President Obama had avoided being too patriarchal with “women and girls”–until this week. If being-the-President were being-a-freshman, he’d be carrying a ‘B’ average right now, according to the president of the National Organization for Women. Not bad for someone who rode roughshod over reproductive rights with the Stupak Amendment. Still, women don’t have a horse to hitch their wagon to: Despite much gender-normative childhood play, the Tea Party holds little appeal.
Cathy Young spoke up in a Boston Globe op-ed for the rights of feminists who don’t mind being oppressed. Responding to a piece by Jessica Valenti in the Washington Post, Young chastens readers to accept “can-do feminism that celebrates female strength” as long as it doesn’t overpower the patriarchal bearing of society, which she seems to doubt exists. Being the would-be vice presidential millstone that dragged down a once-promising presidential campaign is, of course, one of the greatest achievements a woman can make.
There was a heartwarming new parable about the struggles of a voiceless robot standing up against the Russian patriarchy. Will Self noted some of the flaws of the British “phallocentric patriarchy” in his coverage of “Rude Britannia,” a celebration of satire at the Tate Britain. Among the shortcomings of the exhibition, he says, is its focus on the “enduring male satiric supremacy.” Self starts the article by mentioning his shared dinner with a female novelist whose only notable attribute, apparently, is that she is “famously beautiful.” Maureen Dowd posited that “young women are not prey,”in response to a Fantasy Sleeping With Girls League at the swank Landon School (Motto: By Virtue, Not By Force). Points were awarded according to what “base” was reached in a boy’s sexual interaction with a given girl. Beside showing that fantasy sports geeks can get laid, the event offered more evidence for an affirmative response to Katie Baker’s recent question.
Coverage of The Stoning of Soraya M had Jill Albrechtsen down. One critic said the film took the easy out by portraying “leering archetypes of Islamic patriarchy.” Albrechtsen would rather feminists watch Soraya M than navel-gaze to Sex And The City 2. She’s such a Miranda.
Blogging about porn, a graduate student “waded into the deep swamp of patriarchy without the appropriate flashlight.” South Africa’s Constitutional Court stated “the work [prostitutes] undertake devalues the respect that the Constitution regards as inherent in the human body.” There was no mention of the devaluation by lawyers of the respect people regard as inherent in practical reasoning. Red State seemed to believe that men deserve to be objectified, too. Conservative women pundits will, of course, continue to be uniformly hot.
Daily Intel revealed that Debrahlee “Hot Banker” Lorenzana wanted to be “tits on a stick,” which apparently undercuts her lawsuit against Citigroup. They said the comment casted doubt on the “authenticity of her statements.” Upcoming hypothetical coverage of the story includes “(There Is No) Pressure To Be An Attractive Female” and “Be Careful What You Wish For (If It Includes Trying To Get Ahead In Corporate America [Unless It Has To Do With Creating Sophisticated Derivates You Don't Understand]).”
A Canadian writer and social commenter misapplied some Nietzsche. He doesn’t hate women (just feminists).
The Gloss said it was “easier than ever” to be a slave to the patriarchy. (Use slimming Spanx rather than strenuous sit-ups to flatten that tummy, ladies!) In The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin persuasively argued that biologically, economically, and educationally the “the traditional order has been upended” and patriarchy has ended. Check in next week to see if she is right.