#research: Getting women into science

Getting women into science What is to blame for the persistent lack of women in the hard sciences and in technology? The New York Times explores what the writer Katrin Bennhold describes as “Risk and opportunity for women in the 21st century”. The article explains that the number of women in the sciences has steadily declined, despite record levels of […]

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SWEETHEARTS MAKE BETTER MOMMAS

I always naively think that the British Times is above your common-level misogyny, but it seems I’m wrong again. A piece today on Sandra Bullock’s legal battle to secure her husband’s custody of his daughter is misogyny-laden from start to finish. You see, Bullock is ‘America’s Sweetheart’. The mother of said daughter is a porn star. Ergo, Bullock would be […]

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#vivelafeminism: But feminists are the man-haters

But feminists are the man-haters it’s a standard issue feminist-baiting piece—-basically, look at this feminist talking about how feminists are so stupid!—-but as usual, the only people looking stupid are the anti-feminists. In this case, Weldon is so stupid that she doesn’t even realize how directly she contradicts herself in her pandering.

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#vivelafeminism: Nonmonogamy and Feminism: A Happy Couple

Nonmonogamy and Feminism: A Happy Couple When I started reading about nonmonogamy, I began to realize that a lot of the appeal for me came from how closely it fell in line with my feminist beliefs. Because I’ve been socialized to see monogamy as the default, even within the feminist circles I’ve been part of, this seemed to me counterintuitive […]

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#research: Women Who Would Have Medicaid-Funded Abortions Instead Often Give Birth

Women Who Would Have Medicaid-Funded Abortions Instead Often Give Birth A new study just released by the Guttmacher Institute (pdf news release here ) determined that “approximately one-fourth of women who would have Medicaid-funded abortions instead give birth when this funding is unavailable.” Whatever the actual number of women who are essentially forced to give birth due to a lack […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN RAPE SURVEY

I don’t think there is one word I could add to this story to make its message any plainer or any more disturbing. These are the cruel realities of life in South Africa. Some key statements: One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one […]

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UNGRATEFUL WOMEN AND THEIR FEMINISM

I always listen to Radio 4 in the mornings on my way to work. I’m in that demographic now, don’t you know. I’m nearly always leaving as ‘Thought for the Day‘ begins. For those of you unfamiliar with Thought for the Day it is, as the link says, ‘reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news’. […]

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REPOST OF ANOTHER ENTITLED ‘SHALL WE TALK ABOUT PRIVILEGE’

I struggle with my privilege, mostly because I know that I’ve got bucketfuls of it. I’m western, white, straight, middle-class, able-bodied, and educated. The only area I don’t have privilege in is my gender (although I am cisgendered). But I’m not doing too badly, overall. I’m not ashamed of my privilege, but I am conscious of it. Most of my […]

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