Tag Archive: Sexism

Sep 14 2013

When Anil met Pax

You remember how that went, right? Anil Dash tweeted Wow, didn’t realize @businessinsider had hired such an asshole in @paxdickinson. Getting memcache to build made him an expert on misogyny! Pax responded with the inevitable “you gonna say that to my face?” so Anil said sure, so they met. Anil tells us about it. People …

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Aug 04 2013

A string of subtle but demeaning comments

The journalist Olivia Messer was pleased to return to her home state of Texas to write about the legislature. She quickly realized there was a down side. Within weeks, I’d already heard a few horrifying stories. Like the time a former Observer staffer, on her first day in the Capitol, was invited by a state …

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Jul 29 2013


Emma Barnett gets lots of sexist abuse online, and she got a couple of sexist online abusers to call in to her weekly radio program to explain why sexist abuse is a good thing. First troll up was Peter from Whitechapel. He was quick to deliver some clichés – such as if Criado-Perez can’t stand …

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Jul 28 2013

A professional glass blower might remark

Let’s go back in time a couple of months, to early June, to June 4th to be precise, when the story about Colin McGinn broke. What story, and who? The story that McGinn is leaving the University of Miami because of allegedly sexually harassing emails; McGinn is a fairly prominent (for a philosopher) philosopher. I …

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Jul 27 2013

A deafening silence from Twitter

The Independent reports that Twitter is facing a major backlash for not responding to abuse. I am pleased to hear that – Twitter has been crappy about dealing with one kind of abuse I get there, and it’s so crappy about offering ways to deal with other kinds that I didn’t even try. A host …

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Jul 27 2013

When you’re ready to be put in your place

Criado-Perez wrote a piece for the New Statesman on the rape-threats campaign. On Wednesday the 24 July, the Bank of England made the historic announcement that, in response to over 35,000 people signing a petition, they were confirming Jane Austen as the next historical figure on banknotes. “this Perez one just needs a good smashing up …

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Jul 23 2013

She gives a king

Unnnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhhhhhh That’s a long exasperated sigh of disgust and irritation. At what? At a prominent journalist, a woman, squeeing and jumping up and down because Kate Futurequeen had a boy. I’m not making it up. I’m having a moment of feminist horror over Tina Brown’s smug approval of Kate Middleton for having “once again” done “the …

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Jul 21 2013

The speculation is

Oh goody, more “women are giving” and “men are stalwart” blather in the New York Times. I wish the mainstream media would stop pushing this bullshit. The mere presence of female family members — even infants — can be enough to nudge men in the generous direction. In a provocative new study, the researchers Michael …

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Jun 20 2013

Even schoolgirls

Jinan Younis, for instance, who started a feminist society at her school. I am 17 years old and I am a feminist. I believe in genderequality, and am under no illusion about how far we are from achieving it. Identifying as a feminist has become particularly important to me since a school trip I took to …

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Jun 12 2013

Outrage in the sexism community

Outrage? What is the sexism community outraged about now? About people complaining about sexism, of course; what else? Stalin!! Mao!!! It’s the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Bulletin that’s in the hot seat this time. SF and Fantasy are proudly active branches of the sexism community, as we all know, along with gaming …

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