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

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(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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#afeministtakeon: Why Iron Man 3‘s surface-level feminism is more dangerous than you think – @StegoSarahs

(Gotta tell ye: I didn’t pick up on that much of the old feminism myself in IM3. Perhaps because it really was that light-touch or, you know, not feminism.) ••• Pepper Potts, capable boss-lady of Stark Industries, changes her personality according to the needs of the plot. First scene: Tony’s suffering PTSD and she supports him. Literally the next scene: […]

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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.

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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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#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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#todayin: srsly! Can we stop calling inspirational women ‘badass babes’? – @bellejarteam

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Actually seriously. It’s offensive and it MAKES NO SENSE. BelleJar: A trend has arisen in popular feminist discourse where people have opted for the terms ‘babes’ and ‘badasses’ (and even the combined ‘badass babes’) when describing female change-makers. These terms have been popularised in feminist dialogue over the past few years and have been used in countlessarticlesoverandoveragain, articles that aim to […]

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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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#todayin: misogyny: How ‘hysteria’ has been used to degrade and control women – @ConversationUK

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By Paula Michaels, Monash University: […] hysteria’s long, dark past as a medical diagnosis casts a shadow over our modern colloquial use. With a genealogy that can be traced back 4000 years to ancient Egypt, hysteria can arguably be understood as Western civilisation’s first conceptualisation of mental illness. Ancient physicians attributed erratic female behaviour to spontaneous movement of the womb, with […]

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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: 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 rare in top positions of religious leadership – @pewresearch


Not rocket science. But always worth a highlight. From @pewresearch: While many large religious organizations in the United States allow women to be ordained – and to hold leadership positions within the organization – few women have actually served at the very top. We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them […]

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#todayin: sexism: A woman’s place? (Not) the British House of Commons – @5050oD

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Che Ramsden in openDemocracy unpicks the sustained gender inequality in the British Government. See also: Strengthening democracy: tackling the over-representation of men. This piece: opendemocracy (emphasis added): Last year, having failed to label himself a ‘feminist’ in the run-up to the General Election, David Cameron finally qualified, when challenged by Rupa Huq MP, he said that “if feminism means we should treat […]

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