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How does the literary canon reinforce the logic of the incel? | Books | The Guardian
"I’m not saying that we need to divest entirely from the mid-century authors like Pinter, Bellow, Updike and Roth who have so shaped American literary culture (though I’d personally be cool with letting Hemingway, Ellis and Wallace drift into obscurity). But I do think it’s time to be done with this particular story, which treats white male rage as a ceaseless source of interest. Perhaps we already are done with this story, and instead of representing a generation-wide crisis in masculinity, the incels are just the dudes who haven’t gotten over the fact that we’ve gotten over them. In that case, we might view their terrorism (or even the affront to civil rights represented by Trump’s win) not as the beginning of an uprising but as the last gasps of a defeated army."
sexism  lit  literature  women  men  usa 
june 2018 by msszczep
Why We Applaud When Woody Allen Insults Women
Allen’s speech at the AFI tribute to Diane Keaton was an example of stealth misogyny. He engineered things so that at the climax of the award ceremony, when everyone thought they were applauding Keaton, they were actually applauding him for demeaning her. Allen was the very last speaker; he was to present the award in the next moment. So he knew that, no matter what he said, at the end of his speech everyone would jump up and cheer. By dropping the word fellatrix into the list of Keaton’s professional accomplishments, though, Allen completely undercut everything he seemed to be saying. And by giving it an unconventional pronunciation, he made it unlikely that anyone would understand or be sure what he’d said.
sexism  movie  women  woman  film  films  movies  media 
january 2018 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
Wieseltier, Halperin, Weinstein: Powerful, Lecherous Men
Our National Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous, Powerful Men
sex  sexism  media  power  feminism  crime 
november 2017 by msszczep
Uber partners with Girls Who Code to fight for greater diversity in tech - The Verge
Uber is announcing today a multi-year partnership with the nonprofit Girls Who Code. As part of the deal, Uber is donating $1.2 million to Girls Who Code over the next three years. The money will go towards growing more after school and immersion programs for young girls to learn tech at an earlier age and the organization estimates that 60,000 more girls will gain access to these programs as a result of the deal.
sexism  women  feminism  tech  technology  uber  pr 
august 2017 by msszczep
Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech - The New York Times
A body of psychological research shows that even mild pushback against offensive remarks can have an instant effect — as difficult as that can be, especially with a boss, a friend or a celebrity.

It is research worth considering in a political season when ethnic, racist and sexual slurs, not to mention general insults, seem to have become part of everyday chatter. Polls show that people are increasingly unhappy with the tenor of the national debate but unsure what to do about the decline in civility.

Researchers have detailed the difficulty of confronting prejudice, but they have also found that even the politest of objections — or subtle corrections to loaded words — can almost instantly curb a speaker’s behavior. With a clearer understanding of the dynamics of such confrontation, psychologists say, people can develop tactics that can shut down the unsavory talk without ruining relationships, even when the offender has more status or power: a fraternity president, say, or a team captain or employer.
psychology  women  men  sexism 
november 2016 by msszczep
Hollywood's culture of sexual harassment is finally making headlines - LA Times
But there are also overwhelming signs that this moment has permanently shifted the media, and perhaps even Hollywood’s perspective.

In the second presidential debate, the way in which Anderson Cooper phrased a question toward Trump spoke volumes: “You described kissing women without their consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault," Cooper said. "Do you understand that?”
sex  women  men  hollywood  sexism  crime  rape  media  tv  television  power  movie  movies  film  films 
october 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
Big Tits for 600: The Ugly, Sexist Aftermath of Appearing on 'Jeopardy!' | Broadly
And yet, as I set out to better understand my own experience, and those of other women who had sought out America's most famous trivia gauntlet, I was heartened by the one thing I did not find: regret. Not one of the women I spoke with regretted their decision to appear on Jeopardy!, fulfilling childhood dreams in some cases, paying off student debt in others. Despite the chagrin-inducing—and sometimes downright unsettling—responses we received, each of us had reveled in the change to engage in intellectual competition, to shake Alex Trebek's hand, and, in my case, to strike a blow for doofuses everywhere.

"Those men don't own me. I own me and determine how I behave and how I present myself," said Tiombi Prince. "I refuse to have my accomplishments diminished."
trivia  jeopardy  culture  sexism  women  game  games  tv  television  twitter 
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
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
A movie star and a maths expert fight for equal pay - BBC News
House of Cards star Robin Wright has revealed she demanded the same pay as her co-star Kevin Spacey - but what does fighting for equal wages look like for women who are not movie stars?

She plays a no-nonsense character in House of Cards, and in real life Robin Wright is no different.

For four seasons, viewers have seen her in the role of Claire Underwood, the Machiavellian partner of stop-at-nothing politician, Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.

Both actors have also directed and produced episodes of the show. But while their roles are equally prominent, for years their salaries were not in parity.

"I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin.' It was a perfect paradigm and example to use, because there are very few films or TV shows where the male—the patriarch and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards," she told an audience at New York's Rockefeller Foundation.

Wright looked at statistics which showed that for some time, her character was more popular than Spacey's.

"So I capitalised on it. I was like, 'You better pay me or I'm going to go public…and they did.'"
salary  inequality  equality  money  women  work  life  sexism  math  statistics 
may 2016 by msszczep
​Can AI Help Gender Diversity Help AI? | Motherboard
“It’s become uncool in AI research to disagree with [needing more diversity], but many people I’ve talked to don’t truly understand why we need it. They don’t understand that diversity in teams brings diversity in thought, which brings better outcomes,” Russakovsky told Motherboard. She was quick to point out that the gender bias in the industry isn’t willful so much as diversity remains an afterthought far more than it is a goal.
code  software  programming  ai  machinelearning  nlp  sexism  women  men  woman  job  jobs  career  diversity 
may 2016 by msszczep
The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian
As part of a series on the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black. Hear from three of those writers, explore the data and help us host better conversations online
comments  syntax  code  software  programming  journalism  media  sexism  racism  online 
may 2016 by msszczep
Man Up | The Players' Tribune
These are insults that are so commonplace that we have all encountered them at some point, be it on a playing field, in a locker room or in any other situation where being “strong” and “tough” is paramount. They’re all based on the generally accepted premise that the worst thing you can do/say to a man is to question his masculinity.

