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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 
5 weeks ago by campylobacter
This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female.
1. This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female. It comes with a trigger warning for misandry. Anyone who doesn't like misandry shouldn't read this. I'll be misandering up a storm in this thread.

2. So when I was in my twenties, I answered a job ad in a newspaper for a "Professional gambler's assistant." Remarkably, this turned out to have been placed by a real professional gambler who really wanted to train a team to play blackjack in casinos around the world.

6. So first, consider this: the boss, a sixty-something man, had hired a team of twenty-something women. He told us this was because he found women more "docile." Bad enough. But of course it was really because he wanted to try to fuck a lot of 20-something women.

11. Once they understood, they would try to explain to us how to win at cards. ALWAYS. They knew nothing, and they were preposterously wrong. It was like a four-year-old explaining to a pilot how an airplane works. It was also, after the first time, intensely boring.

12. It was impossible to stop them doing this. If we interrupted to explain how they were mistaken, it only made them pause with a pitying expression on their faces. If we got frustrated, they acted as if we were hysterical women who couldn't admit we were wrong.

13. But on some level they knew this had failed, because they then moved on to gambit #3—warning us that what we were doing was dangerous, and we were going to get hurt. This was delivered with a worldly-wise, "Let me tell you how the real world works, little lady" air.

14. As a result, none of us got laid the entire time we worked at this professional gambling job. All our interactions with men were fucked-up and acrimonious. Let me repeat: WE COULD NOT GET LAID BECAUSE WE WERE PROFESSIONAL GAMBLERS.

15. Any of these men could have slept with us, enticed us away from the boss, been taught how to be professional gamblers. Maybe we even would have been willing to steal our boss's $30,000 in cash. None of them saw this temptation. Not that they resisted it: THEY DID NOT SEE IT.

16. Anyway, in my opinion, this kind of bullshit is a major reason girls, especially straight girls, give up doing cool things. Instead of getting glory, you get relentlessly patronized & insulted by the very people who are supposed to find you sexy BECAUSE you do cool things.
mansplaining  sexism  misogyny  toxicMasculinity 
july 2018 by campylobacter
Eating in Dallas’ Top Steakhouses Gave Me a Bellyful of Misogyny
What century are we in? I could begin a catalog of all the microaggressions that over time and through repetition accumulate to something deflating. So many ways to say, “This is not your world.” It took me a while to realize that in the tales I recounted, the people in my entourage saw me living my personal #MeatToo. I’d been too busy assessing the filet and writing scores of notes to analyze the tri-tip’s drag on my psyche.
misogyny  food 
july 2018 by campylobacter
The Alt-Right is Killing People
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called "alt-right" — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits.
terrorism  usa  whiteSupremacy  racism  statistics  misogyny  nazis 
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
Claudia Black: Mr C.K.
My mantra this year has been
Wake up
Clean up
Grow Up
Show up.
abuse  harassment  sexism  misogyny 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Ellen Page - “You should fuck her to make her realize... | Facebook
When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, “You have to make the move, I can’t.” I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically. I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.
lgbtqia  abuse  childmolestation  hollywood  harassment  workersrights  misogyny  sexism 
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
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
Trump just officially made it easier for employers to stop covering birth control - Vox
“Bifurcating the rule into two separate parts is like a severability clause on steroids,” Nicholas Bagley, a health law professor at the University of Michigan, said. “It's signaling in the strongest possible terms that the agency independently wants both parts of the rule to remain in place, even if one, or part of one, is invalidated.”
birthcontrol  reproductiveRights  healthcare  workersrights  misogyny  sexism 
october 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
The Women of "God's Not Dead."
The movie actually has a pretty decent mix of male to female characters for this kind of storyline, but the male characters really carry the story. Of the subplots, only one is exclusively carried by a woman–the Muslim girl’s story. Otherwise, all other female characters bounce off male ones.
cinema  christianity  misogyny  islamophobia  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Patriarchy, Christian Reconstructionsim, and White Supremacy
Christian Patriarchy Movement history
Bill Gothard
Bold Christian Living - Jonathan Lindval
Vision Forum - Douglas Phillips
Civil War theologian Robert Lewis Dabney, Stonewall Jackson's chaplain
"A Defense of Virginia and the South" by Robert Lewis Dabney
"Slavery as it Was" by Douglas Wilson (former leader of The League of the South, a secessionist and White Supremacist organization)
Steve Wilkins
"Robert Lewis Dabney: The Prophet Speaks" hagiography by Douglas Phillips
Christian Reconstructionism
Rousas Rushdoony
reestablishment of Antebellum society
christianity  religion  whiteSupremacy  patriarchy  racism  misogyny  history 
september 2017 by campylobacter
When Jadzia was killed off
When Jadzia was killed off, I was angry at Terry for leaving. When she got the role in the sitcom “Becker” so quickly it looked to an outsider much like she said. Or that a better offer came along and she’d abandoned DS9. But I was wrong, like a lot of people back then.

A few years ago she said for the first time I can recall that she’d wanted to stay in a reduced role. And that the powers that be said “No, all or nothing.” I couldn’t believe it. I was so mad at all of them; Behr, Moore, Berman.

