Slate's new women's website disappoints

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Slate's new women's website disappoints

Slate's new women's website disappoints -- At least that's the case according to feministing. (Though i'd have to agree).


Here's a snippet of the article posted on Feministing this morning in response to Slate's new site:


From Feministing:


I really want to like Slate's newly launched "women's"* website Double X. They have some great writers and contributors on board, so I was stoked for the site's launch. And then...not so much.

Why? Well, let's take a look at the headlining pieces that the magazine chose to kick off with:


Whine, Womyn, and Thongs: How feminism has failed.

What's the Problem Now? Feminism's Dilemmas

Yes, Virginia, Feminism Really Is Dead.


and the slightly more optimistic...


How I Got Bored With Feminism: And why it still matters.

Oh, and the quote of the day? "'Feminism' had come to seem, well...just the teeniest bit tiresome." - Terry Castle

It seems my excitement was a bit premature! Here I thought that Double X might be a site for forward-thinking conversation about feminism and women's issues - alas, it's just a sounding board for warmed-over stereotypes and an oh-so-tired "those darn kids" take on younger women.

But what's even stranger to me than a supposedly progressive site for women that relies on hackneyed anti-feminist pieces is the response to criticisms of the site. Susannah Breslin writes:


Apparently, if you launch a website for women in 2009, the most important question is whether or not it's feminist. At least, that's what you'd think, judging by today's launch of the women-oriented website you're reading. Only, the funny thing is, I thought feminism was dead. I mean, didn't we kill it already?

Breslin, who calls feminism "cultural road kill," takes issue with the fact that recent criticisms of Double X assume that "the only way to judge a female-oriented site is by whether or not it's 'feminist.'"





Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

I guess that today's feminists are really zombies, since the death of feminism has been announced so often. Now there's a great article idea: "Zombie feminism: Why won't you die?