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Fariha Roisin: let me love you [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 16, 2014 - 18 comments

#Gamergate, as we know it now, is a hate group.

I do not say this to make the people of #Gamergate seem any more important, or effective, or powerful, or to give any sort of new credence to their ideas. Rather, this is just a structural designation: as immediately dismissible as their tactics and stances might be (at least to anyone who has not become victim to them), I believe it's important to note that group was formed like a hate group and functions like a hate group in every way.
Social researcher Jennifer Allaway examines the ways in which #GamerGate functions as a hate group, using a 2004 study by Linda Woolf and Michale Hulsizer called Hate Groups for Dummies: How to Build a Successful Hate Group as her framework. In it, she identifies four essential elements to any hate group:

  • the leadership which originally inspired the movement,
  • the recruitment strategy it uses to appeal to insecure and impressionable gamers,
  • the social-psychological techniques by which it spreads its message and enflames its members' beliefs,
  • and, finally, the process by which it dehumanizes its victims, and turns them into targets whose attacking earns group praise.

    posted by rorgy on Oct 13, 2014 - 1365 comments

    People ask me why my mood's always so acrid. This is why.

    Microsoft CEO to women: Don't ask for a raise. CEO Satya Nadella spoke at the Grace Hopper Celebration and told women to use their "super powers" to get raises. [more inside]
    posted by ourt on Oct 9, 2014 - 93 comments

    ♫ Ad hominem! ♫ ♫ False equivalence! ♫

    ♫ Are Video Games Sexist? ♫ Auto-Tune Rebuttal. Jonathan Mann responds to a recent video by Christina Hoff Sommers on sexism in video games. [Via]
    posted by homunculus on Sep 19, 2014 - 67 comments

    Lock up your wives!

    The long and fairly disturbing history of the "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" feature of Ladies' Home Journal.
    posted by Chrysostom on Sep 9, 2014 - 55 comments

    Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (Tropes vs Women in Video Games)

    Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games (28 min 33 sec; here's a pointer to the identical video at YouTube). Warning: contains graphic sexual and violent game footage. Presented by Anita Sarkeesian of the video blog, Feminist Frequency. The website version (first link) is annotated to include links and resources, an "about the series" section, games referenced in this episode, and a transcript. [more inside]
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 27, 2014 - 399 comments

    girls and technology!

    WYNC's Manoush Zomorodi investigates the gender gap in tech and computer science, and finds a number of people working towards bridging that gap, from childhood to university: completely restructuring a required computer science course to make it more welcoming to female university students, celebrating women in computing history (and recognizing that computer science wasn't so male-dominated, and making children's books and toys (even dollhouses!) for kids to explore programming concepts on their own. She also noticed that the majority of female computer science students in the US had grown up overseas - possibly because computer science isn't a common subject in American high schools. This is slated to change: a new AP Computer Science subject is in the works, with efforts to get 10,000 highly-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the US. If you want to join Mindy Kaling in supporting young girls entering computer science, tech, and coding, there's a lot [more inside]
    posted by divabat on Aug 16, 2014 - 70 comments

    Feminism & Country Music--A Primer

    The internet and Metafilter are abuzz over Maddie & Tae, the teenage country duo whose first single strikes back against the pervasive and much-maligned trend of "bro country" sweeping the country charts. But Maddie & Tae are hardly the first female country singers to bring a decidedly feminist message to the genre. Here are some highlights, in chronological order, for your listening pleasure. [more inside]
    posted by zeusianfog on Aug 8, 2014 - 51 comments

    Helen DeWitt recounts dealing with her stalker

    Read DeWitt's account here. "E’s landlord: ‘You’re a very attractive woman. He can’t help himself. I’m sorry you can’t live on your property.’" [more inside]
    posted by zeusianfog on Aug 5, 2014 - 213 comments

    Ask A Grown Man: Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert steps out of character and offers up some earnest advice to young women [more inside]
    posted by Philby on Aug 3, 2014 - 61 comments

    "I don't want to be a girl."

    A young girl's questions about the Boko Haram abductions reveal an increasing consciousness of a misogynist world. How can her mother—a survivor of kidnapping and abuse—respond?
    Lacy M. Johnson writes for Dame Magazine: "I Don't Want to Be a Girl."

    [TW: graphic recountings of gendered violence] [more inside]
    posted by divined by radio on Jul 24, 2014 - 45 comments

    "So, like, what are you?"

