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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
I was going to write about The Big Bang Theory—why, as a nerdy viewer, I sometimes like it and sometimes have a problem with it, why I think there’s a backlash against it. Then some maniac shot up a sorority house in Santa Barbara and posted a manifesto proclaiming he did it for revenge against women for denying him sex. And the weekend just generally went to hell. So now my plans have changed. With apologies to Big Bang Theory fans, this is all I want to say about The Big Bang Theory: When the pilot aired, it was 2007 and “nerd culture” and “geek chic” were on everyone’s lips, and yet still the basic premise of “the sitcom for nerds” was, once again, awkward but lovable nerd has huge unreciprocated crush on hot non-nerdy popular girl (and also has an annoying roommate). This annoys me. Because, let’s be honest, this device is old. We (male) nerds grow up force-fed this script. This is, to put it mildly, a problematic attitude to grow up with. I’m not breaking new ground by saying this. Related:  Gender Issue

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content "Women are the niggers of gender," the email said. "If you killed yourself, I wouldn’t even fuck the corpse." I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd. My name is Brianna Wu. If you are a woman working in the games industry, especially in a public way, you’re going to experience harassment. The problem with sharing these stories in broad terms is that people think men and women receive the same harassment online. Case Study #1: Nina The Myth: Everyone in the games industry experiences harassment. The Reality: If you are a woman in the industry with a critical opinion, you will get a disproportional amount of criticism, hostility, and scrutiny compared to men. "Anita Sarkeesian once reblogged a Tumblr post of mine and it ended up on Reddit. Case Study #2: Nicole Case Study #3: Elise

When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men In the 1600s, a man named James Mattock was expelled from the First Church of Boston. His crime? It wasn’t using lewd language or smiling on the sabbath or anything else that we might think the Puritans had disapproved of. Rather, James Mattock had refused to have sex with his wife for two years. Yet today, the idea that men are more interested in sex than women is so pervasive that it seems almost unremarkable. The idea that men are naturally more interested in sex than women is ubiquitous that it’s difficult to imagine that people ever believed differently. Early twentieth-century physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis may have been the first to document the ideological change that had recently taken place. Yet the times were clearly changing. So what happened? Of course, ideas about gender and sexuality are not the same everywhere, and within every place and era there are always debates and differing views.

I've Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate - xoJane They threatened the wrong woman this time. I am the Godzilla of bitches. I have a backbone of pure adamantium, and I’m sick of seeing them abuse my friends. The misogynists and the bullies and the sadist trolls of patriarchal gaming culture threatened to murder me and rape my corpse, and I did not back down. The BBC called me “Defiant,” in a caption. My name is Brianna Wu. Today, I’m being targeted by a delusional mob called “Gamergate.” If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God do I envy you. It started two months ago, when my friend Zoe Quinn dated Eron Gjoni. If Zoe had been a man, the blog would have been laughed off as the work of a jilted lover. But, no. It tells you everything you need to know about Gamergate that this mob went after Zoe and not the journalist. The Gamergate mob isn’t a new thing, though it’s only recently been named. They ran through their playbook. It’s a playbook that works. What was my crime? I loled. I have to be honest. There’s no easy way to say this.

Tak świat traktuje kobiety: ogólnie lepiej, ale wciąż gorzej niż mężczyzn Poniższa mapa przedstawia, jak sytuacja kobiet zmieniała się (albo nie) w poszczególnych krajach od 2006 r. Wystarczy wybrać interesujący nas rejon, żeby otrzymać komplet danych: Doroczny raport Światowego Forum Ekonomicznego (The Global Gender Gap Report) porównuje sytuację kobiet i mężczyzn w 142 państwach świata na czterech płaszczyznach: jakości i długości życia, dostępu do edukacji, udziału w gospodarce kraju i zaangażowania w politykę. W analizach uwzględnia się wyłącznie twarde, publicznie dostępne dane (np. Jeśli brać pod uwagę wszystkie uśrednione wyniki, najbardziej uderza jeden wniosek: nigdzie na świecie kobiety nie zarabiają lepiej niż mężczyźni. Badanie jest przeprowadzane rokrocznie od 2006 r., ma więc charakter podłużny i pozwala ocenić, w których rejonach świata można mówić o postępie (czyli stopniowym wyrównywaniu szans kobiet i mężczyzn), a przed którymi jeszcze daleka droga. Polska w ogólnej klasyfikacji zajmuje 57. miejsce (na 142). 1. Ostatnia natomiast – tak: 132.

The Top 25 Best Countries To Be A Woman Women represent about 50% of our worldwide population, but they do not yet receive 50% of the opportunities. But governmental regulations, mentorship programs, and companies like Citi, whose Citi Women program encourages women to reach their leadership potential, have helped close the gender gap in many of the world's nations. Each year since 2006, the World Economic Forum releases its annual Global Gender Gap Report, which "examines the gap between men and women in four fundamental categories: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment." Out of the 110 countries that have been included in every report since the initial report in 2006, 95 have shown improvement over the last four years. This is Iceland's fifth year in the top spot, meaning the nation continues to have the smallest gender gap of all the countries participating. 1.

