Learning Feminism

May 5, 2009

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Joce Claire @ 11:04 pm

A guy friend of mine is reading Gloria Steinem’s “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” (my influence, natch). A male classmate of his saw him reading the book, walked up to him and said:

“Gloria Steinem? She’s crazy. The whole thing is crazy. She was hot when she was young though. She’s hot now too, I guess. Are there any young pictures of her in the book?”



  1. What a great, to-the-point post.

    Voice or not (the real issue, as to having a voice on what matters as opposed to the trivialities of fashion, shopping, hotness)does get overlooked by the predominant culture’s focus on hot or not (a current pop-n-pornified diversion of the longest war). Gloria Steinem as the object (objectified) of this post says it all. She’s had a brilliant genius, and of course most men would objectify her for that reason if not merely their own idiocy.

    There’s still so much deception by male-dominant culture to be seen beyond before real freedom comes through an end to the longest war, the one by man against womankind (the initiating and continuing war which undergirds all the other wars). I’ve just started a blog with my photographs, mainly (some commentary), about the longest war: http://thelongestwar.wordpress.com/.

    WordPress made it fairly easy to get on, but I’m not a tekkie (and there’s a day job and a brilliant daughter in college to support). So far, not sure about the correct way to go about suggesting mutual links or reciprocal placement on blogrolls. The TrackBack URI maybe? Any suggestions? I really like what you write here, and it helps to open my eyes even more.

    Thank you,

    Comment by The Longest War — May 19, 2009 @ 6:21 am | Reply

  2. Well, since you’re a man, I doubt many feminist blogs are going to link to you. Um, good luck, I guess?

    Comment by joceclaire — May 19, 2009 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  3. Um, I find the photography interesting. I had a similar idea–to try to catch misogyny in action via images–but my partner suggested that this would only fuel my discontent with “I see it EVERYWHERE!” Jude, your male-ness will most definitely be an obstacle to friend-making in the feminist blogosphere (especially in the wake of Kyle Palmer or Payne or whatever his name is), but I suggest that enabling comments would be helpful to your cause. Best of luck!

    Comment by undercover punk — May 23, 2009 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  4. Sorry, sister!

    Comment by undercover punk — May 24, 2009 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  5. Jude of the Longest War blog:
    I love your blog. I originally found out about it from a link you posted after a New York Times article on Nurse Jackie. However, I find it frustrating that you don’t allow comments on your blog. I think one of the most important features of a blog is that it is interactive. I think you assumed (incorrectly) that most of the posts people would make on your blog would be negative and would reinforce ideas you are trying to change. I think allowing your readers to take part in a dialogue is much more powerful and transformative than only allowing them to read your posts. Please consider allowing comments!!!

    – Sat Nam, a concerned reader

    Comment by Sat Nam Kaur Khalsa — April 7, 2010 @ 12:43 am | Reply

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