Monday feminism

I really enjoy gender performance and the butch/femme dynamic, but a lot of people see butch/femme as a reenactment of sexist heterosexual relationship roles.  So I was excited to read Sublime Femme’s post The Feminist Fairytale about Butch/Femme.  Of course, I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s absolutely fantastic.  I tried to excerpt it here, but ended up copying practically the whole post – so just go read it.

Sexist ideas about masculinity and femininity are leading to underdiagnosis of autism in girls.

Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister wants to ban miniskirts for traffic safety.

As Republicans claim that all criticism of Sarah Palin is sexist, Katha Pollit comes up with 12 pointed questions for the candidate, including:

You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

Cindy and John McCain say you have experience in foreign affairs because Alaska is next to Russia. When did you last speak with Prime Minister Putin, and what did you talk about?

You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?