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

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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“Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise because of gender role threat” @LSEUSAblog

“Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise [because of] gender role threat” @LSEUSAblog: Men might not vote for Clinton bc masculinity. Oh vey… On the LSE blog (emphasis added): One of the main reasons Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise is gender role threat, which is costing her as much as 24 points among men […]

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Poll: “Motherhood penalty and daddy bonus still strong feature of workplaces” – @Samsmethers for @fawcettsociety

sociology - gender and parenting

A report from the Fawcett Society, based on a poll of 8000 respondents nationwide, reveals that women who have children are seen as less committed to their jobs while men, on the other hand, are seen as more committed (go figure!). The poll also indicated that men see most (nine out of 10) care-giving tasks as the responsibility of the “other parent”, probably the […]

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#todayin: you have got to be joking! As women take over male-dominated field, pay drops – @clairecm

sociology - women's work (4)

Why? Women’s work is not valued. From the NYT: Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? That sounds like a truism, but the academic work behind it helps explain the pay gap’s persistence even as the factors long thought to cause it have disappeared. Women, for example, are now better educated than men, […]

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#todayin: capitalism: “Dove have exploited a void in the marketplace by introducing so-called women with ‘real’ bodies” – @_elena

capitalism - sexism, oppression, advertising

Great piece on the problem with Dove’s “just love yourself” campaign or whatever it is. In the main, it’s Dove’s hypocrisy that is most egregious – their campaigns are all about promoting “positive body image” (whatever that is) yet they are owned by a company which also sells slimming products and skin-whitening treatments. Not so much “just loving yourself” there, then. Elena on TheIllusionists: “The […]

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