But it wasn’t all of them. Not Moore. Not Behr. It was just Berman and/or the studio. But the others didn’t even know what was going on! No one but Terry and Berman knew.
misogyny  sexism  workersrights  hollywood  tv  sciencefiction  startrek 
august 2017 by campylobacter
The Strange, Sad Case Of Laci Green — Feminist Hero Turned Anti-Feminist Defender
In late May, seemingly out of the blue, Green dramatically shifted her tone on harassment. Where once she supported the abused, she suddenly began questioning why there’s “more than two genders” and arguing that “both sides of the argument are valid” for everything from racism to transphobia to misogyny. In a stunning example of her newfound hypocrisy, she called feminist YouTuber and fellow member of her anti-harassment Facebook group Kat Blaque a “sociopath,” and earlier this month, she tweeted the following:

civil dissent is not harassment. conflict =/= abuse. hurt feelings =/= trauma. overstating harm comes at the expense of survivors. #message

 — @gogreen18

In a series of videos, Green revealed that her shift was a result of “red pilling,” the term for a twisted Matrix-inspired recruitment process coined by men’s rights advocates, pick-up artists, and the “alt right.” The process involves a recruiter who attempts to position white supremacists as oppressed truth tellers while spinning phony racial and gender science as “free speech” that’s being trampled on by feminists and the political left.
transphobia  racism  misogyny 
june 2017 by campylobacter
laureljupiter: I’m looking at screenshots of this...
I’m looking at screenshots of this horde of furious girls and women destroying Joss Whedon on twitter and it’s so great

Motherfucker you knew you were a misogynist and a fraud in 2002 when you wrote the autobiographical Buffy episode about Andrew the filmmaker fetishizing the pain and hero stories of the house full of women who despise him, and now it’s finally coming crashing down on you and happening in real life.

Viewers were supposed to be disgusted by the sight of three dorky boys nerding out over Star Wars figurines. Buffy and the house full of potential slayers call Andrew vile names for being a nerd, not in response to his behavior; by the end of his run, I felt the urge to protect Andrew, not from the girls, but from Joss, who was clearly using him as a punching bag onto which he was projecting his own self-loathing. (Eventually Joss was quoted saying that Andrew was, as had been hinted, gay, but would remain in the closet indefinitely “because it’s funny,” something that horrified and enraged fans, but which Joss seemed to view, appallingly, as as an ultimate emasculation.)
meta  BuffyTheVampireSlayer  misogyny  homophobia  toxicMasculinity 
june 2017 by campylobacter
The Handmaid's Tale
Biblical Influences in The Handmaid's Tale in Class:
a Lesson Plan for a Double Period
literature  fiction  education  religion  sexism  misogyny  reproductiveRights 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Why Every Christian Needs To Watch 'The Handmaid’s Tale'
Every time the series references Scripture or mirrors experiences that I recognize as a Christian woman, I wince. It’s often difficult to reconcile my love for Jesus Christ and his teachings with the wrongdoing committed in the name of religion, and the series practically runs on that feeling.

On one hand, I want to jump to Christianity’s defense and shout that not all religious people are this way. But I know that I’m speaking from a place of relative privilege, and that it’s important to listen and learn from the critical conversations had in The Handmaid's Tale.
fiction  tv  misogyny  sexism 
april 2017 by campylobacter
The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women | New Republic
Most contradictory and recognizable of all these female collaborators is Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), the wife of Offred’s commander. Before Gilead, she graced American television screens as a preternaturally blond evangelist. (Serena Joy was her stage name, a nom de guerre for the culture wars.) Even though she occupies the highest rank for a woman in this new world, she is now legally inferior to her sad-sack husband and, finding herself childless, has to employ Offred as a surrogate. Rage roils the edges of her ice-princess restraint. “She doesn’t make speeches anymore,” Offred notes in the book. “She stays in her home, but it doesn’t seem to agree with her. How furious she must be, now that she’s been taken at her word.”
fiction  tv  misogyny  reproductiveRights 
april 2017 by campylobacter
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange and the Politics of Sexism
When sexist thought crops up under different rationales, and at different points on the political spectrum, it's easy to dismiss as somehow apolitical—to see it as a matter of individual men being mean or maladjusted, or to conclude that "our side" is never sexist, whereas "their side" always is. What we don't give enough credit to is the idea of sexism itself as a political vector—a self-sufficient cause, capable of aligning with and uniting otherwise disparate factions.
feminism  misogyny  sexism  politics 
march 2017 by campylobacter
When A Woman Deletes A Man’s Comment Online
In this white supremacist, transphobic, ableist, misogynistic, hyper-Christian society, the majority of our speech platforms were built off the loud espousals of hatred that still hurt so many today. There is no lack of space for a white man who thinks that Mike Brown was a thug who deserved to die. There is no lack of space for a Midwestern white woman who lives thousands of miles away from anywhere that could be a target of tourism, let alone terrorism, and yet wants to spread fear of Muslim extremism. That side of the debate is heard in deafeningly loud decibels, to the detriment of the rest of us.
harassment  misogyny  sexism  racism  socialmedia  blacklivesmatter 
february 2017 by campylobacter
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber
On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn't. He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn't help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with. It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.
workersrights  sexism  harassment  misogyny 
february 2017 by campylobacter
Flynn under fire for fake news
As Donald Trump’s national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will have to advise the president of the veracity of foreign and domestic threats, separating those that require immediate policy action from propaganda or misinformation.

But Flynn himself has used social media to promote a series of outrageous conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and their inner circles in recent months — pushing dubious factoids at least 16 times since Aug. 9, according to a POLITICO review of his Twitter posts. Flynn, who has 106,000 Twitter followers, has used the platform to retweet accusations that Clinton is involved with child sex trafficking and has "secretly waged war” on the Catholic Church, as well as charges that Obama is a “jihadi” who “laundered” money for Muslim terrorists.
propaganda  disinformation  socialmedia  conspiracy  islamophobia  misogyny  sexism  racism  security 
february 2017 by campylobacter
Donald Trump and Steve Bannon need angry young men. They’re using Gamergate culture to get them
Gamergate is a loose collection of disaffected (mostly) men who have used the issue of ethics in gaming journalism as a pretext to harass and attack women and many minority groups. The movement got its start in 2014 when a young man wanted to exact revenge on his ex-girlfriend. What started as a simple blog post became a campaign of harassment spearheaded by anonymous users on platforms like Reddit and 4chan. Gamergate has since used Twitter and other social-media platforms to lob misogynistic, homophobic, and anti-Semitic attacks on its critics.

