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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 
6 weeks ago 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
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
A Clash of Cultures « bunnie's blog
Prototype Bias – how assumptions based on stereotypes influence the way we think and feel
Idol Effect – the tendency to assign exaggerated capabilities and inflated expectations upon celebrities
Power Asymmetry – those with more power have more influence, and should be held to a higher standard of accountability
Guanxi Bias – the tendency to give foreign faces more credibility than local faces in China
misogyny  abuse  harassment  maleprivilege 
november 2017 by campylobacter
What Experts Know About Men Who Rape
Most subjects in these studies freely acknowledge nonconsensual sex — but that does not mean they consider it real rape. Researchers encounter this contradiction again and again.

Asked “if they had penetrated against their consent,” said Dr. Koss, the subject will say yes. Asked if he did “something like rape,” the answer is almost always no.

Studies of incarcerated rapists — even men who admit to keeping sex slaves in conflict zones — find a similar disconnect. It’s not that they deny sexual assault happens; it’s just that the crime is committed by the monster over there.
rape  rapeCulture  violenceagainstwomen  maleprivilege 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Now Hiring: Human Woman - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
JOB DESCRIPTION: To be a Woman, you’ll have to spend 97% of your mental and emotional energy making yourself small enough to not be a burden. You may spend the other 3% of your energy cherishing dreams of a better world, but we ask that you maintain a professional demeanor and keep them to yourself.
satire  workersrights  sexism  women  WageGap  maleprivilege 
october 2017 by campylobacter
If You Can’t Find a Spouse Who Supports Your Career, Stay Single
As Melinda Gates recently wrote, we are still “sending our daughters into companies designed for our dads.” And into marriages billed as equal, as long as the man’s career isn’t disturbed by his wife’s success. (While I’ve occasionally heard stories of career-stifling spouses from same-sex couples, the vast majority I’ve heard are from heterosexual couples, and it’s almost always the woman whose career comes second.)

It’s not that these husbands aren’t progressive, supportive spouses. They certainly see themselves that way — as do many of the CEOs and leaders of companies I work with. But they are often caught out by trade-offs they were not expecting. They are happy to have successful, high-earning wives. They applaud and support them — until it starts to interfere with their own careers. A study by Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy found that husbands were a key factor in two-thirds of women’s decisions to quit the workforce, often because the wives had to fill a so-called parenting vacuum. “While the women almost unanimously described their husbands as supportive,” writes Joan Williams of the study, “they also told how those husbands refused to alter their own work schedule or increase their participation in caregiving.” As one woman put it, “He has always said to me, ‘You can do whatever you want to do.’ But he’s not there to pick up any load.”
maleprivilege  sexism  workersrights  WageGap  women 
october 2017 by campylobacter
jay, riotous on Twitter: "I want to talk about a really frustrating conversation I had today with a really good man."
[thread x45]

I know a lot of good men. my brothers, my friends, my colleagues, my lecturers, a lot of them are really good men.

and this man, I can say completely unreservedly, is one of the best men I know. he's caring and he's compassionate and he's kind.
harassment  abuse  rapeCulture  maleprivilege 
october 2017 by campylobacter
Men Get Higher Salary Offers Than Women 69% of the Time | Working Mother
Under the leadership of lead product data scientist Jessica Kirkpatrick, job search platform Hired analyzed its user data—including more than 100,000 job offers among 15,000 candidates and 3,000 companies, and found that the wage gap can wreak havoc on a woman's career at the job offer stage. Among its findings: men receive higher salary offers than women for the same job title 69 percent of the time, and companies offer women on average 3 percent less than men for the same roles, and as low as 30 percent at some companies.
WageGap  workersrights  maleprivilege  misogyny  sexism  statistics 
october 2017 by campylobacter
[UPDATE] Had a falling out with the girl I love and got served a cease and desist order. What can I legally do? [Michigan] (x-post on r/relationships) : legaladvice
I was distraught after my last post here. I admit I came here looking for validation, not help. I had a warped sense of entitlement that led me to believe that no one would possibly disagree with me, but obviously, hundreds of people told me that I was fucked up, a predator, a stalker, and that I needed help. All of these people were right. I don't know what happened, but something clicked in me after seeing those comments (despite how combative and abusive I was in response to the comments). I checked myself into therapy in Michigan the week after I posted here. I knew something was wrong, but I was still in denial. I thought I needed help with heartbreak. I didn't recognize that I actually needed help with identifying and combatting my messed up belief systems that I used to justify stalking and victimizing that poor girl. After a few sessions, I started seeing a psychiatrist too. I got on mood stabilizers and I started to realize that something was very very wrong with the way I was acting. Something that couldn't be cured by medication. After talking it over with my therapist, I decided it would be best for me to move out of state into my Aunt's house. Within a month of me posting here, I had moved into her house.
stalking  psychology  maleprivilege 
september 2017 by campylobacter
The Pop Culture Detective: The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory: ohnotheydidnt - Page 3
points out that these stock characters are meant to be likeable underdogs, but treat women with zero respect (stalking, never taking no for an answer, literal rape)

