A woman wanting a mans-style hair-cut was denied
one by a Toronto barber because his religion forbids him from touching a woman he is not related to. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is expected to hear the issue if mediation
fails, as a competing rights
issue where there is a conflict between two individuals exercising their rights. The OBA
(warning, cheesy music autoplay) defends some Barbershops as a men's-only space tradition dating back to Ancient Greece, while others point to womens-only spaces like spas
that are allowed to continue to operate while discriminating against men.
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
"Why did small business owner and gamer dad Mike Hoye spend the last few weeks hand-tweaking the text
in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker so that the main character was referred to as a girl instead of a boy? As he put it, 'I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero.'"
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has denied
Lindsey Vonn's request that she be able to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise, Alberta on November 24. The US Ski and Snowboard Associaton had petitioned the FIS in support of Vonn's request and the President of Alpine Canada has expressed his disagreement with the FIS decision. The New York Times explained
that Vonn spends time training with men, often races on men's skis, and "has, at times, been faster than men in training." The BBC reports
Vonn said, "I'd like the chance to compete against them and see where I stand."
In 2010, 1st grader Katie Goldman was the bullied kid at her school for being a girl who was into Star Wars
(which is, of course, only for boys). Geeks and fans across the net rallied to give moral support to Katie
("The Littlest Jedi
") for standing up for who she wanted to be. Katie and her mother went on to lead an anti-bullying effort at Katie's school
(which now observes December 10th as "Proud To Be Me Day") and Katie became a symbol
of geek pride
and anti-bullying, standing up at a birthday party for a boy who wanted to have his nails painted like the girls were getting. The experience became the source of book Bullied
. In 2012, it was Katie's turn to show geek solidarity. The 501st Legion/"Vader's Fist"
, who had been so supportive when her story went viral, were now among those being taunted online for their cosplay geekery at a con
, and Katie wanted to be a stormtrooper for Halloween to show her support. When the troopers heard that, the 501st's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment
came together to raise the funds/materials/expertise and build a full-on custom-fitted set of proper stormtrooper armor ('77 movie specs and all)
, with just days to spare before Halloween, as a gift for the little girl whose courage inspired them so much. [more inside]
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
The Art of Presence.
Despite so many threats to their freedom, Arab women continue to stage a thousand small revolutions in their everyday lives.
"I am here because when I was young, I wanted very badly to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I couldn’t find anyone like me in the world and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others."
On Saturday, Lana Wachowski (co-director of the "Matrix" franchise and "Cloud Atlas") received a "Visibility Award" from the Human Rights Campaign for her recent decision
to publicly come out as transgender. In a powerful 25-minute acceptance speech, Lana spoke about the pain she went through growing up and how she developed self-acceptance. Video
with the Hollywood Reporter.
The hard numbers behind scholarly publishing's gender gap
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
investigates the nature of gender disparity
in science and humanities publishing, with the help of researcher Jennifer Jacquet in collaboration with Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington, whose Eigenfactor
) is used to map the intersection of gender and authorship
articles from 1665 to 2011. [more inside]
On the 40th anniversary of the release of "Free To Be... You and Me," a three-part piece in Slate
examines the genesis and impact of this influential album and its accompanying TV special
An Ada Lovelace Day editathon is happening at the Royal Society in London
This is part of a project to improve the representation of 'women in science'
on Wikipedia and is hosted at the Royal Society of London after previous edit-a-thons at Harvard and Stockholm. It seems like most of the participants are women
. If it sounds intriguing, it's not too late to register for a subsequent session in Oxford on the 26th
(You might even be given cake
"In removing the associations with genitalia, the messiness of bodies mashing together is obfuscated. Men no longer have to worry about being replaced. Women no longer have to worry about the psychic implications of being penetrated by a penis. Society doesn’t have to worry about gender norms being disturbed. And expectations of what defines sex remains stable." -- Jenny An on "The Pleasure Model"
(a jokey NSFW pic at the top)
You can accurately judge a person just by looking at their shoes, psychologists say.
"Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger's age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person's shoes." Virginia Postrel responded
: "The study made a solid contribution to research on first impressions, but it was hardly earthshaking. By getting so much attention, however, it demonstrated a sociological truth: People love to talk about shoes. Even those who dismissed the research as silly often felt compelled to call radio stations or comment on websites, providing details about their own choices. Why this fascination with footwear? " [more inside]
My Life as a Girl
- Why Stephen Burt likes dressing up as a woman.
