Monthly Archives: September 2008

A reading of Men Speak Out

Men Speak Out
Last night I attended a reading of Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power by Shira Tarrant at Bluestockings, a feminist bookstore on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it and had also wanted to visit Bluestockings for quite a while but thought the lure of so many awesome books would cause this unemployed gal’s head to burst with overstimulation (it almost did). It was quite an impressive turnout for a independent bookstore reading, the audience comprised of both men and women, young and old, (however leaning towards the young white women demographic), and Shira and four of her male contributors were met with enthusiastic applause all evening.
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My two cents on Sarah Palin

Sigh. I’ve been meaning to write about Sarah Palin’s VP nom for quite a while, but to be honest at first I was steaming mad but now I’ve just lost the heart to discuss. There’s been so much said on so many different sites and articles that I think everything I’ve wanted to say has already been said and hopefully read by you. However, if you would like to read more, head over to CA NOW and their Why Sarah Palin is Bad for American Woman article to find links and information galore on Palin. Or, see a breakdown on Sarah Palin’s lies. Or head here to find out why Palin is not a feminist, despite newspaper article after newspaper article calling her one. Gloria Steinem said it quite well in the LA Times with Palin: wrong woman, wrong message.

However, if you’re like me and it’s all just so disheartening, take a look at one of my new favorites, Target Women‘s take on Sarah Palin. But my all-time favorite Palin coverage has to go to Jon Stewart, and if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch the gender card be played and the hypocrisy of right-wingers.
I am appalled at the Republicans hypocrisy of shouting “SEXISM” in defense of any criticism against Palin. I am saddened that Bristol, Palin’s 17 year old daughter, has had her decisions thrown into the spotlight and has most likely been forced into a shotgun wedding. I am angered that Palin says Bristol made a choice, and yet Palin doesn’t believe that women should have a choice, so how can she use that word? I’m saddened that the first mainstream woman to run for Pres/VP is (in my mind) such a poor representation of women in politics. I am frustrated by people who may believe that just because Palin is a woman that she is for women’s rights–she’s not.

Like I said, I have nothing exceptionally new to add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said. I did, however, want to provide links for others to read as well as provide a place for opening up conversation. What do you guys think?

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