Gamergate and Trump both succeeded by playing to insecurities and anxieties while simultaneously offering up soft targets onto whom they could vent their frustrations. Once drawn in, alt-right internet echo chambers and hyper-partisan news outlets like Breitbart exposed these men to consistent diets of fake or sensationalized news and conspiracies. The fact that Steve Bannon, the white nationalist and Breitbart founder, is now Trump’s chief adviser means this pattern will almost certainly continue.
gamergate  racism  misogyny  homophobia  nazis 
february 2017 by campylobacter
sassypants on Twitter: "I want Christians to admit and accept that the Bible is man written and man is flawed."

Homosexuality is older than Christ. Stay mad.

The Bible is a companion, not a leader.

I don't know a vengeful God. I don't know a God who is hateful, intolerant, unwavering. None of that says "love" and God is love.

I can imagine a man thinking about homosexuality and feeling compelled to write in his chapter of the Bible, "ugh nigga you gay!"
christianity  scripture  homophobia  misogyny  twitter 
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
The guide to being a better bystander -
Distract, delay, delegate and intervene. Learn how to be an active bystander against acts of hate and harassment:
harassment  racism  misogyny 
december 2016 by campylobacter
What Gamergate should have taught us about the 'alt-right' | Technology | The Guardian
The similarities between Gamergate and the far-right online movement, the “alt-right”, are huge, startling and in no way a coincidence. After all, the culture war that began in games now has a senior representative in The White House. As a founder member and former executive chair of Brietbart News, Steve Bannon had a hand in creating media monster Milo Yiannopoulos, who built his fame and Twitter following by supporting and cheerleading Gamergate. This hashtag was the canary in the coalmine, and we ignored it.

Lest we forget, Gamergate was an online movement that effectively began because a man wanted to punish his ex girlfriend. Its most notable achievement was harassing a large number of progressive figures - mostly women – to the point where they felt unsafe or considered leaving the industry. Game developer Zoe Quinn was the original target. Anita Sarkeesian’s videos applying basic feminist theory to video games had already made her a target (because so many people have a difficulty differentiating cultural criticism from censorship) but this hate was powerfully amplified by Gamergate – leading to death threats, rape threats, and the public leaking of personal information. Other notable targets included developer Brianna Wu, actor Felicia Day, and prominent tech-culture writer Leigh Alexander, whose provocative article on the tyranny of “game culture” offered stark warnings that still resonate powerfully: “When you decline to create or to curate a culture in your spaces, you’re responsible for what spawns in the vacuum.”

Many had embraced Gamergate because they felt it wholly matched their ideals, and yet – quite consistently – no one in the movement was willing to be associated with the abuse being carried out in its name. Prominent supporters on Twitter, in subreddits and on forums like 8Chan, developed a range of pernicious rhetorical devices and defences to distance themselves from threats to women and minorities in the industry: the targets were lying or exaggerating, they were too precious; a language of dismissal and belittlement was formed against them. Safe spaces, snowflakes, unicorns, cry bullies. Even when abuse was proven, the usual response was that people on their side were being abused too. These techniques, forged in Gamergate, have become the standard toolset of far-right voices online.

The strangest aspect of Gamergate is that it consistently didn’t make any sense: people chose to align with it, and yet refused responsibility. It was constantly demanded that we debate the issues, but explanations and facts were treated with scorn. Attempts to find common ground saw the specifics of the demands being shifted: we want you to listen to us; we want you to change your ways; we want you to close your publication down. This movement that ostensibly wanted to protect free speech from cry bully SJWs simultaneously did what it could to endanger sites it disagreed with, encouraging advertisers to abandon support for media outlets that published stories critical of the hashtag. The petulance of that movement is disturbingly echoed in Trump’s own Twitter feed.
gamergate  harassment  misogyny  whiteSupremacy  sexism  politics  fascism  disinformation  abuse 
december 2016 by campylobacter
CHARIOT: Guest Post: Women in Historical RPGs
women’s history has been actively erased by misogynistic cultural forces for thousands of years. Those records that do survive are circumscribed by the limits of the culture that produced them. Even when they exist at all, records of women doing things that fit their prescribed societal role are maintained; records of women who resist patriarchy are destroyed or altered to make them more socially acceptable. Records of cultures that supported powerful women were destroyed and supplanted with a conqueror’s narrative. Men who prove unpopular after their deaths are re-imagined as effeminate. Again, this did not happen by accident.
history  sexism  misogyny  gameDev 
november 2016 by campylobacter
Hostility toward women is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support - Vox
The political scientists used a four-question survey to determine sexist attitudes, asking if people agreed with the following statements:
1 Most women interpret innocent remarks or acts as being sexist.
2 Many women are actually seeking special favors, such as hiring policies that favor women over men, under the guise of asking for equality.
3 Feminists are not actually seeking for women to have more power than men.
4 Feminists are making entirely reasonable demands of men.

The survey also asked how strongly respondents supported Clinton or Trump. The higher they were on the sexism scale, the more likely they were to support Trump and the less likely they were to support Clinton. Hostile sexism was nearly as good at predicting support for Trump as party identification was.
misogyny  sexism  politics 
november 2016 by campylobacter
New NBC Series Makes Light of Human Trafficking and Asian Stereotypes
Deadline announced recently that NBC has picked up a half-hour sitcom called Mail Order Family, a comedy about a widowed single father who orders a mail order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two preteen daughters.

