Hecksapoppin’, friends. I’ve got too many irons in the fire, again. Fortunately, other people are keeping the world-wide non-peer reviewed interwebs loaded with feminist news and views you can use:
- First of all, Blake at Down and Out in Denver gives Rebecca Traister’s Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women a rave review,and as promised, he’s loaned me his copy already. Maureen Corrigan, my former proffie and Fresh Air’s in-house book critic, reviewed Traister’s book Monday and pronounced it “brilliant.” I’m looking forward to reading it–but geez, why did her publisher make her tack on that ridiculous subtitle? (Patriarchal equilibrium, much?)
- via Zuska, we learn about a new feminist blog by Chef Ginny W., “A Kitchen of One’s Own.” She writes about the problem that in professional kitchens still has no name: “It isn’t just that women in professional kitchens aren’t exposed to much feminism, it’s that active feminism is actually thought of — although no one I know would phrase it this way — as weakness. Saying that something is sexist and wrong is whining, is complaining, and is therefor weak and bad and something you especially can’t do if you’re a woman, and so already have to prove that you aren’t weak. Feminism — active, educated, considered feminism, not just a vague sense that women should have the same legal rights as men — is a liability. And yet feminism is exactly what’s most likely to provide any kind of solution to the problems we face.” So how’s that hopey-changey “postfeminist” bull$h!t working out for us, again?
- Echidne takes on Christina Hoff Sommers, so I don’t have to. (See also her analysis of that “reverse gender gap” story from a few weeks ago that’s getting so much attention. Dog bites man, anyone?)
- Alicia B. Kelly at Feminist Law Professors analyzes the care work women do with respect to the wage gap: “[T]he frontlines of inequality are shifting now. It’s less about sexism and more about caregiving. Even as women take on more paid work, home life has changed less than you might think. As sociologists and psychologists have observed, a “schema of devotion to family caregiving” for women continues to powerfully influence the way women and men work and care for their families—and how they understand themselves. The impact? Women today still provide the lion’s share of unpaid family work, doing twice the housework and child care as men. And men still do more market work and bring in more income.”
- UPDATED, later this morning: Finally, more on women’s exclusion from literary “greatness,” by Meghan O’Rourke, who writes: “But as I get older, I find it harder to ignore the social friction female writers endure. This is where the anecdotal enters the picture, and to sit with female writers, even ones who never complain about gender in print, is, inevitably, to trade war stories—stories that men probably don’t hear all that often, because we tend to keep them to ourselves, knowing they make us look weaker, or like whiners. There’s the provocative female writer who was asked if she had an eating disorder because she is naturally skinny, and whom reporters badgered for information about the number of men she’d slept with. There is the time I met a former professor at a reading, soon after he’d invited me to apply for a prestigious job. Embarrassed at having not recognized me, he told me that “in my frock” I looked like a “sorority girl.” There’s the author who sent out a proposal about John Lennon and learned that editors worried readers might not believe a woman could write with authority about a musician.”
Aw, shucks. What else can I add to all of that fabulousness? Maybe just this, for Ginny, Echidne, Alicia Kelly, Blake, Rebecca Traister, Maureen Corrigan, Meghan O’Rourke, and all of you bada$$ feminists out there on the intertubes, the radio, and in the meat world: sometimes it doesn’t pay to give a damn about your reputation!
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