One of my lecturers at university once presented us with this thought exercise: why are doctors so highly paid, and so well-respected? Our answers were predictable. Because they save lives, their skills are extremely important, and it takes years and years of education to become one. All sound, logical reasons. But these traits that doctors possess are universal. So why is it, she asked, that doctors in Russia are so lowly paid? Making less than £7,500 a year, it is one of the lowest paid professions in Russia, and poorly respected at that. Why is this?
The answer is crushingly, breathtakingly simple. In Russia, the majority of doctors are women. Here’s a quote from Carol Schmidt, a geriatric nurse practitioner who toured medical facilities in Moscow: “Their status and pay are more like our blue-collar workers, even though they require about the same amount of training as the American doctor… medical practice is stereotyped as a caring vocation ‘naturally suited‘ to women, [which puts it at] a second-class level in the Soviet psyche.”
What this illustrates perfectly is this — women are not devalued in the job market because women’s work is seen to have little value. It is the other way round. Women’s work is devalued in the job market because women are seen to have little value. Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value | Crates and Ribbons (via brutereason)
Anonymous asked: One issue that people can easily view as a feminist one, that has been bugging me lately is the expectation that women change their names when they get married? As silly as that seems in comparison to so many other issues women face, this one has come up a lot lately for me and it's difficult for me to state my views without men and women alike acting like I just brought up an alien thought process "why on Earth would a woman keep her name??!" their eyes say. Marriage is dumb anyway, right??
its def a feminist issue and its def a big deal culturally because yeah its the assumption that women’s families, names and backgrounds are meaningless as soon as ownership is transferred to a new family. i mean taken in the grand scheme its not as big a deal as rape and income inequality but its a pretty serious symptom if that makes sense of how pervasive and shitty the whole tottering midden is
changing your name to align with your husband’s is one of those supposedly ~traditional~ things that just strikes me as ridiculously kinky. like, if you wanna go take your husband’s name, more power to you, i don’t particularly think it’s a “bad thing” on an individual basis, any more than we can go around being pissed at people for adhering to feminine beauty standards because that’s how we’re all raised. but without the trappings of ~tradition, erasing your family history and taking your husband’s name just seems like one of those things you only ver hear about in really power dynamic-y relationships, like asking your partner to dictate everything you eat and wear, or whatever. i find it mindblowing that so many young, modern, relatively feminist people think it’s weird to not change your name when you get married, even if you keep your original name for professional reasons.
last night i was meeting up with a few of my old schoolfriends (all Young Professionals, unlike my millennial underemployed writer ass) and they were talking about a girl who is getting married to a guy with a COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS surname and how she’s apparently all concerned about not being taken seriously with her ~new name~. i mean, come on, there is a simple solution for this problem! i never want to be one of those douchebags who tries to use Feminism to dictate what women do with their own lives but seriouslyyyy, there are other options. it’s a weird tradition, made even weirder by how unfeasibly difficult it is, both socially and from a bureaucratic standpoint, to do the reverse and have a dude take his wife’s name. tottering midden of patriarchy, indeed.
joss whedon, noted feminist who fired charisma carpenter for daring to be pregnant
joss whedon, white cishet male who decides that he gets to define feminism and rebrand it to make it more appealing to himself, while also erasing the entire history of feminism and ignoring the existence of the term womanist
joss whedon, making a speech about feminism whose only mention of a female is to dismiss her entirely
joss whedon, deciding that the biggest problem with feminism is in its name and not its history of being racist, transphobic, and homophobic
joss whedon, lacking all self-awareness when twisting a brilliant junot diaz quote about poc representation to mean representation for white cis females
joss whedon, trying to equate sexism and racism while completely ignoring that woc exist and can experience both at the same time
joss whedon saying equality is important!!!!! but not casting a single asian person in his show grounded in the fusion of asian - western culture and also equating reavers (literally referring to them as the monsters of the story) with the apache
wait hold up, ignore all that, i should just be super grateful to joss “what is privilege and intersectionality?” whedon for having the courage to speak over women on a continuous basis
eta: now with links for all you asswipes who think i’m making this up solely to demonize your precious white cishet male hero (a lot of this shit is about his recent fucking terrible equality now speech)
The only way to deal with liking problematic things is to fully understand & create discourse. Attempting to defend them, or invalidate the victims of the material, makes you a bad person.
I love Whedon’s work, in fact, Buffy was one of my original rolemodels and was integral to my development and self esteem. But that does not erase the obviously problematic and hurtful aspects of the shows he’s created, and the offensive comments & ideas he’s propagated. To erase these aspects is to also erase the victims; which is not something I am willing to do just to retain the nobility of a childhood relic. It’s not something you should be willing to do either.