Nicki Minaj Doesn't Need Your Advice or Input

In response to the artwork for Nicki Minaj's upcoming single, Anaconda, Chuck Creekmur, the CEO of wrote an open letter to the rapper essentially scolding her for the sexual nature of the cover. » 7/29/14 1:00pm 7/29/14 1:00pm

'Racy' Calendars Stolen, Thieves Leave 'Fuck the Patriarchy' Signs

Earlier this month, someone stole $2000 worth of "racy" calendars from a kiosk in the Metro Atlanta Mall of Georgia. But this wasn't your average shoplifting job: The thieves left behind placards saying "Sorry, misogyny is out of stock," "the female body is not a commodity," and, yes, "fuck the patriarchy." » 12/18/13 10:50am 12/18/13 10:50am

Dinner Tab Chivalry Is One Dating Convention That Might Stick Around

Some conventions of patriarchal culture are easier to conceptually dismantle than others. Sure, women are still being paid less than men for the same exact work, but most reasonable people (and hopefully this isn’t too optimistic a generalization) who aren’t dripping with troll goo and are too young to have ever… » 8/11/13 2:00pm 8/11/13 2:00pm

Tootsie Costume Made Dustin Hoffman Face the Patriarchy

In an AFI interview from late 2012 that’s just starting to gain some traction now, in the summer doldrums, Dustin Hoffman talked about how, when he was first made-up as Dorothy Michaels during his preliminary preparations for Tootsie, he had a revelation about the unreasonable expectations our society has for female… » 7/07/13 1:00pm 7/07/13 1:00pm

Oh God, Please Don't Let White Male Victimhood Be the Next Big Social…

If there's one thing I'm always going to remember about the 2012 election, it's that it was the moment I first saw the white male monopoly lose its vise-grip on American culture. Not that white men aren't in charge anymore—they are, and they will probably always be a dominant political bloc—but there's a sense that… » 12/04/12 5:10pm 12/04/12 5:10pm

Making It Manly, Or How To Sell A Car

Patriarchies are defined by sexism: the valuing of men over women. In our American patriarchy, however, this is matched—and perhaps superseded—by something called androcentrism: the valuing of all-things-masculine over all-things-feminine. Enter the Mercedes SLK. » 1/06/11 2:38pm 1/06/11 2:38pm

There's Only One Woman On The "Most Trusted Celebrities" List

Monday, Forbes announced "The 10 Most Trusted Celebrities." As BlackBook's Rohin Guha notes, there is just one lady on the list: » 1/27/10 3:40pm 1/27/10 3:40pm

When African Women Farm, African Women Eat

Liesl Gerntholtz of Human Rights Watch has a great OpEd in the Boston Globe tracking how women's lack of property rights in some African countries directly affects their ability to feed themselves and their children. » 3/20/09 3:30pm 3/20/09 3:30pm

Recessions Hurt More When You Have A Penis & A Sense Of Entitlement

A study from Cambridge University suggests that when men are laid off or fired, they don't cope with it as well as women. That's what my mom says about my dad catching cold. » 3/11/09 2:40pm 3/11/09 2:40pm

Social Scientist Says Oil Makes Women Second-Class Citizens

The problem with being a liberal some days is that there are just so many things to oppose: the patriarchy, obviously; global warming; big business; the War in Iraq; the War on Drugs; oil companies; pharmaceutical companies; health insurance companies; zoos (but not when they do conservation work); circuses all the… » 4/03/08 4:00pm 4/03/08 4:00pm