sexism

AI: Harassment Where There Shouldn’t Be Harassment

AI: Harassment Where There Shouldn’t Be Harassment

Last week, there was a Slutwalk in the city where I leave. It was the first one I was able to attend, and came in a week marked by various protests and public manifestations here in Brazil, which made it bigger and better covered by the press. It was beautiful all the way. Before the walk, we met at a public square downtown, and while we were waiting for people to arrive, making signs and painting... »

AI: Carnaval

AI: Carnaval

So this next week is Carnaval here in Brasil! Since my girlfriend is somewhere in Europe right now, to me this means I get a week off to try to read and study and sleep as much as I never have time to during working weeks, but for most Brazilians it means one week of a partying – some of it involving a lot of particular cultural elements (and I think it maybe even has some religious background?), ... »

AI: Mansplaining

AI: Mansplaining

A while ago, when my sister was visiting, somehow the subject of how women are treated differently from men in basically any job they end up in arised, and she came up with an example back where she lives, of a company that will not hire women because they may someday have to take maternity leaves, which would be a financial setback [for the company]. A guy on the table (someone I had never seen b... »

QUICKIES 12/03/2012

QUICKIES 12/03/2012

Female Fantasy III: another perspective on geek misogyny. Seven examples of the marginalization of women in television and movies. Sign this petition to help make emergency contraception more accessible. Amanda Marcotte rips apart Ross Douthat’s call for more babies. Featured image is the first panel from Female Fantasy III by Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman over at Dorkly Comics. »

QUICKIES 09/03/2012

QUICKIES 09/03/2012

Just in case your children were for a moment tempted into believing that perhaps their sex was not their sole defining trait, Sheila Walsh has come along with His and Hers bible story books! A new report from GLAAD examines LGBT character depictions on American television. Skeptics of the intersectionality of oppression, take note: “White gay men remain the most popular kind of LGBT people o... »

Sometimes people surprise me.

Sometimes people surprise me.

Not all conference attendees are harassers.  We get that.  It’s just a few bad apples, right?  But here’s why the few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.  The experience of being harassed or assaulted by one person forces the person to ask hirself: Will anyone be on my side?   And frankly, I’m sick of asking that question.  I’m sick of my friends having to ask that question. ... »

Deceased Novelist’s writing impoverished by spinsterhood

Deceased Novelist’s writing impoverished by spinsterhood

I was just gonna bring it up as a quickie, but after thinking a bit and discussing the matter with my cat Demosthenes, I had to expand it. Amanda Craig, noted writer/gestator, wrote an article in the Telegraph, “If Maeve Binchy had been a Mother…” [ellipsis in original] arguing that a recently deceased Irish author, Maeve Binchy, had unwittingly fogged her window and clouded her ... »

Myths and Misconceptions about Polyamory

Myths and Misconceptions about Polyamory

Hi, I’m Yessenia, and I’m a firm believer in ethical non-monogamy. Those blessed souls in my inner sanctum are aware of this, but I hide in plain, heteronormative sight with my male-bodied partner and my female-to-whatever bodied “best friend” for my genetic progenitors, employers and the like.  The phrase ‘boyfriend’ is helpful; today, one coworker even express... »

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