The series is loosely based on comedian Jackie Clarke’s life — which has already been told in an animated webseries and as a story on PBS’s This American Life. Her father had his children look through a catalog for a potential wife to be mailed over from the Philippines. He bought a wife and both lived unhappily together for several years. Clarke’s new stepmother not only rejected her attempts at closeness but also divorced her father after discovering he had a secret family in the Philippines. Eventually, Clarke’s father abandoned his kids to be with his new family in the Philippines as well. And now her story is being turned into a comedy. Funny, right?
humantrafficking  hollywood  racism  misogyny  tv  asians 
october 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
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
The Response to Melania Trump's Plagiarism Is an Example of White Privilege
This is the essence of white privilege — even clear fuckups get explained away and come with little consequence. Meanwhile, if you're black, telling the truth can cost you everything. And after all that, you can be subjected to eight years of disrespect and then have your very words stolen, while the same people who have cast aspersions upon you claim their actions are justified. Moreover, you get to watch people profit from your labor, while telling you that labor is unremarkable and meaningless.
whiteprivilege  racism  misogyny  plagiarism  politics 
july 2016 by campylobacter
Newsflash: The Original Ghostbusters Was Totally Sexist
On the one hand, this is a pretty obvious a continuation of Venckman's (and the film's) male wish fulfillment. Dana goes from utterly uninterested to (magically) somewhat interested to (scarcely more magically) demanding sex. But her transformation also comes across as a function of a kind of adolescent fear of cooties. The film's giggling sexist interest in women is balanced by a giggling misogynist fear of them. Bodily fluids are viewed as ectoplasmic ick; the films' most famous line is "He slimed me!" Murray is constantly verbally demanding sex, but actual intimate encounters (whether with ghosts or demons) disgust and frighten him. Thus a pleasant dinner for two with an attractive woman is, for the film, presented as the literal end of the world. When Dana/Zuul expresses sexual desire, Venckman spurns her. It's only when he pumps her full of tranquilizers till she's unconscious that he feels it's safe to nibble on her collarbone— an intimacy which might seem affectionate if Dana was actually already his girlfriend. But she isn't, so it just comes across as a fairly gross violation.
hollywood  misogyny  sexism 
july 2016 by campylobacter
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common
Early reports suggest that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove a rented truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers on Thursday night, killing more than 80 including at least ten children, may not have been devout, but he did have a criminal record of domestic violence. A neighbor claimed he would “rant about his wife,” who left him two years ago.

This history of domestic violence puts Bouhlel in the horrific company of many mass murderers. Omar Mateen, who last month killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, had an extensive history of domestic abuse. His former wife has claimed that in addition to taking her paychecks and forbidding her from leaving the house, Mateen also beat her if she failed to live up to traditional wifely responsibilities.

And before anyone jumps to the conclusion that killers with Muslim backgrounds have uniquely bad histories with women, recall that Robert Lewis Dear, the devout Christian who killed three people and wounded nine at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic in November, had a lengthy history of violence against women, including a 1992 arrest for rape and sexual violence. According to the Washington Post, two of his three ex-wives had accused him of domestic abuse.

When Elliot Rodger went on a shooting rampage in Southern California in 2014, killing seven, including himself, he left a video in which he detailed his fury, particularly at women who had rejected him. “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it …You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male.”
sexism  misogyny  DomesticViolence  massacre  homicide  gunViolence 
july 2016 by campylobacter
A journalist went to a Donald Trump rally yesterday and came back shocked. Here are his tweets
Most coverage of Donald Trump’s rallies are about people disrupting it. But one American journalist went there and quietly observed what was going on.

He came back shaken and scared.

Jared Yates Sexton is a writer and political correspondent from the state of Georgia.

Yesterday, Donald Trump held a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sexton went there to cover the event, and wrote a series of tweets.
twitter  politics  homophobia  racism  misogyny  immigration 
june 2016 by campylobacter
fanMAIL: Azealia Banks Shot Down On Twitter By 14-year-old Skai Jackson
Wednesday 11 May 2016

Twitter Troll Azealia Banks finally met her match in 14-year-old Disney star Skai Jackson. It all went down on Tuesday after 24-year-old Banks targeted the young actress for online abuse.

But the youngster was ready with both barrels loaded.

Loyal reader Khakiincolor witnessed the Twitter shootout as it unfolded.
twitter  misogyny 
june 2016 by campylobacter
The Secret Rage Behind Lucy’s Pulling the Football Away From Charlie Brown Every Fall
Charlie Brown: You’re hopeless! That was the worst kick I’ve ever seen!
Lucy: Well after all ... I’m just a little girl, you know ...
Charlie Brown: Little girls don’t belong on football fields! Go home!
Lucy: I don’t understand ... I was the star fullback in nursery school ...
Charlie Brown: Well, don’t stand around here! GO ON HOME!! Get out of here!
comic  history  misogyny  feminism  sexism 
june 2016 by campylobacter
When I Quit Cutting My Hair, I Learned How Men Treat Women On American Roads
aggressive driver with long hair gets harassed by road rage motorists until they figure out he's a dude
misogyny  sexism  maleprivilege 
june 2016 by campylobacter
Transgender men see sexism from both sides
Many trans men I spoke with said they had no idea how rough women at work had it until they transitioned. As soon as they came out as men, they found their missteps minimized and their successes amplified. Often, they say, their words carried more weight: They seemed to gain authority and professional respect overnight. They also saw confirmation of the sexist attitudes they had long suspected: They recalled hearing female colleagues belittled by male bosses, or female job applicants called names.
transgender  sexism  workersrights  sociology  misogyny 
may 2016 by campylobacter
Anyone but Trump 2016
I am not writing this to tell you to vote for a specific candidate on the ballot; I am telling you these things so that you do not check off that box next to Donald Trump’s name. It is imperative that you vote in the primaries if you can and then in the fall, and please, do not vote for Donald Trump. I am excited for my future, to see what is to come, but if Donald Trump becomes president, I will truly fear my future. I hope that you feel the same way I do and choose to vote for anyone but Trump for the 2016 election.
politics  islamophobia  racism  misogyny 
may 2016 by campylobacter
Tampons are a “luxury item”
Once I worked as an intern in the state capital. One of the representatives I worked for was this middle-aged guy. And he hated the tampon and napkin machines in the women’s bathrooms. Hated them. He insisted that they weren’t necessary.