It wasn’t until recently, however, that I really considered what’s being communicated when men say things like this to one another. All of these statements are related to a man showing vulnerability or weakness, which is immediately connected to them being feminine. So taking things a step further, if appearing feminine has all of these negative connotations, how does that affect how men view women on a societal level?

It’s truly astounding how many awful things that occur in this world because men are afraid of appearing weak.

So what’s the opposite of weakness? Power.

And oftentimes, how powerful a man is is directly associated with his sexual exploits. And that’s what I’d like to discuss.
sports  sport  football  sex  rape  sexism  psychology  men  women 
may 2016 by msszczep
How do you stop online harassment? Try banning the men. - The Washington Post
Even though I would be excluded by something like this, I find the idea intriguing enough to try:
online  women  men  sexism  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
april 2016 by msszczep
‘If America Wants to Kill Science, It’s on Its Way’ - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Men and women study things differently, and it’s not because of our chromosomes. It’s a product of our cultural conditioning. But from what I’ve seen, I think men study things in order to conquer them and understand them and kind of put it to rest. Women study things in order to figure out how they’re connected to other things. I don’t know if it’s controversial to say that, but that’s what I’ve seen from doing science for a couple of decades.

Men’s science writing is an extension of that, in that it very often sounds like, "This is what I know, and I’m going to tell it to you, and you’re going to take it the way I tell it because I’m the person who knows how to sell it." I’ve been lectured to by men on science enough for two lifetimes.

I wasn’t going to write that book. I was going to write something different.
science  research  women  men  sexism  biology 
april 2016 by msszczep
How can everything have changed and nothing change at all? | MetaFilter
A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk And Other Wall Street Tales I kept the conversation light. I shared a funny story about my first day on Wall Street, when I opened up a pizza box to find condoms instead of pepperoni slices. Unwrapped. I was “the new girl,” and the guys just wanted to see me blush. I did blush, and I lived. “It’s not that bad anymore,” I said with a laugh.
sexism  wallstreet  work  capitalism  job  career  women  men 
february 2016 by msszczep
Marriage Is an Abduction - The New Yorker
Slouching around like an overgrown frat boy, swilling bourbon before lunch and eating ice cream out of the carton, Affleck’s Nick is a visual reminder of the fact that men can live their lives, eat whatever it occurs to them to eat, get older, let their guts hang out, and still have gorgeous young girls falling into their laps.
marriage  women  men  sexism 
october 2015 by msszczep
Naturalizing Hierarchies
“I am a man born into a patriarchal society. I am a white person in a white-supremacist world. I am a U.S. citizen in a world dominated by the United States, primarily thorough military power. I am educated and have a secure professional job in a capitalist economy.”
And then I would add, that a friend, reflecting on my good fortune in identity roulette, once remarked, “Jensen, if you had been born good looking, you would have had it all.”
When we look at the profound injustice of the world, there’s nothing to laugh about. But we can always laugh at ourselves, and then get to work.
critique  class  book  elites  sexism  racism  capitalism  markets  parecon  inspiration  hierarchy  activism 
october 2015 by msszczep
Rose McGowan on Hollywood Sexism, Lack of Creativity - Hollywood Reporter
Another great (short!) article packed with money quotes like "Thinking is freedom and that’s what we need more of" -
sexism  movies  movie  film  films  media  hollywood  creativity  men  inspiration  interview 
october 2015 by msszczep
Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard
Just appearing as a woman online, it seems, can be enough to inspire abuse. In 2006, researchers from the University of Maryland set up a bunch of fake online accounts and then dispatched them into chat rooms. Accounts with feminine usernames incurred an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Masculine names received 3.7.


As Citron notes, the Internet is not a school or a workplace, but a vast and diffuse universe that often lacks any clear locus of accountability. Even if online threats are considered a civil rights violation, who would we sue? Anonymous tweeters lack the institutional affiliation to make monetary claims worthwhile. And there is the mobbing problem: One person can send just one horrible tweet, but then many others may pile on. A single vicious tweet may not clear the hurdle of discriminatory harassment (or repetitive abuse). And while a mob of individuals each lobbing a few attacks clearly looks and feels like harassment, there is no organized group to take legal action against. Bringing separate claims against individual abusers would be laborious, expensive, and unlikely to reap financial benefits. At the same time, amending the Communications Decency Act to put the onus on Internet platforms to police themselves could have a serious chilling effect on all types of speech, discriminatory or otherwise.
police  women  sexism  internet  sex  men  woman  feminism  legal  law  policy  freespeech 
september 2015 by msszczep
I Regret Giving Up a Career in Science
Eileen Pollack loved the work she did in physics in '70s, but she found the field to be too much of a boys' club. Unfortunately, she says, not that much has changed.
science  sexism  women  men  physics  book  books  ebook  ebooks  career  job  regrets 
september 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
The Other Side of Diversity — @ Medium — Medium
"I know this: I am not my job. I am not my industry or its stereotypes. I am a black woman who happens to work in the tech industry. I don’t need to change to fit within my industry. My industry needs to change to make everyone feel included and accepted."
technology  inspiration  race  racism  sexism  women  tech  siliconvalley  diversity 
august 2015 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
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 ·
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
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