Feminist Writers Retire Because of Abuse

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Feminist writers, particularly those who criticize sexism in the video game world, have suffered nasty public abuse. Threats, fake sex ads in their names, and Twitter harassment are just some of the devices that have forced some into silence.

To read the Washington Post article, click here.

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The Red Carpet Look

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On the website, RadioTimes, Sarah Millican, a comedian, said, “A funny thing happens when female celebrities hit the red carpet: The world tends to forget that they are actual human beings, with feelings and everything.”

She continues: “I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them.” To read more, click here.

 

 

 

Are Orchestras Better With A Man In Charge?

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Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent for the London Evening Standard,  points to a genuine issue of sexism in classical music where the dearth of women on the podium is a subject of fierce discussion. To read more, click here.

 

 

 

How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars

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Soraya Chemaly, in her blog, “Role Reboot,” tells how the message that women are untrustworthy liars is everywhere in our culture—from TV and music, to politics and religion. So how exactly are we teaching children that women lie and can’t be trusted to be as competent or truthful as men?  First, lessons about women’s untrustworthiness are in our words, pictures, art, and memory. To read more, click here.

 

Flextime For Men, Inflexible Time For Women

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According to a new study published in the Journal of Social Issues, bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime. Child care and family care by women are seen by managers as eroding quality work. Biased decisions, lack of trust, and a pile of refused requests for flex time serve to create a workplace where employee motivation, commitment, and loyalty sour. To read more, click here.

Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

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Leslie Morgan Steiner, a social worker and guest on TedTalks was in “crazy love,” that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, corrects misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explains how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.) 

Virgin Mobile Scraps Online Ad Making Light of Rape

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Virgin Mobile US scrapped an online advertisement that appeared to make light of rape after an online backlash and harsh criticism from Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson. The ad showed a man covering a woman’s eyes and holding a present by her neck with the caption, “The gift of Christmas surprise. Necklace? Or chloroform?” To read more click here.

No!: The Rape Documentary

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This is a trailer from “No!: The Rape Documentary,” a film that investigates intersections of race, gender, and sexual assault.

To visit the film producer’s website, click here.

Training: Teaching Men to Stop Rape

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The nonprofit organization, Men Can Stop Rape, will hold a comprehensive training on July 18-20, 2012 that will equip participants to engage men in preventing gender-based violence. For a description of the training (limited to 25 participants) and more information, click here.

For Women In Business, The Squeaky Wheel Doesn’t Get The Grease

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A Washington Post report, The Myth of the Ideal Worker: Does Doing the Right Things Really Get Women Ahead?, reveals that women do ask for raises and promotions. They just don’t get as much in return. To read more click here.

Gender Bias Learning Project

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According to the Gender Bias Learning Project, gender bias falls in to four patterns:

1. “Prove it again,” when women must work twice as hard to get half as far.

2. “Maternal wall,” when mothers are assumed to be incompetent and uncommitted.

3. “Double bind,” when women must choose between being liked and respected.

4. “Gender wars,” when gender bias turns into conflict among women.

The project’s website offers videos illustrating these patterns,  clips from gender bias experts, and other educational resources. Strategies for coping with gender bias are also offered. To reach the project, a effort from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, click here.

Study: Culture to Blame for Racism, Sexism, Homophobia

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A study led by Paul Verhaeghen, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that facets of U.S. culture, such as literature, movies, television, radio and the internet, may contribute to the problem of racism, sexism and other “isms” by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society tries to snuff out. To read the story in Science Daily, click here.

Sexism and Gender Inequality Across 57 Societies

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A new study, Sexism and Gender Inequality Across 57 Societies, found that individual sexism leads to gender inequality in the society as a whole. To read more about the study in a Science Daily article, click here.

Study Says Confronting Men About Sexism Is Worthwhile

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Standing up against sexist comments can be difficult and uncomfortable for women. But one study shows it could actually make men easier to deal with. To read more click here.

Gender Selection in India

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A 'save the girl child' poster at a Delhi hospital.

There are about 7.1 million fewer girls than boys under the age of six in India because of gender-selective abortions. The gap has grown substantially since the 2001 census, which found 6 million fewer girls, and the 1991 census, 4.2 million fewer. The statistics are part of a longstanding and alarming practice of sexism in the country. On average, boys receive more parental time a day than girls – an extra 30 minutes , or 14%. The quality of childcare is also better for boys, who are more likely to be vaccinated and given vitamin supplements, and are typically breastfed for longer. Such differential care probably accounts for nearly a third of the higher mortality rate for girls. To read more, click here.

