The Pink Dragon is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers

Although the term "fantasy” implies a “play of the mind”, the marketing illustrations for children’s Halloween costumes reverberates throughout many other dimensions of the gendered social life depicted in this fantastical world. For example, the participation in the paid-work world and financial success for men and of physical attractiveness and marriage for women is reinforced … Continue reading The Pink Dragon is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers

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Framing Sexual Violence Prevention: What Does It Mean to Challenge a Rape Culture?

“35 per cent of women worldwide reported having experienced either physical or sexual violence by a partner, or sexual violence by a friend, family member, acquaintance or stranger. Police data consistently show that [...] women continue to represent the majority of victims of sexual violence, while perpetrators are overwhelmingly, although not exclusively, male. Young women … Continue reading Framing Sexual Violence Prevention: What Does It Mean to Challenge a Rape Culture?

Why Women More Than Men?

“Given that this belief system pervades our culture, why does it affect women so much more than men? Why do more women than men suffer from eating disorders, obesity, and distorted body image? Why are women, not men, at war with their bodies? There are many reasons, some more obvious than others. One reason is … Continue reading Why Women More Than Men?

Bystander Complicity in Guyland

“Men choose to act this way. And they choose to act this way because they believe it to be justified and they believe that other guys, whose approval is the whole point of this exercise, will reward them for it. They choose to act because of ideology--the beliefs they have about what they should or … Continue reading Bystander Complicity in Guyland

The Election: Boys Are Watching, But Are Parents Saying Anything Meaningful?

“The routine use of dehumanizing descriptions of people who Trump “others” has caused anxiety, despair, and anger in many people. In terms of women—many of whom are already affected by his xenophobic and racist rhetoric—his language is not only denigrating, but, because he is directly competing with a woman, often mimics the linguistic patterns of … Continue reading The Election: Boys Are Watching, But Are Parents Saying Anything Meaningful?

The Second Shift: Nancy and Evan Holt and the “Upstairs-Downstairs” Myth

“One day, when I asked Nancy [the wife] to tell me who did which tasks from a long list of households chores, she interrupted me with a broad wave of her hand and said, “I do the upstairs, Evan [the husband] does the downstairs.” What does that mean? I asked. Matter-of-factly, she explained that the … Continue reading The Second Shift: Nancy and Evan Holt and the “Upstairs-Downstairs” Myth

…And Man Created “Woman”: Representations of Women’s Bodies in Western Culture

“The 20-plus years of my professional life as clinical psychologist has been spent working with women who hate their bodies--women who feel “too fat,” although most of them are not “fat.” [...] They feel they have failed at being beautiful [...]. They have allowed me to see that their body hatred registers, silently, voicelessly, in … Continue reading …And Man Created “Woman”: Representations of Women’s Bodies in Western Culture

Althusser, The State Ideological Apparatuses

"In order to advance the theory of the State it is indispensable to take into account not only the distinction between state power and state apparatus, but also another reality which is clearly on the side of the (repressive) state apparatus, but must not be confused with it. I shall call this reality by its … Continue reading Althusser, The State Ideological Apparatuses

Acting like a Tough Guy: Violent-Sexist Video Games, Identification with Game Characters, Masculine Beliefs, & Empathy for Female Violence Victims

“The present research is in line with previous studies showing that violent video games can desensitize individuals to real-life violence [4,31], including violence against women [6]. More important, it moves beyond the question of whether violent games are harmful per se to address the important questions of who is most likely to be harmed by violent-sexist video games, and through … Continue reading Acting like a Tough Guy: Violent-Sexist Video Games, Identification with Game Characters, Masculine Beliefs, & Empathy for Female Violence Victims

Sandra Lee Bartky

Sandra Bartky has died today. I have posted elsewhere (here and here) about one of her most famous works (or infamous, if you hate feminism, "post-structuralism", and/or Foucault), “Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power” (1988). I usually let the work and the author stand on their own, bur Bartky is famous for bridging … Continue reading Sandra Lee Bartky