The problem is that the fedora
has become a go-to accessory for a peculiar subculture of love-entitled male nerds whose social inexperience and awkwardness manifests in a world rocked by a gender revolution—a tectonic shift in the makeup of formerly cloistered, rule-bound clubs. They aren't bad people – they simply need a place from which to draw a sense of manhood, if not from women.
Balpreet Kaur is a (female) sophomore at Ohio State who follows the Sikh tenet of kesh
(uncut hair). Choosing to leave her facial hair in its natural state, however, led to her candid picture
drawing negative attention in Reddit's "funny" section.
Her clear, friendly and smart
response has now gone viral, changing the opinion of at least one european douchebag
The Sponsor Effect: Breaking through the Last Glass Ceiling (pdf)
Women aren't making it to the top. Despite gains in middle and senior management, they hold just 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions. In the C-suite, they're outnumbered four to one. What's keeping women under the glass ceiling? High-performing women simply don't have the sponsorship they need to reach the top.
The study found that women underestimate the role sponsorship plays in their advancement. And those who do grasp its importance fail to cultivate it. It's also a classic catch-22: a woman's personal choices, whatever they may be, brand her as not quite leadership material. What will it take to promote sponsorship?
is a look at the social movement I call ‘New Domesticity’ – the fascination with reviving “lost” domestic arts like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off? Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex and the City-style single urban careerist as the media’s feminine ideal? Where does this movement come from? What does it mean for women? For families? For society?"
But now, Bic has saved me!
With these easy-to-manage lady pens, I too can record my grocery lists and the agenda for my weekly sewing circle! Yes, that's right; due to these pens' soft grips and lightweight build, even my useless, made-from-porcelain hands can manage to wield them. And what's more, their sweet and rosy color palette is soft on my frail lady eyes! It really is a dream come true!
In 1972, an early version of best-selling novelist Lois Gould's X: A Fabulous Children's Story
was published in Ms. Magazine as part of its monthly "Stories for Free Children" feature. In 1978 it was expanded and turned into a wildly delightful children's book with a distinctive illustration style
, critiquing gender expectations in infancy and childhood. The New York Times, for which she wrote, has more about her in her obituary
, while Google Preview
has some history on the publication of X, now in print only as part of the 2008 anthology Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature.
Two short documentaries about voguing - 1989 and 2011. An evolution of a dance form and a subculture.
Voguing: The Message
traces the roots of this gay, Black and Latino dance form, which appropriates and plays with poses and images from mainstream fashion. Voguing competitions parody fashion shows and rate the contestants on the basis of movement, appearance and costume. This tape is a pre-Madonna primer that raises questions about race, sex and subcultural style. [Dir. Jack Walworth, David Bronstein & Dorothy Low 1989 13 min.]
VOGUE: A Twist on the Dance Floor
is an intimate look into modern day voguing and how it's leaving a big impression even today. Starring legendary vogue fem Dashaun Evisu. [Dir. Danilo Parra, Produced by Dashaun Wesley; 2011 11 min.] [more inside]
Right now Baltimore, MD plays host to FemmeCon
, a biannual gathering for those who "seek to explore, discuss, dissect, and support Queer Femme
as a transgressive, gender-queer, stand-alone, and empowered identity and provide a space for organizing and activism within Queer communities". Some of the issues faced by queer femme culture include femme invisibility in larger queer culture
, the lack of non-stereotypical role models
, being classed 'femme' by default
, dismissal as "too much"
, as well as intersectional issues of femme with race
, and disability
. In the meantime, femme subcultures such as tomboy femme
, hard femme
, and FEMME SHARKS
as well as femmes in specific regions
come together for inspiration
and support from each other - as well as from appreciative butches
They avoid the treacherous edges, they navigate the contradictions as best they can, they do everything they’re supposed to to stay inside the box. And what’s the prize? Noah Brand and Ozy Frantz on the "man box"
Antony and the Johnsons - Cut the World
(starring Willem Dafoe, Carice van Houten, Marina Abramović.) [Graphic Violence]
The London Olympics has been billed as a notable step forward in gender equality
. It is the first Olympics with female representation from all countries despite the many and several barriers
to female sport participation
that still exist in some countries (including developed ones
These Olympics have female boxers
, female athletes from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Brunei
and male medal bearers
But despite Jacques Rogge's declaration in his opening ceremony speech, some are more equal than others. Australia and Japan are reviewing their athletes' travel arrangements
after women were given second class tickets and there is a small, but growing campaign to see male synchronised swimming form part of the program
(one of two sports, the other being rhythmic gymnastics
, with no male competition). [more inside]
From the Northwestern University press release
: A new paper just published
in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
uses extensive Freedom of Information Act findings to detail an extremely troubling off-label medical intervention employed in the U.S. on pregnant women to intentionally engineer the development of their fetuses for sex normalization purposes. [more inside]
We Happy Trans
is a place to share positive trans experiences. The site features a project called 7 Questions
, where trans folk discuss their lives. Notable contributors include site owners Jen
, as well as "glittery hot pink polyamorous unicorn" Ira
, who just started testosterone treatment, and Stephen
, whose charm proves that not all celebrities' kids are screw ups
. [more inside]
is a new Israeli crime comedy, released here this weekend. The poster
features the film's central players sitting around a table loaded with booze, weed, bongs, joints and other drug paraphernalia. For the stricter populace of Jerusalem, a modified version of the poster
was prepared, one which removes all trace of...