I found out why after I’d been working there, oh, about a month. My period started suddenly, as it sometimes does, and I asked to excuse myself to go to the ladies’ room. He wanted to know why. I told him.

He started ranting about how lazy women were. How we wasted time. How we were so careless and unhygenic, and that there was no call for that. He finished by telling me that I certainly was NOT going to the ladies’ room and that I was just going to sit there and work. He finished this off with a decisive nod, as if I’d just been told and there could be no possible argument.
sexism  misogyny  politics  sex  biology  education 
march 2016 by campylobacter
Roosh Valizadeh Accused of Rape*
One of Roosh’s victims read my blog back in November and reached out to me, asking for my help in exposing him. She finally agreed to be interviewed after seeing how he continues to spout his poisonous, misogynist rhetoric with sickening bravado. I hope her courage will inspire other possible Roosh victims to come forward as well.
rape  rapeCulture  misogyny  abuse  sexism  PUA  maleprivilege  lawenforcement 
february 2016 by campylobacter
VCs- don’t compare me to your wife, just don’t
If you are wondering why you aren’t getting pitched by female founders- know this and let it soak in- We talk to each other. We warn each other. If there aren’t any women pitching you, it’s not a pipeline problem. The problem is literally you.

venture capitalists
capitalism  misogyny  sexism 
february 2016 by campylobacter
Female Video Game Developer Snaps at Twitter Troll, Results Are Fantastic
"we're using he term 'game dev' very loosely here I see. Your game looks like something that would've been shitcanned on the ps1"

"I know you're trolling me, but engineer in me has to say. Technically, the PS1 could not have even come close to running R60. PS1 had two megs of texture memory. Even with PVRT4 compression, it couldn’t have run 1/4th of a single character’s textures."
misogyny  gameDev  twitter  sexism  gamingculture  videogame 
february 2016 by campylobacter
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
We show that lower-skilled players were more hostile towards a female-voiced teammate, especially when performing poorly. In contrast, lower-skilled players behaved submissively towards a male-voiced player in the identical scenario. This difference in gender-directed behaviour became more extreme with poorer focal-player performance. We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena. Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate.
psychology  sexism  gamingculture  misogyny  maleprivilege  statistics 
february 2016 by campylobacter
Now Roosh V and his band of sad men in dark rooms know how it feels to be bombarded with bile Lindy West
To see ‘neomasculine’ pick-up artist Daryush ‘Roosh V’ Valizadeh and his acolytes pilloried has been a strange experience for the women his site has attacked – including me
sexism  misogyny  harassment  abuse  rapeCulture  maleprivilege  feminism 
february 2016 by campylobacter
When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women
Now new evidence suggests that the underrepresentation of women reflects a systemic bias in that marketplace: a failure to give women full credit for collaborative work done with men.

When an economist writes a paper on her own, there is no question about who deserves the credit. Each additional solo research paper raises the probability of getting tenure by about 8 or 9 percent, she calculated. The career benefit from publishing a solo paper is about the same for women as it is for men. But unlike women, men also get just as much credit for collaborative research, and there is no statistical difference in the career prospects of authors of individually written papers and those of papers written as part of a research team.

Unfortunately for women, research done with a co-author counts far less. When women write with co-authors, the benefit to their career prospects is much less than half that accorded to men. This really matters, because most economic research is done with co-authors.
sexism  workersrights  misogyny  statistics 
january 2016 by campylobacter
Carrie Fisher is a national treasure. There's no other valid opinion about her
After an illustrious career in multiple media, she starred in the new Star Wars film – then proceeded to shut up haters who criticized her weight

She was the best part (sorry not sorry) of When Harry Met Sally. She script-doctored the (way under-appreciated) 1993 Mike Myers cult classic So I Married An Axe Murderer. Her pen helped turn around the scripts for blockbusters ranging from Sister Act (1992) to Last Action Hero (1993) to The Wedding Singer (1998). Yes: her words made performers as diverse as Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Drew Barrymore all sound smarter and funnier.

The audiobook of her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, inspired by her 2006 one-woman autobiographical play of the same name, was nominated for a Grammy.

Yes, in the year 2015 a living legend like Carrie Fisher – author, playwright, screenwriter and actor extraordinaire, as well as a brutally funny human being who has been unashamed and unabashed about her flaws and struggles – is still being told she isn’t good enough because of how she looks.
StarWars  sexism  misogyny  twitter  bodyshaming  hollywood 
january 2016 by campylobacter
Losing my religion for equality by Jimmy Carter
So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.
politics  religion  misogyny  sexism  humanRights 
december 2015 by campylobacter
The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.
The human rights experts concluded that the country falls far behind most others.

A delegation of human rights experts from Poland, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica spent 10 days this month touring the United States so they can prepare a report on the nation's overall treatment of women. The three women, who lead a United Nations working group on discrimination against women, visited Alabama, Texas and Oregon to evaluate a wide range of U.S. policies and attitudes, as well as school, health and prison systems.

The delegates were appalled by the lack of gender equality in America. They found the U.S. to be lagging far behind international human rights standards in a number of areas, including its 23 percent gender pay gap, maternity leave, affordable child care and the treatment of female migrants in detention centers.

The most telling moment of the trip, the women told reporters on Friday, was when they visited an abortion clinic in Alabama and experienced the hostile political climate around women's reproductive rights.