Howard is, before his relationship, a wannabe PUA who stalks and harrasses women and who talks about women like they're animals. Sample "joke": "of course it's your house too, why else would you be cleaning it"

Rajesh is the sensitive, shy guy who's a terrible drunk and mocked for his effeminacy. Sample "joke": "where did she go, it was going so well. She never even got to see my penis"

Leonard is the enabler and the pathetic nice guy who refuses to take no for an answer until the object of his affection is "worn down" and accepts him. Sample "joke": no discernible Leonard jokes detected in the video

Sheldon is the innocent bigot who is openly misogynist. Sample "joke": "Madame Curie was an honorary man. She had a penis made of science"

the show uses "ironic lampshading" to get away with its comedy, ie pointing out that it's racist, homophobic and sexist jokes are racist, homophobic and sexist in the text

the sexism of the characters isn't presented as aspirational, the issue is that it's presented as completely harmless
video  misogyny  tv  maleprivilege  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Born Sexy Yesterday - YouTube
Pop Culture Detective Jonathan McIntosh

The Fifth Element
My Stepmother Is an Alien
Forbidden Planet
Woody Allen movies
sexism  hollywood  maleprivilege  sciencefiction  women  patriarchy 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Predatory Romance in Harrison Ford Movies - YouTube
Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Blade Runner

Pop Culture Detective Jonathan McIntosh
cinema  toxicMasculinity  maleprivilege  rapeCulture 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Christina Wolbrecht on Twitter: "I was going to stick w sarcasm but as an actual gender studies prof, there's just so much to unpack here, I can't help myself. THREAD! 1/"

Care work (for children, infirm, elderly) is necessary for human flourishing & has been traditionally performed by women for free, which 2/
contributes to women's lesser financial & politics power. As care work has moved into the market, it remains poorly paid & overwhelmingly 3/
female, which again makes women more vulnerable. We ❤️to laud a woman "cradling her child" but don't provide paid maternity leave or 5
support quality childcare & good pay/benefits for childcare workers (women, immigrants). But wait! There's more! 6/
sexism  gender  WageGap  maleprivilege  patriarchy 
august 2017 by campylobacter
5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How to Stop Them)
If we, as men, can think of ourselves as “the good guys” and construct a boogey man abuser in our head, then we never have to turn the lens inward. We never have to consider the ways we’ve been socialized to be abusive.
abuse  maleprivilege  patriarchy  DomesticViolence 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science
One early study evaluated postdoctoral fellowship applications in the biomedical sciences and found that the women had to be 2.5 times more productive than the men in order to be rated equally scientifically competent by the senior scientists evaluating their applications. The authors concluded, “Our study strongly suggests that peer reviewers cannot judge scientific merit independent of gender. The peer reviewers over-estimated male achievements and/or underestimated female performance.” The study finds that “gender discrimination of the magnitude we have observed… could entirely account for the lower success rate of female as compared with male researchers in attaining high academic rank.”
maleprivilege  WageGap  gender  sexism  STEM 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Women in cyber security face persistent barriers, research review confirms
In the broader sector researchers noted “specific practices and policies that have been found to exclude, marginalise, or disadvantage women” which include “long hours working cultures, women professionals being excluded from the ‘boys’ club’, women being subjected to sexist remarks, and the technical expertise of women being regarded less seriously than that of male colleagues”.
sexism  workersrights  infosec  security  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley
In venture capital, a ton of power is concentrated in just a few people who all know one another. Tips and information are exchanged at all-male dinners, outings to Vegas, and sports events. Networks are important inside a VC firm, too. One secret of the venture-capital world is that many firms run on vote trading. A person might offer to vote in favor of investing in another partner’s investment so that partner will support his upcoming investment. Many firms, including Kleiner, also had a veto rule: Any one person could veto another member’s investment. No one ever exercised a veto while I was there, but fear of it motivated us to practice the California art of superficial collegiality, where everything seems tan and shiny on the outside but behind closed doors, people would trash your investment, block it, or send you on unending “rock fetches” — time-consuming, unproductive tasks to stall you until you gave up.

