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Here's The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker - BuzzFeed News. The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines. Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles. But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. We didn’t set out trying to prove anything, but rather compile real data. Let’s begin by examining dialogue, by gender, for just Disney films. In January 2016, researchers reported that men speak more often than women in Disney’s princess films.

This dataset isn’t perfect. Methodology For each screenplay, we mapped characters with at least 100 words of dialogue to a person’s IMDB page (which identifies people as an actor or actress). 2,000 Screenplays: Dialogue Broken-down by Gender All Genres Action Drama Comedy Horror Each screenplay has at least 90% of its lines categorized by gender. Across thousands of films in our dataset, it was hard to find a subset that didn’t over-index male. Why we made this. XY Bias: How Male Biology Students See Their Female Peers. Over the last three years, Sarah Eddy and Daniel Grunspan have asked over 1,700 biology undergraduates at the University of Washington to name classmates whom they thought were “strong in their understanding of classroom material.” The results were worrying but predictable. The male students underestimated their female peers, over-nominating other men over better-performing women. Put it this way: To the men in these classes, a woman would need to get an A to get the same prestige as a man getting a B.

“A lot of people make the assumption that issues of gender in biology are gone because so many women enroll,” says Eddy. “But we know there are strong unconscious biases equating science to males. They’re just there in the air.” Her study is the latest to show the challenges faced by women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The causes of this attrition are manifold, but sexual discrimination is an indisputable part of it. It begins early. Performance? 10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism. 8 Things Some A$$#ole Says in Every Debate About Sexism.

#4. The Nicer Detonator Alexander Bedrin/iStock/Getty Images Assholes act as if anger in response to centuries of systematic oppression is equal to centuries of systematic oppression, and the two cancel out. "Maybe if you were nicer about asking," they say, and it's impossible to respond properly, because only comic characters can scream so loudly it ruptures their eardrums and pulps their skulls. Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images0Though exposure to such bullshit may cause women to evolve a Naturschrei organ. "Maybe if you were nicer about the constant stream of poison you're subjected to, I'd consider not pissing into it.

" It's another way of reframing an urgent discussion of sexual equality as a patriarchal indulgence. Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images"I'll shove this cone through your cornea, you patronizing jerk. " The kicker is that deploying the nicer detonator is the best possible way to trigger an explosion of anger. . #3. Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images #2.

Digital Vision. #1. The Odds That a Panel Would 'Randomly' Be All Men Are Astronomical. Thousands of Chinese investors who have sunk an estimated $6 billion into Fanya Metal Exchange are trying to get their money back through public protests and even, at one point, kidnapping the exchange’s founder and turning him in to the police. The government has mostly ignored their plight, despite the fact that China’s state banks recommended Fanya to customers, its national television stations tacitly endorsed the exchange, and local regulators approved it. Now these investors, along with experts in the global metals industry, are starting to wonder: Did Fanya ever really buy, sell, and trade billions of dollars of rare metals, as it claimed—or was it, as one Chinese analyst says, a Ponzi scheme? Quartz spoke to investors, industry experts, analysts, and Fanya’s business partners about the company. The bottom line: When new investment opportunities are created in China, “government supervision always comes afterward,” Tang said.

A short history of Fanya A “parallel universe” How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement. UPDATE: Welcome readers from facebook and elsewhere! Please subscribe through the buttons at the right if you enjoy this post. The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one political issue. My views on fetal personhood and women’s bodily autonomy have shifted since that day, but when I first started blogging a year and a half ago I was nevertheless very insistent that the pro-life movement should be taken at its word when it came to rhetoric about saving “unborn babies” from being “murdered.”

I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong. As a child, teen, and college student, I sincerely believed that personhood, life, rights, and the soul all began at fertilization. What about the Zygote? 8 Myths That Fuel the Assault on Abortion Rights. The ink is barely dry on the bill Scott Walker signed outlawing abortion for Wisconsin women, including victims of rape and incest, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In Georgia, Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is trying to introduce legislation that would halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood after a deceptive and misleading “sting” video went viral. In June, murder charges against Kenlissia Jones, who terminated her pregnancy using pills bought on the Internet, were finally dropped after much public outcry.

