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Three Children, Two Abortions
What a woman chooses to do with her body should not be up for debate in 2018.
women  woman  gender  sex  life  children  health  healthcare 
11 days ago by msszczep
Does gender matter? | Nature
Like many women and minorities, however, I am suspicious when those who are at an advantage proclaim that a disadvantaged group of people is innately less able. Historically, claims that disadvantaged groups are innately inferior have been based on junk science and intolerance6. Despite powerful social factors that discourage women from studying maths and science from a very young age7, there is little evidence that gender differences in maths abilities exist, are innate or are even relevant to the lack of advancement of women in science8. A study of nearly 20,000 maths scores of children aged 4 to 18, for instance, found little difference between the genders (Fig. 1)9, and, despite all the social forces that hold women back from an early age, one-third of the winners of the elite Putnam Math Competition last year were women. Moreover, differences in maths-test results are not correlated with the gender divide between those who choose to leave science10.
science  gender  women  men  sexism  research  sex 
january 2018 by msszczep
Study Says Men Are Less Likely To Have Mental Health Problems Than Women Until Their 80s
Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, attributed the lower happiness levels at a younger age with the demand women still feel to “bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities.” She claims that as women age, the burden becomes lighter, as children move out of the home.
Men, on the other hand, get more depressed with time, and as 19 percent of men over the age of 85 report having mental problems.
“Men who are single, widowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” said Dr. Lovett. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”
psychology  depression  mind  mental  health  women  men  sex  gender  life  happy  happiness 
december 2017 by msszczep
Capitalism’s Crisis of Care | Dissent Magazine
Nancy Fraser is a professor of philosophy and politics at The New School for Social Research and one of the most respected critical theorists working today. In her latest book Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis, Fraser contends with liberal feminism’s troubling convergence with capitalism, and the ways in which feminism can provide a veneer of liberation for a system of relentless exploitation. Advancing a critique of capitalism and a radically different vision of feminism, she shows how gender justice must lie at the heart of any struggle for an egalitarian society.
parsoc  feminism  women  men  capitalism  economy  economics  gender  market  markets  parecon  philosophy  politics 
november 2016 by msszczep
The Fear of Having a Son - The New York Times
An informal Facebook survey she took yielded these results: “I wanted a girl mainly because I felt it was harder to be a boy in today’s society. If I have a boy I will embrace the challenge of raising a boy…who can learn the power of vulnerability even as male culture tries to make him see it as weakness. But, frankly, I hope that when I have a second child, it’ll be another girl.’” This was emblematic of a lot of the responses, which revealed that men felt more confident, or “better equipped,” co-parenting “a strong, confident daughter.”

Ms. Martin says that her own husband was relieved to have daughters instead of sons. He says: “‘I haven’t felt like I fit into a lot of the social norms around masculinity…. I’m much more interested in the challenge of helping a girl or young woman transcend sexist conditions. It feels more possible and more important, in some ways.”
men  boys  gender  children  kids  life  future 
november 2016 by msszczep
PLOS ONE: Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook
Using a large social media dataset and open-vocabulary methods from computational linguistics, we explored differences in language use across gender, affiliation, and assertiveness. In Study 1, we analyzed topics (groups of semantically similar words) across 10 million messages from over 52,000 Facebook users. Most language differed little across gender. However, topics most associated with self-identified female participants included friends, family, and social life, whereas topics most associated with self-identified male participants included swearing, anger, discussion of objects instead of people, and the use of argumentative language. In Study 2, we plotted male- and female-linked language topics along two interpersonal dimensions prevalent in gender research: affiliation and assertiveness. In a sample of over 15,000 Facebook users, we found substantial gender differences in the use of affiliative language and slight differences in assertive language. Language used more by self-identified females was interpersonally warmer, more compassionate, polite, and—contrary to previous findings—slightly more assertive in their language use, whereas language used more by self-identified males was colder, more hostile, and impersonal. Computational linguistic analysis combined with methods to automatically label topics offer means for testing psychological theories unobtrusively at large scale.
sociolinguistics  vocabulary  word  words  sociology  women  men  gender  language  linguistics 
september 2016 by msszczep
How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language
As neural networks tease apart the structure of language, they are finding a hidden gender bias that nobody knew was there.
sexism  gender  culture  ai  language  nlp  word  words  math  mathematics  linguistics 
september 2016 by msszczep
Sick Woman Theory – Mask Magazine
"The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.

"Because, once we are all ill and confined to the bed, sharing our stories of therapies and comforts, forming support groups, bearing witness to each other’s tales of trauma, prioritizing the care and love of our sick, pained, expensive, sensitive, fantastic bodies, and there is no one left to go to work, perhaps then, finally, capitalism will screech to its much-needed, long-overdue, and motherfucking glorious halt."
capitalism  markets  activism  protest  parecon  economy  economics  health  women  men  sex  sexism  race  racism  body  feminism  gender 
july 2016 by msszczep
Plum Alley Investments | Investors in Female Innovation
Invest with us in the future and the companies creating it. We offer our members select opportunities to invest in private companies along with custom experiences both on-line and off-line to collaborate, imagine and transform the world. What is returned to our members is both financial and beyond. We proudly support women entrepreneurs and gender-balanced teams building innovative and purpose-driven companies.
code  software  business  startup  startups  programming  investment  women  men  female  gender 
june 2016 by msszczep
Gender—good for nothing | Prospect Magazine
I was a tomboy as a kid, and scrabbled in the dirt with my brothers playing with model cars and making toy trains crash spectacularly from a height. I shunned Barbies and detested baby dolls. I reviled dresses, spurning lace and flounces for jeans and flannel shirts. At 15, I changed my name from Margaret to Lionel. Were I to have grown up 50, 60 years later, it’s entirely possible that my parents would have taken me to see a therapist and put me on hormone therapy.