Your investments could be poached by senior partners. You wanted to pitch your venture so it would be supported but not so much that it would be stolen. Once a senior partner laid claim to a venture you were driving, you were better off just keeping quiet. Otherwise, you could be branded as having sharp elbows and not being a good team player. But this was true, I noticed, only for women. Junior men could sometimes even take ventures from senior partners.

At VC meetings, male partners frequently spoke over female colleagues or repeated what the women said and took the credit. Women were admonished when they “raised their voices” yet chastised when they couldn’t “own the room.” When I was still relatively new, a male partner made a big show of passing a plate of cookies around the table — but curiously ignored me and the woman next to him. Part of me thought, They’re just cookies. But after everyone left, my co-worker turned to me and shrugged. “It’s like we don’t exist,” she said.
sexism  capitalism  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Taylor Swift's sexual assault testimony was sharp, gutsy, and satisfying.
When McFarland asked her how she felt when Mueller got the boot from his job at the Denver radio station, Swift said she had no response. “I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault, because it isn’t,” she said. Later, she continued: “I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine.” Women who allege sexual assault are scolded all the time for ruining men’s lives, even if those men are proven guilty. Swift’s sharp testimony is a very visible condemnation of that common turn in cases like these. That’s an important message for women who may find themselves in Swift’s position someday, and maybe even more so for the men who’ll be called on to support or rebuff them.
consent  rapeCulture  judicialSystem  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR
The share of women in computer science started falling at roughly the same moment when personal computers started showing up in U.S. homes in significant numbers.

These early personal computers weren't much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games, maybe do some word processing. And these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

This idea that computers are for boys became a narrative. It became the story we told ourselves about the computing revolution. It helped define who geeks were, and it created techie culture.
history  women  PROGRAMMING  sexism  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Hollywood's Biggest Male Directors Share A Pathetic History Of Ignoring Female Stories
Based on Oscar nominations, critical acclaim, and box office results, the most prominent directors working in Hollywood today are Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, George Lucas, JJ Abrams, and Michael Bay. And by breaking down the number of female protagonists created by this Hollywood boys' club, as well as looking at how the directors have responded to the call for more women working in Hollywood both behind and in front of the camera, it's evident that there's a major problem with how these men tell their stories.
hollywood  cinema  maleprivilege  sexism 
august 2017 by campylobacter
So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
Engineering is not the art of building devices; it’s the art of fixing problems. Devices are a means, not an end. Fixing problems means first of all understanding them — and since the whole purpose of the things we do is to fix problems in the outside world, problems involving people, that means that understanding people, and the ways in which they will interact with your system, is fundamental to every step of building a system. (This is so key that we have a bunch of entire job ladders — PM’s and UX’ers and so on — who have done nothing but specialize in those problems. But the presence of specialists doesn’t mean engineers are off the hook; far from it. Engineering leaders absolutely need to understand product deeply; it’s a core job requirement.)
PROGRAMMING  gender  maleprivilege  sexism  STEM  google 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s Dream Was My Nightmare -
Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.

It worked like magic: The story hooked viewers and made them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 years, Fox News has been the No. 1 news station; last year the network made about $2.3 billion.

Some experts have noted that viewers found Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that period: “The Lewinsky saga put us on the news map.” As he put it in another interview: “Monica was a news channel’s dream come true.”
abuse  harassment  rapeCulture  maleprivilege  sexism  workersrights  politics  media 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Entitlement and Harassment
In which I recount an experience of harassment that is familiar to entirely too many women working retail (and existing in the world at all)
maleprivilege  harassment  workersrights 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Naive yet sexy: video pinpoints a big problem with women in sci-fi | Stylist Magazine
There are various ways in which the depiction of women in sci-fi has been problematic over the years, but a new YouTube video has pinned down a name for one particular trope you may have struggled to put your finger on in the past: Born Sexy Yesterday.

“The crux of the trope is a fixation on male superiority, a fixation with holding power over an innocent girl.

“But in order to make that socially acceptable, science fiction is employed to put the mind of that girl into a sexualised, adult woman’s body.”
tropes  sexism  sciencefiction  maleprivilege 
may 2017 by campylobacter
A Message from Anita on the End of Tropes — Feminist Frequency
What had originally started as plans for 5 videos, each approximately 10 minutes in length, eventually premiered with 3 videos all devoted to just 1 single trope! In total, those 3 videos came in at over an hour and 10 minutes in length! Doing meticulous, comprehensive research spanning the entire history of video games as preparation for those episodes was tremendously difficult and time-consuming, but looking back, I believe the results speak for themselves.