    A microaggression is defined as "a question, a comment, even an intended compliment, sometimes, that nevertheless suggests something demeaning." (More from NPR.) The Microaggressions Tumblr publishes experiences with all kinds of microaggressions. [more inside]
    posted by NoraReed on Jul 9, 2014 - 98 comments

    men as feminist allies

    35 Practical Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution: "This list entails suggestions for some practical tools all men can apply in their day-to-day lives to foster equality in their relationships with women, and to contribute to a culture where women feel less burdened, unsafe, and disrespected." [more inside]
    posted by flex on Jul 3, 2014 - 343 comments

    Take it easy babe

    Why should I have to hear about a guy comparing his girlfriend to a dog while I’m buying vegetables? [more inside]
    posted by monospace on Jun 10, 2014 - 596 comments

    bell hooks sounds off on Beyonce

    bell hooks calls Beyonce a "terrorist" and a "slave" At a panel discussion at the New School yesterday, bell hooks raised eyebrows in a conversation about the controversial Time magazine cover seen here, saying that Beyonce "colluded in the construction of herself as a slave," going on to say “I see a part of Beyoncé that is in fact anti-feminist — that is, a terrorist, especially in terms of the impact on young girls.” [more inside]
    posted by zeusianfog on May 8, 2014 - 177 comments

    Your clever relationship wingman.

    BroApp. It's either hideously sociopathic or a thought-provoking parody.
    posted by xowie on Feb 27, 2014 - 48 comments

    Gentlemen

    Gentlemen, Formerly. "A gentleman in 1720 could read Greek while mounting a running horse. Today’s gentleman reads GQ in the bathroom. From rapists to stylists, a history of the American gentleman." [more inside]
    posted by homunculus on Feb 16, 2014 - 61 comments

    "like a panicked 14-year-old who has yet to sprout pubic hair"

    "When I read Spell as a kid, I related to Bink. It never struck me as weird that he was a dozen years older than me, but wasn’t any more mature. Now the prospect of relating to Bink, at any age, seems insane. It doesn’t have anything to do with his whining. It has to do with the way he views Spells’ female characters: as obstacles, props, and objects of lust and condescension."

    Revisiting the sad, misogynistic fantasy of Xanth
    posted by Atom Eyes on Oct 18, 2013 - 325 comments

    Same Shit, Different Band

    Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I will not accept online misogyny' "Being part of a band born on the internet means a daily sift through a barrage of sexually explicit abuse. Why are female musicians expected to put up with this?" [more inside]
    posted by SansPoint on Sep 30, 2013 - 102 comments

    The end of kindness: weev and the cult of the angry young man.

    The end of kindness: weev and the cult of the angry young man.
    posted by kmz on Sep 12, 2013 - 280 comments

    I thought "gender inclusivity" meant more apps about boobies?

    TechCrunch Disrupt Kicks Off with "Titstare" App and Fake Masturbation [more inside]
    posted by not_the_water on Sep 9, 2013 - 219 comments

    Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone?

    You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend. But then, then comes the fateful moment where you find out that all this time, he’s only seen you as a potential girlfriend. And then if you turn him down, he may never speak to you again. This has happened to me time after time: I hit it off with a guy, and, for all that I’ve been burned in the past, I start to think that this one might actually care about me as a person. And then he asks me on a date. [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb on Sep 6, 2013 - 506 comments

    Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child

    In an essay for The New Inquiry, Moira Weigel and Mal Ahern consider The End of Men, global recession era capitalism, and ironic sexism.
    "Mancession Lit portrays the Man-Child as pitiful, contrasting him with women who are well-adjusted and adult. But it rarely acknowledges the real question that this odd couple raises. Namely, are women better suited to the new economy because they are easier to exploit?"

    posted by GameDesignerBen on Jul 9, 2013 - 108 comments

    Penny Arcade and its Krahulik problem

    No stranger to controversy, Mike Krahulik, gabe of Penny Arcade, has found himself embroiled in yet another debacle over a series of transphobic tweets he's made, coming right off the heels of public criticism and outrage over an apparently racist/misogynistic panel that was to be held at the upcoming PAX Aus convention. Citing this and past controversies, The Fullbright Company, the indie developer of "Gone Home", has pulled out of PAX's coveted Indie Megabooth. gabe has issued a pair of apologies for his tweets, swearing off ever talking about topics other than comics or video games again. [Previously]
    posted by yeoz on Jun 21, 2013 - 481 comments

    Even nerd misogyny is subject to Rule 63.

