"Having influential figures like George Takei publishing a meme that reinforces disabled=fake
is incredibly damaging to disabled people." [more inside]
(autoplaying video) is a singer, rapper, songwriter and actress who is known for her outlandish outfits, makeup, and wigs
, and gutsy, lyrically skilled rapping. She creates personas or "masks"
in her music and videos to communicate her message. Recently, she released an album cover online to promote her new release, Anaconda
, and to create buzz. Boy did it.
(All links NSFW.) [more inside]
A viral video series uses role reversal to humorously highlight casual insensitivities & stereotyping: If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say
- If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say
- If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say (YouTube; each video ~2 min.) [more inside]
I Married A Jew.
Published January 1, 1939 in the Atlantic.
"In New York City
, if you yell “where do I get the F train?” at someone they will tell you, they might even STOP to tell you. If you ask them “Excuse me, I was wondering if you have a moment, I’m from out of town and my trying to find the F train, so if you could possibly…” If you set up your question with all that, they will have walked away from you after the fifth word.
, if you are pushing your car for some reason, men will appear without a word and help you push. You’ll be pushing, and the next thing you know, there are men on either side of you." -- Cultural Secrets that I Know
The Corranto-Coiner, the Huffing Courtier, the Prater, the Squire of Dames, the Braggadocio Welshman, the Droll, the Pot Poet, the Ingrosser of Corn, the Duke of Bucks, the Drunken Dutchman Resident in England, the Factious Member, the Common Singing Men in Cathedral Churches, the Wittol, the Knight of the Post, and many more neglected stereotypes of 17th century England. [more inside]
The Other Redskins.
62 US high schools in 22 states currently use the name "Redskins" for one of their sports teams. 28 high schools in 18 states have dropped the mascot over the last 25 years. As public pressure
continues to intensify
on the Washington Redskins
football team to change their name -- one many consider a racial slur
that disparages Native Americans -- similar debates are being waged in towns across the country about their local high school teams.
"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]
"Women get flustered under fire. They're too fragile, too emotional. They lack the ferocity required to take a life. They can't handle pain. They're a distraction, a threat to cohesion, a provocative tease to close-quartered men. These are the sort of myths you hear from people who oppose the U.S. military's evolving new rules about women in combat. But for women who have already been in combat, who have earned medals fighting alongside men, the war stories they tell don't sound a thing like myths
" [more inside]
6 Insane Stereotypes That Movies Can't Seem to Get Over.
Cracked.com list of overused, tired and offensive stereotypes of Africa, Asians, women, and more that frequently pop up in mainstream films.
"Imagine if every single movie set in America was filmed in Alaska and focused on gang violence -- that's how Africans feel every time they watch a Hollywood movie about warlords fighting in the desert. Which is a problem for their tourism industry: A board member for the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa even takes the time to explain that there are "middle class people in every African country commuting to work every day, complaining about taxes and watching their kids play soccer every weekend."
That's right: Instead of focusing on the rich wildlife and history, the tourism industry actually has to remind people that coming to their country isn't a fucking death warrant."
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]
Guys don't want casual sex
: "This stereotype 'tells us that guys are primarily interested in sex, not relationships... This contributes to the notion that guys are emotional clods who are incapable of connecting with their partners because, hey, they’re just guys, and guys are only interested in sex.'... the Wake Forest University professor lays out the current data on young men’s sexual desires and behavior to make a case against this insidious stereotype." Salon interviews Andrew Smiler
, author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male
. [more inside]
Take the word AFRICA… without thinking, what images immediately come to mind?
