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A 60 Minutes story about gender equality accidentally proved the persistence of patriarchy
Ultimately, 60 Minutes featured a man, CEO Hadi Partovi. His organization’s mission is to expand access to computer science education in schools. Women technologists like Saujani who were tapped to appear on the show about a year ago and worked with producers to provide research and interviews, ended up on the cutting room floor while Partovi spoke on their behalf.

Ayah Bdeir, the founder of STEM learning toy company littleBits, also responded to the episode in a Medium post. She noted that she worked with 60 Minutes for a year, planning interviews, providing research, talking to the producers and reporters, telling her story and that of her organization, which is focused on closing the gender gap in technology. Yet producers wrote to her last August to say that the focus of the segment had shifted and that littleBits would no longer be central in the story.

In an email, a producer explained to her, “It’s not that the important points you made in your interview are ignored in the story, or that you didn’t make them very effectively, they’re just made by others.”
sexism  journalism  maleprivilege  STEM  mansplaining 
19 days ago by campylobacter
Women were written out of science history – it’s time we put them back in
One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record.

[....]For a start, the traditional view of science as a body of knowledge rather than an activity ignores women’s contributions as collaborators, focusing instead on the facts produced by big discoveries (and the men who made them famous).

[....]The historian Margaret Rossiter has dubbed this systematic bias against women the “Matthew Matilda Effect”. Before the 20th century, women’s social position meant the only way they could typically negotiate access to science was to collaborate with male family members or friends and then mostly only if they were rich.

[....]Women’s exclusion from professional spaces at this time is one reason why women became more active in scientific disciplines that still relied heavily on fieldwork, such as astronomy and botany.

This is where science began splitting into a hierarchy of male-dominated “hard” sciences, such as physics, and “soft” sciences, such as botany and biological science, that were seen as more acceptable for women.

Women were typically refused admission to elite scientific institutions, so we do not find their names on fellowship lists. The first women were elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 1945, and the French Academy of Science didn’t admit its first female fellow until 1979.

[....]In the late 19th century, science taught that there were innate intellectual differences between the sexes which limited women’s suitability for science. (Another reason why scientific societies did not want their prestige tarnished by female fellows.) Charles Darwin argued that evolutionary competition led to the higher development of male brains.
science  women  history  sexism  misogyny  maleprivilege 
december 2018 by campylobacter
Companies are on the hook if their hiring algorithms are biased — Quartz
After an audit of the algorithm, the resume screening company found that the algorithm found two factors to be most indicative of job performance: their name was Jared, and whether they played high school lacrosse. Girouard’s client did not use the tool.

In 2016, Pinboard creator Maciej Cegłowski called machine learning “money laundering for bias.”

“It’s a clean, mathematical apparatus that gives the status quo the aura of logical inevitability. The numbers don’t lie,” Cegłowski said.
workersrights  maleprivilege  whiteprivilege  PROGRAMMING 
october 2018 by campylobacter
This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app
A quick reminder for men: Common events for you can turn into really scary situations for women in a snap.

Case in point: This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app. Because it was a dryer, a neutral meeting location was impractical. I needed it taken out of my house.

harassment  maleprivilege  sexism  abuse 
october 2018 by campylobacter
stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me
After a day of Kill Bill 1&2 and other sundry films of women kicking ass, I remembered some stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me how all of my body's weaknesses were ACTUALLY STRENGTHS and how MEN'S STRENGTHS can be their BIGGEST WEAKNESSES. (THREAD)
maleprivilege  sexism  women 
october 2018 by campylobacter
1 The Life Coach
2 Tone Police
3 The Gaslighter
4 Cookie Manster
5 Himpathy
6 Sealion
7 Mansplainer
8 The Prestige
9 Trolls, Creeps, Fools
mansplaining  sealioning  socialmedia  maleprivilege 
september 2018 by campylobacter
Rethinking the Abortion Conversation
Think of abortion as the "cure" for the "disease" of unwanted pregnancy. What causes unwanted pregnancy? Irresponsible ejaculations.

abortion  maleprivilege  reproductiveRights  birthcontrol 
september 2018 by campylobacter
Make-Believe Mutiny: The real reason Ivanka and Melania publicly contradict Donald Trump.
The second interpretation and, to my mind, the correct one, is that these statements from the women closest to Donald Trump are deliberate decoys meant to soften the president’s image, conferring him humanity by association. Melania has occasionally used her platform in this way, but it has been Ivanka’s entire raison d’être in the Trump cinematic universe. Throughout Donald’s campaign and presidency, she has lent legitimacy to his most punishing policies through her tacit approval, tempering his misogyny with her hollow empowerment rhetoric and convincing journalists that she’s secretly working behind the scenes on behalf of common decency. By making public statements that gently criticize her father, and by leaking through anonymous sources that she disagrees with him, all while continuing to stand by him in every way that matters, Ivanka has helped clear the way for her father’s agenda by showing his conservative skeptics how to question but support their president, how to appear humane while never really turning on the man doing those inhumane things.
maleprivilege  politics  psychology 
august 2018 by campylobacter
Hating, dating, and procreating: online dating and the alt-right
However a central and fundamental issue remains; the users are overwhelmingly male. Stonewall, the founder of WASP Love, told VICE that his service needed to “beef up the female numbers”. Roughly 80% of profiles on WhiteDate are male, and the site has even resorted to establishing section on its website entitled “How to Invite Women to WhiteDate”, complete with its own printable flyer. The site has also ran adverts on Reddit, targeted at women (Reddit has since removed the adverts). White Date seeks to explain such a disproportionate following: “Men are vanguards and it is reflected in the ratio between men and women on WhiteDate”.