You guessed it: Women.
The pot and booze? Untouched. [more inside]
Researchers found [.pdf]
, after a series of four studies that "husbands embedded in traditional and neo-traditional marriages (relative to husbands embedded in modern ones) exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." The potential resistors focused on are husbands embedded in marriages that structurally mirror the 1950s ideal American family portrayed in the “Adventures of Ozzzie and Harriet” sitcom. [more inside]
The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty
. Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name.
Drag queen Sharon Needles
, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race
, has lately been facing a lot of criticism
for their transgressive
act: "Eli Kuti, a bartender at Lawrenceville's Blue Moon, where Needles often performs, recalls one performance in which Needles and another drag queen donned one-piece bathing suits emblazoned with swastikas. The two 'were hailing Hitler' and calling crowd members racial epithets, Kuti says." [more inside]
- With all the discussions about gender it's good to see something that doesn't point at guys doing 'non-guy' things and use the word 'freak'. Even if there are plenty of people out there doing exactly that [more inside]
"The world of entertainment still, all too often, values women only as objects of beauty to be placed on screen and ogled. [...] [T]he world is full of other women who have profound, intelligent, often hilarious things to say, and Dunham is very quietly making a space for those voices on TV, in a way that’s revolutionary both in terms of the show’s gender politics and in terms of its presentation.
- AVClub critic TodVanDerWerff on "how [the HBO show] Girls challenges the masculine expectations of 'good TV.'" [more inside]
“Sexual orientation does make you poor,” says Manohar Elavarthi, a community organizer with Sangama in Bangalore. “Poverty is not just economic – you miss access to so many things: ration cards, inheritance rights, voter ID cards.” In several South Asian countries, there are reports that LGBT people have even been denied access to disaster relief. And homophobia is intricately connected with other divisions in South Asian societies, particularly around gender but also religion and caste.
Yet I saw many signs of hope and change in both India and Nepal. Those transgender sex workers in Chennai have organized a coalition, called V-CAN, of every single community-based organization in the state of Tamil Nadu that serves homosexual or transgender people. Working with the NGO Praxis, they have been able to gain access to some public benefits, such as pensions and registering as “third gender” on government ID cards. Activists in Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society have achieved similar results and more.
~ World Bank blog post
On Sunday, April 13th, Tokyo illustrator Mao Sugiyama publicly seasoned and braised his own genitals
on a portable gas cartridge burner and then served them to five eager diners who each paid about $250 for the meal. Sugiyama self-identifies as asexual and appears to fall into the gender classification of male-to-eunuchs called "smoothies"
. (Warning: Consider all links in this post to be NSFW
) [more inside]
Are gender-based safe spaces needed?
Students at a Canadian university (SFU) want a men's centre, and though there is some controversy, it seems to be rolling towards approval
. [more inside]
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is...
As the game progresses, your goal is to gain points, apportion them wisely, and level up. If you start with fewer points and fewer of them in critical stat categories, or choose poorly regarding the skills you decide to level up on, then the game will still be difficult for you. But because you’re playing on the “Straight White Male” setting, gaining points and leveling up will still by default be easier, all other things being equal, than for another player using a higher difficulty setting.
Likewise, it’s certainly possible someone playing at a higher difficulty setting is progressing more quickly than you are, because they had more points initially given to them by the computer and/or their highest stats are wealth, intelligence and constitution and/or simply because they play the game better than you do. It doesn’t change the fact you are still playing on the lowest difficulty setting.
MeFi's own John Scalzi
provides an excellent, relatable metaphor for explaining the realities of race and gender without invoking the dreaded word "privilege". [more inside]
"I’ve felt like my gender doesn’t match me for a very long time.” A Quiverfull
mom describes her family's journey
after her spouse comes out to her as transgender. (Excuse me, I have something in my eye.) (Via No Longer Quivering