Friday, January 18, 2008

Misogyny is America's True National Pastime

The title of Bob Herbert's recent article says it all:

Misogyny Is America's True National Pastime
The New York Times. Posted January 17, 2008

"If there was ever a story that deserved more coverage by the news media, it's the dark persistence of misogyny in America. Sexism in its myriad destructive forms permeates nearly every aspect of American life. For many men, it's the true national pastime, much bigger than baseball or football.

"Little attention is being paid to the toll that misogyny takes on society in general, and women and girls in particular.

"Its forms are limitless."

Here's the link to the whole editorial: http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/74004/

4 comments:

Rev SS said...

Link didn't work for me ... but, wish it wasn't so true. So much work to be done!

mompriest said...

I think that misogyny is surpassing racism in its pervasive subtle destructiveness. A lot of work, rightly so, is going into helping us recognize the ways we humans are racist, and how we can be better people.

But many folks, women included are resisitant to looking at how we are biased about gender issues. Women have managed to make just enough gains that it looks like the issue doesn't exist anymore - but it is only more subtle and covert...

It breaks my heart when younger women think feminism is only what they have heard about the most radical faction, the "bra-burners" and are unable to see the real work that feminists did in the 60's and 70's...and are still doing now. I think Gloria Steinem said it well in the Op-Ed article in the NY Times a few weeks ago, I have it linked on my blog....

Oh - and if you have a chance, leave a comment on the FT blog...I don't know what you think of my reflection but it certainly springs from your reflection and kate's...

Kathy Doerge said...

No doubt it's out there and a force to contend with, but I'm realizing more and more that education is the key...mostly educating our young women. I am shocked at the attitude and focus of many of my daughter's friends. They seem to have little respect or appreciation for themselves as young women. (And no lack of young men willing to accomodate them.)

I'm working hard to education both my sons and daughters. The jury's still out on my sons, but my youngest daughter seems to be getting it. The other day we were listening to song about a young gal pining for some guy who didn't even know she existed. My daughter turned to me and said, "Mom, if I ever do that, will you please smack me." I replied, "Gladly!"

Jiff said...

Katherine,
This is a powerful post and a powerful link.
On MLK weekend< I'm thinking a lot about the subtle, powerful ways in which we as a culture put down women and people of color.