Archive for May, 2013

A Response to Hephzibah Anderson’s Review of Stiletto Network

May 29th, 2013 by admin

Thank you, Hephzibah Anderson, for your thoughtful review of Pamela Rickman’s book Stiletto Network.

In Stiletto Network, the word feminist is called “that dowdy f-word” which does a disservice to many activists, historians and journalists including all the feminists of the 60s and 70s.  The word has resonance with many activists working for women’s equality and combatting violence against women.
The Feminist Lens, a radio program produced by the Women’s Media Group, respects the diversity of organizations and individuals who are working toward the same goals.  We celebrate the diversity of women, whether they wear oxfords or stilettos — although a good number of women find stilettos uncomfortable, ruinous to our feet, and a hinderance to our balance. We embrace the collective voices of all men and women who challenge the status quo.
About the book, Hephzibah Anderson writes:
“But after she’s compiled inspiring examples of women’s brains, creativity and moxie, it’s a shame Ryckman defines femininity almost exclusively through heel and hairstyles.”
The word feminist has inspired men and women working for social change for decades and we should never belittle their work.

~Maya Friedler, Women’s Media Group

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Air Force Advice to Rape Victims–Submit

May 8th, 2013 by admin

Wired magazine (May 7th 2013), released a brochure published by the United States Air Force with this advice for sexual assault victims:

“It may be advisable to submit [rather] than resist,”

At least they didn’t add: “…and try and enjoy it.”

Now, I’m not so naive to think that you can stop a rapist by simply saying “don’t rape”  but there should be some acknowledgement to that end. Something like: “You are part of a unit. You must rely on each other to survive in extraordinary circumstances. If one of you violates that bond then there will be hell to pay.”  However, this brochure provides mostly suggestions that puts the responsibility for avoiding assault or rape on victims. Watch your drink, keep your doors locked and try to walk home with a group.

Amid numerous allegations of military sexual assault that get swept aside and even more assaults that never go reported, this is pretty rich advice. Victims have been told to “expect it” and now told to “put up with it.”

Truly feels like a world run by boys for boys.

Don't get drunk you might get raped.


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Bifurcated Girls!

May 1st, 2013 by admin

In a fabulous blast from the past, thanks to the Public Domain Review, enjoy a bit of risque history and discover “100 Stunts in Pants!”

Bifurcated means:  To divide into two branches or parts.


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