A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
You still believe in Sexism?!?
This morning at work:
Musclehead: What are you reading? (grabs my book, and checks out the cover) Sexism??? Oooooooooooo… (makes a face like he just saw the Boogieman) You think sexism still exists? (voice and tone indicate that this question is roughly the same as “You still believe in Santa Claus?!?”)
Musclehead: Hmm…well, I think we need sexism.
Me: ehm, so how about all those killings yesterday?
While many of you are better at responding to such lost souls than I am, it’s fair to say that most of us find it difficult to explain to das Man how the ubiquitous display of double-standards and sexist stereotyping bombards us daily in practically every media outlet, especially when it is taken as a foregone conclusion that equality between the sexes has been achieved. If this sounds familiar, you might want to check out Seattle Feminist Book Club’s meetup this Saturday, where we will discuss Susan J. Douglas’s latest book, The Rise of Enlightened Sexism. Douglas not only provides a clear explanation of the tension many women feel today between feminism’s gains on one hand and widespread bigotry on the other with her concept “enlightened sexism” (roughly, the notion that, since we’re all pals now, we can be misogynists for giggles), but also offers countless examples from popular culture and politics, ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Sarah Palin.
What: Seattle Feminist Book Club: May Book Discussion
When: 3:00pm Saturday, June 2nd
Where: Roy Street Coffee and Tea (700 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102)
For more details and to RSVP, check out SFBC’s page here