Reblog: Dangerously Provocative

Feminist Philosophers

Jessica Wolfendale (co-editor of Fashion: Philosophy for Everyone)  is currently completing an article on sexual modesty. Her most recent article, “Provocative Dress and Sexual Responsibility,” is forthcoming in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. and now she’s just published a piece on being “dangerously provocative” here.

The provocatively dressed woman is dangerous. She is disruptive; a distraction and a temptation. She can lead good men to thoughts of infidelity; she can distract men and boys from the important tasks of work and education. The dangers posed by the provocatively dressed woman mean that she must be monitored and controlled. Girls must be forbidden from wearing provocative clothing to school, so that they don’t distract boys.[2] As a principal of a Canadian High School wrote in a letter to parents: “Girls wearing short skirts should think about how they sit and what is revealed when…

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Safety Tips for Sophia Katz

Reblogged from the Belle Jar.

The Belle Jar

Trigger warning for rape

When my grandmother was eighteen and freshly out of high school, she got a job doing clerical work at Pier 21 in Halifax. Pier 21 was the landing spot and first point of contact for those immigrating to Canada across the Atlantic ocean, and my grandmother helped process paperwork. She loved her job. She especially loved learning people’s stories, poring over their forms and finding out where they came from, what their children’s names were, and what possessions they’d chosen to bring with them all the way to this strange new country. You can tell a lot about a person and their priorities, apparently, based on what stuff they believe is worth hauling across the cold, grey Atlantic.

My grandmother was only able to work at Pier 21 for a few months, though, because it was just too exhausting for her father. Why? Well, because her shift ended…

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How to Get Away with It

Julian Assange is telling Obama to “do the right thing”. Ah, if only it were so simple.

One of the complicating factors is Assange’s charges: rape of two Swedish women two years ago. Most people presume they are making that s*** up. But wouldn’t it be ironic if he did after all, as he’s been comparing himself with the feminist crusades of jailed band members of Pussy Riot?

“Assange attempted to draw parallels between himself and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, three of whose members were convicted and jailed this week for a performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.” [MSNBC]

So many people have pointed out the obvious, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it again anyway: Julian Assange could have in fact raped two people. In which case, I really don’t care what government conspiracies he’s trying to blow the lid off of– he should do his time. And preferably his life thereafter should be veritably ruined, for being an asshole.

And if that were the case, not only would he have made a sham out of the Wikileaks truth concept, but he would be a sick, manipulative, narcissistic @#$%^&* for identifying himself with the PR plight. Really, I wasn’t going to say anything ’til I saw that. The possibility is just too horrific to ignore. (Have you read the accounts? Don’t look good.)

Of course, what will probably happen in this case is what usually happens: even if he is a rapist, and even if there is a trial, the rich, powerful white dude will walk away because he’s– well, a rich, powerful white dude. Either that, or someone will give him safe harbor.

On a separate note, Laura Croft Reborn…after surviving rape? I don’t want to hear your fantasies, male-dominated gaming community!

And: “In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.” Funny, and insightful, you should read it.

Reblog: The Deep Resentment of Having to Think About It

Reblogging this brilliantly composed post on Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke by The New Inquiry. Thank you, Aaron, for this most insightful piece.