Welcome to the new home of The Masculine Mystique!


“The Masculine Mystique” is now called “XY Feminist”. I’ll be blogging here on an irregular basis, or contributing to one of my other related projects:

  • The List of Male Privileges – The project that started this whole blog. This list serves as the summary / table of contents for the majority of this blog.
  • Feminist Game Reviews – There’s a ton of sexist and misogynist video games out there, as Feminist Frequency has shown in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. So I’m posting reviews for the rare games where you don’t get stuck playing  sexist stereotypes, and where the female characters are not degraded or assaulted. Submissions are also welcome!
  • The Arrow – A blog covering my first attempt to write a radical feminist science fiction novel. I’m looking for suggestions and feedback from anyone interested in the project, so I will be tossing out my ideas about sci-fi and occasionally posting drafts as well.
  • Ad-response stickers – An old project from my college years. After some particularly misogynistic ads went up in a nearby subway station, I made these nifty little stickers so that people could make their objections to the ads known. Unfortunately, this shit happens all the time, so I’ve kept the stickers online (sold at cost) for anyone else who wants them.
  • Goodreads – Where I post some of the great books that I have read, and occasional reviews of them as well!

I hope you find something useful here, and comments are always welcome.

A Solution to the Trans-Bathroom Debate: Liberate the Men’s Room

“Should transwomen be allowed in women’s restrooms? Yes or no?”

This is the mantra of pundits everywhere whenever the subject of transpeople is broached in the mainstream media. The mostly cis-male pundits lean over their tables, looking down at one of the few, publicly accepted, women-only spaces in the country with the same scrutinizing gaze I imagine the English had when they were drawing colonial boundaries across the world. They are more than happy to carve up someone else’s space while continuing to enjoy the excesses of their own.

Meanwhile, no pundits ever question men’s spaces. Few concerns are ever raised by media outlets about transmen in men’s bathrooms, because the foregone conclusion (that it’s open season on any transman who is found in a men’s room) is one that the mainstream media is happy to condone and ignore. And since transmen are still well under the radar of public concern [1], while women still don’t have the privilege to govern their own spaces (Virginia Wolfe’s A Room of One’s Own is, sadly, still relevant in 2015), the media is happy to draw the “battle lines” between transwomen and women’s restrooms.

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Of Skunks and Sea Lions

After Anita Sarkeesian mentioned me on Twitter last week, the trolls and MRA’s came out of the woodwork for a good ol’ fashioned dogpile.

Or as women on the Internet would call it, Monday.

However, since I am male, the number of death threats that I received during the whole furor was precisely zero (see the Male Privilege of Relative Safety).

But among the usual witless h8ters were two especially insidious kinds of trolls: the sea lions, and what I call the skunks.

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Halloween’s Uniform For Women

It’s once again time for what is becoming my annual Halloween post. I’ve already covered how shitty pornified Halloween costumes are for women, how it circumscribes women’s creativity and expression in favor of sexist objectification, and how young women and girls are being targeted for pornification.

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The Ugly History of the “World’s Largest Provider of Scholarships for Women”

Before John Oliver’s takedown of the Miss America scholarship program, few people realized that the Miss America pageant is the world’s largest provider of scholarships for women (even when you take their accounting fraud into account). But fewer still are aware of the of the downright ugly history of the Miss. America pageant itself, and how it got involved in women’s scholarships in the first place.

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