#research: ambivalent, hostile and benevolent sexism – @jessesingal/ @NYMag

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(Lots of interesting research and theorising here about the gender order, ambivalent, hostile and benevolent* sexism, and misogyny. I suggest you read it all – it’s not long. *The most insidious of the three, perhaps, in terms of maintaining the gender order and women’s oppression.) Excerpts from @nymag (captions, emphasis added): Recent election polling shows that women prefer Hillary Clinton by about 15 percentage points, […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “Nasty women” – @feministcurrent

Throughout these debates, Trump’s behaviour has reminded me much too eerily of my abusive ex’s. Not only in his physical efforts to intimidate Clinton, but in his condescension, interruptions, derailing, manipulations, and dishonest personal attacks. Numerous times it seemed clear the man wanted to hit her — I know that look… This debate, wherein Trump was not only forced to […]

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#feministslives: talking, writing and fighting like girls: speaking out as feminists – @ConversationUK

(Long piece. Excerpts below.) ••• The phrase “the personal is political” has been entwined with the feminist movement since the 1970s. The idea that every individual woman’s experience speaks to broader social and political structures that affect women has encouraged feminist writers to disclose something of themselves as they have agitated for gender equality. […] The renewed visibility of feminists […]

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#womenslives: women are spat on, chased and hit by cars – catcalling is NOT a ‘compliment’

In June, Pagan-Lilley Motlagh-Phillips was run over.By two men on a moped. Why? She ignored their catcalling. The 19-year-old says she was mown down on a London pavement after ignoring the driver’s unwanted advances: “You alright darling?” She was taken to hospital with internal bruising – and was lucky to escape without a more serious injury. This is where the argument that catcalling is ‘a […]

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#guestpost: research: sexism as entertainment. More on TV’s MANswers.

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This is a guestpost by Hennie and Elin Weiss on their follow-up research on the TV show MANanswers. Their first piece of research is guestposted here. ••• In a previous piece for feimineach we wrote about an American television show called MANswers and its disturbing sexist portrayals of women. MANswers Facebook site describes the show as: “…a satire aimed at predominately male […]

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#womenslives: ‘“Bro talk” produces a force field of disrespect and exclusion’ –  @SamPolk

#womenslives: ‘“Bro talk” produces a force field of disrespect and exclusion’ – @SamPolk: For my entire life, I’ve heard men talk about women. On baseball fields, in wrestling locker rooms, at frat parties and in private conversations, I’ve listened to men dissect women into body parts. When I was younger, I did it, too. Casually objectifying women — speaking in […]

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#todayin: fighting back: questioning rape in China – @tingguowrites (@5050oD)

On power, privilege, structure, patriarchy, rape acceptance, and the fightback, in China. @tingguowrites on opendemocracy: “All victims have something to be despised” vs the crime of rape On 27 June 2016, the young woman at the centre of the case, university senior H, contacted Cheng who was her mentor (laoshi) when she interned forSouthern Daily, and asked him to confirm her internship. He […]

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#womenslives: he thinks you’re a hoe anyway! the -1 vs. +1 woman’s value theory – @thefeministwire

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By the by, this is a really great series of posts (feministwire) where women talk about their lives, stories, experiences, and feminisms. Look for emerging feminisms on feministwire. This one: He Thinks You’re A Hoe Anyway! The -1 vs. +1 Woman’s Value Theory Narrative: A woman’s “value” lowers as her sexual partners increases, while a man’s “value” rises as his sexual […]

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#guestpost: Catching whores and sluts: sexism and fishing

This is a guestpost by Elin Weiss. Elin has a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies. Her interests include feminism, gender stereotypes, the sexualization of women and the portrayal of women and men in media. More of her work can be found at the fwsablog, thefword, and metapshychology. *** Catching whores and sluts: sexism and fishing My partner is into pike fishing. […]

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#womensstories: puberty ruined me – @thefeministwire

Sexual education was severely lacking at my grade school, because the students were only allowed to know sex is on a biological level, and how bodies grew when they went through puberty. We weren’t informed of the bigger, cultural picture of how pleasure, non-hetero relationships, and sexual health are integrated into everyday life, or the effects of what gendering and […]

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#guestpost: research: sexism as entertainment

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This is a guestpost by Elin Weiss and Hennie Weiss on the television show MANswers, a satire aimed at predominately male audiences. *** Sexism as entertainment A couple of years ago we used to watch a show called MANswers. Not because it was smart, funny or interesting but because it was incredibly sexist. It was truly hypermasculinity on steroids. The show stopped airing […]

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#womenslives: Study: sexual harassment “part of job” for women in tech – @DianaTourjee/ @broadly

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Piece by @DianaTourjee on @broadly (emphasis added): A recent report finds that 60 percent of women working in the tech industry in Silicon Valley have experienced sexual harassment. A staggering 90 percent of the women interviewed in the study, which was titled Elephant in the Valley, reportedly “witnessed sexist behavior at company offsites and/or industry conferences.” In other cases, the sexism women […]

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#todayin: srsly: “This isn’t my first rodeo, I know the tactics these men use against vocal women” – @ACyborgKitty, medium

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srsly. we all know. @ACyborgKitty on medium: I just created a label in my editor’s gmail for @DrunkenBoat: Harassment. I know from experience in other leadership positions that this is a label I will have to use all too often, even in the supposedly progressive field of literary arts. This is a label I need to have because I need to […]

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#womenstories: “Husbands can divorce any time, without reason. A woman can’t divorce unless her husband doesn’t give her food or clothes.”

“Husbands can divorce any time, without reason. A woman can’t divorce unless her husband doesn’t give her food or clothes.” Afghanistan, domestic violence and divorce: one woman’s harrowing story theguardian.com (emphasis added, as always) Sune Engel Rasmussen, in Herat: Seventeen months after Setara’s husband cut her face and chest with a knife, disfiguring her for life and only narrowly failing to […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “Revenge porn so insidious and pernicious because one of the places where men still maintain power”

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Well, men still maintain power in most places but revenge porn is an example of male violence against women at its most devious, abusive and destructive. #smashthepatriarchy @theguardian: What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime? Eva Wiseman (emphasis added, as always): Revenge porn victims say they’ve suffered “significant emotional distress” after an ex posted their nude photos online. When we all carry broadcast-quality […]

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