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‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen (trigger warning: sexual assault) SL longform New York Magazine. [archive.org saved version here]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 26, 2015 - 163 comments

"This verbal tic makes them sound like pompous bullshitters"

Just don't do it:
What this advice boils down to is ‘talk like a man’. The writer doesn’t even try to argue that there’s some inherent reason to prefer ‘less body language’ (whatever that means) to more. It’s preferable simply because it’s what men are said to do. Men are more successful in the workplace, so if women want to emulate their success, the trick is to mimic their behaviour.
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posted by NoraReed on Jul 5, 2015 - 72 comments

“Why can’t I use magic to explore a beautiful world?"

Fight Club: How Masculine Fragility Is Limiting Innovation in Games
posted by NoraReed on Jul 3, 2015 - 133 comments

🎶 Stand by your woman 🎶

"So last week, when country radio promoter Keith Hill controversially suggested that stations should stop playing songs by female artists, it’s easy to label his actions another example of misogynistic, conservative politics.

However, Hill’s comments are actually indicative of something much bigger and far more troubling: the consolidation of an entire genre of music, and the type of environment this can create. In the case of country, it’s allowed for the repurposing of the genre’s history, and the exclusion of certain individuals."
The Conversation's Clifford Murphy, on why [country radio promoter] Keith Hill’s comments about women in country music cut far deeper than misogyny [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 8, 2015 - 106 comments

Shit people say to Women Directors

Shit People say to Women [film] Directors. Tumblr - Exactly as described. The first part of their About page states: SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO WOMEN DIRECTORS is an anonymous open blog for any female-identifying individual to submit personal accounts of absurd, offensive, threatening, or downright fucked-up “shit” people have said to you while working in the film business. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 3, 2015 - 27 comments

Gamergate gets the profile it deserves

“But before he emptied the contents of Quinn’s private life into the gaping maw of a bloodthirsty Internet, back before he instigated the most vicious online backlash against feminism in a generation, there was a first date.”
Zachary Jason writes about Eron Gjoni's break-up and his subsequent actions in Boston Magazine: Game of Fear: What if a stalker had an army?
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 28, 2015 - 460 comments

Robocop 3: Robotweet

After years of grief and demands for improvement and ineffective response on their side(previously, previously, previously, etc), which led to the creation of solutions like GG autoblocker(previously), Twitter has updated their user policy in a fairly significant way. They've also added a system which will attempt to algorithmically identify harassment. Victims of previous online abuse are on board with the concept. The response isn't completely positive, however.
posted by emptythought on Apr 23, 2015 - 47 comments

Lesbians can't be misogynist, can they?

"My agency was taken away from me, and it was just as terrifying when done by fellow queers as it was when it was men." [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Mar 26, 2015 - 54 comments

"Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass"

Once upon a time, Ashley Judd made the mistake of tweeting while watching a sports game. You already can guess what horrible things are happening to her after I said that. But she's fighting back. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Mar 20, 2015 - 27 comments

"The most important thing I did was listen."

What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter. Ninja Pizza Girl is a game from independent game studio Disparity Games.
I’m pitching my idea for "baddies" to the Disparity Games design think tank. It consists of me, my wife and however many of our daughters happen to be in the room at the time.… Raven looks up. "Robots aren’t scary Dad.… Zombies aren’t scary either."

I’m getting a little tetchy with this unreceptive design group. I ask Raven, "So what are teenage girls scared of?"

Raven thinks for a moment. She looks sad. "Other teenagers," she says.
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posted by Lexica on Mar 12, 2015 - 6 comments

“We give our pain meaning, and that meaning alters our experience.”

Wounded Women by Jessa Crispin [Boston Review] The assumption of female vulnerability threatens to invigorate the sexist evils it aims to combat.
posted by Fizz on Mar 6, 2015 - 27 comments

Not All Voices For Men

BuzzFeed profiles Paul Elam, founder of notorious MRA website A Voice For Men: "Elam calls AVFM “the largest men’s human rights group of its kind anywhere,” though it does few of the things human rights groups typically do. It provides no services, offers no legal aid, and litigates no cases. It does not regularly lobby lawmakers, advise candidates, produce public policy proposals or original research." [more inside]
posted by Phire on Feb 6, 2015 - 130 comments

Why does it matter that you're female?

3 female computer scientists held a Reddit AMA. You can totally guess what happened next.
posted by bq on Dec 19, 2014 - 138 comments

...they’d look into "your personal lives, your families"

Ben Smith of Buzzfeed reports: Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 18, 2014 - 242 comments

"She's a little Jezebel, that one. Painted face little Jezebel..."

Jezebel. The Painted Face. She is, as we've defined her, a scheming and shamelessly evil woman. She's Lolita and Eve. A woman of easy virtue. A temptress, a mistress and a courtesan.

Call her a hussy, hootchie, hooker, whore. Harlot. Jade. Vamp. Vixen. Tart, tease, trollop, tramp. Siren, seductress, strumpet, skank. Coquette, floozy. Wench, hoe. Loose. Slut. Minx.

Find a male equivalent. Look up "gigolo" in your handy thesaurus. Find "playboy," "socialite," "pleasure-seeker," "ladies' man." A stud, a player. A father, an uncle. A boy toy. A bachelor. A groom.
Anna Vodicka: On Modesty. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 5, 2014 - 25 comments

"Do We Need a Law Against Catcalling?"

A New York Times Op-Ed debates the need for a "Law Against Catcalling." [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 3, 2014 - 144 comments

Let me tell you about being publicly separated from your truth.

"But having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive too. I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past."
Monica Lewinsky gives her first major public speech to speak out against online abuse. Full transcript here.
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 22, 2014 - 51 comments

I am here for other women

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 - 2166 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

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