I’m glad they didn’t. Not because being a woman is so swell, but because being either a woman or a man doesn’t matter that much to me. I certainly experience myself as female in relation to other people. But alone in a room, falling asleep, hiking by myself in the woods, writing at my computer, thinking—I do not experience myself first and foremost as a woman. I do not walk around all day contemplating labias and breasts and ovaries, much less determining to get my nails done or to make an appointment for highlights. For me, my very self has no gender. While obviously I can only testify to my own experience of being a person—to my knowledge, I’ve only been this one—I cannot imagine that I alone enjoy such a self-perception. If selfhood is real and not a neurological illusion, it transcends gender.
gender  sex  sexism  culture  psychology  society  women  men  woman 
may 2016 by msszczep
Actresses' lines 'decrease with age', study claims - BBC News
A detailed analysis of around 2,000 film scripts has suggested that actresses are given fewer lines of dialogue the older they become.

The opposite holds true of their male counterparts, who get more lines the older they get, according to a study made by statistics website Polygraph.

Its research found that men dominated every genre, from romantic comedies to Disney animations.

That was even in the case in Disney films named after a female character.
sexism  gender  men  women  movie  movies  moviescripts  film  films  statistics  analysis  nlp 
may 2016 by msszczep
The Xenofeminism Manifesto
A feminist manifesto (an excellent one by the way!) that makes reference to Scheme and Lisp. Pinch me.
feminism  gender  women  men  parecon  activism  inspiration  manifesto  future  tech  technology  politics 
may 2016 by msszczep
It’s a woman’s (social media) world | Pew Research Center
Those of us who aspire to create our own apps and social networks would do well to heed this:
media  women  socialmedia  socialnetworking  gender 
may 2016 by msszczep
There’s a way to get girls to stick with science–and no, it’s not more female role models - Quartz
The issue isn’t that women and other underrepresented minorities are uninterested in science. It’s that science pushes them away.
science  gender  women  woman  math  mathematics  girls  engineering  computers 
january 2016 by msszczep
I have a PhD in economics and still don’t consider myself a “math person” - Quartz
the key to changing my brain was to never give up. If I couldn’t understand how to solve a problem the way one book presented it, I found another book that explained it differently. Sometimes it took shopping several different approaches before I made the connection. Math is hard, denying that or trying to make it fun, doesn’t change that fact. But the secret to becoming good at math is to always push on.
education  economics  math  mathematics  inspiration  learning  school  college  university  sex  gender 
october 2015 by msszczep
“Picture yourself as a stereotypical male” | MIT Admissions
As it turns out, there is zero statistically significant gender difference in mental rotation ability after test-takers are asked to imagine themselves as stereotypical men for a few minutes. None. An entire standard deviation of female underperformance is negated on this condition, just as a man’s performance is slightly hindered if he instead imagines himself as a woman. (well then.) Although this study is of course not a logically definitive answer to all things “nature versus nurture,” it does add a tremendous structural asset to the growing mountain of evidence that “natural” ability differences are confounded by identity and subconscious self-stereotyping. Demographic expectations may be subtle or overt, but they are omnipresent, and they are likely much more powerful than most of us have ever considered. 
research  gender  sexism  racism  test  tests  testing  statistics  women  men  math  mathematics 
september 2015 by msszczep
Fat, Ugly or Slutty
You play video games? So are you...
blog  games  gaming  gender  culture  men  women  sexism  woman  misogyny 
september 2015 by msszczep
Pinterest, Don't Change Just To Get Guys To Like You | ThinkProgress
I studiously avoided wanting to launch my own startup, but after reading this I'm seriously rethinking that:
inspiration  startup  idea  ideas  todo  code  software  programming  women  men  gender  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
january 2015 by msszczep
The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture - Quartz
It’s hard to argue against the fact that the Valley is unfairly exclusionary. This implies that there is a large untapped talent pool to be developed. Since the tech war boils down to a talent war, the company that figures out how to get over itself and tap that pool wins.

So the second step is on you. Instead of demanding that others reflect your views, reflect on yourself. Try to remember the last time someone successfully changed your mind. Try, just for a moment, to suppose that it’s probably unnatural for an industry to be so heavily dominated by white and Asian middle-class males under 30 who keep telling each other to only hire their friends. Having supposed that, think about what a just future should look like, and how to get there.

