Lori’s post on the German dad who wore a skirt in support of his gender non-conforming son. These are the personal stories that often have the ability to make the most meaningful impact on people’s lives compared to our more newsy news, and Lori highlighted it brilliantly by pointing out that this is so much more than an “aw” moment. This father is a reminder of how we all can and should be more supportive of the gender non-conforming people in our lives.
Todd Akin’s infamous “legitimate rape” comment was arguable one of the most important moments of the election season–not only sinking Akin’s campaign but also spurring a media firestorm as a seemingly endless stream of other GOPers revealed their true colors to a blogosphere ready to pounce. In her “Thank you note for Todd Akin,” written just after Akin’s comment, Chloe wrote a well-timed, scathingly takedown–one that proved to be the definitive answer to all the GOP’s absurd rape comments for months to come. Fuck you, indeed.
Twin posts from Maya and Eesha in response to the mass shootings and male violence this year. Particularly, this gem from Maya: ‘But I’d argue that, to some extent, all violence is “about” masculinity in our culture. Male violence is so pervasive–and violence so closely connected to our definition of “manhood”–that I don’t think it’s possible to separate them.’
Sesali’s post on our obsession with and endless opining on celebrity pregnancies. It named what’s so disturbing about our fixations with motherhood as a definition of womanhood with an example that most everyone could relate to. I mean, who isn’t curious what kind of child Queen B and the Hov would raise?
Do quick hits count? If so, Maya’s post about the Nice Guys of Ok Cupid was one of my favorites for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m always down for a good laugh and I haven’t stopped looking at the tumblr since. But more importantly, the rhetoric of these nice guys and the heinous commentators is (ironically) complex and engages popular ideas about partnership & dating, intimate partner violence, gender, sexuality, etc. I like when we cover topics that people who aren’t necessarily followers of feminism can identify and begin to dissect. This is all, of course, part of our broader plan for world domination I’m sure.
Jos’ open letter to Elizabeth Warren, following the then-candidate’s comment that paying for a trans woman in prison’s reassignment surgery was not “a good use of taxpayer dollars,” powerfully coupled righteous anger and compassion. The piece called Warren out on her ignorance but still expressed faith in the senator’s capacity to change and use her “compassionate, caring voice… to cut through the bigotry.” I’ve had the letter on my mind through my recent writing: how do we use criticism to encourage, rather than alienate, potential allies?
Ed note: This is the second in a series of posts summarizing the year in online feminism. View the most highly trafficked posts of the year here and check back tomorrow and every day through the New Year for more end-of-the-year content.