The issue is brought into focus by alt-right YouTuber Tara McCarthy. Visible female figures in the alt-right have attempted to carve a niche for themselves by offering pep talks and dating advice to the movement’s lonely adherents. McCarthy took this a step further, setting up her own alt-right dating Facebook group, “Alt Right Singles (Seeking Marriage) w/ Tara McCarthy”, although in the nine months it has been up it has only attracted 89 members, mostly men, and is now inactive. McCarthy was at the centre of the so-called “Tradthot” scandal in the movement in December 2017, where female figure in the alt-right were mercilessly harassed by sections of the movement for not upholding the “traditional”, patriarchal values they profess to hold. McCarthy appears to have taken a less active role in the alt-right since the scandal.
racism  whiteNationalism  whiteSupremacy  maleprivilege  toxicMasculinity 
july 2018 by campylobacter
The Anger of the White Male Lie – Ijeoma Oluo – Medium
But white male anger is steeped in a lie. It is fighting for what they were never going to have. For the promises that were never going to be fulfilled. White men are the only people allowed to fully believe in the American dream and perhaps that is the cruelest thing to have ever been done to them and the world that has to suffer their anger as they refuse to let go of a fantasy that we were never allowed to imagine ourselves in.
White men who shoot up schools and workplaces are not murderous monsters, or mindless thugs. They are “lovesick” or “misunderstood” or “tragic.” Hundreds of thousands of words are dedicated to finding the reasons why someone with so much promise could have fallen so far.
But how much promise was there really?
How much promise is there in a life where you are told that all you have to do is exist in order to inherit a kingdom. How much promise is there in a life where your mediocrity is constantly applauded and every hero looks like you and every love interest is a supermodel, but at the end of the day you will be working in a cubicle with everyone else and your only consolation is that you will be making $1.50 an hour more than the women and people of color in your office?
How much promise is there in being told that your culture is the only one worth knowing, and that your language is the only one worth speaking? How much promise is there in never having to say your are sorry, never having to say you are wrong, never having to say you don’t know?
White  maleprivilege  racism  disappointment  Ethan 
march 2018 by Quercki
100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable
1. Before explaining something to a woman, ask yourself if she might already understand. She may know more about it than you do.

2. Related: Never, ever try to explain feminism to a woman.

3. Trans women are women. Repeat that until you perish.


27. Watch women's sport. And just call it “sports.”
feminism  WageGap  mansplaining  maleprivilege 
march 2018 by campylobacter
Ursula K. Le Guin, Bryn Mawr Commencement Address, 1986
Thinking about what I should say to you made me think about what we learn in college; and what we unlearn in college; and then how we learn to unlearn what we learned in college and relearn what we unlearned in college, and so on. And I thought how I have learned, more or less well, three languages, all of them English; and how one of these languages is the one I went to college to learn. I thought I was going to study French and Italian, and I did, but what I learned was the language of power - of social power; I shall call it the father tongue.
patriarchy  maleprivilege  linguistics  sexism 
february 2018 by campylobacter
The female price of male pleasure
The studies on this are few. A casual survey of forums where people discuss "bad sex" suggests that men tend to use the term to describe a passive partner or a boring experience. [...] But when most women talk about "bad sex," they tend to mean coercion, or emotional discomfort or, even more commonly, physical pain. Debby Herbenick, a professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health, and one of the forces behind the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, confirmed this. "When it comes to 'good sex,'" she told me, "women often mean without pain, men often mean they had orgasms."
sex  rapeCulture  consent  misogyny  maleprivilege 
january 2018 by campylobacter
Do Women Talk Too Much? (Hint: Science says no)
You wanna talk proven facts? This shit’s been done, son: researcher Dale Spencer in Australia used audio and video tape to independently evaluate who talked the most in mixed-gender university classroom discussions. Regardless of the gender ratio of the students, whether the instructor was deliberately trying to encourage female participation or not, men always talked more—whether the metric was minutes of talking or number of words spoken.

Moreover, men literally have no clue how much they talk. When Spencer asked students to evaluate their perception of who talked more in a given discussion, women were pretty accurate; but men perceived the discussion as being “equal” when women talked only 15% of the time, and the discussion as being dominated by women if they talked only 30% of the time.
maleprivilege  sexism  sociology 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Guest Post: How Film Schools Lead to Pipelines Full of Weinsteins
Other gender discriminatory behaviors commonly mentioned by students in my study and on the Shit People Say to Women Directors (SPSWD) Tumblr include male peers not taking female classmates’ knowledge, skills, or ideas seriously; male students dominating technology, story ideas, and coveted production roles (especially director and cinematographer); and male students engaging in a type of male heterosexual camaraderie that excludes or sexually objectifies female students. For example, one SPSWD writer recalled that when she was directing a film, the male students assigned to work with her “were dismissive of my decisions. They would often go straight to the talent, to tell them what to do, and often referred to me as ‘Just the Fluffer.’”

Examples of sexism on the part of male instructors include not believing women are knowledgeable or strong enough to use filmmaking equipment; dismissing female-authored or female-centered stories; and engaging in harassing comments or behavior. For instance, a student in my study reported: “One friend told me she and her female partner had trouble convincing a professor to support the script they were writing. He kept telling them that he wasn’t interested in their story and didn’t think anyone else would want to see their film.”

An SPSWD writer shared that her instructor told his students to twist a tripod’s locks “like it was the nipple of a seven-year-old girl.” Female students have also commonly reported that male instructors rarely use women-made films as examples in their production classes and avoid conversations about gender and filmmaking.
workersrights  maleprivilege  hollywood  sexism  film  education  harassment 
november 2017 by campylobacter

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