"When we put blood, guns, and chains on a the male version of a coverflipped jacket for a book that has nothing to do with violence, we are not only misrepresenting the way in which gender bias is usually carried out, but we are also perpetuating the harmful idea that violence, anger, and toxic masculinity are things that are of men, by men, and for men. When we put flowers, kissing, and frills on the female version of a coverflipped jacket that has nothing to do with romance, flowers, and fashion, we are not only making a parody of the gender bias from which many authors suffer, but we are also perpetuating the harmful idea that love, friendship, and frivolity are things that are of women, by women, and for women. The coverflip examples that arbitrarily assigned objects and images from gendered categories in order to create a coverflipped look told me less about publishers’ biases in determining a book’s audience, and more about the coverflip creators’ internalized biases and assumptions about gender and what constitutes “maleness” and “femaleness.””
"Why is it easier to focus on which covers we like and want to buy than it is to talk about the overall, insidious mis-categorization of books and authors on the basis of sexist ideals? Because owning up to the fact that we have all internalized problematic beliefs and are playing an active role in perpetuating them is hard. Because it puts the responsibility on all of us to unlearn those problematic beliefs and behaviors.”
Oh just go read it all, it’s amazing: http://trac-changes.blogspot.ca/2013/05/on-coverflipping-misogyny-and-oh.html
A really great article and thoughts on sex and marriage and virginity on Feministe: http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2012/09/27/your-must-read-for-the-day-and-some-scattered-thoughts-on-sex/
Also highly recommended, the interview that made the author of the post think on the topics: http://thehairpin.com/2012/09/interview-with-a-virgin-maya
Lastly, a fascinating and really great piece on the moral case for sex before marriage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/24/moral-case-for-sex-before-marriage
I’m soooooooo glad I didn’t pick up this book…
An article about the Toronto zoo in Africa Is A Country.
So when people (men) want to talk about “legitimate” forms of assault, tell girls they should be nice to strangers and give men the benefit of a doubt, tell them to consider it a compliment, tell them to ignore the bad behavior of men, I want them to be forced to feel, for even one minute, what it feels like to have so much verbal hatred and physical intimidation thrown at them for nothing more than being female and not wanting to share.
This is a thing that happened.
Helen Lewis wrote an article on the New Statesman yesterday on the online harassment experienced by Anita Sarkeesian, which I’ve been following for a while. To recap:
American blogger Anita Sarkeesian, who launched a Kickstarter programme to raise $6,000 to…
Fantastic article, I highly recommend the take on feminism and choice and motherhood.