Links of Great Interest: More on Psych. Today

Signal Boosting: FREE MANAL! petition… may have been effective? Will follow up on this story next week.

Signal Boosting: Feminist demand justice.

Signal Boosting: Support Motion Poems!

Iranian women’s rights activist killed at funeral.

From Ara: Title IX manipulated so that schools can receive more funding.

Australian politician meows at colleague because he’s a jerk.

Advice from women who rock.

Psychology Today has no pants; ass continues to show.

Really wish I’d seen this post on black male feminists before the WisCon panel on coalition building.

Journalist murdered.

From Unas:

Hello Maria / Hathor,

let me start by stating a Trigger Warning – the discussion in the link is mainly about the word ‘rape’ in gamer language.

The use of language surrounding gaming has been a recurring topic here on Hathor, so I thought I would share this link. This is the latest (and for the time being last) episode of State of the Game – a webcast in which some of the main figures within the Starcraft 2 community discuss that week’s main topics within SC2. One of the topics covered is the use of language, specifically by streamers and casters of the game, regarding the word ‘rape’, racial slurs, and ableism. I thought it would be interesting to see the scene reflect upon itself in this way on a show that is rather prominent within the community. Though I can imagine it being seen as coming up short, it is definitely hopeful to see it being discussed at some length in this setting. I hope that Anna Prosser’s comment near the end of the discussion will turn out to be right.

the discussion starts from about 1:37:00 to 2:10:00

also, a short bit on being a girl within the gaming/e-sports community from 2:33:40.

From Todd Reynolds of MTR: University of Maryland Black Faculty and Staff begin mobilizing in response to racial and sexual harassment

From WithinThisMind: Good article on rape.

From Shaun:

Jon Stewart critiques Ben Stein’s assertion that economists don’t rape people with a list of economist convicted of rape.

From Nicky P.:

An interesting post on language. It’s basically self explanatory, so I’m not sure of what else to say.

From Nuria: Articles on sexless children.

Bridesmaids = awesome.

“On Being a Resilient Writer.” LKH is a wanksta. (Here’s the direct link to her blog entry… which in the LKH Lashouts comm is tagged: “she made you a metaphor but she eated it.”

Congrats to BT DILL!

Comments

  1. Nuri says

    I loved the article on language. Funny (or sad) thing is, it applies to other languages as well- Spanish in my case. I still remember my befuddlement when, being a little girl, I asked my mum what “puta” (whore) meant. “It’s a woman who sleeps with men for money” she explained. “So a “puto” (gay man) is a man who sleeps with women for money, right? ” I logically deduced. “No, “puto” is a man who sleeps with men”. My state of WTF-ness over this dychotomy lasted years.

  2. says

    Nuri,

    In Spanish the words for “female whore” and “male homosexual” are the gender variants of the same word? WTF?

    Of course, English does this all the time:
    * A governor is someone who runs part of the government, a governess is someone who cares for children.
    * A master is someone who’s in charge or an expert, a mistress is a kept woman or someone who has sex for expensive gifts.
    * A patron is someone who supports an institution financially, a matron is an older, married woman.
    * A courtier is a sophisticated nobleman, a courtesan is a high class prostitute.
    * And so on and so forth.

  3. Casey says

    All I can say right now is YAAAY at Psychology Today dumping Satoshi Kanazawa! I doubt the substance of their magazine will get any better but BABY STEPS!

  4. Sally says

    Parliamentary debate in ‘British Commonwealth’ countries can get pretty robust (though there *are* limits on what one can say).

    Politicians and shock-jocks here have been trying to hand-wave away the ‘meow,’ presenting it as “just another example of the give-and-take of life in parliament.” Many have tried to compare it with the comment of Bob Hawke (a former prime minister) that someone was “as mad as a cut snake = extremely angry.”

    Hawke’s simile, however, can be applied to either gender — meowing at someone has distinctly sexist overtones. Of course, even if the afore-mentioned politicians and (especially) shock-jocks were to publicly concede this point, they wouldn’t stop their callers from saying it (“We’ve dealt with this — move on!”) — under the guise of “letting everyone have their say,” they will keep scratching the wound open, hoping that if they batter long enough those who object, we will just shut up and go away.

    Penny Wong, the woman at whom the ‘meow’ was directed, is, IIRC, Australia’s first openly lesbian politician — another ‘black mark’ in the spitefilled copybooks of the shock-jocks.

    FWIW, insults based on stereotypes of gender and sexuality are also directed at *male* politicians. The current Leader of the Opposition once commented that an opponent had ‘manboobs’ — this is typical of a man who seems to revel in proving how ‘manly’ he is by being photographed in ‘budgie smugglers’ (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=budgie%20smugglers)!

    I was interested to note in the link that the comments section was rapidly filling up with observations on *US* politics — apparently some USans’ lack of interest in/knowledge of the political scene in another country means that they must hijack the discussion into familiar territory. Would we be shown the same forebearance in discussing a US story, I wonder?

  5. Sally says

    @ Sylvia Sibyl

    Without distracting from the validity of your comment, I’d also like to point out that, in UK dialects and slang, ‘governer’ (usually pronounced ‘guvna’ or shortened to ‘guv’) can also be used for “one’s superior at work” – and as such is often addressed to women nowadays – and to refer to one’s father.

  6. says

    Sally,

    Sure, and there are female governors too. And female patrons and female masters. But when you add a feminine ending to the “male” or “neutral” version of the word, you change the meaning. If you were to address a female governor, in either “runs the government” or “superior at work” sense, as “governess”, she’d be quite right to be insulted. What should be a neutral form of address, her job description with a gendered suffix, turns into a belittlement. And it’s that trick of language that fascinates and horrifies me.

  7. Sally says

    Sylvia Sybil,

    You *do* realize that I was agreeing with your original comment, don’t you? I have written page after page and article after article, both on paper and on the web, excoriating sexism in the English language.

    However, I am a linguist by training and interest, and an English teacher by profession – I was merely trying to share some snippets in which I thought your fellow Hathorians might be interested.

    Still… (/me shrugs)

  8. says

    Sally,

    I…wasn’t trying to disagree with you? Not sure why you seem to think that.

    You said that one of my words could be applied in a situation I did not address. I agreed and pointed out that your new situation fit the pattern I had previously established. I was taking your thought to the next logical step, not contradicting it.

    My list obviously wasn’t meant to be comprehensive. The word “master” has literally dozens of meanings, on which I barely touched. I welcome your input and anyone else’s.

    (Maybe it was the word “but” in my third sentence that made you think I was disagreeing? That’s just my writing style, using conjunctions to open sentences and connect disparate thoughts to each other.)

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