Rebecca Solnit, The War Is Over (If You Want It), Feminism and Men

By: Monday November 3, 2014 7:15 pm

What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues,” though violence and discrimination against women are only women’s issues because they’re things done to women — mostly by men, so maybe they should always have been “men’s issues.”

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 1:59 pm

When I received the invitation to host the book salon for Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, I was sitting at a coffee shop listening to a white man I’d only just met explain the racial divide in St. Louis, Missouri. Full disclosure: I’m black and a native St. Louisan. As the man went on and on about some article on race that I just had to read and blah, blah, followed by another blah, I scrolled through my email and saw the book salon invite. And I laughed…hard…until my eyes watered. When the man asked what was so funny and I explained about the salon, he frowned and replied…wait for it…that not all men mansplain.

Book Salon Preview: Men Explain Things to Me

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 11:59 am

In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon: A Nation of Cowards?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:05 pm

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

In 2002, Cofer Black, the former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate committee, “All I want to say is that there was ‘before’ 9/11 and ‘after’ 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.”

TomGram: Rebecca Solnit: The New Feminist Road Map

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 7:25 pm

Here are two figures, and given how anyone who has been sexually assaulted is likely to feel about the experience, they have to be low-end estimates: the latest Pentagon numbers indicate that about 26,000 men and women (but mainly women) in the U.S. military “were sexually assaulted in 2011, up from 19,000 in 2010”; and the figure regularly cited, even by President Obama and Vice President Biden, is that one in five college women either experience an attempted sexual assault or are raped in their years on campus.

The New Dirty Word: Whistleblower

By: Sunday July 28, 2013 8:00 am

Take the case of Amy Meyer in Utah for example. After exposing the cruelty at the Smith Meatpacking Company with her cell phone on public grounds, she was arrested and had her charges dropped due to a vast media campaign. Utah, along with Iowa and Missouri, still has its “ag-gag” law in place however.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tom Engelhardt, The United States of Fear

By: Saturday January 14, 2012 1:59 pm

Everything changed on September 11, 2001. It’s become an American truism. And for many, it’s also absolutely true. It certainly was the case for Tom Engelhardt. He was roughly seven miles north of the World Trade Center that morning and that’s about the furthest he’s been from it since.

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