From Nyree: Why dogs are better than women. HAHA IT’S ONLY A JOKE.
Nawal El Saadawi talks about the Egyptian revolution.
Do you think it’s true that Obama’s presidency signaled the rise of a new American idealism?
“Real ants do not offer lessons in humanity.”
So rather than asking, “where are the women,” we might ask:
Why does much of U.S. public discourse frame the revolution through Islamophobia logics and why has the corporate media focused mostly on images of Egyptian men?
“Inner city” ===> euphemism. Also: wrong.
Pakistan /= Egypt
Afghanistan and Democracy
IF GAYS MARRY PEOPLE WILL LOVE ANDROIDS!!!!
From SunlessNick: Why Mubarak is Out.
Ninjapenguin is challenging the Cheezburger network to be less sexist. She writes:
I know I should probably have expected this, but ugh. Usually all I look at when I periodically check the Cheezburger Network is Daily Squee, Must Have Cute, and Graph Jam, and those are pretty safe spaces. But I saw they had what looks like a new site, The Daily Geek. I consider myself a geek, despite being a woman, so I checked it out. For the most part, it seems to be fairly innocuous stuff: movie and video game news, geeky merchandise, tech announcements, space stuff: Pretty much what you’d expect. But then there are the Cosplay-mates:
women dressed in sexy, mostly revealing costumes. The (very, very) few cosplay pictures with men (or male characters), are clothed in fully covering costumes (most of them covering even the face), nothing tight
or sexualized. One of the “regular” cosplay (tagged) pictures is of a burlesque performer as Pikachu, wearing only Pokeball shaped pasties and a waist cincher on her top half. The official commentary on these pictures includes phrases such as “Who wouldn’t wanna make these sexy Bubble Head nurses shriek?” and “Sexy Blackarachnia has got eight legs to spread!” There is an official “boobies” tag, as well (alas, it is not about geeky nursing products). The sexism is also there in smaller ways too. Multiple articles assume you, the reader, have a girlfriend (who is apparently not interested in geeky activities). An article about a glitch/hack in a golfing game that shows one athlete without her shirt says “I think we all can agree tits, even virtual ones, are always a good thing.” and then goes on to state in the caption of the real athlete that she “pretends she’s not loving every minute of
this.” Ah yes, because I’m sure she won’t be receiving any harassment because of this issue. An article about porn coming to the iPad has the author talk about “motorboating” hir iPad. The only fanart that is posted about a female subject is one of Catwoman where her face is cut off above the nose and below the waist, so that the whole focus is of the torso of a woman in skin-tight black costume (without the title I would have no idea who this was supposed to be). Casting discussions about men tend to feature pictures of them in normal clothing (fully covering, not tight, not sexualized). Ones of women tend to show them in skintight or revealing clothing, in sexualized poses and to talk about how sexy or beautiful they are.
I guess I forgot that women can’t be real geeks, only trophies for geeks.
What can grammar almanacs tell us about national character?
An old thread I just stumbled on, but more clear admin sexism from the Starcraft guys. Arguably worse. (Warning: includes “jokes” about hitting women)
Starts off ok until the admins get involved. (Wait, what?)
What goes into imperial feminism?
GOD HATES SHRIMP!
The US military MAY have mishandled some sexual assault cases. ……
Abusers sometimes sabotage birth control in order to maintain control over their victims.
Not sure if trigger warnings would apply, but travesty of humanity warnings might; South Dakota legislators are introducing a bill that would legalise the murder of abortion providers. Yes, seriously.
Text of the bill here.
Let’s get ! DEATH 40-FEET TALL ! to a film festival!
Extradite Dr. Phil now!
From The Other Patrick:
PZ Myers has the shocking idea that if you do a panel on getting
women involved, maybe you should listen to what women have to say