Here is the entire list of videos in this series:

1. Damsel in Distress: Part 1
2. Damsel in Distress: Part 2
3. Damsel in Distress: Part 3
4. Ms. Male Character
5. Women as Reward
6. Women as Reward: Special DLC Mini-Episode
7. Women as Background Decoration: Part 1
8. Women as Background Decoration: Part 2

1. Strategic Butt Coverings
2. Body Language and the Male Gaze
3. Lingerie Is Not Armor
4. Are Women Too Hard to Animate?
5. All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games
6. Sinister Seductress
7. Not Your Exotic Fantasy
8. The Lady Sidekick

Positive Female Characters – The Scythian
Positive Female Characters – Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
Animated Short: The Legend of the Last Princess
Animated Short: Imperfect Dark Trailer
5 Ways Men Can Help End Sexism

In all, that’s 4 hours and 50 minutes of feminist video game analysis.
AnitaSarkeesian  feminism  tropes  videogames  video  sexism  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
The Corporate Catfight in ‘Working Girl’
The lower-class underdog manages to beat the woman who has everything. What’s interesting to note is that both women had to lie/cheat in order to achieve their goals. Katharine tried to cheat by stealing Tess’s idea and Tess had to “bend the rules” in order to have her voice heard. While this seems innocent, the film argues that women aren’t capable enough to get ahead on their own—that ultimately they must rely on lying or cheating in order to climb the corporate ladder and find success.
romance  comedy  hollywood  sexism  capitalism  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
Here's the Exact Number of Times Women Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted by Men
Interestingly enough, the women on the court actually speak less often and use fewer words when they make their argument (it's unconfirmed if this a defense mechanism to cope with the inevitability of a male justice interrupting them). However, that doesn't stop their male colleagues from interjecting at a much higher rate than they would for the other men sitting on the bench. Case in point: In 2015, Ginsburg was interrupted 11 times by Anthony Kennedy; Sotomayor was interrupted 15 times by Kennedy, 14 times by Samuel Alito, and 12 times by Chief Justice John Roberts; Kagan was interrupted over 10 times each by Kennedy, Alito, and Roberts. In contrast, only two of the men court were interrupted upwards of 10 times and the highest number of interruptions coming from one of the women was 7.
judicialSystem  sexism  mansplaining  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
This Hashtag Shows That Male Authors' Wives Are Unsung Heroes
Holsinger and some colleagues were recently discussing how often the wives of male academics do significant work for which they are rarely given proper credit.

This reminded Holsinger of all the times he has read male authors thanking their wives for typing up manuscripts in the acknowledgments of their books. Curious to see how widespread the practice was, Holsinger did a quick search on Google Books and found dozens of "eye-opening" examples that he started sharing on Twitter with the hashtag #ThanksForTyping.
workersrights  writing  maleprivilege  sexism 
march 2017 by campylobacter
LSE Business Review – Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man
Beyond the obvious point that the quota would give fewer positions to men, quotas can have strategic effects on political selection. Mediocre leaders have a strong incentive to surround themselves with mediocre followers, so as to bolster their chances of remaining in power. A less acknowledged role of quotas is to create a threat to such cozy arrangements. It is this idea that our research on Sweden has investigated. Our main finding is that gender quotas increase the competence of the political class in general, and among men in particular. Moreover, quotas are indeed bad news for mediocre male leaders who tend to be forced out.

Existing research has relied mostly on education levels. But our measure of competence relies on a comparison of the private incomes across people with the same education, occupation, age, and residence in the same geographical region (members of municipal councils in Sweden typically keep their private job). A competent politician, we argue, is a person who makes more than the median amongst politicians with similar characteristics. Remarkably, this competence measure is closely correlated with results from enlistments tests of the intelligence and leadership capacity of those who did military service. It is also related to measures of political success and the quality of service delivery.
statistics  gender  feminism  maleprivilege 
march 2017 by campylobacter
When men claim to be feminists just to abuse women
Signs of a fraudulent male ally

