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Don’t mistake the British public’s leftie economic views for liberalism
About half of us still support the death penalty, and about half of us think equality for women has achieved enough progress.
Politics  survey  opinion  poll  feminism 
february 2018 by pw201
The Google Memo: What Does the Research Say About Gender Differences? | HeterodoxAcademy.org
"1. Gender differences in math/science ability, achievement, and performance are small or nil...
2. Gender differences in interest and enjoyment of math, coding, and highly “systemizing” activities are large. ...
3. Culture and context matter, in complicated ways. Some gender differences have decreased over time as women have achieved greater equality, showing that these differences are responsive to changes in culture and environment. But the cross-national findings sometimes show “paradoxical” effects: progress toward gender equality in rights and opportunities sometimes leads to larger gender differences in some traits and career choices. Nonetheless, it seems that actions taken today by parents, teachers, politicians, and designers of tech products may increase the likelihood that girls will grow up to pursue careers in tech, and this is true whether or not biology plays a role in producing any particular population difference."
feminism  google  diversity  psychology  gender  politics 
august 2017 by pw201
Critically Examining the doctrine of gender identity - YouTube
A presentation by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper for Coventry Skeptics. The Q&A (linked from the description) is interesting too.

A concept of gender identity which is entirely exhausted by "I am what I say I am" doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of a professional philosopher like Reilly-Cooper, and I hadn't realised that people were saying things like "my penis is a female sex organ, because I am female" (as opposed to saying "it's a woman's, because I am a woman").

I do wonder how much harm is being done by people believing wacky things in this case, though: is it common for males to cynically claiming to be women in order to harass women?
gender  sex  feminism  identity  identity-politics  biology  philosophy 
march 2016 by pw201
Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80-Hour Weeks - HBR
Interesting research into the sort of place where you're expected to be available all the time and work all the hours. Some successful men found ways to "pass" i.e. to appear they were hard workers while finding time for other things (like their families). Women tended to ask explicitly for allowances to be made for child care and their careers suffered for it.
work  hours  time  employment  sexism  feminism 
may 2015 by pw201
Feminism and The Search for Truth | The Merely Real
Chana Messinger's response to the Scott Aaronsen thing (on whether feminism hurts geek guys) is the best one. I learned the term "scrupulousity".
scott-aaronson  nerds  feminism  laurie-penny  chana-messinger 
january 2015 by pw201
“Everything is problematic” | The McGill Daily
"Perhaps the most deeply held tenet of a certain version of anti-oppressive politics – which is by no means the only version – is that members of an oppressed group are infallible in what they say about the oppression faced by that group. ... Let me give an example. A gay person is typically much better acquainted with homophobia than a straight person. Moreover, a gay person has a much greater stake in what society does about homophobia, so their view on the matter is more important. However, there is nothing about the experience of being gay in itself that enlightens a gay person about the ethics of sexual orientation. To take a dead simple case, you don’t have to hear it from a gay person to know that homosexuality is ethically just fine."
politics  feminism  activism  culture  rationality  problematic 
december 2014 by pw201
When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR
I remember seeing a photo of an old-ish computer surrounded by its programming team in the computing museum at Bletchley Park. Most of the team were women. This blog/podcast looks at what happened in the USA.
women  coding  computers  feminism  sexism  technology 
november 2014 by pw201
Djina Unchained
A social justice blogger. I think it's a parody, but it's hard to be sure.
sjw  social-justice  privilege  tumblr  patriarchy  feminism 
november 2013 by pw201
Why Does Talking About Creepers And Harassment Make People So Angry? | Popehat
"We write about things that make people angry: sometimes on purpose (u mad bro?), sometimes because the topic interests us. But few topics are as consistent in their ability to draw anger and trolling and bizarre visitors as the issue of sexual harassment and responses to it."
sex  creepers  harrassment  feminism 
july 2013 by pw201
Ambidancetrous: The Blog — "We don't want to make people uncomfortable." (aka, "What about teh menz?!")
"Ultimately, some of the worry that some straight guys will be uncomfortable dancing with other men (or being led by a woman) may be justified." Het guys: you lost the oppression Olympics, so your comfort and consent about who touches you is less important than our plan to build a utopia through dance. PROBLEMATIC. Well, OK, that bit rubbed me up the wrong way. But seriously, I think an "ambidancetrous" dance scene would be less "problematic" if the expectations (and how they differ from pretty much every other scene) were made clear up front. What I expect would happen then is that if you insisted every lesson was ambidancetrous, you'd never get enough people to make a viable community. Maybe it'd work as an option within an established scene, though.
lindy  consent  gender  feminism  lindyhop  dance 
may 2013 by pw201
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever
An explanation which tries to avoid those problematic identity politics jargon terms (see what I did there?)
sexuality  feminism  race  privilege  gender 
may 2012 by pw201
Boys’ brains, girls’ brains: How to think about sex differences in psychology. - Slate Magazine
"Fear of sexism has produced a bias against conceding sex differences, which gets in the way of frank discussion and investigation." "Beware any explanation that relies on a single factor. Hormones matter, but so does socialization." "The fishy part of neuroscience isn’t the data. It’s the spin we put on the data in the guise of explanation."
gender  neuroscience  psychology  feminism 
november 2011 by pw201
“Shut Up, Rich Boy”: The Problem With “Privilege.” | No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz?
"I’m a feminist writer, but I don’t like to use the word “privilege” in my writing. Here’s why not:"
feminism  privilege 
july 2011 by pw201
Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research «
Revisiting that "I've noticed you around, will you go to bed with me?" study (as popularised by popular beat combo "Touch and Go") and disputing the conclusion that women just don't like sex: "the only consistently significant predictor of acceptance of the sexual proposal, both for women and for men, was the perception that the proposer is sexually capable".

