October 2022 archive

Three Rules, Phyllis Chesler

Three Rules: The measure of your success is the resistance you encounter. Embrace it. You can’t be a bystander without being complicit. We don’t need a room of our own. We need a very large continent of our own. Read the whole piece at https://4w.pub/our-feminist-revolution/.  

Out with the literary canon?

I used to think that ‘Out with the literary canon altogether’ was going too far, but now …  Name one work conventionally considered part of the traditional literary canon that does not subordinate women—their existence, their presence, their importance, what they say, what they do … And so by continuing to grant the work such …

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And there it is again … this time in Rob Grant’s Colony

And there it is again, this time in Rob Grant’s Colony: the belief that babies just … happen (they’re brought by a stork or found in a cabbage patch, perhaps?). “Everyone finally agrees that global warming is a serious problem, now they’re up to their necks in water.  And as the land masses shrink, as …

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“Straight White Male: the lowest difficulty setting” – a brilliant metaphor by John Scalzi

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is If I’d read this before I wrote Jess, I certainly would have mentioned Scalzi’s metaphor and given huge applause and thanks to him for it! (Actually, I might not have written Jess, because Scalzi’s metaphor achieves the same purpose with such … economy.) The piece is …

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The Privilege of Men, Judith Mazzucco

The Privilege of Men by Judith Mazzucco starts as an unremarkable novel about the meat industry, but then WHAM! the metaphor in chapter 16—  At least I think, I hope, it’s a metaphor and not something that’s actually happening somewhere right now.  Though—and I’m not sure whether this is Mazzucco’s point or whether she’s ‘just’ …

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Apologies Women Need to Make (McSweeney’s List)

Brilliantly done! https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/apologies-women-need-to-make-sorry-its-true

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future. A MUST READ.

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson  should be required reading for everyone. In particular, for those with economic and political power (send a copy to the people of your choice!). “Easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism …” p25  And that’s the problem. “Looking into plans …

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Why more men than women will die of the COVID virus

(I posted this way back in April of 2020 at hellyeahimafeminist.com, but thought it worth transferring to this blog) (as I’m doing for so many other posts) (hence the recent proliferation of overtly feminist posts)   Why more men than women will die of the COVID virus: 1.  Cleanliness is a girl thing.  Real men …

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The hardest part about being a woman…

Reposted from ovarit (if you’re not aware of ovarit.com, you should be!)

The End of Men – Christina Sweeney-Baird

Just read The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird – well worth the read, one of several notable bits: [She pretends to be infected] “I have never felt so powerful.  This must be what men used to feel like.  My mere physical presence is enough to terrify someone into running.  No wonder they used to get …

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