“Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist”?!!!

22 04 2009

While feminists and social scientists tend to explain sexual harassment in terms of “patriarchy” and other nefarious ideologies, Browne locates the ultimate cause of both types of sexual harassment in the sex differences in evolved psychological mechanisms and mating strategies, thereby “seeking roots in biology rather than ideology.”

It is inaccurate to attribute sexual harassment and other forms of sexism to  biology. Sexism and sexual harassment exist because we live in a patriarchal society.  Patriarchy is not rooted in biology.  It is a social construct.   Let’s revisit what patriarchy is since it looks like some people haven’t got their 101 basics down.  bell hooks, an American author, feminist, and social activist defines patriarchy as:

a political-social system that insists that males are inherently dominating, superior to everything and everyone deemed weak, especially females, and endowed with the right to dominate and rule over the weak and to maintain that dominance through various forms of psychological terrorism and violence.

Essentially, patriarchy is a social and political system that entitles men to certain undeserved privileges.  It is reinforced and perpetuated through socialization that indoctrinates people into patriarchal ideology: believing that upper-class, white, heterosexual, cis-gender men are superior to women and all other men.  Sexism is a product of and an indication of patriarchy.  There is nothing natural or biological about patriarchy and all of its manifestations: sexism, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia, classism, etc.

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Sexual Violence Community Forum TOMORROW

22 04 2009



Caught with drugs?                                                                                                                                                                                       Expelled

Caught cheating?                                                                                                                                                                                                         Expelled



Sexually Assaulted Your Classmate?


Here’s Your Diploma.




Sexual violence is an issue that affects all members of the Tufts community.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this community forum with members of the Tufts administration.  Feel free to come with your own questions or suggestions or come and just listen and learn about what’s going on at Tufts.



Where?                                         Metcalf Hall Lounge

When?                                          7:00 PM, Thurs., April 23, 2009

The Full Body Project

22 04 2009

Via The New York Times:

You may not have known that Leonard Nimoy (more commonly known as Mr. Spock from Star Trek) is also an accomplished photographer.  For the last eight years, Nimoy has been taking photos of nude plus-sized models. 



Nimoy’s project, entitled “The Full Body Project,” is showing through June at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts.  A larger show is expected to coincide with the November release of his book on the project.   Read the rest of this entry »