A recent report showed America trailing far behind many European countries in gender equality, and pressure is mounting on the US to "catch up." Meanwhile in Sweden, feminists have secured a gender neutral pronoun and the implementation of the Bechdel Test, a system that rates movies based on the roles and interactions of only the female characters.
Hanna Rosin, senior editor at the Atlantic and co-founder of Slate’s DoubleX feminist blog, is out of place in feminist media: she is surprisingly conservative. Her posts, including “’The Patriarchy’ is Not to Blame for Your Juice Cleanse” and “The Gender Wage Gap Lie,” receive an enormous amount of backlash from her intended audience.
Weiner is quoted as saying that sending lewd messages to women online was “a terrible mistake that I unfortunately returned to during a rough time in our marriage.” Really? There was a “rough time” in his marriage after his first bout of extramarital sexting? Shocker.
Politicians have been talking a lot about the role of women in society. We might all benefit from considering a little history on this not-so-new topic.
Rosen vs. Romney is not exactly high noon at the Powder Puff Arena. But it provides an insight or two in the gender games at the center of the culture: Trendy lesbian working mom, a public relations strategist raising adopted children, attacks traditional super mom for staying home to raise five sons.
Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney by saying that, although she raised five children, she "never worked a day in her life" perfectly fits the definition of a gaffe. A gaffe is a statement that reveals what the spokesperson really thinks but turns out to be embarrassing when it is publicly discussed.
You don't have to be an elderly Aunt Agatha to remember when feminism was about equal rights and equal pay.