#todayin: misogyny: “Girls are ranked at school on their bodies and compared to porn stars” – @fightthenewdrug via @collectiveshout

feminism - pornography

I reblogged a piece about this report before but it’s a worth a reboot because it’s horrific. When asked, “How do you know a guy likes you?,” an 8th grade girl replied: “He still wants to talk to you after you [give him oral sex].” A male high school student said to a girl: “If you [give me oral sex] I’ll give you […]

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“The mere act of writing about women’s issues sets off a stream of harassment and threats” – @JessicaValenti

women - online harassment, online abuse, trolling (2)

More on abuse online. Jessica Valenti on the Guardian: When the Guardian examined the 1.4 million comments that have been blocked by moderators since 1999, they found that eight of the 10 writers receiving the most blocked comments were women, and topping the list was … well, me. Sure, there’s a small part of me that’s proud – I’m No […]

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‘It’s not about victim blaming, we assure them; it’s just about “personal responsibility.”‘ – @amandataub

feminism - online abuse, misogyny

This is also a reminder of what we’re really doing when we ask women or other vulnerable people to protect themselves from danger or abuse by changing their own behavior. Don’t walk down the dark alley alone at night. Don’t get drunk. Don’t feed the trolls. That’s especially difficult when it comes to issues like online abuse, where the collective […]

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“Online harassment of women so widespread, study warns it risks becoming ‘established norm’ of online behavior” – @amandataub

feminism - trolls (online harassment)

Online harassment of women is so widespread that one study recently warned it risks becoming an “established norm” of online behavior. And the Guardian study published yesterday found that abusive comments were disproportionately directed at women and minorities. Articles written by white men were far less likely to incur abuse. That means it is disproportionately women and minorities who must […]

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“When women have to avoid controversy in order to avoid online abuse, we all lose” – @amandataub

Women and trolls (online abuse)

Vox doesn’t have comments. So when I read the Guardian’s article yesterday about its study of abuse in its own comments section, I wasn’t expecting to find a concise summation of my own situation vis-à-vis online trolls. But there it was, my problem in a nutshell: Conversations about crosswords, cricket, horse racing and jazz were respectful; discussions about the Israel/Palestine conflict […]

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#inhaste: The dark side of Guardian comments (for women)

  Above graph: Another way of looking at this, is that since around 2010 articles written by women consistently attracted a higher proportion of blocked comments than articles written by men. And this one: We also found that some subjects attracted more abusive or disruptive comments than others. Conversations about crosswords, cricket, horse racing and jazz were respectful; discussions about […]

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#research: (Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education – @alisonphipps

feminism, sociology (lad culture) - keep calm and be a lad

New article by Alison Phipps on lad culture: Phipps, Alison (2016) ‘(Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education’, in Gender and Education DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1171298 (available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2016.1171298). Online here; open access here. Abstract: In the context of renewed debates and interest in this area, this paper reframes the theoretical agenda around laddish masculinities in UK higher education, and similar masculinities overseas. These can […]

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Abortion opponents have new tactic—and it could actually kill women – @ZoeSCarpenter

women - women hater

From thenation: One of the antichoice movement’s favorite things to talk about is protecting women. It’s their justification for laws requiring clinics that provide abortions only by pill to outfit themselves for surgery, and for laws that force women to listen to a narration of their own ultrasounds. It’s why, they say, abortion should be banned after 20 weeks, and […]

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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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“The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism” – Namia Akhtar

misc - terrorism

Couldn’t be any plainer. On The Daily Star:  Contemporary terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS), Boko Haram, Taliban and Al-Qaeda incorporate a political agenda with an ideological twist of Islam, with an interpretation that violates the moral values that Islam preaches. The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism, violating women’s rights, which is alien to the theology […]

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#inhaste: Online harassment of women at risk of becoming ‘established norm’, study finds


From theguardian: ‘Harassment of women online is at risk of becoming “an established norm in our digital society”, with women under 30 particularly vulnerable, according to the creators of a new Australian study. Nearly half the 1,000 respondents in the research by the digital security firm Norton had experienced some form of abuse or harassment online. Among women under 30, the […]

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#todayin: #rapeculture: “The term ‘friend zone’ inherently relies on the concept of male entitlement” – @the_PlaidZebra

feminism - rape culture (no does not mean convince me)

The infamous “friend zone” is a desolate place, corroded with bitterness. When a woman makes the choice to not get involved with a man who is trying to initiate a romantic or sexual relationship, the man is said to be plummeting into the depths of the friend zone. Men often vent and joke about the audacity of these women who […]

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#womenslives: confused why women don’t report sexual assault? Ask Kesha. – @emmaladyrose

#womensstories, #womenslives

From Emma Gray on the Huffpo (emphasis added): On Friday afternoon, a judge ruled against Kesha’s request to be released from her contract with Sony. That contract commits the 28-year-old pop star to making six more albums with the company, and thus links her to a producer she says sexually assaulted her. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. […]

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