The women discovered during their visit that women in the United States have "missing rights" compared to the rest of the world. For instance, the U.S. is one of three countries in the world that does not guarantee women paid maternity leave. The U.N. suggests that countries guarantee at least 14 weeks of paid parental leave. Some countries go further -- Iceland requires five months paid leave for each parent, and an additional two months to be shared between them.

Another main area of concern for the delegation is violence against women -- particularly gun violence. Women are 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun in the United States than in other high-income countries, and most of those murders are perpetrated by an intimate partner. While the Obama administration has talked a lot about combatting violence against women, its efforts have been frustrated by Congress' inability to pass new federal gun restrictions.
humanRights  UnitedNations  sexism  misogyny  reproductiveRights  penalSystem 
december 2015 by campylobacter
Photographer deletes Facebook page after ‘Peace on Earth’ photo incites outrage
The photo depicts a family of five posing together, flanked by evergreen trees. A woman, presumably the mother, and two little girls, presumably the daughters, sit in a row with bright green duct tape covering their mouths and a string of Christmas lights binding their arms. A little boy, presumably a son, stands behind them raising his fist, while a man, presumably the father, kneels and holds a sign, reading "Peace on earth." The identities of the five individuals are unknown.
facebook  violenceagainstwomen  sexism  misogyny  photography  maleprivilege 
december 2015 by campylobacter
'America’s Next Top Model’ Wraps After 22 Seasons of Bigotry
Exotic Asians, hot-tempered Latinas, and the original angry black woman—we owe all of these reality TV tropes to Tyra Banks’s fake-empowerment series.
racism  sexism  fashion  tv  stereotypes  misogyny 
december 2015 by campylobacter
I’ll Never Be My Wife’s Equal
To my generation, boys birthed into the 80s and coughed up in the early-mid 2000s as men, this narrative is familiar. We were promised that the weight of our spectacular mediocrity would attach itself to a woman far more appealing and on top of things than we are; the women in our lives reduced to an overbearing, hysterical stereotype by our inability to bring anything to the relationship other than complication. I was conditioned to think a “healthy partnership” meant a woman absorbing my failures — especially if the woman happened to be successful and respected in other areas of life.

Emotionally stunted men blame their romantic failures on the woman who just won’t love them “as they are.” They find themselves in relationships with stunning, successful women who have the primary function of simply surviving the mishaps of their partners. There is a long storied tradition of men burdening women with our inability to meet them half, or even a quarter of the way in relationships. Men — always the central figures — forget anniversaries, spend money on silly things, neglect the needs of their children, and are ultimately forgiven.
sexism  misogyny  maleprivilege 
december 2015 by campylobacter
George Zimmerman’s Twitter account suspended after he posts naked pics of woman he claims cheated on him with 'dirty Muslim'
George Zimmerman, shown in a 2013 file photo, had his Twitter account "@TherealGeorgeZ" suspended Thursday after he posted naked pictures and contact information for a woman he claims cheated on him.
sexism  misogyny  abuse  harassment  doxing  twitter 
december 2015 by campylobacter
I worked at a #PlannedParenthood clinic in Kansas for 3 years. My coworkers & I were subjected to the following acts of terrorism:
Gasoline was poured under our back door & ignited 4 times. Twice while the clinic was occupied, causing patients to be evacuated.

Butyric acid (used as a stink bomb) was poured under our doors & into ventilation system so many times I lost count. Clinic evacuated.

2 cherry bombs were left on our doorstep after hours, causing damage & clinic closure. Imagine what it's like going to work after that.

We received hundreds of phone calls, threatening to torch our clinic & to kill the "murdering whores" who worked there.

3 times someone drove by at night & shot out our windows. Picketers stood on the sidewalk & harassed employees as we swept up broken glass.

Our clinic didn't perform abortions. We did well woman exams, pregnancy tests, dispensed birth control, & treated STIs.

Our clinic offered free & low cost services in a low income neighborhood, but every day the "pro-life" movement tried to frighten us.

The goal was to make us afraid to come to work, to make us quit, to make us close the clinic. That's terrorism. That's how terrorism works.

Anyone who approves of harassing clinics is giving support to terrorism. #StandWithPP

At the same time, I volunteered at Dr. George Tiller's abortion clinic. In 1993 he was shot by a "pro-lifer." He came to work the next day.

Dr. Tiller kept coming to work after he was shot, because he was a caring man who knew how important his work was.

In 2009, Dr. Tiller was murdered in his own church, again by a "pro-lifer." The goal was to scare other doctors who perform abortions.

Abortions are still provided in Dr. Tiller's old clinic, because that's how you respond to terrorism. We can't let them win.
abortion  terrorism  violence  healthcare  sexism  misogyny  reproductiveRights  crime  twitter 
november 2015 by campylobacter
Why I quit playing Cards Against Humanity
This folds into the other issue: the bar for acceptable crudeness is set by college-educated white guys. “A big dick” would be a funny enough response card, but CAH opts for “a big, black dick” (and, in the expansion pack, “a bigger, blacker dick”). Blackness is what’s supposed to send it over the top. Other white cards considered hilarious include “roofies,” “a sassy black woman,” “praying the gay away,” and “two midgets shitting into a bucket.” The plausibly deniable punchlines of rape culture, anti-blackness, homophobia, and ableism are visible just below the gauze, but hey, you’re the “horrible person” who played them in the first place. It’s not the game’s fault.

The line about comedy is that no topic should be taboo, and I agree with that. But the more “controversial” the subject, the more carefully it needs to be handled. A good comedian can make a joke about a celebrity, but a great comedian is the one who can gracefully craft a joke about something darker without making the subject the butt of the joke. CAH lets us become the comedians, giving us the setups and the punchlines to mix and match. The trouble is that we’re not great comedians.

