This is Science Magazine
; this is one of their featured front-page stories (date stamped 17 September 2014 8:00 am): "The top 50 science stars of Twitter
", by Jia You
. The list has 46 men and 4 women
. [more inside]
It's a sex crime.
"It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take 'enough' measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said sex crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that 'Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.' "
Flowchart: Should you catcall her?
From playboy.com. Flowchart designed by @sheastrauss
. Link is NSFW (images) if you scroll all the way to the footer, or drawn silhouettes of women in the flowchart are problematic. Slightly NSFW text.
Robot Hugs: a comic on harassment
Leigh Alexander: But what can be done?
to combat online sexism [more inside]
Why Silicon Valley Needs The Coder Grrrls Of Double Union, The Feminist Hacker Space
The lack of women in the tech world isn't just a pipeline problem--it's one of rampant sexism. Enter the haven of Double Union. [more inside]
The Daily Harassment of Women in the Game Industry.
"It’s telling that men in the gaming industry, or simply commentators, refuse to listen to the reality of these situations and try to help. They’d rather talk over women and convince themselves of a fictional reality that’s more comforting."
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]
The Ping Pong Theory of Tech Sexism
by Ariel Schrag. A web comic about the subtleties of workplace sexism in male-dominated industries.
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]
has released the third video in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. It's an exhaustive (and exhausting) look at how women have been used as background decorations in video games for the last three decades. [previously
In the wake of a questionable article
about feminist programming languages, a group of trolls
leapt on the idea to create a parodic implementation
. GitHub promptly removed the code repository
, as did BitBucket, but the latter restored
it amid the controversy
. More commentary from Slashdot
Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr
and youtube series TheBrainScoop
, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing.
Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked. [more inside]
Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities.
An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the 'bystander approach' to sexual and domestic violence prevention. [more inside]
, a former model/actress, recently published a NYT op-ed
about her recurring role as Amarice
in Xena: Warrior Princess
, stating, "Gender was not relevant in the Xenaverse." Her perspective has been met with some contention
Elizabeth Simins is an illustrator and a gamer. The latter wasn't always easy, though, which she illustrates in a four-part comic
on growing up as a girl gamer.
The National Archives' Media Matters blog
recently highlighted several newly digitized military etiquette training films from the late 60s and early 70s. These included a series of three films aimed at the difficult intersection of military service and gender dynamics for the members of the Women's Army Corps: The Pleasure of Your Company
), Mind Your Military Manners
, and Look Like a Winner
). Bonus film for the guys: How to Succeed with Brunettes
A 21 year old man was arrested for tweeting rape threats.
The target of the tweets, Caroline Criado-Perez
, had successfully campaigned to have a woman (Jane Austen
) shown on the UK's new 10 pound note, and has been subsequently receiving incessant rape and death threats via twitter, a violation of UK law. Twitter's Terms of Service
are being repeatedly and flagrantly violated in this episode, and the company appears to be having issues responding to a backlog of reports; it responded to Criado-Perez only that she take the matter to the police. This resulted in shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper asking Twitter to review
its policies for handling abuse complaints. [more inside]
David Gaider, senior writer at Bioware, delivers a talk on sex, sexuality, and sexism in video games and the gaming industry
at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. (single-link 49-minute video)
"In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard. She received a letter asking how she would balance a career in city planning with her 'responsibilities' to her husband and possible future family. Fifty-two years later, she responds
." [more inside]
An Orange Prize nominee
speaks out about her experience as a woman in literature: weakened titles, pink covers, snubbed for reviews. [more inside]
Sexism at the border: A personal account.
"For me, carrying my own condoms (in purses, wallets, camera bags; everywhere) is a routine act towards safer sex. For someone else with the power to not only deny passage but judge, moralize and intimidate, it has become enough evidence to put a woman through hell. My story has brought a number of women out of the woodwork stating that they have had similar experiences." [h/t Alex Grossman
"The snobbishness has struck me as irrational
. They want the end of Page 3, but claim to be "sex positive" and pro porn. It's as if pornography for the upper classes - tasteful monochrome Testino images of nudes, Mapplethorpe coffee table books or vintage Tom of Finland* prints are acceptable, yet accessible muck for the working classes is simply de trop. A catwalk show for a milliner featuring chilly looking models completely nude apart from the hat is applauded as high art: Sandra from Dagenham, in a pair of lacy pants, is not."
