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Feminism That Doesn’t Challenge Male Entitlement Isn’t Feminism by Caitlin Roper

The third wave’s tokenization of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is anything but intersectional  by 

Sisters in law: Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

sisters in law

This is a great history of the relationship between two very wealthy and powerful women who ended up on the Supreme Court both of whom had powerful husbands who supported their careers through what is, clearly, a legal mafia of rich friends and acquaintances. Both deserved to be on the Supreme Court, but they both got there by dint of class privilege (and, obviously, white privilege). I did raise an eyebrow at Ginsburg hiring only clerks who she knew via her family and friends networks. It’s not exactly a level playing field in hiring practises if you only hire people you came across either socially or through the legal version of AT&T friends and family plans. This is not to dismiss their accomplishments or their activism in legislation that supports women, but recognising that even The Notorious RBG isn’t quite as radical as rap videos suggest.

I was also surprised by the frequency in which the XIV Amendment to the constitution was invoked as the Holy Grail for recognising that sex discrimination was equal to racial discrimination. Clearly they should both be recognised under the Amendment. However, the Supreme Court’s judgments over the past few decades have eroded the supposed protections under the XIV Amendment making it nearly impossible for individuals experiencing racial discrimination to use the courts for legal redress.*  Expanding the legal protections of the XIV Amendment is only helpful if those legal protections actually exist.

Ginsburg’s recent Dissenting Opinions have become the stuff of legend and are worthy of that status. O’Connor’s interesting voting patterns are equally fascinating. This is a history of feminism in action but also a story on how class and racial privilege can mitigate sex discrimination.

*Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, (The New Press, 2012).

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#womenwrites – on misogyny, racism, disablism and male violence

Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism by @KGuilaine  via @WritersofColour

This is not the way Milo Yiannopoulos should have gone down by Natasha Chart

The parallels between Scottish nationalism and racism are clear | Claire Heuchan

Pride, prejudice and pedantry by @wordspinster

Eurostar Tried To Charge This Woman An Extra ‘Luggage’ Fee For Her Wheelchair  via @Fi_Rutherford

‘It wasn’t a home, it was a prison’: Former residents from Tuam mother and baby home react (via @thejournal_ie)

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World  by @caitlin_roper

How should we teach children about contested histories? by @farahelahi via @WritersofColour

How the political correctness debate is being manufactured  via @Slutocrat

‘Gestators,’ ‘hosts,’ and ‘pregnant people’: The bipartisan pact to erase women by RAQUEL ROSARIO SANCHEZ  via @FeministCurrent

On individualist lifestylism and woman-blaming: musings on recent attacks at Liberation is Life