My heart breaks for every one of these girls, not only because of the misogyny and economic disparity that will keep them in these circumstances, but also because their Australian sisters are scoffing at their exploitation over bottles of Merlot and Wagyu steaks in chic inner-city bars, all while congratulating themselves for being staunch advocates of women’s rights.… Read More Why Do Australian Advocates Care So Little About the Most Vulnerable?
In Brazil, Carnaval has just wrapped up for another year. I was in the country for the month of Carnaval, mostly because it’s my partner’s homeland. But even with Carnaval in full swing, it was easy enough to disregard the pomp and fanfare and jiggling butts that flanked every TV screen. For a large part,… Read More Lessons from Brazil 1: sex positivity as the new puritanism
Today the downturn of women’s rights is smacking us upside the face. Femicide is reaching such epidemic proportions that nations like Brazil are introducing special legislation against it. Australia’s rate of sexual violence has jumped 20% in a year, statistics that are reflected in a host of other countries. The global scourge of trafficking continues… Read More Are you a good feminist? Bad feminist? Is it really about you?
Emma Watson’s speech isn’t the problem. The problem is liberal feminism. Emma Watson’s speech at the UN has made headlines worldwide. It wasn’t a bad speech. Like all women, Watson is doing the best she can with the information she has available to her. Several feminists have already addressed some of the problematic aspects of… Read More Don’t blame Emma Watson’s speech for liberal feminist failures.
Another day, another liberal feminist article making the argument that any criticism of sexualization or objectification is proof that men are ‘afraid of women’s expressed sexuality’ and that women are ‘jealous’. What an innovative, original and previously unheard of idea. This particular article argues for the ‘agency’ in Amber Rose’s recent twerking video on You… Read More Sexual exploitation as liberation