Research Study on “Benevolent Sexism”

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A recent study on “benevolent sexism,” paternalistic behavior towards women that idealizes them affectionately, has raised some ire. According to the study, men are less likely to notice such sexism, but others protest that what the study considers benevolent sexism is actually appropriate polite behavior. The debate raises interesting questions about sexism and its subtle operation in society. To read more, click here.

The Myth of the “Queen Bee:” Work and Sexism

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Women bosses sometimes have a reputation for being especially difficult and display what’s called “queen bee” behavior, distancing themselves from other women and refusing to help other women as they rise through the ranks. Now, a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, concludes that it’s wrong to blame the woman for this behavior; instead, blame the sexist environment. To read more, click here.

What About American Girls Sold on the Streets?

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In this New York Times editorial, Nicholas D. Kristof says,

When we hear about human trafficking in India or Cambodia, our hearts melt. The victim has sometimes been kidnapped and imprisoned, even caged, in a way that conjures our images of slavery. But in the United States we see girls all the time who have been trafficked — and our hearts harden.

To read the complete article, click here.

The Astonishing Sexism of Hollywood and What it Means for Girls

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In this article, Rachel Simmons talks about a stunning piece in The New Yorker on the film industry’s portrayal of women. Here is an excerpt:

To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says, “You have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do – abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry, fifteen minutes into the movie. Relatability is based upon vulnerability, which creates likability.”

The consequences of this and similar depictions has a devastating impact on women and girls. To read more, click here.

How Racism Tainted Women’s Fight to Vote

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Ida B. Wells (l) and Frances E. Willard (Courtesy of the National Women's History Museum)

An 1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard revealed the grip that racial resentment had over the American suffrage movement. To learn more click here.

“I Don’t Care If You’re Offended”

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In an article from his blog, Fineness & Accuracy, Scott Madin talks about the difference between saying something that is “offensive,” and saying something that harms others because of racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like. The article adds clarity to the “you’re-being-offensive-too” argument often made when people are rebuked for remarks that reinforce oppression. To read the article, click here.

Film Festival Puts Human Rights On The Big Screen

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After three years, the Movies That Matter Festival has become a cinematic highlight in The Hague, attracting some 15,000 visitors to the personal stories of people maintaining their dignity under difficult circumstances. The festival includes workshops, debates and educational activities. To learn more click here.

Push(back) at the Intersections: How About Some -isms with Your Feminism?

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What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bindel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? According to s. e. smith, “All of these ‘leading lights’ of the feminist movement are contributors to a long and not very proud history of dragging -isms into the feminist movement.” To read smith’s article, click here.

The Gender Gap in Motherhood

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Rahna Reiko Rizzuto talks about how she was berated for being a terrible mother because she decided to be the  non-custodial parent to her children. She states:

I love my sons and they know it. Like many divorced parents, I don’t sleep in the same house with them, but that does not mean I am evil or human garbage.

To read more of her Huffington Post article, click here.

Neuberger Museum of Art: Women’s Contributions to Deconstructivism

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The Neuberger Musem of Art in Purchase, New York is the first to show a survey of women’s contributions to deconstructivism, an art form that disassembles and recontextualizes materials to show the potentially harmful messages. To read more in the New York Times article, click here.

Equals?: James Bond Supports International Women’s Day

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Read more about the effort for equality for women at weareequals.og.

Microaggressions Blog

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Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile attitudes, slights, or insults toward members of marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTI community. The Microagressions blog collects and publishes reader-submitted descriptions of microaggressions and the impact the microaggressions had on the people who endured them.  Here are two examples:

Look at her. That’s no fair. Why do I have to walk? She’s taking advantage.

I’m a wheelchair user in a large museum. I felt like my struggles with accessibility were nothing and the young, able-bodied man who said this expected pity.

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Excuse me, do you speak English?

—Man at the bus stop. I am an Asian American woman. I was reading Jane Austen. In English.

To read the many posts on the blog and perhaps to submit your own, click here.

UN Says World Leaders Must Act to Stop Systematic Rape of Girls in Conflict Zones

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The UN has cited world leaders for “turning a blind eye” to systematic rape of girls in conflict countries and has called for those responsible to be charged by the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Of special note, the lead author of the UN report says, “The neglect and inertia demonstrated by the international community is almost as shocking as the crimes themselves. In effect, world leaders are turning their backs on young girls who desperately need protection, and turning a blind eye to crimes against humanity.”  To read the article from the PovertyMatters Blog with a link to the full report, click here.

Against Oppression Analogy

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The author of this article says, “The discourse of anti-discrimination reinforce a notion that all oppressions are similar. And while I may well agree that different types of oppression are equal, I think that analogising one to another stunts our knowledge of either.” To read more click here.

‘Mad Men’ Sexism Was The Real Thing, Women Can Recall

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Women recount the office harassment portrayed in Mad Men. To read more click here.

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