    "I know the only reason you wear those cargo shorts is to get my attention, okay? I'm not buying it." Ladies, I'm sure you've noticed them on the Internet: Fake Nerd Boys -- a brief rant on the impending demise of a proud but beleaguered subculture. (SLYT) [more inside]
    posted by Strange Interlude on Jun 14, 2013 - 80 comments

    Snitches get stitches, fool *BLEAT*

    Mountain Dew Pulls 'Most Racist Commercial in History'. [more inside]
    posted by item on May 1, 2013 - 262 comments

    “We Saw Your Boobs.”

    “We Saw Your Boobs.” The Academy is supposedly a trade group, and yet it devoted its opening number to degrading a good part of its membership. [more inside]
    posted by KokuRyu on Feb 25, 2013 - 824 comments

    Headless Body Found In Dead Island

    Dead Island 2: Riptide Edition was going to ship with a statue of a bloody, bikini-clad female torso. The publisher has since apologized while Kotaku wonders what other games should come with severed torsos and Lindy West and John Walker point out the obvious misogyny.
    posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 15, 2013 - 187 comments

    How Advertisers Failed Women in 2012

    MissRepresentation calls out advertisers for their portrayal of women in their 2012 roundup video. Also under scrutiny this gift giving season: 20 Examples That Spencer's Gifts Hates Women.
    posted by DarlingBri on Dec 7, 2012 - 107 comments

    This isn’t even about comedy…. This is about the internet.

    "It’s really simple. I just want as many guys as possible who have an opinion about how they see women treated in culture whether it’s an observation about the news or speaking up about how they feel when their wife comes home and tells him about an instance of gender discrimination." - Comedian Jen Kirkman on why she started MA'AM: Men Against Assholes & Misogyny.
    posted by mokin on Dec 2, 2012 - 53 comments

    I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War.

    The new James Bond movie, Skyfall, has largely been well received by critics some of who have suggested that the film is less sexist than its predecessors. Others have disagreed and stated that the new film has is quite problematic and may be "abandoning the moral intelligence of the times". Giles Coren, writer for The Times, put forth a piece that calls Skyfall "a sick, reactionary, depressing film". The Times refused to run the piece saying that "it was about James Bond and there's been too much Bond". So Coren's wife and fellow journalist, Esther Walker, agreed to run the piece in her blog.
    posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 11, 2012 - 278 comments

    Annotated Filmography of Charlie Chaplin

    Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator (2:05:16) [Globe scene and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech], The Immigrant (20:01), The Gold Rush (1:11:49), City Lights (1:22:40), Modern Times (1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux (1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb on Sep 17, 2012 - 35 comments

    Dred Reckoning

    I’m about to tell you a story about videogames, kitchens, and internet forums that has a happy ending. Stop laughing, I’m serious. - A woman gamer declares Gaslamp Games's Dungeons of Dredmor forums awesome.
    posted by Artw on Aug 27, 2012 - 77 comments

    Geek He-Man Womun Haters Club

    Joe Peacock of CNN's Geek Out! decides to tell which "pretty girls" deserve or don't deserve to have the coveted label of geek. A follow-up on Forbes takes offense at some of Peacock's stereotypes.
    posted by Isadorady on Jul 26, 2012 - 214 comments

    Who Needs Feminism?

    A group of students at Duke University started a poster campaign that has spread to Tumblr and Twitter to ask this question: Who Needs Feminism? Already, some of the posters on campus have been vandalized. [more inside]
    posted by desjardins on Apr 12, 2012 - 160 comments

    Stag Party

    The GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women. Frank Rich on George Stephanopoulos's unanswered question, how the Republicans have shifted to being the party of misogyny since the 70s, and why Mitt Romney would be just as bad as Rick Santorum.
    posted by Artw on Mar 27, 2012 - 160 comments

    The Craziest Magazine Ever

    The Police Gazette had it all: misogyny, violence, racism, and venereal disease. It was yellow journalism concentrated into its purest form (SL Cracked List).
    posted by reenum on Feb 21, 2012 - 55 comments

    A bunch of guys standing around trying to sound like a Kevin Smith movie but failing because they're not as clever

    Last Sunday, Comic Book Men premiered on AMC, sliding right into the time slot right after the comic book-based Walking Dead series. It's a reality show masterminded by filmmaker and occasional comic book writer Kevin Smith that follows four employees at his New Jersey comic book shop, the Secret Stash, as they deal with the world of comics retail. If the intent is to show comic shop employees as anything other than obnoxious walking sterotypes, it's a complete failure. If, however, it's meant to be the most compelling argument I've ever seen for never setting foot in a comic book store, I have to admit that it's a smashing success. - Chris Sims reviews Comic Book Men. Remember, no chicks allowed.
    posted by Artw on Feb 16, 2012 - 112 comments

    "While we still live in a sexist society, any woman who sticks her head above the parapet will encounter misogynistic abuse."

