Misogynist Soup NOT-SO-SPECIAL BROWNIES, SUFFERIN' FOR SUFFRAGE AND HAVE WE TRIVIALIZED MENTAL ILLNESSES ENOUGH YET? Cézanne Colvin

To make this week’s Misogynist Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • UC Berkeley Republican bake sale organizers.
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • The designers behind the “Anna Rexia” Halloween costume.

THE BROTH


… Go Bears?
Image via KDRV.

In opposition to a bill that would potentially allow the UC school system to consider race and gender (as well as ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, household income and other relevant information) as admissions factors, UC Berkeley Republican students organized a “satirical” counter: a bake sale.

Instead of the typical flat fee for botched Betty Crocker, the treats are priced according to race and sex. For the same product, Native Americans will be charged 25 cents, African Americans 75 cents, Latinos $1, Asians $1.50, whites $2 and women as a whole will receive a 25 cent discount. “If you don’t come, you’re a racist,” the group declared. Insightful.

The point of the event, other than to get rich or die trying, is to “highlight how racist and sexist affirmative action is”. Okay. While affirmative action isn’t a flawless effort, it attempts to create equal footing by benefitting underrepresented groups with a history of discrimination. Let’s take a looksie at a very small window of that discrimination: In 2007, white women earned 78 cents for every dollar a man earned in similar jobs with similar levels of education. Black women, on the other hand, earned 69 cents. Latina women earned 59 cents. There’s a pattern here somewhere.

“We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point,” Berkeley College Republican President Shawn Lewis said. “It is no more racist than giving an individual an advantage in college admissions based solely on their race or gender.”

Is it also no more racist or sexist than giving an individual an advantage in life based solely on being a white male? Just wondering.

CNN, LA Times, Jezebel.

THE MEAT


Half a population with no voice.
Image via Hurriyet Daily News.

Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world with the good sense to ban women from driving, has decided to let them vote.

But not in this Thursday’s election or anything. In four years. Progress!

King Abdullah, King of Saudi Arabia and stealer of my heart, announced Sunday that come 2015 — that’s three years after the end of the world — women will be allowed to vote and run in municipal elections. “We refuse to marginalize the role of women in Saudi society,” he said. For a brief moment, crickets in Portugal could be heard.

Meanwhile, municipal official hopeful Fouad al-Farhan, who formerly found himself behind bars for his criticism of the government, discovered that he’d been withdrawn without explanation from the upcoming election. In other words, welcome to monarchy, girls! Checkmate.

But really, what does it all mean? In addition to the lack of legal command over their own transportation, Saudi women are still required to have the permission of their husbands or a male family member in order to leave the country, get a job, open a bank account, go to school and undergo some medical procedures. Are we expected to believe that the average family is going to excitedly jump into the car together — Dad at the wheel, naturally — and cast their votes in their segregated lines? Or is this an illusion of strides towards equality that will be silenced by the eldest son merely telling his sister “no”?

While this is a relatively bold move for Saudi Arabia and I can’t be upset at any semblance of advancement, perhaps giving women the ability to get to the polls would be a better place to start than telling them they essentially may or may not be able to vote four years from now.

… Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

New York Times.

THE TOPPING


Innovative.
Image via Ricky’s.

Despite the fact that one in 200 American women suffers from anorexia, two to three in 100 American women suffer from bulimia and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, a skeleton dress managed to make the cut as an acceptable sale item for the beauty and costume store Ricky’s.

The costume, titled “Anna Rexia” and labeled as such with a heart on the dress, lest fellow party-goers have any question about what you’re supposed to be, was pulled from the website following controversy. However, it remains for sale at several other online costume retailers. No one really knows why.

To suggest that a disorder with a mortality rate 12 times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females ages 15-24 years old is somehow sexy, glamorous or fun is horrifying.

ABC News.

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil, much like my blood pressure is at the moment. You’ll know it’s done when it tastes like misogyny with a hint of “please tell me this isn’t real life.” Enjoy!

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  2. Trying this again. Internet challenged. I was going to post to your tumblr, but it won’t let me put links in the ask box. I’m curious what your thoughts would be on the following: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/09/28/bc-missing-women-inquiry.html. The whole thing fills me with rage.

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  4. I’ve missed you.

  5. Great as always lady!

  6. I think one of the worst cases of making light of anorexia was a ’70s film about sideshow people. This woman had been a flight attendant, and was now putting herself on display with severe anorexia…so explain to me WHY putting yourself on display for people to gawk at when you’re horribly underweight is more important than getting help for a very serious condition?!

  7. 1) I have an idea! How about we take the UC Berkeley Republican students on a field trip to say, Alabama, spray paint them all a deep shade of brown, take away their money, their id, and their privilege, and see how they get along, shall we? I’ll be nice – I won’t even make them pay for the paint.
    2) King Abdullah, secret worshiper of the Mayan civilization, everybody! Let’s face it, he was just trying to get everyone to chant “four more years!” in front of cameras so he could use it in his re-election ad…. Hey, wait…
    3) Ricky’s is not worried about the lost revenue from pulling the costume; they will make up for it by selling more stripper and sexy nurse outfits to 8-year-olds.

  8. Re: the cupcake bake sale thing. OMG, outrage, I had read the rebuttal that’s going around Tumblr, but I hadn’t read the incident that prompted it. Have you read the rebuttal? It’s kind of brilliant:

    http://newwavefeminism.tumblr.com/post/10702677115/im-holding-a-racial-reality-bakesale

    I always look forward to posts by you!