They share well-known feminist work to prove they've read it, but never search out other work by women in a genuine attempt to better understand the issues.
They take advantage of the fact that men's voices are given more weight than women's to boost their credibility.
They resent women who refuse to recognise them as feminism experts.
They get angry when their own sexism is pointed out.
They expect women to alter feminist spaces to fit them, instead of altering themselves to fit feminist spaces.
They rephrase women's writing to present it as their own thoughts, without giving full credit to women's work.
They think they have something more important to say about feminism than anything women have already said.
They explain feminism to women, rather than to other men.
Constant demands for a cookie (extra points for a celebrity feminist cookie!)
They talk over women who call out sexism rather than supporting them, because they have to be the hero.
They'll be more upset that this article could hurt male allies than that men are using feminism to damage women.
feminism  fuckboys  maleprivilege  abuse 
march 2017 by campylobacter
Girls Think Boys are Naturally Smarter Than They Are, Study Says | Teen Vogue were asked to assign certain traits to men and women. The results show that five-year-old girls are just as likely as boys to assign brilliance to their own gender, but the six and seven-year-old girls started believing that less and less. While older boys said other men were likely to be "really, really smart" 65% of the time, their girl classmates only selected women as "really, really smart" 48% of the time.

It gets worse. The girls in the study tended to get better grades on average than the boys in their class, but they didn't link that achievement with brilliance. So not only do young girls think they're less likely to become brilliant, they already don't believe they are. This, researchers say, has an influence on our futures.
childhoodDevelopment  sexism  statistics  maleprivilege 
march 2017 by campylobacter
"I Made That Bitch Famous" | Mother Jones
A brief history of men getting credit for women's accomplishments.

[anonymous was a woman, y'all]
science  women  history  maleprivilege  sexism 
march 2017 by campylobacter
by Online Anger Man


Or don't you have the balls? That's right, everyone knows the male testes contain the concentrated masculine essence needed to form pure logic energy. It's the reason I have abstained from all sexual contact--by choice, I assure you. Buddy, my logic lumps are swollen, painful, and ready to unleash sticky ropes of white-hot arguments all over you. When I'm ready to bust, you better stand back. Sometimes it only takes 20 seconds for me to finish, but I've been told that's completely normal for a man who's too busy owning fools like you to stand for more than five minutes a day.
lol  maleprivilege 
february 2017 by campylobacter
Women only said 27% of the words in 2016’s biggest movies.
Not one of the top 10 movies of 2016 had a 50% speaking, female cast.

Finding Dory was the closest to this level of equality with 43% female characters. To be equal, the movie would have needed 8 more speaking, female roles.

Rogue One was the worst. Only 9% of its speaking characters were female. Of those 10 characters, 1 was a computer voice, 1 appeared on screen for no more than 5 seconds, and 1 was a CGI cameo that said 1 word.

Only 1 of 2016’s top 10 movies had 50% dialogue by a female character.

Finding Dory comes out on top here too with 53% female dialogue. But, 76% of that dialogue came from Dory alone.
statistics  representation  hollywood  maleprivilege  women  writing 
january 2017 by campylobacter
‘Working Girl’ Is ‘White Feminism: The Movie’ | Bitch Flicks
Is there a German word for the discomfort of an adult re-watching something they loved as a child and harshly realizing its flaws?
cinema  hollywood  sexism  maleprivilege  romance 
january 2017 by campylobacter
Everything I Know About Feminism I Learned From Working Girl
yikes white feminism

Tess McGill, Kathryn Parker, Jack Trainor
Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford
cinema  hollywood  sexism  maleprivilege  romance 
january 2017 by campylobacter
A Familiar Story of Redemption – Imran Siddiquee – Medium
The very thing which is praised about Casey Affleck’s Manchester by the Sea performance — his ability to authentically project the emotional struggles of a devastated man — is the thing which colors how many see the accusations of sexual harassment in his own past. As Anne Helen Petersen recently wrote at Buzzfeed, Affleck has the privilege of positioning “himself within the long tradition of tortured male artists who behave badly.” The “darkness” in his history becomes just another element in the cinematic story we tell about him off screen. The same deepness we find in his work — LaSalle says of his acting that it conveys a pain that “goes as deep as forever” — is the unspoken rationalization we attribute to his actual actions. It is the buried meaning we find in the work and lives of Bertolucci, Brando, and so many other abusers throughout the history of Hollywood cinema. Because there is always some grander, deeper, justification for the oppressive behavior of straight white men.
hollywood  maleprivilege  whiteprivilege  rape  rapeCulture  writing  tropes  cinema 
january 2017 by campylobacter
Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women
Women have always entered male-dominated fields — usually well-paid, professional ones — more than men enter female-dominated ones. There are now many female lawyers, but male nurses are still rare. One reason is that jobs done by women, especially caregiving jobs, have always had lower pay and lower status. Yet when men, especially white men, enter female-dominated fields, they are paid more and promoted faster than women, a phenomenon known as the glass escalator.

