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Infidel Links, Fools For Controversy Edition

1 Apr

Hunger For Geopolitical PowerToday is (in South Korea) Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day! Or, Cesar Chavez Appreciation Day?

Capitalist Christian Holidays Don’t Halt the Kim Regime in Pyongyang!

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Why We Don’t Need Petraeus

28 Mar

James SteeleThe capacity for Americans to forgive its representatives who abuse power looks like manipulation especially when a second-rate pundit like Mike Barnacle asks, why David Petraeus resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency. Umm, because of poor judgment!

Can women afford to forgive the head of the CIA for not being able to know who to grant or not grant access to information?

Petraeus’ personal life is his business, and whether those nearest and dearest to him can forgive him is their business.

But here’s what I have trouble forgiving: By so flagrantly violating the necessary boundary between a powerful married male and less powerful married female subordinate, the two of them have injured the idea that men and women can work closely together in purely platonic relationships.

They’ve given credence to the idea that a senior man and junior woman who are collaborating on a book, a project, a speech – whatever — will eventually tumble into the sack. This issue plagues all workplaces, and does a disservice to women who have much more trouble than men finding mentors to help them up the corporate ladder.

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Feminism’s A Fightin’ Word

18 Mar

Who Needs Feminism?Laurie Penny has a robust notion of feminism – and she’s not shy about what wrong with compromising.

“Feminism” is the one F-word that really will make eyes widen in polite company. Saying it implies you might have demands that can’t be met by waiting politely for some man in charge to make the world a little bit fairer. It’s a word that suggests dissatisfaction, even anger – and if there’s one thing that a nice girl isn’t supposed to be, it’s angry.

Often, fear of the word “feminism” comes from women ourselves. In many years of activism, I’ve frequently heard it suggested that feminism simply needs to “rebrand”; to find a better, more soothing way of asking that women and girls should be treated like human beings rather than drudges or brainless sex toys. It’s a typical solution for the age of PR and the politics of the focus group: just put a fluffy spin on feminism and you’ll be able to sell it to the sceptics. It turns out, however, that while a watered-down vision of women’s empowerment can be used to flog shoes, chocolate and dull jobs in the service sector, real-life feminist politics – which involves giving women and girls control over our lives and bodies – is much tougher to sell.

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