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“Ruined” Women and the Value of The Abject

April 27, 2011 by


Washington State high school student Gaby Rodriguez made national news last week when she announced that she’d been faking a pregnancy for six and a half months. She revealed the fraud in dramatic fashion, pulling her fake bump out from under her shirt before a shocked student assembly, who gave her a standing ovation when […]

The Physical Intelligence of Elizabeth Taylor

April 4, 2011 by


After Elizabeth Taylor died, Salon called up their founding contributor Camille Paglia for her eulogy. Paglia—a lifelong devotee of Taylor—took the interview as an opportunity to talk about what’s wrong with Hollywood actresses today: To me, Elizabeth Taylor’s importance as an actress was that she represented a kind of womanliness that is now completely impossible […]

Kay Hymowitz, Charlie Sheen, and Ashley Wilkes

March 2, 2011 by


Since its publication on February 19th, Kay Hymowitz’s “Where Have the Good Men Gone?” has deftly managed to draw criticism and mockery from both sexes. Feminists responded to the op-ed by protesting that women’s liberation shouldn’t be held to blame for the decline of the male sex; while men generally reacted with something like, “We’re […]

The Economics of the Swimsuit Issue

February 28, 2011 by


What’s more exciting than the release of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue? How about economists talking about the Swimsuit Issue?—or, more precisely, economists arguing about whether or not the Swimsuit Issue creates negative externalities for average women? As far as I can tell, the debate started with an old post on Suzanne MacNevin’s blog, Feminist Truths. […]

Different Decade, Different Dagny

February 13, 2011 by


On Friday afternoon, I attended the roll-out of the Atlas Shrugged Part I trailer. Surprisingly, the film is set in the modern day—partly because of budget constraints, producer Harmon Kaslow admitted. When I asked Mr. Kaslow how the different time setting would affect the gender politics of the story, he seemed unconcerned. But it seems […]

Melissa Leo and Female Self-Promotion

February 7, 2011 by


Today on Jezebel, Irin Carmon has a good post on “the female self-promoter.”  She points to several examples where a woman’s success has been attributed to her talent for deliberate self-promotion and ladder-climbing. Carmon then suggests that what we consider “self-promotion” for a woman would merely be considered “business-savvy” in a man. What makes this […]

Is Kanye West’s New Video Too Sexist for TV?

January 18, 2011 by


Kanye West’s music video for the single “Monster” is brand new, but some people are already sick of it: the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and other groups are petitioning to stop the video’s official release. They argue that the video—which features dead models in lingerie—is “erotici[zing] violence against women.” Tracy Clark-Flory has an interesting […]