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Feminism 101. Rape Culture 101 can be found here.

Feminism 101

On Divorcing Slurs from Their Contexts: There are men (and women) who would swear up, down, and backwards that they're not homophobic, and may even genuinely be supportive of full LGBTQ equality, but nonetheless continue to use the word fag to malign other men—or use "gay" as a negative descriptor. They just like the words. Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression! This has been a v long-brewing post; I've been meaning to make it, or something like it, since 2009.

Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression!

Many thanks to. Feminist Complaint. I have offered a feminist equation Rolling eyes = feminist pedagogy.

Feminist Complaint

I want to make sense of this equation, or to show how this equation makes sense. Julie Pagano - Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy. A year and a half ago, I wrote about my experiences and how working in the tech industry can be death by a thousand paper cuts.

Julie Pagano - Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy

I doubt I was the first person to make this observation. I know I am not the last. I have seen so many posts from people commenting on their own death by a thousand cuts. Friday Feminism: Blogging while Feminist – a 3-comment rule? « Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog. I was reading something over at Pharyngula today where PZ Myers was alerting his commentors to brace for an influx of creationist debaters following a particular story getting picked up by both Digg and Reddit, and he reminded them of his 3-comment rule for dealing with newbie debating opponents.

Friday Feminism: Blogging while Feminist – a 3-comment rule? « Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

Don’t attack without mercy until they’ve made stupid claims in at least 3 separate comments. PZ recommended this to his readers when he found that the regulars in the comments threads were getting a bit too zealous for his taste, and the discussions were descending into vitriol spitting contests without enough leavening of actual interesting discussion. I am all for vigorous, unhindered language and the expression of strong opinions, and I think dumb ideas need to be dealt with harshly, but we also need to allow opportunities for those ideas to be fully expressed.

Reform of the Nerds, Starring Arthur Chu - Pacific Standard. In January of 2014, I started getting text messages from my college friends asking whether I was following our old classmate Arthur Chu on Jeopardy!

Reform of the Nerds, Starring Arthur Chu - Pacific Standard

I wasn’t—I hadn’t watched the show for years—but I tuned in the next day. From then on, I watched rapt as Chu racked up what was, at the time, the third-longest winning streak in the show’s history, drawing attention not only for the size of his haul (almost $400,000 in the end), but also for his supremely stereotypical nerdiness. He used an unorthodox strategy that drew on both game theory and statistical analysis of the Jeopardy! Board. "Call-out culture is very problematic," said the naked emperor frantically. There are certain truths that those of us subjected to the education given to the middle class (which is to say: just enough critical thinking to do the rich kids' homework, and not enough to realize the rich kids hate us as much as they hate the poor kids) were taught not to question.

"Call-out culture is very problematic," said the naked emperor frantically

Here are some of them; in The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home, Jonathan Kozol wrote about others. We need more research and facts before we make a hasty decision.There's more than one side to every story.The only real ethical precept you ever need is politeness.Objective truth exists, and we should never take decisive action until we find it. Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces. This isn’t the blog entry about WisCon that I wanted to write.

Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

WisCon 38 was the first WisCon I’d ever attended. I’d heard about the self-styled “World’s Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention” for years, but for whatever reason, I’d somehow gotten it into my head that this was a convention for Published Names and Academics With Experience, neither of which I remotely qualified for as a Mere Mortal If Enthusiastic (and Mouthy) Fan.

I was thankfully disabused of this notion and I think it’s fair to say that going to WisCon this year was a life-changing experience. From participating as a panelist and peer with creators whom I’d admired for years (five panels in four days!) I’d fully intended to have a glowing, gushing and rather fangirlish entry about my WisCon experiences up within a week of returning from the con, but that cold bug decided to fight eviction for nearly a month, things at work got busy and life generally got in the way. Harassment at Context. Uncategorized Several people have emailed me about reports of harassment at Context this year, which resulted in an individual being banned from the convention for five years.

Harassment at Context

Here’s my roundup of links about what happened. (Please let me know if I’ve missed anything.) September 30: Jonathan Maberry is one hoopy frood. Context is pretty cool too. Context’s current harassment policy is here. It sounds like the Fanaco Board, which oversees Context, is still meeting and discussing everything that’s happened. What Happens When We Speak: On Con Harassment and Fandom. “So I heard that you won Tumblr,” a coworker joked with me the other day.

He was referring to the maelstrom of activity that was triggered when I posted about my con harassment experience at New York Comic Con by the film crew of the YouTube web series Man Banter, hosted by Mike Babchik. I won’t reiterate everything that happened, but kept pretty good documentation. Other industry professionals and geek news sources had done the same, too. The Future's Been Here Since 1939: Female Fans, Cosplay, and Conventions - Uncanny Magazine. Nerds and Male Privilege. Gawker's Violentacrez Expose And How 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Predicted Geek Misogyny. By Alyssa Rosenberg on October 15, 2012 at 10:33 am "Gawker’s Violentacrez Expose And How ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Predicted Geek Misogyny" On Friday afternoon, Gawker published a long profile of a Reddit moderator who went by Violentacrez.

Gawker's Violentacrez Expose And How 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Predicted Geek Misogyny

A Texas programmer in real life, Violentacrez has helped shape Reddit’s norms, mentoring and writing documentation for moderators, scrubbing the site for patently illegal content, but also helping establish some of its most distasteful subsections, some openly racist, and others devoted to posting and discussion of sexualized images of very young women taken or republished without their consent. Muddy Colors: What Women Women Characters. What Women Want in Women Characters or, Women Characters Redesigned by Women SFF Artists -By Lauren Panepinto As the most frequently-posting woman on the Muddy Colors roster, let me officially welcome you to Women’s History Month.

Sanguinity, raptorific: Okay, so imagine there’s a doctor.... Let Me Fix That For You, SFWA. The January 2013 cover of the SFWA Bulletin was the final straw in series of sexist incidents within the ranks of the SFWA. Mr. Truesdale jumps to the defense of artists from the burden of editoral censure. Here, at Red Ink, we are great fans of editorial censure. Alyssa Rosenberg gave an excellent write-up in Slate. "What's a girl doing here?" Some Thoughts on “Crazy Women” A post on HuffPo Women from a few months ago is making the rounds again. Author Yashar Ali’s article A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy” makes some excellent points on the ways that some men use accusations of craziness to control women: My friend Anna (all names changed to protect privacy) is married to a man who feels it necessary to make random and unprompted comments about her weight.

Female Friendships: Hitting All the Right Notes. A Chemical Imbalance. Sacrificing Privilege. What empowerment is. Where Does Validation Come From? True Blood: The Vampire as A Multiracial Critique on Multicultural Pluralism (Nicole Rabin) Racism And Meritocracy. Editor’s note: Guest contributor Eric Ries is the author of The Lean Startup. Follow him @ericries. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. Stereotypes for fame and traffic.

Rape Culture 101. About consent, or, the legalization of women’s humanity « I Blame The Patriarchy. The Problem with consent Although this condition does not obtain with regard to any other crime you can think of, when it comes to rape, women are currently considered to exist in a state of perpetual “yes!”. Models of Sex. 5 Things to Never Say to a Woman Who Doesn't Want Kids. May 27, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Is love universal? : Popular Romance Project.