Not Male or Female? Here’s Your 50 Gender Options on Facebook: Facebook Gives More Gender Options Facebook recently added a new twist to its gender options on user profile pages: there are more options than being either male or female. In fact, there are now more than fifty different gender options on Facebook! Strange as it may sound to those who aren’t well-versed in gender studies, many people don’t identify themselves within the typical male-female binary. And Facebook decided it wanted to accommodate those perspectives. According to CNN, Facebook executives worked with “a group of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations to come up with the new gender categories.” According to many professionals in psychology and pundits in gender research and equality, gender is not something you are born with. Whether you agree with these ideas or not, it’s at least worth learning how a growing number of people identify themselves. In Facebook’s profile options under “gender,” you can now choose the option to “customize.”

Artist Proves that Men’s Faces Aren’t Much Different than Women’s It’s long been said that the devil is in the details. Is it also safe to say, at least visually, that masculinity is in the minutiae? A photographic series created by French-Canadian artist and photographer Ulric Collette provokes fascinating questions about the nuances in men and women’s faces that we interpret as gender. Collette, in his series “Genetic Portraits,” digitally composited photographs of pairs of genetic relatives (two sisters’ faces, two cousins’ faces, a father’s face with his son’s face) to make up a single face. While each edited photograph in his series is fascinating in its own right, the most glaringly interesting (or surprising, depending on your perspective) is how naturally a man’s face blends with a woman’s face. Twin brother and sister: Alex and Sandrine, age 20. Sister and brother: Karine, 29 and Danny, 25 Cousins: Justine, 29 and Ulric, 29 Daughter and Father: Ariane, 13 and Andre, 55 Father and Daughter: Daniel, 60 and Isabelle, 32 Help spread visual literacy.

Nerd Entitlement Lets Men Ignore Racism and Sexism | The New Republic A few people have forwarded me MIT professor Scott Aaronson’s post about nerd trauma and male privilege (link here). It's part of a larger discussion about sexism in STEM subjects, and its essence is simple. Aaronson's position on feminism is supportive, but he can’t get entirely behind it because of his experiences growing up, which he details with painful honesty. He describes how mathematics was an escape, for him, from the misery of growing up in a culture of toxic masculinity and extreme isolation—a misery which drove him to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Much as I try to understand other people’s perspectives, the first reference to my 'male privilege'—my privilege! I know them feels, Scott. As a child and a teenager, I was shy, and nerdy, and had crippling anxiety. Like Aaronson, I was terrified of making my desires known—to anyone. I do not intend for a moment to minimize Aaronson's suffering. I have a profound political belief that we all deserve a break.

Anna Nilsson om hatet och hoten efter sina avsexualiserade bilder | Spela Illustratören Anna Nilsson, 27, skapade sina egna, avsexualiserade varianter av kända kvinnliga spelkaraktärer. Det gjorde henne till en av veckans största snackisar inom spelvärlden – samt föremål för både hot och hyllningar. – Det är helt absurt att man inte kan lägga upp något så oskyldigt utan att få så mycket skit, säger Anna till Spela. Fightingspelen är – förutom hårda smockor och hadoukens – kända för att vara fyllda av överdimensionerade bröst, klänningslitsar som börjar vid halsen och kvinnliga karaktärer som fullkomligt osar av sex. Till slut fick den svenska illustratören och konstnären Anna Nilsson från Båstad nog av genrens kvinnobild. Därför publicerade hon egna konceptskisser av ett antal karaktärer från populära fightingserier som ”Soul calibur”, ”Street fighter” och ”Guilty gear” där hon gav förslag på hur karaktärerna istället skulle kunna se ut – utan att vara sexualiserade. – Jag ville kritisera. Utsattes för hot Reaktionerna lät inte vänta på sig. ”Rent överjävligt”

Something Classy — Every woman in every Disney/Pixar movie in the... Så mycket sexigare har leksaker blivit sedan 70-talet - amelia Här är 15 leksaker från 60-70-talet och nu. Skillnaden är stor mellan hur sexiga dockorna är, hur smala ben de har och hur allt för tjejer har samma färg. 1. Den första frågan man kan ställa sig är varför allting för tjejer ska vara rosa? 2. 3. 4. ... med stora ögon, smala kinder och restylan i läpparna... 5. ... och ser lite farlig ut? 6. 7. ... som bara existerar i en rosa värld? 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 13. 14. Det är så tydligt att i dag är huvudsaken att tjejer har rosa leksaker och killar de andra färgerna. Varför den här färgfrågan har blivit så viktig bland föräldrar och barn beror bland annat på, menar Fanny Ambjörnsson i sin bok "Rosa, den farliga färgen", att det tycks vara särskilt viktigt bland barn med just genus och att det bland barn är centralt med kön. Det är så klart upp till föräldarna att köpa vad de vill. Du kanske också vill läsa artikeln som visats 100 000 gånger redan: 31 skrämmande exempel på könsstereotypa prylar våra barn utsätts för Eller så vill du läsa: