Posts Tagged ‘sexism’

Asking for It: Male Violence, Misogyny and the Prospects for Justice

Sometimes, it’s good to just vent. With that in mind, and before proceeding with a deeper and hopefully more constructive commentary about male violence and misogyny, perhaps it would do me well to release my first, instinctual thoughts about the guilty verdicts recently secured against two members of the Steubenville (OH) High School football team, [...]

Social Science Roundup: Research on Race and Gender Bias

Every now and then I’ll be posting links to new academic research/studies related to race, racism, discrimination, etc. Whenever possible I’ll try to link to stories about these studies that don’t require you to get some kind of crazy paid subscription to an academic site. This is the first installment of this feature, and includes [...]

“Dr.” Laura’s Reign of Error (and General Absurdity)…

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) does the ultimate takedown of Dr. Laura through the years…

Submitting Graciously to Stupidity

When Jeremiah Wright said that the U.S. has a history of violence against innocent people–the kind of thing that fits the textbook definition of the term, “terrorism”–and that this history can, at least in part, explain the attacks against us on September 11, 2001, he was excoriated in the press and by the public. How [...]

Your Whiteness is Showing: An Open Letter to Certain White Women Who are Threatening to Withhold Support From Barack Obama in November

This is an open letter to those white women who, despite their proclamations of progressivism, and supposedly because of their commitment to feminism, are threatening to withhold support from Barack Obama in November. You know who you are. I know that it’s probably a bad time for this. Your disappointment at the electoral defeat of [...]

The Tyranny of Not-So-Independent Variables: 
Racism, Sexism and the Deceptive Social Science of the Far Right

Throughout the course of the Democratic presidential primaries, many have asked which is the bigger societal problem in the United States: racism or sexism? Although the question itself is absurd–the two are often interrelated, after all, and comparing systems of oppression is typically neither intellectually nor ethically very productive–there is little question that both remain [...]

Testosterone is not to Blame: Why Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Has Nothing to Do With Sexism

Hillary Clinton is finished, and contrary to the insistence of many of her supporters, sexism has had virtually nothing to do with it. Gloria Steinem was wrong in her now infamous New York Times op-ed a few months back. Clinton’s problem was not that she was a woman and that “women are never front-runners” (indeed, [...]

Uh-Obama: Racism, White Voters and the Myth of Color-Blindness

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write, at least not as soon as I am now compelled to write it: It may well be the case that the United States is on its way to electing a person of color as President. Make no mistake, I realize the way that any number of factors, [...]

On the Making of Undeserving Martyrs: Fact and Fiction in the Duke Lacrosse Case

“So now what do you have to say, smartass?” I can think of better ways to be greeted in the morning, but sadly, this was how my day began a few weeks ago, upon opening my e-mail browser and piecing through the messages that had accumulated overnight. The author of the above missive was wanting [...]

What’s the Matter With White Folks?: Racial Privilege, Electoral Politics and the Limits of Class Populism

Published in LIP Magazine, Spring, 2005 It almost goes without saying that the analysis offered up by mainstream commentators in the wake of the Presidential election has been largely devoid of anything resembling substance: not that this should be considered particularly shocking, but it needs to be mentioned in any event. For example, the persistent [...]