How Fear Handicaps Feminism

The unequal status of women in our society is popularly blamed on men. Certainly men were responsible for much of the historical oppression of women, and some men continue to try to keep women down in order to make themselves feel better. Many men today, though, reject the idea of female inferiority and are happy to give women a fair chance in society. The struggle against sexism can’t progress much further until we acknowledge that men’s behavior is not the only obstacle. There are problems with women too.

I don’t mean that there is anything innately, biologically wrong with women. I mean that there is something wrong with what females in our society are taught about themselves. Read more…

Becca’s Pasta Salad

I invented this recipe when I happened to have some ranch dressing and canned fried onions to use up. It quickly became a staple of my diet, and when Daniel and I began living together he immediately became enamored of it. (“This is great! What is it?” “Uhh…it’s just something I cook…I never needed a name for it in my brain….” “Well, think of a name so we can talk about it so we can make it all the time!”) We still eat it often, although I’ve also invented a more nutritious Improved Pasta Salad. Although this recipe contains suspicious processed ingredients, it is an easy way to get your vegetables, and it reheats well in a microwave. Read more…