#patriarchiesrealign: women aren’t special: the insidious nature of benevolent sexism – @rolereboot

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A friend of mine recently shared a Vox article written by a self-proclaimed progressive dude titled, “Democrats should start accepting pro-life liberals like me” (spoiler, he’s really pro-choice). While the piece has its points, one line in particular didn’t sit well with me. The author, in an attempt to prove his progressive cred, begins listing the values that make him […]

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#womenslives: costly, traumatic nightmare of being undocumented and pregnant – @Madame_George on @broadly

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Undocumented migrants already struggle to access healthcare, but doctors warn that the problem is especially acute among pregnant women. Li fled to the UK in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant. Turned away from her local GP because she didn’t have documents to prove […]

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#vivelafeminism: a movement, not a moment: inside the outrage – @msmagazine

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The Outrage launched six months ago with a focus on feminism and women’s empowerment. CEO Rebecca Lee Funk sought to blend style and activism. When Donald Trump became president, sales immediately skyrocketed. Funk became an official partner of the Women’s March, and decided her pop-up operation would remain open indefinitely. She hired Maldonado, who had never been a creative director, […]

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#feminismisdead: Feminism: an excuse to exploit women? – @PatriarchTree

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These are really disturbing allegations about the goings-on in the Thinx company, which is, apparently, based on “beliefs in gender equality”. This piece, however, is written by someone who is so clearly anti-feminism and who really wants to grind his feminist axe. See, for example, the statement: ‘Feminism often seems to be interpreted as carte blanche for women to engage in […]

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#research: U of T: racial bias may begin in babies at six months

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In the first study, published in Developmental Science, Lee  showed that six- to nine-month-old babies begin to associate faces from their own race with happy music and those from other races with sad music.   In the second study, published in Child Development, the researchers found that babies as young as six months were more inclined to learn information from […]

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#vivelafeminism: being a libertarian and a feminist

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Libertarians despise racism and sexism as much as anyone because it is a form of collectivism that strips someone’s individual identity with a set of traits and stereotypes. Rugged individualism is at the core of libertarian philosophy, while collectivist ideologies go against many of the tenants of libertarianism – the belief that the government should not outlaw “hate speech” for […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: Women who perform femininity are judged to be less suited to science #academia  #research – @socimages

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Sexism in American society has been on the decline. Obstacles to female-bodied people excelling in previously male-only occupations and hobbies have lessened. And women have thrived in these spaces, sometimes even overtaking men both quantitatively and qualitatively. Another kind of bias, though, has gotten worse: the preference for masculinity over femininity. Today we like our men manly, just like we […]

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#vivelafeminism: How Romania’s feminists are fighting back

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Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal and free, the reality of accessing the procedure is much […]

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#todayin: academia: #research: women academics do more “servce work” to their possible professional detriment

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Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also “taking care of the academic family” via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same. “We find strong evidence that, on average, women faculty perform more service than male […]

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#todayin: fighting back: from pink collars to pink hats: working-class feminism and the resistance

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Tightly gripping a “Firefighters for Women’s Rights and Equality” banner at the Women’s March on Washington, a group of women who had once made history as New York City’s first female firefighters roared up Independence Avenue. There, they joined a new generation of labor activists: teachers, nurses, government workers, restaurant servers, home health-care aides, communications workers, and thousands of other […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: #research: women absent from introductory political science texts – @PSAWomenPol

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Despite compelling arguments for gender mainstreaming in political science education, evidence indicates that very little mainstreaming is taking place. This is likely related to a knowledge gap regarding politics and gender. As Ernest Boyer noted: “[A]s a scholarly enterprise, teaching begins with what the teacher knows.” Nevertheless, professors would be hard-pressed to know everything there is to know about their […]

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#todayin: austerity: welfare shakeup ‘will push a quarter of a million children into poverty’

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Payments to bereaved families cut from 20 years to 18 months.Two charities say cuts will leave 75% of bereaved families worse off.  ••• “A government shakeup of welfare payments being introduced on Thursday will push a quarter of a million children into poverty while wiping thousands of pounds off payments for bereaved families, according to research. Analysis for the Guardian reveals […]

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#womenslives: female academics and the ‘flexibility myth’ @ rolereboot

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There’s a flexibility myth in academia. It goes like this: Academic mothers have it much better than other professional mothers because of their flexible schedule—a luxury women in business, journalism, law, and medicine don’t enjoy—which allows them to set their own hours, and chart their individual paths to success. It’s tempting to buy into this myth, a kind of variation […]

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