#todayin: fighting back: Women are being kept out of Irish theatre and a group of artists is fighting back

#todayin: fighting back: Women are being kept out of Irish theatre and a group of artists is fighting back (Such a good point about women’s voices and women speaking at all.) From msmagazine: Comedian and writer Maeve Higgins had some strong words for her native Ireland during a recent symposium in New York: “[It’s] a wet little rock full of […]

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#womenstories: Girlhood defined through the decades: stories from women age 18 to 80 – @vice

#womenstories: Girlhood defined through the decades: stories from women age 18 to 80 – @vice From Vice. I’ve posted some of the stories from the older women deliberately. They’re affecting (and in places, wonderful). Gee Vaucher, 71: “Women used graffiti to change the messages everyone was faced with.” (top photo) The feminist movement of the 70s was, of course, very […]

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Empowering women will mean little without decent jobs, UN panel warned

Empowering women will mean little without decent jobs, UN panel warned. Bold promises to empower women economically will come to nothing if the structural barriers that prevent women from getting decent jobs are not removed, civil society groups have warned. A high-level panel backed by the World Bank, UN Women, the International Monetary Fund and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) […]

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Online anonymity is critical for women – @takebackthetech on @wmcspeechproj

feminism - online misogyny (Illustration by Nathaniel Gold)

The discussion of online anonymity (and the extent to which internet users should be somehow forced to use their real name online) goes around the house every so often. I’m a strong advocate for maintaining anonymity online because to insist on (and police) real identities has huge consequences for personal safety, and particularly that of women. Of course, everyone would prefer if violent, misogynistic and […]

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The best thing we can do for our daughters – Stephanie Davies-Arai via @RoomOfOurOwn

sociology - threat parenting

A mother’s perspective on raising girls who have the confidence (and empathy) to stand up for herself when we needs to. By stephaniedaviesarai.com via aroomoforown: Teaching boys kindness and empathy is a relatively straightforward task for parents because we have an uncomplicated conviction in the value of those traits when it comes to boys, even if it’s in reassuring the more […]

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#todayin: *smh* Don’t forget the men on International Women’s Day

men - poor menz, what about the men

This is a takedown, of course, on York Feminist Network. It’s about a piece on a local radio station on IWD which claimed that we “hardly ever celebrate men”. Honest to heaven, what planet are they on? Certainly not this one which celebrates men, by default, every single flipping day. My response to the “When is International Men’s Day” question that is prevalent at […]

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THESE DISCUSSIONS HAVE FRAMED CLINTON AS JUST A WOMAN WHO DESERVES CERTAIN VOTES

We reached the stage where this discussion about Hillary and the women vote has become “this old chestnut” already. That’s how much it’s done the rounds. There’s an assumption that women (and particularly young women, for reasons unexplained) should vote for Clinton in the November elections, unquestioningly, and, if they don’t, there’s something wrong with her, them, or both (but probably them). Commentators […]

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#todayin: pictures: Afghanistan’s first woman street artist brings burqas and feminism to city walls – @badgirlpripri

From the HuffPo: A woman in a purple hijab sits playing the piano, a tear rolling down her cheek. She plays her solitary tune amongst a sea of blue skyscrapers, soaring above the cars that zoom beneath her unnoticed. This subject already wears her contradictions proudly — she is strong, she is vulnerable, she is graceful, creative, separate, sad. And yet, […]

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

sociology - women's work (4)

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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“It can be an uncomfortable and painful process to encounter new ideas or opinions, especially if…”

“It can be an uncomfortable and painful process to encounter new ideas or opinions, especially if they are directly critical of your work. But this process is imperative; a true discourse—however challenging—is vital to moving us toward a more equitable and informed society. I keep this in mind when others call out issues they see in my words, and have […]

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#inhaste: Donald Trump is giving America permission to hate women

#inhaste

From huffpo: In the wake of Donald Trump’s announcement that he would not participate in the Jan. 28 GOP debate because Megyn Kelly is moderating, Kelly has been subjected to a barrage of misogynistic abuse online. It’s disgusting and depressing, but not at all surprising, for two reasons: Because many people (read: trolls) feel empowered to talk to women online in a degrading, […]

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“My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and…”

My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and toxic manifestation of patriarchal ideology? Not a uniform hatred of women, surely. Patriarchal social structures, in conjunction with the ideology that governs them, work to make women into men’s deferential, attentive social subordinates, and to mask many of the forms of dominance […]

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