“25 Ways To Seduce A Man”; “What Men Want (and How to Give it to Them)”; “Recipes for Seducing Your Man”; “Makeup Looks Men Love”; etc.
Pretty much every article I came across offered female readers advice on ways to improve their looks or their whole self for the benefit of men.
No – I’d poke the internet incessantly, as if to provoke it to hand me its very worst, and yet I would inevitably be directed to the one and only supposedly empowering, iconic magazine for “fun, fearless females” that, ironically, included all the wicked keywords: Cosmopolitan.Self-governed tiny home villages provide a strategy for scaling housing through a quickly deployable, attainably priced method while addressing the larger drivers of our homelessness crisis.Sexy Pizza has provided a consistent source of community support through the years to the Harm Reduction Action Center.Last week, I was asked to write a piece about sexism on the internet.I didn’t think it would be a particularly difficult task – after all, how often do you come across websites so retrograde that they stir deep hatred of our depraved, misogynist society that you didn’t even know you had in you? Other blogs had done all the hard work for me by putting together a selection of the very worst of the internet – from “Misogynistic Lyrics That Aren’t Rap” (does what it says on the tin) to my personal favourite, Bitch Make Me A Sandwich, in which tweets from people who post the hilarious phrase “make me a sandwich, bitch” on their accounts are paired with another one of their often mundane and revealing tweets.Tumblr blogs in particular can be a goldmine for militant feminists looking for a reason to flare up, as many of them are simply a collection of gifs and quotes that follow a certain theme (and by “theme” I mean “rubbish humour”) such as the highly sophisticated “Women In The Kitchen” Tumblr (“How many men does it take to open a beer? (An illuminating example: tweet 1: “Make me a sandwich bitch”; tweet 2: “#My Life In5Words: single single single single single”).During my search, the almost comically chauvinistic (and thankfully extinct) Uni Lad page was one of the first to come up – it’s now been laid to rest, was a sort of badly written forum in which male college students swapped advice on how to pull unconscious freshers and various other tales of barely-consensual, borderline-illegal sex.” How degrading and insulting to both sexes, and what a range of antiquate stereotypes emerges!And in such a respected, well-established publication?Doesn’t the subtle kind of Cosmo sexism, then, work in both ways?By demeaning women, it demeans men too, as they are perceived as the gullible recipients of endless seduction techniques, and reinforces the common assumption they are only capable of shallow sexual relationships void of any real emotional attachment.