This is a re-post, courtesy of Barnard College. The original can be found here. All words ©Barnard.
Dare to Use the F-Word is a new monthly podcast series created by and for young feminists. Street harassment, food activism, body image and slut-shaming are among the diverse issues discussed in the series, which is produced by Barnard College and the Barnard Center for Research on Women and aims to spotlight contemporary issues and activists. The podcast is available for download on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to the series.
In a recent episode, Barnard President Debora Spar, author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, talks with feminist media activist Jamia Wilson about the drive for perfection affects young women today. Following the interview, President Spar shared her thoughts on the direction of feminism for the next generation.
jamia wilson and debora spar (©Barnard)
This morning, my husband brought an article to my attention, which deals with the increasing rape of young women in India [major TW]. He pointed out to me one paragraph in particular:
“In a rapidly changing country, rape cases have increased at an alarming rate, roughly 25 percent in six years. To some degree, this reflects a rise in reporting by victims. But India’s changing gender dynamic is also a significant factor, as more females are attending school, entering the work force or choosing their own spouses — trends that some men regard as a threat.” [NYT]
This analysis is very much in line with what I have previously stated on this blog. Highly patriarchal societies, in which social change is happening in favor of women or other marginalized groups, are bound to produce generations of men who will lose their former privileges. In response, they will reject these changes, but because they are often irreversible, they will become angry and frustrated and will try to regain their wounded masculinity by submitting women violently. It doesn’t surprise me to see this development happening in India, which is rapidly progressing and opening up its white collar professions to women. One can only hope that Indian women will stay strong and fight against this backlash.
Today, one year ago, a young man set off a bomb in the middle of a city, then drove to a near-by island, calmly crossed the water, and started shooting dozens of teenagers.
Today, a couple of days ago, a young man went to a movie premiere, equipped with ammunition he had acquired for months, and started shooting dozens of viewers of all ages.
Today, almost a year and a half ago, a young man went to a local constituents meeting and started shooting the Representative as well as dozens of bystanders.
This list could go on for pages. The Washington Post has a timeline with some of the deadliest mass shootings around the world. What they all have in common is the mostly public setting, the victims who were often unrelated and didn’t even know the perpetrators, and of course the perpetrators themselves who are almost always young-ish males. Continue reading
In light of recent events (see comments on last post), I have decided to finally add a netiquette button to the top of my homepage. I urge everyone who’s interested in commenting here (or already comments) to read it. It’s not a final version and may be subject to change every now and then. I’m also open to feedback. And yes, it is a bit snarky, but I couldn’t help myself after being criticized on how I manage my own blog…
After I’ve been ranting about Facebook quite a lot on this blog, I can’t spare you the inevitable: you can now “like” my new Facebook page to get all the latest updates, to post comments or feedback, and whatever else this is useful for.
To all my followers, readers, commentators and accidentally misguided Google users: THANK YOU for stopping by and making me feel important enough to take this step.
I’m a little embarassed because I haven’t actually published anything on Gender Across Borders yet, but have a look at my intern profile! My first article is due tonight, so I will keep you posted.
UPDATE: My first article has been published. You can find it here.