The game relies on the concept of the equal-opportunity offender, someone who makes fun of all religions, races, sexes, and anything else. Instead of punching up, they’re ready to just punch. It also relies on a bit of bullying over the idea of being “easily offended.” It is “not for the easily offended.” It is a “political-correctness-free zone.” If you’re the easily offended type, you shouldn’t even look at the cards. And you wouldn’t want to be one of those, would you?
ableism  misogyny  racism  sexism  homophobia  transphobia 
november 2015 by campylobacter
“Love, Actually”: The worst Christmas movie ever
I discovered that “Love, Actually” is instead one of cinema’s nastiest, most depressing commentaries ever on “love,” wrapped up like a velvet box from goddamn Kay Jewelers. Well, you never fooled me, “Love, Actually.” I don’t mind lighthearted holiday twaddle; I just don’t like demoralizing, misogynistic holiday twaddle.
cinema  misogyny  sexism  romance 
november 2015 by campylobacter
BBC sends security guard to protect journalist who received abuse on Twitter after she said she didn't want children
A journalist who talked about how she didn't want to have children received so much abuse from trolls on Twitter that she was forced offline - and the BBC had to send a security guard to protect her.

Holly Brockwell, 29, is the editor of Gadgette, a tech and lifestyle website for women. A winner of The Drum's 'Woman of the Year' award, she was commissioned to write for the BBC to celebrate its '100 Women 2015' series, in an article entitled, 'Desperate not to have children'.
harassment  abuse  journalism  childfree  misogyny  sexism 
november 2015 by campylobacter
The Serial Swatter
Internet trolls have learned to exploit our over-militarized
police. It's a crime that's hard to stop — and hard to prosecute.


The Canadian police arrested the suspect on Dec. 5, four days after he tried to swat Hayli. Much of the case against him had been shipped up from Georgia. Prosecutors eventually charged him with 46 counts, including criminal harassment, public mischief and extortion; he pleaded guilty to 23 counts. (His Vancouver lawyer didn’t return phone calls.) He was interviewed at length by a social worker, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, who confirmed that the swatter’s childhood had been tragic, marred by an abusive father and a mentally ill mother. The psychiatric report noted that he had essentially no remorse: ‘‘His description of the pleasure he gets from causing humiliation and harm ... is suggestive of quite significant emerging psychopathic traits.’’ At a court appearance in May, he wore a sweatsuit, ankles shackled together; a local reporter observed him smiling occasionally and flicking his brown hair. In July, a judge sentenced him to 16 months in youth jail, with credit for time served while awaiting trial. He is scheduled to be released in March, at age 18.
SWATing  doxing  abuse  harassment  sexism  misogyny  juvenileLaw  lawenforcement  maleprivilege  privacy  stalking 
november 2015 by campylobacter
Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.
An all-male group of nine elders took control of church affairs. Previously, decisions at Westboro had been hashed out in church meetings, where consensus was required before moving forward. But the elders met separately before bringing their decisions to the rest of the group. The church became more secretive, as members were reluctant to discuss important issues for fear of appearing to go behind the elders’ backs.

Women like Shirley and her older sister Margie—an attorney who had argued the Snyder case in front of the Supreme Court—had always been among the most public and influential members of the church. Westboro members drew on stories of powerful women in the Bible, like Deborah, a prophet and judge of Israel. But now the emphasis shifted to passages about women submitting to their husbands. Fred Phelps encouraged church members to read the Evangelical writer John R. Rice’s book “Bobbed Hair, Bossy Wives, and Women Preachers,” from 1941, which offered a view of gender roles that was regressive even when it was published. “It suddenly sucked to be a woman,” Phelps-Roper said. “It was, like, I would need to get permission from Dad to talk to anybody else.”
homophobia  religion  sexism  misogyny  lgbtqia 
november 2015 by campylobacter
"The punchlines are punching back."
‘Political correctness’ doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it
Lindy West

After decades of racism and casual misogyny, the punchlines are punching back. The American university system is currently the battleground for our next great culture war
racism  misogyny  socialJustice  education 
november 2015 by campylobacter
This Is the Reality Female Athletes Face When They Speak Up Online
But the sports world is an altogether different beast, according to the women who depend on it for their livelihoods. It's a male-dominated space in which even the best female athletes are openly body-shamed and subtle sexism is the norm. Legendary University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma suggested in 2012 that women's basketball might be more entertaining if officials lowered the rims. That was roundly criticized by female basketball players. "When we're done making all those changes to 'improve' women's basketball, we'll end up with a product that looks a lot like it did in the 1950s, when women played a half-court game in skirts inside empty gyms, trying desperately not to sweat," ESPN's Kate Fagan wrote at the time.
harassment  rapeCulture  socialmedia  sports  misogyny 
november 2015 by campylobacter
Is This Crazy Anti-Feminist Rumor the Platonic Ideal of the Men’s-Rights Internet?
Yesterday, Eric Raymond, a software development and open-source software advocate, published an explosive allegation on his blog: a recently disbanded group called the Ada Initiative, which advertises itself as helping make tech more welcoming for women, had been attempting to entrap men by using “honey pots” to seduce them and then accuse them of rape. “The MO was to get alone with the target, and then immediately after cry ‘attempted sexual assault,” wrote Raymond’s source, an IRC correspondent he doesn’t name but who he says has been “both well-informed and completely trustworthy in the past.”

1. It provides support for the belief that women are constantly manufacturing rape allegations.

2. It shows that, actually, it’s SJWs who are hurting women in male-dominated occupations.

3. It provides yet further evidence that behind even anodyne-seeming feminist organizations lie shadowy conspiracies and evil intentions.
misogyny  sexism  rapeCulture  informationTechnology  conspiracy 
november 2015 by campylobacter
What the Bible says about Abortion
Abortion is not murder. A fetus is not considered a human life.

