"Fear of Feminism" Keynote Address at Belmont 

Ms. Understood

Ms. Understood
Women's studies prof Dr. Lisa Marie Hogeland asks if/why men and women are still resistant to feminism in this Belmont-sponsored lecture. But wait, lemme get this straight; the feminist arc, oversimplified, is this: Women used to only grow babies, raise them, clean house, cook meals and fold undies, all the while stroking the male ego, leaving all that pesky political stuff to them, and telling them what major beefcakes they were while we beamed over our doilies. Now we still do all that stuff by still taking on the majority of the responsibility for child-rearing and household maintenance, yet we also go to school, work jobs, contribute to the household income and the public domain, play sports, fight in wars, run companies and have creative fulfillment and stuff — and somehow manage to slap on a coat of mascara every morning. And this is a bad thing? People are afraid to associate with this bad-assery? Someone out there is unsure if this is awesome? Is it that we can complete roughly seven tasks in the time it takes a man to send a fax, or is that more of us are getting degrees? Is it our greater tolerance for pain or our shockingly adaptive biology? Could it be our more highly evolved grasp on language, or is it just that we live longer? Doesn't make sense to me, honey.
Wed., March 24, 10 a.m., 2010

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