“Institutionalized sexism in business world means higher a woman rises the higher the costs of having that position” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

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Lack of promotions (or applications for promotions) in the business world (see also: academia) are little to do with women’s ambitions or talents, argues Jamie Bernstein on skepchick, and much more about the expectations placed on women outside of, and in, work which only get worse the more successful women become. A group of women researchers at Harvard recently released the results of […]

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“Need to push back against idea that femininity somehow at odds with serious science” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

women, science, STEM

Jamie Bernstein on skepchick cautions against condescending to women, and vilifying femininity, in the push to encourage more women into STEM areas. Good points, and well made. Over at Quartz, Shannon Palus wrote a great piece about how condescending so many campaigns to get women into STEM are, whereby companies market to women using female stereotypes under the assumption that it […]

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#academia: when teamwork doesn’t work for women

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On collaborative publishing (between women and men) and gendered (nay, sexist) credit in academia. The piece refers to publishing in economics but the findings could potentially be extrapolated, particularly to traditionally “male” disciplines. From the NYtimes: Economics remains a stubbornly male-dominated profession, a fact that members of the profession have struggled to understand. After all, if the marketplace of ideas […]

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research: student evaluations are better and predicting gender bias and grade expectations (from @insidehighered)

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The latter we’ve all known for a long time. The former is repeatedly confirmed in research. Certainly something to remember for the new “TEF”. From insidehighered: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations […]

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#inhaste: Enough platitudes and excuses: here is the truth about this week of sexism

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On The Guardian: What a week it has been for sexist men and their apologists. First a federal government minister resigned over inappropriate behaviour towards a female public servant while out drinking in Hong Kong. Then that same minister, Jamie Briggs, sent out photos of the woman in question to his mates. Then those mates leaked the photo to the media. Then another federal minister, […]

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#inhaste: he knows me better than i know myself: “Don’t tell the Bride” and gender (from @jembloomfield)

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quiteirregular on gender norms, patriarchal expectations (from men and women) and reality TV: “I’m less interested here in the ways by which the show’s editing shapes scenes, or produces characters from the people onscreen (though there’s plenty to say about that elsewhere.) Instead, I want to look at some of the assumptions which lie beneath the stories which play out on […]

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Online sexism is so out of control that we can no longer ignore it

‘After going on Question Time, historian Mary Beard received hundreds of messages attacking her appearance.’ Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex The comedian Kate Smurthwaite received 2,000 abusive tweets for objecting when a men’s rights activist called her “darling” in a TV debate. Some called her “bitch”, “slut”, “harpy”; some were explicit threats of violence and rape. After going on Question Time, the […]

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#aroundup: Twelve months of sexist jerkery – and those who stood up to it (by @vanbadham)

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From sweet victories to strange male obsessions to straight out sexist garbage, here is the feminists’ year in review This week, journalists across Belgrade and five other Serbian cities gathered to demand that Serbia’s defence minister resign for making a sexist remark. The protests were sparked at a press conference two weeks ago – a female journalist crouched to stay […]

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#afeministtakeon: the Bond Girl (from @lip_mag)

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Very few film franchises over the past fifty years have been more packed with more pure masculinity than the James Bond films. While these spy films revolve around one of the most debonair men in British history, they still cater to the action crowd, thrilling male audiences with explosions, fight scenes, and beautiful women. But how women are portrayed in […]

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Keynote: Sexism and violence in the neoliberal university (by @alisonphipps)

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I posted text from Sara Ahmed’s keynote at the Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Conference (Goldsmiths) earlier. Here is an excerpt from Alison Phipps’ equally excellent keynote. This time, the focus is on lad culture and violence in UK universities. On genderate (and, again, you should read it all): I want to talk about markets. Education markets, institutional markets, sexual markets: brought together […]

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#womensstories: the thing all women do that you don’t know about (from @HuffPostwomen)

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There’s this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women’s issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Aren’t there more important things to worry about? Is this really that big of a deal? Aren’t you being overly sensitive? Are you sure you’re being rational about this? Every. Single. Time. And every […]

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#todayin: seriously! Google searches highest for International Men’s Day in March (International Women’s Day)

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That’s the patriarchy, right there, folks. From quiteirregular: International Men’s Day took place this last week.  It’s the 19th of November, a date more usually known on Twitter as “19th November, actually”, or “I think you’ll find it’s November 19th.”  Like October 3rd, but with more snark. The reason for this particular association is the number of times International Men’s Day […]

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Women and the big picture: new study reveals gender bias in film production (from @msmagazine)

Women and the big picture: new study reveals gender bias in film production (on msmagazine): The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University hasreleased a new report that finds films with a female director employ more women in behind-the-scenes roles—such as writers, producers, editors and cinematographers—than those helmed by men. Women and […]

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