Women enjoy video games
, to the astonishment of local TV newsreaders. Women enjoy science
, to the astonishment of Facebook users.
has released the first video in the "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series: Damsel in Distress (part 1)
, hosted by Anita Sarkeesian (previously)
. It was funded by a kickstarter campaign that was notable for the level of backlash (previously)
'I'm sick of being ashamed." Three days ago, an anti-harassment activist said those words to me in a flat above Cairo's Tahrir square, as she pulled on her makeshift uniform ready to protect women on the protest lines from being raped in the street. Only days before, I'd heard exactly the same words from pro-choice organisers in Dublin, where I travelled to report on the feminist fight to legalise abortion in Ireland. I had thought that I was covering two separate stories – so why were two women from different countries and backgrounds repeating the same mantra against fear, and against shame? [more inside]
When family and work obligations collide, mothers remain much more likely than fathers to cut back or drop out of work. But unlike the situation in the 1960s, this is not because most people believe this is the preferable order of things. Rather, it is often a reasonable response to the fact that our political and economic institutions lag way behind our personal ideals. [more inside]
The Everyday Sexism Project
collects user-submitted reports from women to document their day-to-day experiences with normalized sexism, including sexual harassment and job discrimination. Entries can be submitted at the site, in an email to founder Laura Bates or to their twitter
account. [more inside]
As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims of change. The world used to fit them like a glove, but it no longer does.
Increasingly, they find themselves in unfamiliar situations that feel unfair or even unsafe. Their concerns used to take center stage, but now they must compete with the formerly invisible concerns of others.
If you are one of the newly-visible others, this all sounds whiny compared to the problems you face every day. It’s tempting to blast through such privileged resistance with anger and insult.
Tempting, but also, I think, a mistake. The privileged are still privileged enough to foment a counter-revolution, if their frustrated sense of entitlement hardens.
I am BUSY today, far too busy for a rant, but then I felt one coming on, and was worried I might end up with a migraine if I tried to stifle it. You know how it is. So let’s talk about sexism in history vs. sexism in fantasy
. [more inside]
I Was A Teenage Sexist
- "Girls – the ones we think of as “cool” – don’t trust other women, women who play by gender “rules” that the rest of us cannot quite understand. The most important things those women can seemingly do are spend money on clothes and appeal to the opposite sex. Meanwhile, we ourselves don’t feel particularly female. We only feel like people. It’s a tough fall. People intuitively detect that attitude, go out of their way to remind you that you’re not fooling anybody. You are a woman, and you will only ever be a woman." [more inside]
Two writers discusses race, class, feminism and its intersections
in this wide-ranging discussion about what feminism can mean for women of colour. Refreshingly substantive.
"And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"
After this pointed observation, Michigan Representative Lisa Brown (D) was subsequently barred from speaking on a bill about the retirement of school employees.
Meanwhile, many remember a similar kerfuffle over the word "uterus
" in Florida last May.
A group of students at Duke University
started a poster campaign
that has spread to Tumblr
to ask this question: Who Needs Feminism? Already, some of the posters on campus have been vandalized. [more inside]
is a new comic book in the self-rescuing princesses genre (more page previews here and here)
- perhaps a younger-audience example of women kicking back against comic-book sexism
? (previously on MeFi - wik, alsø wik, alsø alsø wik)
The crime against women that no one understands
"They would be 10 educated, professional women versus a demonstrated liar—a man who had pretended to be a doctor, a CIA employee, even an astronaut—whom a court-appointed psychologist would decide met the legal definition of a "sexually violent predator." And yet the most remarkable thing about both trials wasn't the way they exposed the alleged tactics of a serial date rapist. It was that despite the outrageousness of the accusations against Marsalis, the testimony of 10 women wasn't enough to get a single rape conviction against him. The verdicts in these cases would be far lighter than his accusers sought—and victims' advocates say the outcome reveals a disturbing truth about the justice system. Nationwide, despite all the legal advances of the past three decades, little has changed for women who report a date rape. Because in far too many instances, juries don't believe date rape exists."
"You know, I don't really know how else to explain how this makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but I'll just sort of lay it out that I was a single woman, you know, in a foreign country, at 4 AM, in a hotel elevator, with you, just you, and - don't invite me back to your hotel room right after I finish talking about how it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me in that manner..." Rebecca Watson
, founder of Skepchick
, spoke in Dublin at the World Atheist Convention a month ago (video)
. Afterwards, in a video post (relevant part starts at about 2:30)
, she discussed an incident that occurred there. She received some dismissive responses. PZ Myers
. Richard Dawkins
. Dawkins is called out
. PZ Myers weighs in again
. Dawkins still doesn't get it
. [more inside]
Hey Beyonce, Guess What? You're a Liar. (SLYT)
Angry young video blogger (vlogger?) Nineteen Percent
calls out Beyonce's Run the World (Girls)
for shallow girl-power lyrics.