And Paul Joseph Wieland, a local Missouri state representative and current holder of the Most Embarrassing Dad of the Year Award, is trying to get a court to block his adult daughters’ insurance from providing them with birth control. I’m leaving a lot out. So let’s clear up a least a few of these. 1. Concern trolling is one of anti-choicers' favorite methods for attempting to shut down arguments in favor of reproductive rights. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent? What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent? The Impossible Demands of Dating Under the Pressures of Rape Culture. Panel 1 (A computer is shown open to “,” with the messages section showing.) Person 1: So I’m looking forward to finally meeting you this weekend! Robot Hugs (RH): Me too! Where should we meet? Person 1: Where do you live? RH: Actually, let’s meet downtown. There’s a bar I like on College Street – or is there somewhere you’d prefer to grab a drink or a coffee? Person 1: It’s no problem. RH: I’d really rather meet downtown in a bar or something. Person 1: …Wow, I think it’s pretty messed up that you’re just default assuming I’m a creepy rapist or something. Panel 2 RH: (sitting at their computer) Sigh. Panel 3 Text: Sometimes, in my head, we have a conversation about this. RH: (speaking to Person 1) That’s a really tone-deaf and unfortunate thing to say.

Panel 4 RH: One thing I have to think about, even though I’d rather not, even when I just want to have a date with someone who seems pretty cool, is risk. Panel 5 Panel 6 Text: Here’s an example risk calculation! Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9. Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973–2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health. Gateway. Ectopic pregnancies, exploding gifts from God at some Catholic hospitals. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. It occurs in approximately 1% of conceptions. It typically grows in the fallopian tube, but rarely an ectopic pregnancy can grow in the ovary or cervix. A pregnancy has trophoblastic tissue, the purpose of which is to invade deep into the wall of the uterus and set up a system of nutrient and oxygen delivery from the mother to the embryo.

Trophoblastic tissue is aggressive, because the muscle of the uterus is thick. Now imagine these aggressive, invasive cells when faced with the wrong tissue. Thinner tissue. This is how women die from ectopic pregnancies, they bleed to death. The recommended treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is surgical removal or systemic methotrexate (a cancer drug that kills the rapidly dividing trophoblasts, which are in many ways like cancer cells). An ectopic pregnancy is not destined to be a baby. How common is this practice? Like this: Like Loading... 5 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Thinking of Skinny-Shaming as 'Reverse Discrimination' Author’s Note: This piece is not in defense of skinny-shaming. Body-shaming in all forms is inexcusable. Rather, this piece aims to point out the ways in which fat-shaming entails an extra layer of oppression – fatphobia – that skinny-shaming lacks.

I have a very complicated relationship with the concept of skinny-shaming. I’m a body image activist who attempts to work in solidarity with the fat acceptance movement, an eating disorder survivor who still harbors body and food issues, and a person of average size who talks openly about thin privilege. Of course I have a complicated relationship with skinny-shaming. But something that I see coming up a lot is the idea that skinny-shaming (making rude or snide remarks about thin bodies) is “reverse discrimination.” Some say that if we want to curb body-hate, we can’t participate in body-hate. That, I’m into. But then there are the people who say that “skinny-shaming is the same as fat-shaming” – which simply isn’t true. 1. It isn’t. 2. Ouch. 3. 4. Log In. I'm Not Your Feminist Mommy & I'm Tired of Holding Your Hand. I am tired of talking about feminism to men.

I know that I’m not supposed to say this. I know that as a good little third-wave feminist I’m supposed to sweetly explain to you how much I love and value men. I’m supposed to trot out my husband of nearly five years, my son, all of my male friends and relatives and display them as a sort of badge of honour, proof that I am not a man-hater. I’m supposed to hold out my own open palms, prove to you how harmless I am, how nice I am. Above all, I’m supposed to butter you up, you men, stroke your egos, tell you how very important you are in the fight for equality. This is the right way to go about it, or so I’ve been told. As my mother would say, you catch more flies with honey. But still. I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings.

Aisha Tyler: Choosing Work Over Family Is A 'Completely Valid Choice' Aisha Tyler has spoken out about her struggles with infertility before, and she wants other women to know that it's alright to abandon a fruitless effort to conceive. When Tyler dropped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to chat with host Nancy Redd about the latest season of "The Talk," she said that women who choose "work over family" should know they made "a completely valid choice, and no one should ever feel embarrassed or regretful about that. " The comedian said she always saw herself as strictly a professional woman, and she never wanted children. But when she and her husband decided to give it a try and began hitting roadblocks, Tyler decided not to put her body through rigorous steps toward getting pregnant.

"When we found out that [getting pregnant] was going to be difficult to impossible, it really was a choice to stop," she said. Tyler added that expensive fertility treatments aren't typically realistic for everyday couples. S.E. Cupp on nude photos: Don’t own things other people want if you don’t want to have them stolen! Conservative columnist S.E. Cupp has weighed in on the recent theft of famous women’s photos by writing a passionate pro-thievery column for the New York Daily News.