It being a feminist blog, they then go against the science the other way and say that perception of risk is a much higher factor than the study suggested (the study thought it was an effect, but not the primary one).
science  sex  feminism  gender 
march 2011 by pw201
Common Sense Atheism » Am I Sexist? (index)
Link to a series of posts: Luke at Common Sense Atheism put up a fairly crass "15 sexy scientists" post with pictures of said scientists (the scientists were all women, with the exception of PZ Myers). He got quite a strong reaction, especially over at Pharyngula (Myers's blog), read some Martha Nussbaum and eventually apologised and took down the posting.

Of note: for all that the atheists at Pharyngula tend to regard Christians as irrational, they aren't too keen on rationality when someone applies it to a domain where they mostly navigate by strong religious convictions (feminism, in this case). Luke initially seems hopelessly naive but ultimately finds the right answer and knows why it's right, which seems better than being cowed by yelling. Well done to him for publicly changing his mind.
rationality  feminism  sex  objectification  martha-nussbaum  philosophy  ethics  morality  sexism 
july 2010 by pw201
What isn't wrong with Sharia law? | Law | guardian.co.uk
"To safeguard our rights there must be one law for all and no religious courts."
islam  feminism  islamism  secularism  uk  religion  politics  sharia 
july 2010 by pw201
IEEE Spectrum: Math Quiz: Why Do Men Predominate?
"among top math performers, the gender gap doesn’t exist in some ethnic groups and in some countries. The researchers conclude that culture is the main reason more men excel at the highest math levels in most countries."
maths  mathematics  gender  feminism  equality 
december 2009 by pw201
The late, mannerist years of identity politics
"I am X, and I am different from Y. Other people are ignorant of the difference between X and Y. They must be educated. People, you must call me X and respect my difference from yourself, and from Y. You must refer to me by the term I have chosen to refer to myself by, and stay tuned for any changes I choose to make in this label, and new terms you must use to describe me -- those new terms which the stigma treadmill or reclamation of previously-taboo terms may, from time to time, make it necessary for me to substitute."
identity  politics  gender  feminism  transexualism 
november 2009 by pw201
Overcoming Bias as it Suits Us
When Eliezer met the feminists: an old thread on mswyrr's LJ which got started when Robin Hanson wondered why the Overcoming Bias community was so male. It's an interesting precursor to the Pickup Artist debates over on Less Wrong.
feminism  cognitive-bias  overcoming-bias  eliezer-yudkowsky  robin-hanson 
october 2009 by pw201
Why it's so hard to quantify false rape charges. - By Emily Bazelon and Rachael Larimore - Slate Magazine
False accusations probably account for 8 to 10% of all accusations, though the research isn't conclusive, and it's not clear how this compares to false reporting of other crimes. Interesting story about the falsely accused man who found support from his girlfriend who had been raped some time ago: emotions were similar on both sides.
feminism  research  rape  crime 
october 2009 by pw201
The Women’s Crusade - NYTimes.com
How helping women in poor countries helps everyone.
women  feminism  politics  third-world  development 
august 2009 by pw201
Dollhouse, Joss Whedon, and the Strange and Difficult Path of Feminist Dudes: Some Thoughts
Doll House not as "problematic" as some people thought, possibly. Interesting stuff.
feminism  tv  culture  media  josswhedon  whedon  dollhouse  joss-whedon 
may 2009 by pw201
Math Is Harder for Girls by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal 28 July 2008
and also easier: men are more likely to be the outliers in either direction.
teaching  science  education  maths  mathematics  gender  feminism 
august 2008 by pw201
More On Black and White Thinking
Interesting article on how theory can lock you into black and white thinking, using feminism as an example.
feminism  presuppositionalism 
january 2008 by pw201
The Subjection of Islamic Women
An argument that some modern feminists have neglected Muslim women.
feminism  islam  politics  usa 
may 2007 by pw201

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