Posts Tagged: women’s issues

What Girls Wear in Summer Time

From Role Reboot: A Message To Teenage Girls About Summer Dress Codes By Chelsea Cristene The other day while driving home from work, I saw a shirtless man who looked about my age—mid 20′s—mowing his lawn. I did not roll down my window and cat call, or yell to him that I’d like a piece

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How the Media Failed Women in 2013

Courtesy of The Representation Project, an overview of how the media failed women. There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media, but there was still a lot of crazy stuff going on. Here’s a bunch of stuff that showed up on the news that you may have missed.

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The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept

The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept via Yes Means Yes Blog. Nice blog post – specifically about how officials in Australia’s Army are changing things for women in the army, but broadly about women and their place in the world, and about power and how it should not be built on humiliating

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How Movies Teach Manhood: Colin Stokes

More about this TED Talk: When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

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Fantastic Article on Teaching Consent

Yes Means Yes has a Fantastic article on teaching consent as a part of sex education. They walk through how a curriculum of teaching some basic concepts to young men in school… Teach young men about legal consent Teach young men to see women’s humanity, instead of seeing them as sexual objects for male pleasure

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Week 1: What is gender? Theories and views

Gender Through Comic Books Online Course at Canvas.net. The Course Syllabus Class hasn’t started, but I can already tell by the reading materials that I’m going to be FIRED UP about some of this week’s subject, because I’ve written about it before! The readings from Lorber are definitely a feminist take on gender, but it’s

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Batgirl’s Equal Pay Public Service Announcement

How cool is this that the actors from the Batman TV show starred in a political public ad in the early 1960’s? You’d never see this today. In case you were wondering after watching the below video, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 did get passed, and has improved women’s salaries, but needs to be

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Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

The first video from Anita Sarkeesian’s kickstarter project “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” is up and running, covering the “Damsel in Distress” trope. You might remember that when Sarkeesian started this Kickstarter project, there was a huge surge of harassment directed at her for even starting the research, before she had even expressed her

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Women in technology and harassment

Almost 6 years ago, in March of 2007, technologist and public speaker Kathy Sierra shuttered her online site and declined her speaking engagement at O’Reilly ETech because she had been threatened and harassed online and feared personal attacks in real life. [Geek Feminism Wiki: Kathy Sierra Incident] At the time, it generated an outpouring of

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You Belong With Me, deconstructed

Or, why Taylor Swift is a Nice Guy(tm). Courtesy of NinjaCate on Jezebel, this analysis of Taylor Swift’s song as a demo for why she’s problematic when it comes to women’s issues. You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset She’s going off about something that you said ‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor

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I am a feminist and I’m not afraid to say so

Everyone’s afraid of the stigma of calling themselves a feminist, but they want to say things that are empowering to women. I feel like I’m back in the 1980s, when I came out as gay, and everyone else came out as bisexual first and then came out as gay five years later. The problem is

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Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures

This is worth reading… Via Dr. Beetle: Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures. The dreadful pseudo science of evolutionary psychology is founded upon concepts such as survival of the fittest, selfish genes, inherited instincts and mind modules. It has shot to prominence in science and societies’ thinking, and found many a willing ear.

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DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?

Double X Science: DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?. What is a vagina? First, let’s just practice saying the word. Vagina. Vuh-ji-nuh. VAGINA! OK. Why are we practicing this? So that we can avoid suffering from the fluttery sensibilities of one Rep. Mike Callton of Michigan who, upon hearing colleague Rep. Lisa Brown use the word

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International Women’s Day/Feminist Coming Out Day

International Women’s Day IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers,

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links for 2010-04-23

So You Need A Typeface? Try Julian Hansen’s Font Flowchart | The FontFeed a big fat flowchart defining how to pick one out. Funny. (and useful.) (tags: flowchart typography fonts inspiration) Equal At Birth But Not At Work : Ms Magazine Blog Stats show that the tradition explanations for why there is still a pay gap

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Predator Theory and Rape

Predatory Theory is a very detailed and interesting post on Feministe by Thomas, discussing two detailed recent studies of rapists and violence directed at women. Lots of new information here that explodes general society ideas about rapists and their methods and motivations. Most rapists go after acquaintances rather than strangers, and most of them are

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Message to McCain about Rape and Choice

I haven’t talked about it much in years, but when I was in college I was raped and became pregnant, and within a short period of time miscarried. The idea that I would be forced to carry a baby to term against my will by the McCain/Palin government makes me more than a little angry.

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Why Women Leave Technology Careers

Interesting article in Computer World on Why Women Leave Technology Careers that fits some of what I’ve experienced. And it’s not “to have kids” if that’s what you’re thinking… The most important antigen is the machismo that continues to permeate these work environments. We found that 63% of women in science, engineering and technology have

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links for 2008-03-08

Dumb and Dumber: An Essay and Its Editors – washingtonpost.com What bothers Allen about this picture is that these women reject, with every fiber of their latte-loving beings, the abstinence-only, father-knows-best, slut-shaming crabbed misogyny of the Republican right. (tags: feminism misogyny women journalism) Photoshop Disasters (tags: photoshop funny) From the Washington Post article: In a

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links for 2008-02-28

Afghan Women’s lives worse than ever “Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.” – “W for women” indeed. (tags: misogyny women violence buhs) GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails – washingtonpost.com Of course. You wouldn’t want them to get

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links for 2008-01-01

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Bigger Than Sports: Why Title IX Matters (tags: feminism education equality) Indianapolis 1950s-1980s. – SkyscraperCity Lots of photos of gorgeous old historic Indianapolis buildings since torn down and replaced by ugly crappy skyscrapers. I guess Indy has the fugly downtown it deserves, now. (tags: Indianapolis history architecture local)

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Nutjobs write to Judge in Kobe Bryant Case

The Smoking Gun: The People Speak: Letters To Kobe Judge AUGUST 22–Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Kobe Bryant matter–and some people have decided to share theirs with the Colorado judge presiding over the NBA star’s case. Below you’ll find several kooky letters sent to Eagle County District Court Judge Frederick Gannett. TSG’s

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My Cat Hates You

Considering my cat Idgie, you would think this website [mycathatesyou.com] is actually by me. But it’s not. Although my cat will probably be on it soon, when I send in a photo. I thought it might be true, but it’s nice to have facts and figures to support your personal observations – a study by

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