The Elusive Traditional Family

“Whenever people propose that we go back to the traditional family, I always suggest that they pick a ballpark date for the family they have in mind. Once pinned down, they are invariably unwilling to accept the package deal that comes with their chosen model. Some people, for example, admire the discipline of colonial families,... Continue Reading →

“It was really a book about scared men who were afraid of women.”

“A decade ago, Strauss was a notorious figure: the guy who wrote that book The Game, the one about seduction, which seemed to endorse all manner of queasy notions about what it was OK for men to do on the pull. The Game promised to teach its readers how to become better “pick-up artists,” and in... Continue Reading →

Bringing Gender into the Equation of Domestic Violence

“What is missing, oddly, from these claims of gender symmetry is an analysis of gender. By this, I mean more than simply a tallying up of which biological sex is more likely to be perpetrator or victim. I mean an analysis that explicitly underscores the ways in which gender identities and gender ideologies are embodied... Continue Reading →

The Way We Wish We Were: Defining the Family Crisis

“Like most visions of a “golden age,” the “traditional family” my students describe evaporates on closer examination. It is an ahistorical amalgam of structures, values, and behaviors that never co-existed in the same time and place. The notion that traditional families fostered intense intimacy between husbands and wives while creating mothers who were totally available... Continue Reading →

Homophobia Is Still Prevalent: Evaluating the Validity of Inclusive Masculinity

“Finally, McCormack’s (2012, 61) largely unqualified disdain for Stonewall[1] aside, what larger surveys show is that there are still high rates of assault and abuse targeted at lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB)-identifying individuals, which do not paint the same optimistic picture. In 2012, a report conducted by the UK Home Office, looking specifically at hate... Continue Reading →

Is the traditional family the foundation of democracy?

"'Is the traditional family the foundation of democracy?' It depends what kind of traditional family you’re talking about. Throughout most of European and American history, the family was organized around a patriarch with power over slaves, servants, poorer neighbors and his sons and daughters. Those families were the foundation of inequality. Our founding fathers didn’t idealize “family values.”... Continue Reading →

Neither justice nor protection

‘‘‘Why doesn’t she leave?’ is probably one of the most frequently asked questions for those who witness a woman suffering domestic violence. Implicit in this question is frustration and mystification that women are failing to ‘look after themselves’, and often their children, by remaining caught in a web of violence and abuse. This individualizing discourse places the responsibility on the... Continue Reading →

Seduction

“The patterns of intimate relationality enumerated in the seduction industry [or "pick-up artistry"], and the willingness with which many men buy into them, further evidence the production of distinctly antisocial forms of sociality and subjectivity within neoliberalism. Exacerbating this situation are postfeminist imperatives of ‘liberation’ and ‘empowerment’ which imbue women with uncompromising agency in sex... Continue Reading →

One Word Away from Nuclear War

The confrontation finally came down to two basic issues: (1) Would Kennedy pledge that the US would not invade Cuba? And (2) would he make a public announcement that the US would withdraw its Jupiter nuclear missiles from Turkey, on the border of Russia and aimed at its heartland? On both issues, Kennedy ultimately refused.... Continue Reading →

New Babylon: The Export of Production

"The unoccupied zone of Mexico, just south of the artificial [U.S.] border, provides a clear example [of the growing integration of the entire Third World into the U.S. economy is increasing national dislocation and misery]. There, in 1982, some 128,000 Mexicano women labored in the maquilas, the factories set up by U.S. corporations to assemble... Continue Reading →

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