    "You should have your tongue ripped out." Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Nov 4, 2011 - 102 comments

    Conjugal duels.

    "The 1894 book Revolted Woman: Past, Present, and to Come by Charles George Harper is hideously, horrendously sexist," and is reviewed by David Malki! of the inestimable Wondermark. (Wondermark previously, and more fun true stuff as tagged there).
    posted by curious nu on Oct 11, 2011 - 21 comments

    Booth Me Baby One More Time

    With E3 2011 over and some majestically creepy 'booth babe' galleries cropping up, you'd be forgiven for wondering whether the 2006 ban ever happened. Never a site to shy from cheap titillation, RockPaperShotgun gives us Booth Babe Babes Bonanza. In a similar vein, Comic Con Pervs has its zoom lenses at the ready for San Diego Comic Con this year. NSFW scantily-clad ladies in first links, also a few incidentally featured in latter ones
    posted by emmtee on Jun 15, 2011 - 266 comments

    The internet is too big to take on

    Writer Cath Elliot, recently nominated for the Orwell Prize for political writing, posts about what are, sadly, often the occupational hazards of being a political woman online. (NSFW language; author has tagged post with a trigger warning fwiw)
    posted by mippy on Apr 20, 2011 - 50 comments

    Arabian Goggles?

    “Guys are a@#$%^&. Be Safe. Every time.”
    posted by stinkycheese on Mar 4, 2010 - 198 comments

    "No one wants to be a woman, but you're not doing such a bad job of it, Valentine"

    Messages of love emptiness, fear and emotional hunger from the Earth-Pig Born... Cerebus Valentines. (some drawings slightly risque but not quite NSFW) [more inside]
    posted by FatherDagon on Feb 12, 2010 - 37 comments

    Sexting or slut-shaming?

    A teenage girl named Hope Witsell died after being tormented for sending a nude photo of herself to a boy. [more inside]
    posted by Ouisch on Dec 4, 2009 - 160 comments

    Misogyny or Masterpiece?

    Warning: Extremely disturbing material. Antichrist is Lars von Trier's (previously) latest film. It features graphic sex, masturbation, torture, and self-mutilation. The reaction to the self-proclaimed "best director in the world"'s new film has been mixed. Charlottle Gainsbourg won Best Actress at Cannes 2009, while the ecumenical jury gave the film a special "anti-award". The United States will get a cut version of the film, but it will be released in its original form in Britain. [more inside]
    posted by atmosphere on Jun 12, 2009 - 117 comments

    Not real women, mercifully?

    A Real Doll "doctor" gives an interview, describing the art of patching up the dolls and questioning their treatment by their owners.
    posted by Grrlscout on Feb 22, 2009 - 158 comments

    Dave Sim is not... no, wait... actually he is.

    Comic book author Dave Sim is shocked, shocked, that anyone might have gotten the impression from his own words that he is a misogynist. So he's sent out a form letter saying that he'll only talk to people who will sign an online petition or send him an letter affirming that it's not so. Hilarity ensues. [more inside]
    posted by Karmakaze on May 6, 2008 - 158 comments

    Neither Whores nor Submissives: Secularism, Equality, Pluralism

    Ni Putes Ni Soumise (Neither Whores Nor Submissives) is a French organization started by Fadéla Amara to combat the growing misogyny in the banlieues, the housing project suburbs that ring the major cities. Her organization began to protest a rash of gang rapes, and now works on human rights issues in and around the experience of Arabs in France. Amara has joined Nicholas Sarkozy's conservative cabinet as the minister of urban policy. For some, she is a hero, for others a hypocrite, but everyone agrees that she's shaking things up. [more inside]
    posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 20, 2007 - 12 comments

    Selling (out) our Women

    List of Ads Offensive to Women. Topping the list: Dolce & Gabbana: This ad is beyond offensive, with a scene evoking a gang rape and reeking of violence against women. In an interview, NOW Foundation President Kim Gandy said, "It's in Esquire, so they probably don't think a stylized gang rape will sell clothes to women, but what is more likely is that they think it will get them publicity. It's a provocative ad but it is provoking things that really are not what we want to have provoked. We don't need any more violence. [more inside]
    posted by Tommy Gnosis on Oct 20, 2007 - 215 comments

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