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LRB · Mary Beard · The Public Voice of Women ›

[F]or the first several years the SAT was offered, males scored higher than females on the Math section but females achieved higher scores on the Verbal section. ETS policy-makers determined that the Verbal test needed to be “balanced” more in favor of males, and added questions pertaining to politics, business and sports to the Verbal portion. Since that time, males have outscored females on both the Math and Verbal sections. Dwyer notes that no similar effort has been made to “balance” the Math section, and concludes that, “It could be done, but it has not been, and I believe that probably an unconscious form of sexism underlies this pattern. When females show the superior performance, ‘balancing’ is required; when males show the superior performance, no adjustments are necessary.”

“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org

And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.

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This makes me all kinds of angry. 

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According to their research, pickup artist techniques are strongly linked to “men who have negative attitudes toward women and believe women are a threat to male dominance,” guys who get off on “putting women in their place.” As it turns out, women who respond positively to these attitudes tend to hate women, too. “Women who have negative attitudes about members of their own gender find men who treat them in a dominant way during courtship more desirable because it is consistent with their sexist ideology,” Hall and Canterberry found. Apparently both “men and women who believe women can be isolated and teased into sex have a low regard for women in general.”

- Women Who Love Pickup Artists Hate Women Too

“I’m not like those girls.  I’m cool.  Fuck feminism!  Now where are my birth control pills?” 

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Portrait de Charles de Rochefort, Sonia Delaunay-Terk (Jewish-French), 1908, oil on canvas 61 x 49.5 cm, private collection

So back in the day, the day being almost all of remembered Western history, the language of art criticism simply disqualified women from being at the fore in artistic innovation. In the early 20th century, one must have been able to channel a savage, instinctual creative force with intellectual profundity to create avant-garde art. Women were considered delicate creatures, and incapable of the necessary depth of thought to make great art (and in some ways too wild to actually make art), so while Fauvism as a movement was making great strides in upturning the visual language, women were only allowed to be associated with the movement, at most fauvettes (as poet Guillaume Appolinaire once called painter Marie Laurencin- it’s a type of song bird). To Émilie Charmy, one critic gave this backhanded praise: “[she] sees like a woman and paints like a man”.

Despite the fact that early 20th century art discourse denigrated or at best ignored the accomplishments and skill of women (can’t say we’re doing too much better today, to be honest), the idea that they weren’t at the fore, kicking ass and taking names, is utter bullshit. Take for instance this work by the young Sonia Delaunay-Terk. “Aw, that’s just a knock off of Matisse or Gauguin” you might say, but look how flattened the pictorial space is- M. de Rochefort blends almost seamlessly with the decorative background- and notice the harmony of color and the rhythm of the interlocking floral design. At this point Sonia has been painting in this way for about a year- Matisse is just starting to produce works with so much attention to the harmonious composition of color and form (though the linked work is formally even more progressive). The expressiveness of de Rochefort’s angular face, emphasized by his triangle of collar and cravate standing out against the dark background, too is progressive, anticipating later work by members of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter. Three years later, this bamf of a woman would go on to co-found Orphic Cubism, a strain of cubism much more abstracted and colorful than most of the other varieties (certainly more so than that of Braque and Picasso), and would continue to make art in a variety of media up until her death in 1979.

Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD): My party is wrong on Title X, Planned Parenthood ›

I cannot stand with my party leadership in their dual attempts to undermine women’s health by eliminating the Title X national family planning program and prohibiting federal funding for Planned Parenthood. These efforts are bad policy and bad politics. Not only are they based on shortsighted political posturing, but they would also have a devastating impact on women’s health.

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Feminist Frequency has started a miniseries for Bitch Magazine about sexist tropes in film. This is obviously awesome! Here’s the first one.

