This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition

The exasperating thing about collecting links for this particular roundup is that one does not even have to try that hard in order to see stories that fit right into the subject of “WTF is up with this treatment of women?”

For the past few years, organizations like VIDA have been pointing out the disparity of women authors being reviewed in major publications, and every year, there’s a big discussion and promises to do better. And yet, we still have men essentially saying, “Nice try, ladies, but leave the real Great American Novel-writing to the Jonathans.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times has a fondness for male sources over female ones, especially when it comes to front page coverage.

Also, journalists are emitting scandalized gasps over the thought that college women have sex and enjoy it. You’d think they were, I dunno, adult humans or something. (Bonus points for the funny .GIF in this story.)

In the world of sport: The 16th British Open is being held at Muirfield, a Scottish golf course which still has a male-members only policy.

All my facepalms.And lest we think that men are the only ones setting back feminism, it certainly doesn’t help when we have women who write poetry like this:

Excuses, Excuses, to keep your man at bay–
The devil will supply them if you can’t think what to say.
When wives won’t give their husbands sex, then everybody loses,
But Heaven’s floodgates open when we stop making excuses!

For cis women, the ideas of beauty culture and male privilege are something we’ve been bombarded with since birth (whether we realize it or not). For trans* women, newly experiencing that firsthand takes some acclimating. Annika Penelope has a really great article on this and more: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Transition.

And now, a couple of Good News Stories:

The Queen gives her blessing to marriage equality in the UK, and even though I don’t like David Cameron for other reasons, how refreshing to have a Conservative say this:

Yes, it’s about equality. But it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society’s stronger when we make vows to each other and we support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative, I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.

American Conservatives, I just don’t even with you.

And finally, this boyfriend is one of the good guys.

Until next time…

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Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

2 thoughts on “This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition”

  1. That last story made me so happy, it almost made up for all of the other crap. I even had some tears of joy because of this:

    “As soon as I stepped off the plane, I felt like I was arriving home. I was so nervous-not scared, but anxious with anticipation. I had wanted for so long to feel her in my arms, to give her a hug. It was even better than I’d expected. As soon as I hugged her, I felt completely safe, relaxed. It didn’t feel like I was meeting her for the first time – it felt like we had been apart for a really long while, and we were finally being reunited.”

    I know exactly what that feels like and the feeling was so so so wonderful.

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