You want a juicy industry to disrupt? How about your own?
code  job  jobs  career  software  programming  siliconvalley  gender  bias 
october 2014 by msszczep
Why women have no time for Wikipedia | Wikipediocracy
But for Wikipedia to actually become a platform fully embraced by women, it would have to change its culture in fundamental ways, reducing its emphasis on anonymity and providing more opportunities for meaningful companionship and satisfying social relationships between its contributors. Failing that, women will simply continue to vote with their feet, and find their enjoyment and altruistic fulfilment elsewhere.
wikipedia  gender  women  online  internet  socialmedia  socialnetworking  demographics 
september 2014 by msszczep
The Confidence Gap - The Atlantic
Perhaps the clearest, and most useful, definition of confidence we came across was the one supplied by Richard Petty, a psychology professor at Ohio State University, who has spent decades focused on the subject. “Confidence,” he told us, “is the stuff that turns thoughts into action.” Of course, other factors also contribute to action. “If the action involves something scary, then what we call courage might also be needed,” Petty explained. “Or if it’s difficult, a strong will to persist might also be needed. Anger, intelligence, creativity can play a role.” But confidence, he told us, is essential, because it applies in more situations than these other traits do. It is the factor that turns thoughts into judgments about what we are capable of, and that then transforms those judgments into action.
feminism  women  gender  confidence  work  success  inspiration 
august 2014 by msszczep
Django Girls - start your journey with programming
We're a non-profit organization founded in Poland by Ola and Ola. We believe that IT industry will greatly benefit from bringing more women into technology, so we want to give you an opportunity to learn how to program and become one of us - female programmers!

Our mission is to bring more women into tech field, by making technology more approachable, simple and friendly.We give tools, resources and community that that makes it easier to learn about technology. By providing friendly enviroment for making things, we show the awesome parts of building the web. We care about great experiences.

Django Girls organize one-day events that teach about Python and Django -- tools we love and use for our work.
women  tech  technology  computers  software  code  django  python  gender  geek 
july 2014 by msszczep
We Can Do Better
This is a visualisation of the gender disparity in engineering teams in the tech industry.

Created by @riblah. The data is pulled from this spreadsheet, collected and maintained by @triketora.

The creator of this project acknowledges that gender is not always binary, but due to the nature of the data available, only a male/female breakdown is displayed at this time.
graphs  infographic  infographics  data  gender  women  men  tech  technology 
april 2014 by msszczep
To my daughter's high school programming teacher | USENIX
A damning letter that outlines and condemns sexism among male computer programmers. Very much worth your time.
education  culture  gender  sexism  programming 
september 2013 by msszczep
Economics focus: The plough and the now | The Economist
"The plough was heavier than the tools formerly used by farmers. By demanding significantly more upper-body strength than hoes did, it gave men an advantage over women. According to Mr Braudel, women in ancient Mesopotamia had previously been in charge of the fields and gardens where cereals were grown. With the advent of the plough, however, farming became the work of men. "
agriculture  feminism  culture  gender  women  men  economics  sexism  patriarchy 
may 2013 by msszczep
ZCommunications | Objectification Suppresses Women’s Desire To Engage In Social Activism, Study Finds by Eric W. Dolan | ZNet Article
A new study has shown that objectification can make college-aged women more accepting of the status quo and less likely to engage in social activism, potentially contributing to gender inequality.

“Why do we objectify others? Why do we seem to compulsively objectify girls and women, at seemingly younger and younger ages, in this culture?” Calogero said. “I think there are multiple and converging forces at play with respect to objectification. What we do know is that the evidence for the objectification of women across a variety of media and interpersonal sources is overwhelming and that it brings harm to both women and men. Keep in mind that sexual objectification includes a range of encounters from less to more extreme. It is not just checking out women or sexualized media portrayals of women, but sexual harassment and violence as well.”
objectification  objects  sex  gender  women  activism  politics  justice  girls 
february 2013 by msszczep
Gender Bias 101 For Mathematicians « The Accidental Mathematician
You’re a mathematician, right? What do you do when you see a difficult problem? Do you give up, collect your toys and go home? Or do you start chipping at it, looking for a crack that will take you part of the way? The Riemann hypothesis is hard. There are nonetheless hundreds of papers about it, maybe thousands, proving partial results, collecting evidence, developing variants of it and examining connections to other problems. Try having the same attitude here. Use your famous problem-solving skills. You’re not going to solve the problem of sexism in the world in a single stroke, just like your two-page proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem probably won’t work, either. But you might still do some good.
feminism  mathematics  gender  sexism  attitude  inspiration 
february 2013 by msszczep
Boys · TheWalrus.ca
I’m not saying that women are better writers than men, and I’m not saying all men lack the will to rise above stereotypes in their work (do you hear that, comment section?). I’m saying that something needs to change in the way literary profiles are written and the way the lives within them are handled, and that this would be a good step toward smoothing out what is currently an unbalanced gender structure in literary journalism.
equality  journalism  media  sexism  women  men  gender 
february 2013 by msszczep
Wikipedia Gender
Using the gender api that I discovered in this project, I wanted to see the relations between the proportion female/male editing and article and its content. I wanted to check, for instance, if stereotypes are validated.
wikipedia  api  web  research  gender  men  women 
september 2012 by msszczep
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