Bare-breasted virgins whipped for not turning down the music at a teen-bride-choosing party for the King of Swaziland. Plot of 50’s B movie "Annette and Frankie’s African Adventure"? Nope! [Via reluctant patriarchy-blamer Dan Durchholz]
Meanwhile, you know how white male liberals are increasingly revealing their inner misogynist douchebags with astonishing neocon notions like "abortion is a fringe issue"? The excellent Winter Woods has a thought-provoking post on the white male liberal douchebag’s unconcealed contempt for radical feminism. She describes her experience with dudely politics: "I have found left-wing groups dominated by straight white men with extremely pushy, sometimes agressive, personalities. You know the type, you get them everywhere: equipped with megaphone and trestle table, enormous chip on his shoulder, thinks he’s Che Guevara."
Winter Woods goes on to note that feminists on the left often seem reluctant to voice their disapproval for fear of betraying the cause, but suggests (I paraphrase) that we need to grow a pair. "We need to demand that these men show more solidarity with women, not the other way around."
For she has astutely observed that it’s always the women who are required to shelve their petty little concerns about institutionalized violence, marginalization, and oppression for the good of the movement.
Meanwhile, my long-awaited copy of Sheila Jeffreys’ new book Beauty and Misogny has just arrived. In it she argues a point that only just occurred to me a couple of months ago: that beauty practices in the West are every bit as ghastly and oppressive as the ones in developing countries we’re always trying to get the UN to pooh-pooh. All previously scheduled spinster auntly activities are postponed. Prepare to be thrown, Misogynist Beauty Standards!