#report: yes, the gender wage gap is real (see in particular: women of colour) – @rewire_news

feminism - equal rights march

(Evidence people. There is Actual Evidence. See in particular: women of colour.) ••• A major research report out Thursday from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) aims to inform the national discussion about workplace policies with a new analysis showing the gender wage gap is real. “We’re basically saying we’ve measured it a lot of different ways, and it exists, and […]

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#todayin: academia (and sexism): STEM culture bars women’s success – @lip_mag


From lipmag: on women in science and STEM: For some time now, women have been statistically underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This trend is particularly troubling, as STEM fields are aching for qualified workers. The cyber security industry, as an example, is a field that has grown to be particularly important in today’s technological age, […]

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

misc. - sexism, women on television

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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#guestpost: research: sexism as entertainment

misc. - television

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

feminism - sexism is a social disease

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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#womenstories: “I’ve come of age in the porn generation. Here are some of the problems we face” – @EllieOlcott

feminism - pornography online

I was 12. I thought Kate and I were simply too naive to aspire to the heights of sexual maturity to which the boys had risen. Their wisdom seemed self-evident – they did, after all, studiously compare notes on the hottest porn star on RedTube, and congratulate one another on the previous night’s masturbation. It only occurred to me recently, […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it! Gender bias in evaluations of evidence of gender bias

sociology - gender bias (2)

I think I’ve leave this one to speak for itself too. Write-up (and good unpicking) from feministphilosophers: A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that men and women are not equally receptive to experimental evidence of gender bias in STEM settings.  Ian Handley and colleagues reported the results of three experiments.  In the first […]

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#todayin: sexism: research: anger bolsters men’s authority while undermining women’s

feminism - (sexism) (women, don't leave the kitchen)

Herein lies evidence of everything that’s wrong with gender roles (women as passive and unassertive) and norms (women as calm and agreeable) and one effect of subverting or transgressing those roles and norms, and the sorry reality that women are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. The study used a pretty interesting methodology (a deception paradigm) as […]

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#todayin: the patriarchy just will not stop: New Study Reveals Scary Consequence of Catcalling

feminism - man stalking woman in city park (street harassment)

A new study with undergraduate women (n=297) has found that women who experience sexual objectification of some sort (including self-objectification) are also more likely to be victims of sexual assault. The abstract from the study is below, and the write-up is from msmagazine. My concern with these findings on first glance is that they are far too inclined to victim-blaming: […]

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#todayin: frustration: research: The Imagined Link Between Masculinity and Creativity

sociology - masculinity (wordle 2)

Note: the link is not between creativity and masculinity but, rather, the attribution of creativity to men because they are ascribed the masculine traits of self-direction and independence that we associate with creativity, and women are not. Key finding (from the abstract below): This boost in men’s perceived creativity is mediated by attributions of agency, not competence. Write-up from pacificstandard: […]

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academia - research

The feministphilosophers take on the recent claim from a study published in Science (Reproducibility in Psychology – Nosek et al, 2015) that some research in psychology is not replicable (i.e. the same findings are not found over repeated, similar investigations) and, therefore, invalid. At least that’s the way it’s being reported in articles such as this on Slate which states […]

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#todayin: misogyny: new study suggests that men who harass women online are losers. Literally.

feminism - online abuse, misogyny

I’ll admit it, this is not even a little bit surprising. But it’s useful to have some data nonetheless. And it is pretty satisfying: men who are lower-skilled and perform poorly (relatively) on online gaming are also more likely to make “frequent, nasty comments to female gamers”. This fits with a contructionist view of sexism which suggests that men are […]

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#todayin: sexism: research: John vs. Jennifer: A Battle of the Sexes

history - amazing women (Ada Lovelace) (women in science)

More research evidence on the bias towards male applicants in science. Respondents were asked to rate students with identical job applications – half were for an applicant named “John” and half for an applicant named “Jennifer”. The results showed that: “with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.” If […]

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#afeministtakeon: Mad Men and Game of Thrones (and call for research participants)

misc. - television (Game of Thrones)

Love this. Astute analysis and call for research participants. Elke Weissmann is Reader in Film and Television at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, north of Liverpool. She has published a book on British-American relations in TV drama production, Transnational Television Drama, and has co-edited Renewing Feminisms with Helen Thornham. Elke tweets at @TellyElk I am a woman. I am a feminist. […]

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#todayin: sexism: study: sexist internet dudes refuse to believe sexism is a thing

sociology - sexism doesn't exist

Clue’s in the title, there. From: feministing: According to a new study, That Guy in the Comments Section is going to need a lot more than Real Scientific Evidence to convince him that sexism exists. The study, published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, examined the hellhole that is the comments sections of articles reporting on experimental evidence of gender […]

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#todayin: sexism: for giggles: forgettable study sparks sexist headlines about women remembering, reported innumerable times

sexism - men strong, women cross

This was posted a while ago on the conversation (Megan Willis) but it still makes me laugh. More importantly, it’s a good takedown of inaccurate reporting of a small and inconclusive study. ​Attention women of the world: according to a flood of recent news headlines (78 at last count), it’s time to stop watching the news because negative news stories […]

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#todayin: sexism: Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value

Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value

I’ve posted quite a bit about gender imbalance in the workplace this week (particularly in terms in science careers) and here is another. This post (from cratesandribbons) is from a while back but it’s well worth posting again. It debunks the idea that women earn less than men because they “naturally” gravitate towards less well paid industries and puts forth a […]

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