Act 41

April 29, 2009

Feminist Cookies

cookie--meets minimum standards

We talk about cookies a lot in the femoblogosphere, but it seems to me that this is a subject that is greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted. The most common thing I hear with regards to cookie misunderstanding is “but why *shouldn’t* people be rewarded for good behaviour?”

So today I am going to address this.

Absolutely it is great to reward people for good behaviour. Parenting 101 tells us that it is much more beneficial (though not always easier) to notice and reward good behaviour than to berate and punish bad behaviour. However, this is not what we are talking about when we are referring to feminist cookies.

What we are talking about is the expectation of, or the giving of, accolades to people for merely meeting the basic standards of non-misogyny. So you think women are people? Well yeah, that is great, but it is not exactly above and beyond the call of duty is it?

cookie--doesn't hit women

And yet, some people still do want credit for these basic things “but I am not a rapist!”, “I don’t hit women!”, “I read books by female authors!”. So to that end I made a batch of extra special tasty feminist cookies. All cookie images are usable under a creative commons non-commercial share-alike licence so feel free to distribute as needed :)

A Big thanks to Callistra for her collaboration and help with the icing writing. All my cookies are gluten free–so enjoy!

21 Responses to “Act 41”

  1. lauredhel Says:

    I love the sperm-y looking dribble on the “has female friends” cookie.

  2. Chally Says:

    Ha, I thought “sperm” too. Well done!

  3. Ju Says:



  4. dave Says:

    ha! I saw those earlier today on HAT, thought ‘those are awesome’, and didn’t even realise they were by you. They are indeed awesome.

  5. Jha Says:

    Those are fantastic!!

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  7. Ron Says:

    Can I have one made that says, “I was hired by a woman”? twice. Gosh, I’m trendy and modern,lol.

  8. maatnofret Says:

    Awesome. I love it.

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  11. Jet Says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait to see these start popping up in threads.

  12. Helen Wood Says:

    Oh dear! Are we being oppressed again?

    I hope you made a few for feminists too:

    “Can admit mistakes.”

    “Knows sentences without ‘patriarchy’ or ‘privilege'”

    “Doesn’t patronise women.”

    “Has male friends.”

    “Doesn’t flame non-feminist women.”

    Because such qualities are so rare amongst feminists, they deserve cookies too.

  13. Liz Henry Says:

    OMG… I love this!

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