Tag Archive: Sexism

Apr 05 2013

She also happens to be

Oh ffs, Barack. Really? Really? You don’t know better than this? Instead of leaving the Bay Area Thursday after what would have normally been a quiet two-day fundraising trip, President Obama faced some criticism for  calling California’s Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Obama’s comments came at the second of two fundraisers in …

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Mar 22 2013

Detailed sexual commentary was part of the “feedback”

Soraya Chemaly explains, again, that internet harassment and threatening are not trivial or no biggy or “harmless expressions of free speech.” Often, these incidents come down to a group of men targeting a woman because they perceive a potential threat to men’s “free speech” and that this threat trumps a woman’s rights — to free speech …

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Mar 12 2013

Imagine it was Mitt Romney

Via Dana who found it via Kylie, a Facebook note by Harriet Page. I know, not everyone is on Facebook. But that’s where it is! She introduced it with This week I wrote a response to the several occasions on which I had been challenged on my feminism by men and women who felt that …

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Mar 10 2013

Meet Kirk Sneade

Something I didn’t know about – a guy who pretended to self-identify as female to run for Women’s Officer at UCL. Oh ha ha, I can smell the jokes from here. The UCL student uploaded a video of a woman being punched by a man and a photo with the slogan “memes are gay” as …

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Feb 26 2013

Do not directly or indirectly engage with dissenters

Stephanie discusses the “advice” Justin Vacula gives on how to deal with being harassed. I put “advice” in scare quotes because it’s not really advice in the ordinary understanding of the word; it’s more of a bullies’ formula than advice. “I’ll stop harassing you if you stop doing all the things that motivate me to harass you” is …

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Feb 15 2013

He is over the

Ben Radford has been exposed to some straw feminists, and he wants us to know he’s over them. I am over the male bashing often inherent in feminist writings and slogans; “All men are rapists” is neither true nor fair nor helpful. “Often inherent in feminist writings and slogans”? What does that even mean? He …

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Feb 13 2013

Global pushback

Laurie Penny went to Dublin to report on women fighting to legalize abortion in Ireland, then she went to Cairo to report on women fighting sexual harassment in Tahrir Square. In both places, women told her they were sick of feeling ashamed. From India to Ireland to Egypt, women are on the streets, on the …

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Feb 08 2013

Arithmetic via shopping

Chris Chambers and Kate Clancy point out at the Guardian that pseudoscience and stereotyping won’t solve gender inequality in science, via what they call a “stereotype-enforcing guide to addressing the gender imbalance in science” also published by the Guardian. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a developmental neuroscientist at University College London, points out that finding reliable gender differences …

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Feb 06 2013

Booty Slap Day

Jessica Valenti has a great article in The Nation, written as a letter to male relatives on Facebook who “like” things like haha-funny videos of men running up to women to grab their bums. Haha funny, right? Great joke? Here’s the thing: those guys running up to women just to grab their ass? Stuff like …

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Feb 03 2013

Cultural crap

What is “radical feminism”? I see peculiar definitions here and there – or not so much definitions, as ad hoc explanations apparently pulled out of people’s…imaginary reference materials. The definitions or ad hoc explanations are crafted in such a way that they appear to fit feminists the crafters dislike, unless you actually know anything about …

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