> If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life. -- Exodus 21:22-23

The Bible places no value on fetuses or infants less than one month old.
> And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. -- Leviticus 27:6

Fetuses and infants less than one month old are not considered persons.
> Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD. -- Numbers 3:15-16

God sometimes approves of killing fetuses.

> And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? ... Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. -- Numbers 31:15-17
(Some of the non-virgin women must have been pregnant. They would have been killed along with their unborn fetuses.)

> Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. -- Hosea 9:14

> Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. -- Hosea 9:16

> Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. -- Hosea 13:16

God sometimes kills newborn babies to punish their parents.

> Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. -- 2 Samuel 12:14

God sometimes causes abortions by cursing unfaithful wives.

> The priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. ...
> And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. -- Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28

God's law sometimes requires the execution (by burning to death) of pregnant women.

> Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. -- Genesis 38:24
scripture  judaism  abortion  misogyny  sexism 
november 2015 by campylobacter
Gamergate: Video game war over women spills into real life
“The root problem here is not gaming, or even guns. The root problem is a rigid, simplistic response to difference that too easily resorts to violent conflict as a means of expressing frustration,” says Rachel Wagner, a researcher at Ithaca College and author of the upcoming book, “God, Games, Guns.”

As in the case of SXSW, she says, one person can shut down important dialogue about very real misogynistic aspects of gaming simply by threatening violence, “using the same symbolic language that so often populates the games they play.”
sxsw  gamergate  abuse  harassment  gamingculture  misogyny 
october 2015 by campylobacter
Talking Publicly About Harassment Generates More Harassment
Because the behaviors of online harassers are often so predictable, I feared that doing this would result in a flood of similar harassment, but I felt it was important to speak out about it precisely because men use tactics like this in an effort to silence and disempower women, and because I know that gendered online harassment of this sort is hardly unique to me. It is important that people understand just how ugly and horrifying the epidemic of online harassment can be. This is not something that can be dismissed or ignored; being the target of such sustained, widespread harassment tactics can and does take a very real mental and emotional toll. Nobody should simply have to accept this as the price of participating in social media.

- weaponizing genitalia
- It’s a Compliment
- Prove it!
- Just Stop Internetting
- Victim Blaming
- What About The Menz!?
- It’s No Big Deal
harassment  abuse  AnitaSarkeesian  twitter  misogyny 
october 2015 by campylobacter
Gamergate didn't fade into obscurity. We just stopped noticing its existence
Wednesday 28 October 2015

It’s been over a year since Gamergate brought online misogyny to the forefront of the national conversation on women and gaming and, while mainstream circles have moved on to the next controversy and news story, women online and in the gaming industry have continued their work – and continued dealing with a regular influx of abuse and threats.

But when I asked Anita Sarkeesian – the Feminist Frequency executive director whose events have been threatened with a mass shooting and a bomb scare – about the way that Gamergate seems to have faded a bit from public discourse, she noted that “just because the media isn’t talking about it, doesn’t mean online harassment is slowing down”.

What that change looks like, though, is still up in the air. Wu told me that “the only way to help the public is to keep talking about it”. Sarkeesian said we need to keep putting pressure on social media and tech companies “to rethink their systems and devise solutions that will actively deter harassment.”
gamergate  harassment  abuse  AnitaSarkeesian  briannawu  misogyny 
october 2015 by campylobacter
Don't read the comments
"Don't read the comments" is such a meme at this point - shouldn't we be trying to discourage WRITING those kind of comments?
socialmedia  misogyny  sexism 
october 2015 by campylobacter
A Glossary of Terms Explained With Your Mum Doing The Washing
Capitalism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Nazism, Feudalism, Liberalism, Libertarianism, Religion, Atheism, Misogyny, Patriarchy, Men's Rights Activism, Matriarchy, Gamergateism, Feminism, White feminism, Anti feminism, Hollywoodism, Islamophobia, Racism, Cultural Appropriatism, Colonialism, Geekism, #MGTOW, Neo capitalism, Corporatism, Americanism, Ableism, Misgenderism, Mansplaining, Sexism, Cat-calling, Rape culture, Misandry, Egalitarianism, Hip hop, Callout culture, Hotepism
ableism  capitalism  culturalAppropriation  feminism  gamergate  hollywood  islamophobia  lol  mansplaining  misogyny  patriarchy  racism  rapeCulture  religion  satire  sexism  socialism  tumblr 
october 2015 by campylobacter
A list of terms explained.
Capitalism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Nazism, Feudalism, Liberalism, Libertarianism, Religion, Atheism, Misogyny, Patriarchy, Men's Rights Activism, Matriarchy, Gamergateism, Feminism, White feminism, Anti feminism, Hollywoodism, Islamophobia, Racism, Cultural Appropriatism, Colonialism, Geekism, #MGTOW, Neo capitalism, Corporatism, Americanism, Ableism, Misgenderism, Mansplaining, Sexism, Cat-calling, Rape culture, Misandry, Egalitarianism, Hip hop, Callout culture, Hotepism
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october 2015 by campylobacter
Daniel Craig Just Perfectly Slammed Hollywood's Sexist Aging Double Standard
In a new interview with the Red Bulletin (the official publication of the Red Bull brand, natch), the actor discussed his newest 007 movie, Spectre. In the interview, Craig was asked how he felt about his character James Bond "succumbing to the charms of an older woman," a reference to his Spectre love interest, Italian actress Monica Bellucci. Bellucci is 51, a mere four years older than the 47-year-old Craig.

Craig didn't hesitate to call the interviewer out on his bullshit. "I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age," Craig replied. "We're talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven's sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!"
sexism  hollywood  maleprivilege  ageism  misogyny 
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