War? AIDS? Genocide? Or maybe the vision of a small child with a swollen belly, surrounded by flies? … Too many non-profits ask for your pity by depicting poor, helpless Africans. But like any stereotype, this portrayal has more exceptions than truth
African Men and Hollywood Stereotypes.Call Me HopeAlex presents: Commando
"No one likes a stereotype, unless it’s about someone else — then it’s hilarious. Los Angeles? Celebrity-obsessed lipo-junkies. Portland? Hipster snobs. Boston? Sports fanatics who think that a win for the Sox somehow makes them winners, too. There’s nothing really wrong with these stereotypes — in fact, they give each city a unique cultural identity. How true they are is another matter." [more inside]
In a first-person tale of woe, a beleaguered New Yorker stranded in the Land of Lard related his struggle to find adequate vegetarian options
[NYT link, featuring obligatory pic of sullen, obese Midwesterners]. Reactions came swiftly, albeit indirectly
[also NYT] since, curiously, the article itself lacks a comment section. Best comment: the one touting the multiple and tasty options, including veggie dogs and veggie chili on coney dogs, at the dive bar just across the street from the KC Star.
Despite an apparent unfamiliarity with such staples as grilled cheese sandwiches, the cub reporter's failure probably won't keep him down for long. [more inside]
Black Folk Don't
: "a web series... explor[ing] the notion of stereotypes about Black folks both without and within the African American community." [more inside]
The Implicit Bias & Philosophy International Research Project
brings together philosophers, psychologists, and policy professionals to study unconscious biases against members of stigmatized groups. The recommended reading page
collects recent scholarly articles available for download. (Previously
So, you think you're gay. Prove it
. [more inside]
"Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish...
The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They are wonderful people, but,... The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.” Dick Nixon, the taped gift that keeps giving, catalogs ethnic types. [more inside]
Founded by former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader Darlene Cavalier, Science Cheerleaders
is a squad of cheerleaders from professional sports teams who have gone on to have careers in science-related fields. Now they break out the pom-poms to cheerlead for science
and challenge the stereotypical image of female scientists. [more inside]
People afflicted with Williams syndroms
are known for their "elfin" appearance, the ease with which they approach and socialize with stranger, and their near-normal language skills. Recent research
on children with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder suggests they share another trait: They do not form racial stereotypes. Via.
What's a Coastie?
Two University of Wisconsin undergrads record and post to YouTube an ode to "Coasties,"
out-of-state students who live in expensive off-campus apartments, wear Spandex tights with Uggs, spend their parents' money on designer handbags and Starbucks, and -- oh yeah, like 15% of their classmates but only 1 in 200 Wisconsin natives, are Jews
. Controversy ensues
SatiricalCzechArtFilter: A massive art installation
at the European Council building in Brussels has raised hackles. Bulgaria, in particular, is not pleased at being represented as a "Turkish Toilet
." [more inside]
Ladies, have you ever dreamt of being
whisked away kidnapped
by a dashing young Prince? Or being swept off your feet and losing your virginity to a dark and mysterious stranger
, who happens to be a Sheikh? Or how about being sold to an Arab aristocracy and living off the rest of your days in married bliss
. No? Then how about considering a Royal who is so down-to-earth
you won't meet anyone else quite like him? Much better than the alternative of marrying his polar
opposite, don't you think? Of course, you can always try
and keep it platonic if you wanted to. Welcome to the wonderful world of Sheikhs and Desert Love
, where all of your fantasies
can come true! (via)
are oddly addictive. Don't miss the earlier editions
Why is Lithos
is so pervasive on the covers of books by African American authors? What does Hot Tamale
, or Bagel
, or Faux Chinese
imply? Rob Giampietro
and Jessica Helfand
share ruminations on stereotypography.[3quarksdaily] [Design Observer] [Giampietro+Smith]
12 medical specialty stereotypes by Dr. Michelle Au
(in comic form!)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Bane of My Existence
is a very observant and well done record of idiocy for future historians by illustrator Rod Filbrandt. You of course, are nothing like these drawings. The rest of his blog is pretty good to poke around too. (via Drawn
Gay by Design?
: What does your car say about your
sexual orientation? Do you drive a lesbaru
? Or how about one of the Top Ten Gay Cars of 2007
? Are you having a hard time being able to tell if your car is gay or not
? Just drive right on over to gaywheels
to find out more about cars and the "pink dollar."