Posts tagged “slut”

  • Toronto SlutWalk!

    Toronto SlutWalk!

    April 13, 2011

    In January a member of the Toronto Police force, Const. Michael Sanguinetti, suggested to students at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. In response, SlutWalk was born. The SlutWalk, which strode just yesterday, was a march designed to draw attention to the way in which the term “slut” is used to stigmatize and invalidate women.

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  • Leora Tanenbaum on Phoebe Prince and Hope Witsell

    Leora Tanenbaum on Phoebe Prince and Hope Witsell

    April 13, 2010

    I am curious to know: why has [Phoebe] Prince's death elicited a far stronger reaction than [Hope] Witsell's? Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has even stepped in, berating school officials for not protecting Prince. Meanwhile, to date no one has so strongly pointed a finger at school administrators at Witsell's school, nor have there been criminal charges brought in her case. This doesn't make sense. Both girls were victimized similarly. Both deaths are tragic. Both girls deserve the same outcry of anger and horror. Why does Prince's suicide resonate so much more than Witsell's? Because Prince, 15, more neatly fits the stereotype of a sympathetic "good" victim while Witsell does not. — Leora Tanenbaum

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  • Leora Tanenbaum: Do women make better bosses?

    Leora Tanenbaum: Do women make better bosses?

    August 4, 2009

    From Leora Tanenbaum — author of Slut!, Catfight and the forthcoming Head Over Heels (Spring 2010) — comes this piece from the New York Times, in response to the question of whether women make better bosses than men: Yes, countless female managers are great at making lists and sure, lots of men love to hear the sound of their own voices — endlessly. But none of this behavior matters if it’s accompanied with a denial of the continued existence of sexism in the workplace. Consider: Women are routinely undervalued and assumed to lack competence. Successful men don’t have to worry about when and if to become parents; successful women do. Men earn more and are promoted more. Troublingly, many individual women who make it to senior management refuse to acknowledge these very real conditions. They position themselves as uniquely and unusually qualified, implicitly belittling other women in a move to prove their own superiority.

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