Much of men’s resistance to pink-collar jobs is tied up in the culture of masculinity, say people who study the issue. Women are assumed to be empathetic and caring; men are supposed to be strong, tough and able to support a family.
maleprivilege  sexism  unemployment  WageGap 
january 2017 by campylobacter
Losing my religion for equality
JIMMY CARTER: This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.
misogyny  religion  sexism  christianity  maleprivilege 
january 2017 by campylobacter
White males dominate Donald Trump's top cabinet posts -
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO
Dept of Defense: retired Marine Gen.
Attorney General: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions
Dept of Treasury: Steve Mnuchin, ex-Goldman Sachs banker

Of Trump's 18 choices to date -- excluding his vice president and senior White House staff -- 14 are white, of which 12 are male. None are Latino. By comparison, 11 of the the corresponding positions in Obama's first Cabinet were white -- with 7 men and 4 women -- along with Latino labor and interior secretaries and 3 African-Americans, 2 of whom were women.
inclusivity  representation  politics  whiteSupremacy  whiteprivilege  maleprivilege 
december 2016 by campylobacter
Why your boss is still a white guy - Chicago Tribune
And that’s why the proportion of women citing pipeline as the largest issue is only 23%. More important to the ones experiencing the problem firsthand? Unconscious bias in hiring/promotions and the lack of industry role models/mentors.

And now I want to circle back to the title of the article. Do you know why your boss is still a white man? Because it’s all too easy for the people in charge to point to the relatively low proportion of women coming out of computer science undergrad as an immutable sign that they have no culpability in our industry’s diversity problem. If the solution for diversity is for more girls to want to study computer science in college, then why should I as CEO or Venture Capitalist make any effort to address the issue?

Force conversations around bias.
Proactively tackle the more obvious biases.
Focus on the post-hire experience.
Reward quality, not noise.
The small things make a big difference.
workersrights  sexism  racism  whiteprivilege  maleprivilege  inclusivity 
december 2016 by campylobacter
[NM] I got a girl pregnant and she wanted to get an abortion but I didn't want that. She ended up not getting one but now she is not involved at all : legaladvice
We weren't in a serious relationship when she got pregnant. She has never met our son. Even after the birth she had no desire to see him. We went to court to figure custody and support could be figured out and I have 100% full legal and physical custody. Her name is on the birth certificate but she has no custody and no right to visitation or to make things like medical or education decisions. She didn't want any of that. Every month she pays 125% of the court ordered child support. She says that if I ever marry someone who wants to adopt him she will agree but until then she'll pay support. It's been this way since our son was born.

I'm raising our son all on my own. He is 18 months old now and he has never met her and I don't even have any photos of her even. I am burned out and hate being a single parent. I love my son but I resent him. My family tries to help when they can but I do it most of the time. I would never hurt or neglect him but I am exhausted all the time. I tried to go to court to give her split custody but because she wanted an abortion and I didn't and she made it clear she would never be involved after the birth, and because we went to court when he was 6 months old but because we already went after he was born and agreed on things and now she pays more support than is court ordered the judge said he can't force her to look after him. I haven't seen her in almost a year and the last I heard she has a tummy tuck and laser stretch marks treatment and is working at a gym. She also told her friends and family she is an egg donor and not a mother. She is a deadbeat mom and the court won't do anything and is forcing me to struggle as a single parent. Do I have any legal remedies here?
abortion  reproductiveRights  maleprivilege  childabuse  judicialSystem 
november 2016 by campylobacter
Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation
Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month. And when they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, typos went down by 44 percent and productivity went up by 150 percent.

Plus, the U.S. Energy Department estimates that you can save about 11 percent on power bills by raising the thermostat from 72 to 77 degrees.
sexism  workersrights  maleprivilege 
september 2016 by campylobacter
White House women want to be in the room where it happens
So female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution – and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.

“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and other said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
sexism  politics  maleprivilege  workersrights 
september 2016 by campylobacter
OPEN LETTER TO THE MEDIA: In the Name of Decency, Stop Tipping the Scale for Trump
See, it shouldn’t be that hard to cover Donald in a way that feels fair. Simply apply the three immutable tenets of Hillary reporting:

1. Always assume bad character and attribute malicious motives.
2. Completely overlook and invisibilize supporters.
3. Focus relentlessly on negatives — and portray positives as negatives.

