Posts tagged with Patriarchy

Patriarchal Immunity

February 3, 2013 by and tagged , ,

Against atrocities: “A Saudi cleric who raped his five-year-old daughter and tortured her to death has been sentenced to pay “blood money” to the mother after having served a short jail term, activists have said. Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic cleric and regular guest on Islamic television networks, confessed to having used cables and a cane […]

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Horror Feminism

February 2, 2013 by and tagged , , , ,

So, the other say, I made the claim that American Horror Story is a feminist series. Let me explain, based on the two seasons we have so far. As a disclaimer, I should add that AHS is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and I am a big fan of the concept […]

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American Horror Story – Feminist Show

January 26, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

Seriously. Think about it. I was half-convinced of it at the end of the first season (“Murder House”). I’m even more convinced now. I hope they keep it that way into the next seasons. I may have more later on this.

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40 Years

January 22, 2013 by and tagged , , , ,

Via The Economist, this is why the only “pro-life” position is to be pro-choice, that blue line below: Also note that the abortion trend was upward before Roe (I wonder if the graph includes back-alley abortions, if not, then the pre-Roe level of abortion would be higher, invalidating somewhat the claim that Roe increased abortion […]

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The Walking Dead – Feral Season

January 12, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

I did not watch the new half season of the Walking Dead at the time it aired because (1) I can’t stand commercial breaks, and (2) I was saving it for the Holiday season and an 8-hour transatlantic flight. I have now watched the whole eight episodes back to back and I am pleased (and […]

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When Religious and Patriarchal Obsession with Controlling Ladyparts Leads to Atrocities

January 3, 2013 by and tagged , ,

I did not know about this, but it is truly horrifying: “One 86-year-old woman, Rita McCann noted, “I came on the Luas and I didn’t know if the cinema was on this side or the other. Then I spotted two women and said, ‘I’m sure they are heading for it’. When you see the limps […]

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Let’s Make 2013 The Year We Bury The Concept of “Traditional Family”

January 1, 2013 by and tagged , ,

Because it’s not a concept. It has never been a cultural and historical reality. It is an ideological construct, like any claimed “tradition”. There is no objectivity to it. Family structures are always a product of the intersection between structure, institutions and culture. Just go read Stephanie Coontz’s Family: A History. It’s all there. The […]

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Let’s Make 2013 The Year We Tell The Patriarchy To GFI

December 31, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Because, seriously, last November: “Pressure mounted Thursday for the Irish government to draft a law spelling out when life-saving abortions can be performed – a demand that came after a pregnant woman who was denied an abortion died. Activists protested Thursday night in Belfast a day after thousands rallied in London, Dublin, Cork and Galway […]

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Tradition = Patriarchy in Disguise

December 11, 2012 by and tagged , ,

I have blogged before about the highly patriarchal practice of bride-kidnapping, especially in Kyrgyzstan, but here is a reminder from Al-Jazeera English. Part 1: Part 2: The government of Kyrgyzstan has decided to toughen the penalties for the practice and guess which excuse is trotted out to protest the change? Of course: tradition. “Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is […]

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Cruel and Usual – Enforcing Patriarchal Rule

November 28, 2012 by and tagged , ,

1. Acid and remarriage: “Nurbanu divorced her husband of 18 years eight days before he returned and threw acid in her face in Shatkhira in south west Bangladesh. She had originally ended the marriage after she found him with another woman. “My husband went into hiding. After 10 months he was caught and jailed for […]

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Patriarchal Violence Never Takes A Break

November 3, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

Patriarchal cultures (and that’s pretty much all of them) have all sorts of creative ways of enforcing their norms on those who defy and resist them. They never run out of violent and publicly degrading way of punishing women and girls, especially, for their deviance, enlisting all social institutions to do their work of social […]

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Detection, Degradation and Dissimulation

October 10, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Detection: “The Malaysian government has begun holding seminars aiming to help teachers and parents spot signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism in the country. So far, the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia has organised 10 seminars across the country. Attendance at the last event on Wednesday reached 1,500 people, a spokesman for the […]

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Who The F!@# Cares? – Ordinary Sexism

October 10, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Oh look, she has so many blazers that they cover the entire color palette… Because, of course, there is nothing more important to cover when it comes to Angela Merkel. There is nothing new to the fact that women politicians, heads of state or public officials do stand out from their masculine counterparts with their […]

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The Patriarchy Continuum as Non-Stop War Against Women

October 9, 2012 by and tagged , ,

And the war against women can take many forms. In the US and UK, it focuses on reproductive rights and access to safe contraception and abortion. But it can take many other forms, along the patriarchy continuum. It can take the form of insults hurled at a Prime Minister (and she deals with it masterfully): […]

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Invisible Women

October 1, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Because one must not offend the delicate sensibilities of religious patriarchs, Ikea erases women from its Saudi catalog: Here is another example:

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