#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: feminists doing feminism wrong: where feminism went wrong

“The dilemma for contemporary feminists is that although American women have gradually overcome the formal legal and informal cultural barriers that previously prevented them from participating in certain occupations and professions, this achievement has not led to statistical parity between the sexes in all areas of social, economic, and political life,” wrote Christina Villegas. We see this applied most notably […]

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

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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#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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#todayin: pictures: 11 powerful feminist messages, written on the bodies fighting for them (HuffPo) (NSFW)

Liora began the project, titled “Feminism,” in 2012, after she moved to a Republican state for the first time and heard more about proposed reproductive rights legislation that was detrimental to women. “I was signing petitions and sharing articles, but it wasn’t really alleviating the anger I felt,” she told The Huffington Post. Liora decided to use her skills as […]

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#todayin: pictures: When 90 percent of Iceland’s women went on strike in 1975 – @mayadusenbery

Originally sparked by the Haymarket Massacre of 1886, when police cracked down on peaceful protestors rallying for an eight-hour work day in Chicago, International Workers’ Day has enjoyed a bit of a revival in the last several years. In 2006, activists organized “a day without an immigrant,” and immigrants’ rights actions have been a big focus of the day ever since. A couple years ago, Occupy […]

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

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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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#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: feminists doing feminism wrong: University feminists are betraying their movement’s liberal past

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Argues a white male, elite university philosophy on the Quillette:  Feminism wasn’t always this censorious. The university feminists of today do not reflect the motives of the classical past of their movement. The Swedish feminist — and personal heroine of mine — Margareta Momma wrote extensively in defence of tolerance during the age of Enlightenment. In her excellent essays she defends […]

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#todayin: you couldn’t make it up! Some white people who are concerned that ‘black privilege’ is getting out of control

splutter On Jezebel: Hello, I’m here to apologize for the “black privilege” that I, as a black woman, benefit from every day! Just kidding. But CNN’s John Blake spoke to some real people who really believe in this—that “black privilege” is a thing, while white privilege, of course, is not. In an in-depth piece, Blake spoke to a few white […]

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