newspeople using Twitter? I’m starting to believe the man has a diagnosable case of narcissism. He has no idea how a President should comport himself, and that’s most easily […]

“We’re still waiting for a march against honor killings”: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani in NYT on religion and women’s rights

Well cut off my legs and call me Shorty! (Is that ableist?) I was astounded to see that Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani, both feminist Muslim reformers, were given a whole op-ed in the New York Times to testify about women’s rights vs religion (click on screenshot to see it): As I wrote five […]

What a world!: UN elects Saudi Arabia to its Commission on the Status of Women

Here’s a case where the fox has been chosen to guard the henhouse. The website for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women outlines its mission: The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional […]

Every sperm is sacred: satirical Texas anti-masturbation bill moves through legislature

The “Men’s Right to Know” Act, a bill introduced in the Texas state legislature by Representative Jessica Farrar (a Democrat, naturally), has had its first reading in the Texas House. It’s a satirical bill that mocks the Texas legislature’s constant attempts to control the bodies of women. As The Independent reports, Under section 173.010 of House […]

Muslim teenager filmed dancing in Birmingham gets vilified and threatened; feminists refuse to condemn the threats, but Maajid Nawaz does

As we know, much of the Left (the “nonliberal” or “authoritarian” or “regressive” Left) has made concessions to illiberalism. When a religion whose members are mostly “people of color,” like, Islam, then it’s considered judicious to ignore the oppressive beliefs of that religion: homophobia, misogyny, censorship, demonization and calls for the murder of cartoonists, nonbelivers and […]

Bangladesh set to reduce allowable age of child marriage to zero

According to the site Girls Not Brides, since 1929 the legal age of marriage in Bangladesh is 18 for women and 21 for men. Yet the law is widely flouted: 52% of Bangladeshi girls are married by 18, and 18% by the age of 15. This is the second highest rate of child marriage on the planet. […]

U.S. Chess Federation supports boycott of hijab-requiring Women’s Championships in Iran

I’ve posted several times about the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE’s) decision to hold the Women’s World Championships in Iran in February, and how some women players have objected because they’d be forced to wear the headscarf (hijab) while playing. One of them, Nazí Paikidze-Barnes, who happens to be the U.S. women’s champion, was vociferous in saying she’d […]

Maajid Nawaz’s moving tribute to Qandeel Baloch

I was going to write about Pakistani model and actress Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered by her brother in an “honor killing” just three days ago, but I didn’t know much about her, and, of course, honor killings are a dime a dozen in the misogynistic and faith-ridden culture of Pakistan.  But then I read […]

When Western women betray their Muslim sisters with gestures of patronizing regressivity

by Grania Spingies A few days ago I wrote about a new sports outfit for Afghanistan’s women soccer players. It always disappoints me bitterly when Westerners help prop up parochial norms in other societies, especially ones that have have been enforced against women without their consent or approval of those women – or of society in […]