“Empowerment has become a synonym for self-indulgent narcissism” – @HadleyFreeman

feminism - choice, liberal, feminism

Hadley Freeman on “choice” and “individual” feminism, faux-empowerment, capitulating to the patriarchy (for that is what it is), and consumerist feminist practices. (Really, you need read no further than the very mention of Gwyneth Paltrow. Never before have two words been so informative.) (Oh, and though I didn’t plan it so, this pieces offers an interesting contrast with this one, […]

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“Expectations affect a woman’s ability to work outside the home” @toreyvanoot

women - women's work, capitalism, unpaid labour

On refinery29, and following on from this post, here’s some more on women and work. labour. Headline: “Across the globe, women spend about 4.5 hours a day on unpaid labor, such as child care and household chores. For men, that figure drops in half.” Also: “The expectations affect a woman’s ability to work outside the home.” That’s a pretty significant difference, even […]

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#todayin: sexism: Women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than men

From the guardian (emphasis added): Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than their male peers, a significantly bigger pay gap than for those with academic qualifications, according to new research. Men aged between 22 and 30 with a vocational qualification above GCSE level earn on average £10 an hour, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found in an analysis […]

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#todayin: sexism: Only 16% of Australians in STEM professions are women, and pay gap is ‘unacceptable’

Same old, same old. From Guardian (emphasis added): Women make up less than one-fifth of Australians qualified in science, technology, engineering and maths and continue to be paid less than their male colleagues. It is a finding of a new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist, which shows 16% of the 2.3 million Stem-qualified Australians are female, with engineering […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it! Women more likely to support gender equality – @pewresearch

Findings from @pewresearch. It’s no surprise that women are more in support of gender equality (patriarchy, anyone?) but here’s what’s frustrating: gender equality ranks below religious freedom in goals (is that the word)? Why?! I’m not the only one who balks at that, right? Gender equality and women’s empowerment is one of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. And gender […]

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The way we never were (on “traditional family values) – @StephanieCoontz on @newrepublic 

Great read and nice summary about marriage trends, and marriage as a social institution and function. New Republic: People have been predicting the death of marriage for almost a century. In 1928, John Watson, the most famous child psychologist of that era, predicted that marriage would be dead by 1977. In 1977, sociologist Amatai Etzioni declared that if current trends continued, […]

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“None of this would have happened without feminism” – @polblonde

feminism - i need feminism because

Feminism there. Pretty frickin’ crucial and transformative, whether you like it or not. Some top points here: piece by Joan Smith on the Independent. (No, of course you shouldn’t read BTL. Rookie mistake.) In 1997, when I began writing a weekly column for The Independent on Sunday, Labour had just won a landslide election victory. I wasn’t a fan of Tony Blair, an antipathy that […]

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Poll: “Motherhood penalty and daddy bonus still strong feature of workplaces” – @Samsmethers for @fawcettsociety

sociology - gender and parenting

A report from the Fawcett Society, based on a poll of 8000 respondents nationwide, reveals that women who have children are seen as less committed to their jobs while men, on the other hand, are seen as more committed (go figure!). The poll also indicated that men see most (nine out of 10) care-giving tasks as the responsibility of the “other parent”, probably the […]

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Double-edged words: assertive vs. pushy, frustrated vs. upset

gender - words matter

On gendered words and inherent sexism: The Economist: Women and men face double-standards. That this should show up in the language is no surprise. Men who put themselves forward at work are “assertive”, women who do the same are more often “pushy” or “bossy”; men are “persistent” whereas women are “nagging”; men are “frustrated”, women “upset”. A man has a lot to […]

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#todayin: pictures: ‘I’ve Named Her Scholastica’: Tanzania’s teen mothers – @hackneydoula, @jaydabliu for @broadly

#womensstories, #womenslives

Intro: In Tanzania, girls are traditionally married off before they are 18. In childbirth, they routinely lack access to lifesaving cesareans and medical treatment. Despite this, young women are daring to dream for more. – @hackneydoula and @jaydabli for @broadly: “I named her Scholastica” (emphasis added): Eva Paulo wanted to be a tailor when she grew up. When I meet her, she […]

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#research: Women and minorities penalized for promoting workplace diversity

#research: Women and minorities penalized for promoting workplace diversity. From the guardian (emphasis added): Women or minorities who promote diversity in the workplace are penalized by their peers but white men who do so are not, a new study says. The authors of the study, University of Colorado professors Stefanie K Johnson and David R Hekman, surveyed 350 executives about […]

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#todayin: you have got to be joking! As women take over male-dominated field, pay drops – @clairecm

sociology - women's work (4)

Why? Women’s work is not valued. From the NYT: Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? That sounds like a truism, but the academic work behind it helps explain the pay gap’s persistence even as the factors long thought to cause it have disappeared. Women, for example, are now better educated than men, […]

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#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds

#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds… … despite still being excluded from positions of power, influence and leadership in most (all?) religions/ faiths. On the Guardian (emphasis added): Women are more religiously devout than men even though they are excluded from positions of leadership in many faiths and denominations,a new study has found. According to the respected […]

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Six reasons we still need International Women’s Day

Six reasons we still need International Women’s Day. A whistle-stop tour. From msmagazine. As always, emphasis added. Since 1975, March 8—International Women’s Day—has been a rallying point for feminists worldwide. Established by the U.N., it has traditionally been a moment to celebrate women’s achievements while highlighting serious inequalities between the sexes. But 41 years later, is it still necessary? The […]

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Feminists need to learn about religion – @drkristinaune (on @conversationUK)

sociology - religion, cross (on shutterstock)

It’s an argument. This here feminist (me) is certainly guilty of summarily dismissing all religions (with some grounds, but still…). (Parts of this piece are confusing, at least to me, particularly the section on feminist responses to religion which seems to have missed its point where it starts with “Those who argue…”. In any case, worth posting.) On theconversation.com: Faced with religion, what’s a good feminist to do? Some […]

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UN Women’s head: ‘Historic shift’ needed to find concrete ways to end gender inequality

UN Women’s head: ‘Historic shift’ needed to find concrete ways to end gender inequality. The resolve of world leaders to end gender inequality will be tested at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, the head of UN Women told delegates during the opening session on Monday. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the annual two-week meeting in New York would be […]

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Empowering women will mean little without decent jobs, UN panel warned

Empowering women will mean little without decent jobs, UN panel warned. Bold promises to empower women economically will come to nothing if the structural barriers that prevent women from getting decent jobs are not removed, civil society groups have warned. A high-level panel backed by the World Bank, UN Women, the International Monetary Fund and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) […]

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Online anonymity is critical for women – @takebackthetech on @wmcspeechproj

feminism - online misogyny (Illustration by Nathaniel Gold)

The discussion of online anonymity (and the extent to which internet users should be somehow forced to use their real name online) goes around the house every so often. I’m a strong advocate for maintaining anonymity online because to insist on (and police) real identities has huge consequences for personal safety, and particularly that of women. Of course, everyone would prefer if violent, misogynistic and […]

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