Now apply that same standard to Donald:

1. Always assume anything he says or does is corrupt. Start from the position that he’s malicious and manipulative, as you do with Hillary. Presume everything he does is part of a duplicitous scheme. Treat him like a grotesque caricature of a human being, an ambitious automaton, a power-hungry monster devoid of the most basic humanity. Attribute nefarious motives to anything he says, even the way he laughs or smiles.
2. Pay no mind to his supporters. None whatsoever. Don’t worry about offending them. If you have the slightest pang of guilt, just keep in mind how you’ve continually dismissed Hillary’s 15.8 million voters with your demeaning “enthusiasm gap” narrative. Tell your audience only about the people who don’t like him, never those who do. In every interview, ask him why he’s so despised. Focus relentlessly on every negative data point to portray him as an isolated outcast, just as you do with Hillary.
3. Roadblock every negative story, just like you’ve done with Hillary’s emails, which our research shows you’ve covered every single day for an entire year. Obsess, obsess, obsess. Endlessly obsess until your audience goes numb from the repetition, until a single word like “transcripts” or “emails” or “foundation” conjures oceans of opprobrium. Probe every permutation of his words and actions and fit them into damaging frames concocted by rival opposition researchers. Examine every nook and cranny of what you consider to be his rank awfulness, just as you do with Hillary.
misogyny  sexism  politics  media  journalism  mediajournalism  maleprivilege 
september 2016 by campylobacter
Fear of a Female President
According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 52% of white men hold a “very unfavorable” view of Clinton. That’s a whopping 20 points higher than the percentage who viewed Barack Obama very unfavorably in 2012, 32 points higher than the percentage who viewed Obama very unfavorably in 2008, and 28 points higher than the percentage who viewed John Kerry very unfavorably in 2004.

To understand this reaction, start with what social psychologists call “precarious manhood” theory. The theory posits that while womanhood is typically viewed as natural and permanent, manhood must be “earned and maintained.” Because it is won, it can also be lost. Scholars at the University of South Florida and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported that when asked how someone might lose his manhood, college students rattled off social failures like “losing a job.” When asked how someone might lose her womanhood, by contrast, they mostly came up with physical examples like “a sex-change operation” or “having a hysterectomy.”
sexism  misogyny  politics  maleprivilege  statistics  journalism  mediajournalism  media 
september 2016 by campylobacter
Harvard Study Confirms The Media Tore Down Clinton, Built Up Trump And Sanders
Though 28 percent of Clinton’s coverage was about issues, 84 percent of those stories were negative in tone. To compare, Trump only notched 12 percent on issues, with 43 percent negative in tone. That’s much heavier accountability for the Democratic nominee in a race that received less than half the coverage of the Republican contest. But, for Clinton, it’s easy to see the negative trend reversing as we enter the general election.
media  mediajournalism  journalism  politics  misogyny  sexism  maleprivilege 
september 2016 by campylobacter
Once you realize that what you ultimately love about men is their male privilege in a sexist world, men offer very little else worth having.
Like here's this hairy, sweaty ape who thinks feelings are stupid and books worthless compared to the triumph of Call of Duty.

There are millions of these apes walking around trying to emulate Seth Rogen because sexist media made him worth millions.

Then when women say they aren't happy about having to limit their sexuality to this absurd arrangement, men lash out at them. It's great.

Heterosexuality right now is at its breaking point and all I want to do is dedicate the rest of my life to pulling it apart like taffy.
maleprivilege  heteronormativity  sexism  twitter 
august 2016 by campylobacter
Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories
Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other states to pass the most robust equal pay law in the country.

The law takes a step that is completely unique: it prohibits employers from asking prospective hires about their salary histories until after they make a job offer that includes compensation, unless the applicants voluntarily disclose the information. No other state has such a ban in place.

Many employers require applicants to give them a salary history at the outset or during the initial steps of the hiring process, usually to determine how much they should be paid and whether the employer can afford their salary. But this disadvantages women, who, thanks to a variety of factors that can include outright discrimination, make less than men on average. Women make less than men in their first jobs even when education and field are taken into consideration, and they are also penalized in salary negotiations, while men get an advantage. If the next employer bases a salary on the previous one a woman was earning, that discrimination will only be furthered.
sexism  maleprivilege  workersrights 
august 2016 by campylobacter
my mother (and roommate) has lost it. How do I protect myself and my stuff from eviction and am I entitled to the back child support she is getting?
I am 21 and I live with my mother. I go to college, which I took a loan out for, and work a job so I am rarely home but it is still my home. I've lived there well past the amount of time to establish residency in my state (OH). I pay rent in the amount of $100 a month for my room, to pitch in for other things. She makes me pay by the 5th of every month so my understanding is that this makes me a paying tenant.

