Race & Racism

05 Jul: Lessons from Transformers 3: Machines are Subjects, Women are Objects, and Female Leadership is a Joke

Only two main characters in the large ensemble cast are women, and none of the Transformers (alien robots for the uninitiated) are female. And the two female characters are so offensive – an unmitigated object and a caricatured mockery of female leadership – that none might have been better.

16 Mar: Fighting Hate with Hate: Anti-Asian Rant Inspires Misogyny

Over the weekend, a UCLA student posted an ignorant rant titled “Asians in the Library” that quickly became a viral video…I expected those who responded to this offensive video to be more thoughtful than the student who let loose with the jaw-droppingly racist rant. Instead, most of the comments used nasty gender slurs. Many derided the student’s large breasts, blonde hair and weight, and some suggested that rape or other violence be used against her.

29 Nov: “Racist Pussy”: Gender Slurs from the Left

Gender slurs operate like racial slurs in that they are sex-specific put-downs…My biggest disappointment on the left is Jon Stewart, the host of the super-funny and informative The Daily Show. He uses “pussy” and “bitch” with some frequency, and mixes in misogynistic remarks with otherwise sharp political analysis.