Headlines Why "fun feminism" should be consigned to the rubbish bin What is feminism? A political movement to overthrow male supremacy, according to us radicals. These days, however, young women (and men) are increasingly fed the line from "fun feminists" that it is about individual power, rather than a collective movement. Caitlin Moran, whose best-selling book has made her into one of the country's best-known fun feminists, is an apologist for porn and wasted an opportunity during a feminist debate on Newsnight to joke about cardigans. The writer Natasha Walter claims that being able to wear trousers and drink beer on her own means sexism is dead, and other "feminist-lite" types can be found blogging nonsense about the need to include men in our movement and not offending the poor dears with mentions of rape and domestic violence. We need to bring back the radical edge to feminism, and do away with any notion that slutwalking, lap dancing, sex working or Burkha-wearing is liberation for women. "Fun feminism" isn't feminism at all.
Gorton’s Law Over at the World’s Fair… Anyway, this meme asks that you come up with your own scientific eponym. What’s that exactly? Well, first read this excellent primer by Samuel Arbesman, which basically provides a step by step description of how to do this effectively. Then have a go at your own blog. If all goes well, I’d like to create a page at the Science Creative Quarterly, that collects (and links to) the good ones. The credit for this scientific eponym goes completely to Jason Robertshaw at Cephalopodcast, the formalization is mine. Gorton’s Measure states that the time for someone to ask “Can you eat?” where theta=time for someone to ask “Can you eat?” This is related to Gorton’s Constant (Gamma) that states that the question “How well does it go with lemon and butter?” Dr. Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science.
Bamboo Magazine Disney Buys Star Wars: A New Hope for Women and Girls Last week, one of the only news items to penetrate the horrifying coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation and the nerve-wracking anticipation for the US Elections was the surprising, perplexing, but exciting news that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and planning to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. It was like a shot of adrenaline to this weary geek’s heart. The Five Stages of Disney’s Buyout of Lucasfilm: 1) Denial. 2) Angst. 3) Cautious optimism. 4) Futility. 5) Resignation.— Eric S. Donaldson (@EricJokes) October 31, 2012 Like every geek, I’m riding the wave of emotions that comes with this news, with renewed “no, there is another” hope for new GOOD Star Wars movies, and anxiety that those hopes will be dashed yet again (I mean, think about what the word “Disneyfication” means.) The Opportunity for Women to Take Creative Control of Star Wars But what I always find interesting is when you take the areas of writing, producing and directing.
Green Is The New Red — Activism Is Not Terrorism When I received this collection of comics, I had to drop everything and read all of them. Liberator is a series about young vigilantes who go above the law (and go underground) to rescue animals from vivisection labs, dogfighting rings, and anywhere else they are abused. What I love about the series is that it presents a counter-narrative to the political reality of “eco-terrorism.” The Spanish translation of Green Is the New Red received an excellent review in “Filosofía Hoy,” a very well-respected magazine in Spain. I love the image as well! Los Verdes Somos Los Nuevos Rojos was published by Plaza y Valdes. Kentucky is the latest state to consider “ag-gag” legislation, which would make it illegal to photograph animal cruelty on farms and slaughterhouses. There are only a few days left in the legislative session in Kentucky, and the lawmakers behind this dangerous proposal are moving quickly. Mashable asked me to respond to the NSA’s address at TED 2014.
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Leia: Feminist Icon or Sexist Trope? When I was a young girl, Star Wars was my favorite movie. I’ve watched it more times than any other film. Premiering in 1977, the same year I was born, the epic sci-fi space opera irrevocably changed the movie industry. In the Star WarsTrilogy, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (Carrie Fisher) was a member of the Imperial Senate, a diplomat and a spy for the Rebel Alliance. When I was 7, my mom sewed a Princess Leia costume for me for Halloween. Looking back, why did Leia have to be a princess? In the very first scenes of Star Wars, we see Leia shoot a laser gun. Princess Leia:Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. Even after she’s tortured by Vader, she refuses to reveal the location of the Rebel Base. When Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca stage a rescue, Leia isn’t automatically obsequious. Of course he horrifyingly says to Luke, “If we can just avoid any more female advice, we ought to be able to get out of here.” Leia gets rescued.
Animal Rights Quotes-Library | Animal Rights History Timeline Other Voices: The eJournal of Cultural Criticism. David Willetts’ blaming of feminism for male working class unemployment reveals the inner workings of the Tory mind: a hatred of the agency of women and the suspicion of progressive movements Last Friday, the universities Minister David Willetts commented that women’s progress in the workplace has prevented working class men from attaining well-paid jobs, saying that “Feminism trumped egalitarianism”. Mary Evans critically unpacks these comments and says that not only are they ignorant and prejudiced, but they also show the deep suspicion of Conservatives to progressive movements. It is good to see that David Willetts, as Minister for Universities, has read widely in fiction about the theme of men and women competing for jobs. A particular figment of the literary imagination that he has obviously taken to heart is that of the furious Annie in Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night, in which this working class woman launches a (potentially lethal) attack on female dons in Oxford. As Annie says : Don’t you know what you’re doing? The ‘classism’ and the social blindness in Willetts’ remarks are particularly remarkable. Please read our comments policy before commenting.
Harvard Seeks to Jolt University Teaching - Teaching By Dan Berrett Cambridge, Mass. A growing body of evidence from the classroom, coupled with emerging research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, is lending insight into how people learn, but teaching on most college campuses has not changed much, several speakers said here at Harvard University at a daylong conference dedicated to teaching and learning. Too often, faculty members teach according to habits and hunches, said Carl E. In large part, the problem is that graduate students pursuing their doctorates get little or no training in how students learn. "It really requires someone to be doubly expert," Mr. Such approaches would demand much more of students and faculty. "We assume that telling people things without asking them to actively process them results in learning," Mr. Many colleges routinely hold seminars on teaching and learning. The Hausers wanted their money to have a broad effect across Harvard's departments and disciplines. Confronting Misconceptions Mr.
The 12-Year-Old Slut Meme and Facebook's Misogyny Problem - The Huffington Post Hey, Facebook: One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetimeMillions of girls and women are murdered in "domestic violence" situationsMillions are sold, scarred, tortured, sexually abused and more For being born female on a planet that tolerates unconscionable levels of violence against half of the humans that live on it. So? What does this have to do with Facebook? Earlier this week I wrote about how the use of photography (especially without the subject's consent) intensifies harassment, abuse and violence against women. The page, which posts photographs of girls and women so that others can comment on their sluttiness, has more than 200,000 likes. The man who started the petition to have the page taken down thinks that it encourages violence against minors and is a violation of Facebook's own guidelines regarding hate speech. This is pretty much Facebook's attitude and why it deals with this page and assorted others by adding [Humor] to titles.