At the New Republic, the inimitable Rebecca Traister notes that the recent, embarrassing GOP "Say Yes to the Dress" political ads are "one of the first instances in which conservatives have in any way embraced the idea that women now treat government as a stand-in for husbands."
Every day across the lands women write valiantly and cool-headedly about feminist issues with facts, impassioned arguments, research, and insight. They chronicle the daily abuses and setbacks, the advancements and breakthroughs. Then, on some days, they
rest get really fucking pissed. And it is glorious.
Last night, on Gossip Girl, Dan was waiting wistfully for Serena to appear, and passed the time by reading... Rebecca Traister's Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women. Huh?
At a press conference to promote her new network, Oprah delivered one of the longest responses to a question in TV history. Now she's getting shit for it. Let's analyze!
Ladies! There is a lot of fuss about whether and why you are going to stay home in key congressional races in a few weeks — and whose fault it is.
"It was narrated to us faster than we could absorb it," writes Rebecca Traister of the 2008 election. "In the ceaseless cycle of revelation and analysis we lost depth, clarity, and perspective." Not anymore, regarding what it meant for women.
A piece in Salon suggests that in a recession, we find sexist stereotypes comforting. To that we'd maybe add: girl-on-girl crime?
Today, Salon's Rebecca Traister explores the phenomenon of female writers' "graphic" accounts of the "messy realities of their bodies." Wait: Did someone say our name?!
"We are mired in a repetitious pattern of hate, jealousy and resentment toward those who are plucked by media powers and come to stand — however inefficiently — for the rest of us in the cultural imagination, securing the top spots, the best exposure, the prime media real estate in exchange for opening veins of…
"Iron my shirt"; Citizens United Not Timid; steel-thighed nutcrackers... according to two feature articles this week, all that misogyny may be creating a new "wave" of the women's movement. Not only does Salon's Rebecca Traister suggest that the current election cycle may very well "give birth to a new generation of…