We haven't gotten along lately because she wants to sell the house and move. I don't agree with her decision to move. It isn't even her house, it is my father's house. They've been divorced for 16 years and he bought and added on to that house and wants it back.
reddit  maleprivilege  manpain 
august 2016 by campylobacter
New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject
But more strikingly, King and her colleagues found a huge difference in self-citation patterns between men and women. "Over the years between 1779-2011, men cite their own papers 56% more than women do," they found. And in recent decades, men have stepped up their self-citation game relative to women: "In the last two decades of our data, men self-cite 70 percent more than women."
science  sexism  maleprivilege 
august 2016 by campylobacter
What Roger Ailes’ Case Says About The Sexism Epidemic In TV News
In 1996, as Fox News was getting off the ground, McGinnis recalls, Roger Ailes tried to recruit her. Their meeting was professional and flattering, but she turned Ailes down. “I couldn’t work at a place like that.”

As she rose through the ranks at CBS and took on more authority, McGinnis says she occasionally received complaints from women in the newsroom about the unwelcome come-ons of their male colleagues.
workersrights  sexism  maleprivilege  mediajournalism  journalism  fuckboys 
july 2016 by campylobacter
9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women
In this fast-paced business world, female leaders need to make sure they’re not perceived as pushy, aggressive or competent. One way to do that is to alter your leadership style to account for the (sometimes) fragile male ego.

Should men accept powerful women and not feel threatened by them? Yes. Is that asking too much? IS IT? Sorry I didn’t mean to get aggressive there. Anyhoo, here are 9 non-threatening leadership strategies for women.
comic  lol  sexism  workersrights  maleprivilege  satire 
july 2016 by campylobacter
Dear people voting for racists
Dear people voting for racists: The jobs are never coming back. Nothing will make them come back. These people are lying to your face

In order for the jobs to come back, rich people would have to cut into their own profit margins. They won't let that happen.

You, white male American, aren't as cost-efficient as underpaid brown/female/foreign labor. The gig economy exists to add you to the list

The conservative idiom is a fantasy land where business men are nice people that WANT to hire those good ol' boys but gov't won't let them.

The rich don't want to hire you. They don't want to create jobs for you. You are too expensive.

Even if you do close the borders, it will not stop the machines coming for your job. Machines don't need citizenship.

You need to accept RIGHT NOW that you are useless to the global economic machine, and accept that the big players aren't in it to help you.

No amount of racist scapegoating will change that fact.
twitter  racism  unemployment  politics  WageGap  minimumwage  maleprivilege 
july 2016 by campylobacter
I'm with the Banned -- Welcome to the Scream Room
by Laurie Penny
He is leading a yammering army of trolls to victory on terms they barely understand. This is how we got to a place where headline speakers at the Republican convention—one of the most significant political events in the national narrative of world’s greatest superpower—are now actively calling for the slaughter and deportation of foreigners, declaring that Hillary Clinton is an agent of Satan, and hearing only cheers from the floor.

They ventriloquise the fear of millions into a scream of fire in the crowded theatre of modernity where all the doors are locked, and then they watch the stampede, and they smile for the cameras.

....It’s what happens when weaponised insincerity is applied to structured ignorance.
politics  MiloYiannopoulos  GOP  harassment  maleprivilege  patriarchy 
july 2016 by campylobacter
Bustin’ Makes Boys Feel Sad — Why Ghostbusters is So Hated
This all might seem like much ado about nothing — just a couple angry boys howling at the moon, but while they are extremely easy laugh at, there is a genuine cottage industry that has formed all around spewing vitriol at anything considered slightly feminist or progressive. And in the same way that I’m much less worried about Trump than I am the angry mob that follows him, it’s not the panderers here that are concerning, but the uncertain audience that follows them. This is the uneasy crowd that Ian Danskin dubbed “Angry Jack” in his brilliant series “Why So Angry?” I’m going to come back to this a bit later, but just know that Angry Jack is the audience these aggressors pander to.
sexism  maleprivilege  hollywood  cinema 
july 2016 by campylobacter
When Women Refuse
We're collecting stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances.

Share yours here.
maleprivilege  violenceagainstwomen  sexism  DomesticViolence  rapeCulture  misogyny 
july 2016 by campylobacter
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