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Guy-Blache: The untold story of first female film director - BBC News
Hollywood actress Jodie Foster has narrated a documentary paying tribute to Alice Guy-Blache who is credited with being the world’s first female film director.

Blache made her first movie in 1896 and was subsequently involved in the production of some 1,000 films from shorts to features.
movie  movies  women  feminism  history  media  film  films 
27 days ago by msszczep
A strong libido and bored by monogamy: the truth about women and sex | Life and style | The Guardian
“Overfamiliarisation with a partner and desexualisation kills women’s libido. We used to think it’s only men who became sexually bored after marriage; turns out that’s not true. It’s when women get married that it’s detrimental to their libido.”
sex  marriage  women  men  life  gender  lifestyle 
4 weeks ago by msszczep
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 
august 2018 by msszczep
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
SARAH DITUM: Women should say goodbye to a sexist Left | Latest Brexit news and top stories - The New European
Women should look at what the brocialist left is offering – the sexist abuse, the devaluing of women’s work, the absence of any alternative to a male-dominated society – and say, like Morgan, goodbye to all that.
left  politics  women  feminism  inspiration  activism  protest  future  life  success 
june 2018 by msszczep
365 Days of Star Wars Women |
I wanted to do a project in 2018 about women in the Star Wars universe that would be positive and give me an excuse to spend more time devouring Star Wars content – especially content I have never seen/read/known about. The result is 365 Days of Star Wars Women. Every day I’m highlighting a new female character, actress, or crew member from Star Wars films, TV shows, books, comics, and more.
women  woman  media  starwars  history  television  tv  movie  movies  film  films  comic  comics 
february 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
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
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
Read a Book, Gamble With Your Life | Flashback | OZY
Bill Teale, president of the board at the International Literacy Association, notes that, while literacy “gives you the social emotional power to understand and express yourself, it also gives you political power.” And if the actions of oppressive regimes are anything to go by, it’s a very potent power indeed.
literacy  feminism  women  power  inspiration  activism  word  words  book  books 
june 2017 by msszczep
Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy | World news | The Guardian
The number one challenge standing in the way of an effective protest in America today is the inability of our social movements to actually govern. There might be a slight chance our protests could oust Trump, but there is no chance that our present-day movements could govern at all, let alone effectively.

That is because leaderless protesters don’t know how to make complex decisions together as movement. Occupy couldn’t even come up with its one demand.

Now we are seeing this capacity slowly develop among protest movements in Europe. However, until we can replicate their successes in America, the people will never be able to take back sovereignty and our protests remain an exercise in infantile futility.

And that is the great gift that the Women’s March on Washington could give us. May the angry women return home the day after the march to lead us toward a women-led hybrid movement-party in every state that is disciplined enough to govern, militantly local and single-mindedly devoted to actualizing a force capable of seizing control of city councils and mayorships during midterm elections across America in preparation for an electoral coup against the presidency in 2020.

Now that would be a goal worth marching toward.
inspiration  activism  women  woman  politics 
may 2017 by msszczep
we are the virus of the new world disorder | MetaFilter
CyberFeminism in the 90s and An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists chronicle a wave of multimedia art that spun out of Australia's VNS Matrix, creators of the CyberFeminist Manifesto and All New Gen, a CD ROM game where "Female ‹cybersluts› and ‹guerrillas,› ‹anarcho cyber-terrorists› infiltrate cyberspace and hack into the controls and databanks of Big Daddy Mainframe, the Oedipal man".
internet  web  feminism  history  tech  technology  women  woman  politics  political  australia 
november 2016 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
Training men to judge women’s sexual interest more accurately – Research Digest
The researchers found that men who received feedback as they went along used women’s actual emotions more, and their dress and attractiveness less, when making their judgments of the women’s sexual interest.
sex  men  women  woman  sexuality  psychology  mind  brain 
november 2016 by msszczep
Alexandra Ansanelli Interview - Prima Ballerina Alexandra Ansanelli Looks Back on Her Career
The Afterlife of a Ballerina

At age 16, Alexandra Ansanelli was anointed a prodigy. By 22, she was a principal for the New York City Ballet. At 26, she was a principal for the Royal Ballet. By 28, she had given it all up.
dance  women  life  success  failure  ballet  youth  woman 
november 2016 by msszczep
How to dress like an adult - The New York Times
1. Do not distract
2. Think of your clothes as costume
3. Learn to iron (and sew, and fold and invest in some good hangers).
clothes  reference  women  men  advise  tip  tips 
november 2016 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
Fear of a Feminist Future | Laurie Penny
But what precisely is it about stories by women and people of color, stories in which civilization is built and rebuilt by humans of all shapes and flavor working together, that throws water on the exposed wires of masculine pride? It’s all about how humans cope when their core beliefs are threatened.

Here's a reading list:

Naomi Alderman, The Power

N. K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Sheri S. Tepper, The Gate to Women’s Country

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, eds. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
feminism  patriarchy  men  women  future  sci-fi  scifi  sciencefiction  inspiration  culture 
october 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
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
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
A proper reckoning | The Economist
Ignoring unpaid work also misrepresents the significance of particular kinds of economic activity. Ms Waring thinks that raising well-cared-for children is just as important to society as making buildings or cars. Yet as long as the former is excluded from official measures of output, investing resources in it seems like less of a priority. Of course, in a perfectly equal world, men would do much more child-rearing than they do now. In the meantime, it is women who are disadvantaged by economists’ failure to measure the value of parenting properly.

The impact of measuring things differently can be very significant. A recent paper from the Bureau of Economic Analysis attempted to calculate an augmented version of GDP that included unpaid work. Doing so boosted GDP overall, but lowered the growth rate: as women have moved into paid work, they have been doing less unpaid work at home, so total production has not been rising quite as quickly as official figures suggest. By their estimates, including unpaid work boosted GDP in 1965 by 39%, but by only 26% in 2010. Over the 45 years between those two dates, they put the average annual nominal growth rate at 6.7% if unpaid work is included, lower than the official 6.9%.

Ignoring the feminist perspective is bad economics. The discipline aims to explain the allocation of scarce resources; it is bound to go wrong if it ignores the role that deep imbalances between men and women play in this allocation. As long as this inequality exists, there is space for feminist economics.
women  woman  feminism  economics  economy  parecon  statistics  job  career  work 
may 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
lady of the shard by gigi d.g.
Lady of the Shard is a comic about an acolyte in love with the goddess she serves.
art  webcomic  comics  comic  feminism  women  religion  love 
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
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
Film Fatales
Film Fatales is a network of women filmmakers who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects and build a supportive community in which to make their films.
movie  movies  film  films  women  woman  network 
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
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
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
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