In this helpful column, she instructs people to not own things that other people may want, lest someone steal them. (This is real talk. Everyone is too scared to tell you this real talk. Everyone except S.E. But it’s a little hard to understand just how into stealing Cupp is when she uses the word “hacker” instead of “burglar,” so I fixed that for her. I think it really helps make her strong stand for theft much clearer! After stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande were quite literally exposed on Sunday by burglars who broke into their homes and then publicly posted hundreds of nude photos from their private photo albums, a pseudo-intellectual debate of sorts emerged (where else?)

And there’s this! And this! And here’s Cupp at her most pro-theft! And let’s bring it home! In One Sharp Tweet, Lena Dunham Sums Up What's So Wrong With Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos. The news: Lena Dunham has a sharp response to conversations around this weekend's nude celebrity photo leak, which saw photos of of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and several more stars hit the Web: Firing back at critics — from gossip columnists to cyber-security analysts — who insist that the best way to avoid such flagrant invasions of privacy is to stop taking nude photos altogether, the Girls creator reveals the insidious standard this sets: It places responsibility on victims instead of perpetrators.

And it's a response that, unfortunately, even other celebrities have voiced. Sound familiar? That's because the "don't take naked pics if you don't want them online" excuse is notoriously gendered and often targets women who've been sexually assaulted. Nevertheless: This standard was on full display this weekend. Outlets ranging from People to CNN reported it as a major celebrity "scandal. " But that's not what's happening here, she insists. Whoopi On Roman Polanski: It Wasn't 'Rape-Rape' Trending on Related Blogs Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By the Company Hired to Fix It 3.2k people reading on Gizmodo Adam Schefter Is A Scoop Trader 2k people reading on Deadspin How To Get Tons of Loot in Diablo III's New Dungeons 1.7k people reading on Kotaku Recommended by Lindsay Robertson Taxpayer-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Hire Only Christians Botox May Cause Muscle Loss Bridalplasty: Reality TV Becomes Self-Parody TLC Gives Fame-Hungry Man Of Questionable Morals More Attention How To Rape A Woman And Get Away With It Sharron Angle Only Wants "Maternity Leave" For Her Own Babies Ridiculous Religious Fringe Website Has Everyone Talking Parents Introduce A New Kind Of Sex Party When Is Bodysnarking Not Really Bodysnarking?

On Finding — And Losing — The Perfect Woman The World's Classiest Pickup Line When Foursquare Gets Creepy Never Mind, Old Spice Is Actually Selling Like Beefcakes A Day Without Any Lohan News: Could It Actually Happen? Comedian Jon Hamm Takes His Act To Kimmel. Rapists Who Don’t Think They’re Rapists. You know the guy who "accidentally" rapes women? The acquaintance who "misreads" the situation and "goes too far"? The longtime friend who genuinely thought you had consented, and is shocked when you tell him that, no, it was rape? Well, we're not going to take that guy's bullshit anymore. Thomas MacAulay Millar over at the Yes Means Yes! Blog has crunched the numbers on "undetected" acquaintance rapists to figure out who this "accidental rapist" actually is. Thomas looks at a study of 1882 college students who were asked four questions to determine if they had ever raped (or attempted to rape) anyone: 1) Have you ever attempted unsuccessfully to have intercourse with an adult by force or threat of force?

Questions like these are bound to lead to underreporting—what guy is going to admit to forcing a girl to give him head? And they didn't just admit to raping—they admitted to raping repeatedly (as long as it's not really "rape," of course!) Oops! So, what do we do to stop these guys? 23 People Who Think The Steubenville Rape Victim Is To Blame. "Yo, Is This Sexist?" - A Conversation About Feminism and Sexism - Paging Dr. NerdLove. The Best Breastfeeding Comic of 2010! « Hathor the Cowgoddess and Mama Is… Comics. I Wore a Bikini and Nothing Happened | Jenny Trout. After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage. How to Breastfeed Appropriately | Bunmi Laditan. Man Who Plays Devil's Advocate Really Just Wants To Be Asshole. An open letter to privileged people who play devil’s advocate. Not all men: How discussing women’s issues gets derailed.

Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds. The Words Every Woman Should Know. #YesAllWomen in the wake of Elliot Rodger: Why it’s so hard for men to recognize misogyny. X-Men Days of Future Past Women. 17 Lies We Need to Stop Teaching Girls About Sex. Motherhood isn’t the “world’s toughest job” Recline! Why Hillary Clinton Won't Pay for Disparaging Her Husband's Accusers.

Seeing a Woman: A conversation between a father and son | From One Degree to Another | Nate Pyle. Video Galleries : Jimquisition : Objectification And... Men? Yashar Ali: A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not "Crazy" #497: On “keeping the peace” with an unlikeable mansplainer. Every Misogynistic Argument You've Ever Heard About Video Games. My Abortion, at 23 Weeks. The Straight Married White American Male Feminist Manifesto. Groupthink.jezebel.