A...Slut...Walk? (Possibly triggering discussion about rape) ›


The most interesting thing about this is that it is, somehow, a protest for women’s sexuality, to show support for the sexuality of women.  I am not quite sure how responding to the supposed “anti-woman’s sexuality” group of the world by calling oneself a slut is to somehow make sense…but if it makes sense in their twisted perception and moral code than…more power to them? 

One thing is for sure is that the supposed “feminists” that created this protest are not ones with values.  To pronounce oneself a slut in order to fight off people who “judge” you for your promiscuity is not within reason and does nothing but make people understand that you view yourself in the same light.  What these “feminists” do not understand is that sexuality isn’t about some whim that, whenever you feel like taking your pants off, it’s certainly a moral thing to do at the drop of wanting to “feel sexual pleasure”, whatever they think that is in their own minds.

Philosophically, this protest is the embodiment of the mind-body dichotomy. These are the type of people who live existence without consciousness, their minds play no role in their lives and, as such, their values and standards do not exist

If they are proud to parade around the streets and call themselves sluts then, by all means, they are as they say they are.  No rational man cares whether or not a woman has had partners who they have chosen based their own values, morals, and standards.  However, a rational man does care if you attempt to sleep around.  The actions indicate your philosophy and your values which, by sleeping around, indicate that you live by whim, not by reason, by your mind, by your values.  That is what makes you a slut.  Not sleeping with men you rationally judge to fit and embody your philosophy.  If you sleep around, it is clear what you are

I am glad these ladies accept that they are sluts.  But do not walk around expecting not to be judged.  As humans, we make judgments on the character of others by what they say, and by what they do.  A non-judging mind is a non-active mind, which is what they expect from the rest of the world.  It’s one thing to stereotype someone and judge them without rationally examining an individuals character.  But if you call yourself a slut, or defend such ideas, then expect to be judged.

I judge and expect to be judged as well.  This sort of protest, however, is not feminism.  It’s a bizarre, grotestque ideology at hand.  Feminism, on many levels, was built on false premises as many seeked, not equality, but power.  If you seek equality in individual rights, I will defend you.  If you seek to gain power simply by having the circumstance of being a woman, or black, or any other uncontrollable circumstance, I don’t care for you.

Wow. Do you even know what SlutWalk is about? This is a protest in reaction to the words of a Toronto police officer who told students that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” How screwed up is that mentality? Society teaches women to avoid being raped, instead of teaching men not to rape. When women are raped, they are asked: What were you wearing? Were you drunk? Did you know the man you accused? If a woman is raped, who cares what she was wearing! A short skirt and cleavage do not mean that she is giving consent!

By this logic, if I show a little skin when I go out, a man is justified in raping me. What does this say about men? Are you all Neanderthals who don’t notice the screams of a women while you are forcing yourself upon her? Rape culture hurts everyone. SlutWalk is about a woman’s right to dress in any way she chooses and not have her choice of outfit used as a reason to take the blame away from the rapist. Rape is a conscious decision. Blame rapists for rape, not the victims.

Also, you apparently don’t understand that the idea of a “slut” is entirely constructed to shame women, and often is used to hurt women, even if they are not sexually active. If you call a woman a “slut,” that is your opinion of her. It has nothing to do with who she actually is, her morals, or anything else. It is your opinion that you are forcing her to carry with her. What is the male equivalent of a “slut”? Player? Pimp? Man-whore? The fact that “man” needs to be placed in front of “whore” is indicative of the one way mentality society has about women’s sexuality.

A “slut” is a women that people consider to be immoral in her sexual behavior, based on some arbitrary sexual morality compass. What is immoral sexual behavior? Who gets to decide?

How do you spot a “slut”? You can’t. There is no such thing. It is a vile label. The way a women dresses is in no way an indication of her “sexual morality,” how sexually aggressive she is or how many partners she has had. A “slutty outfit” does NOT send out the message “I give you consent to do what you want with me, even if I protest.” Maybe she wants to feel sexy for herself, maybe she wants to attract a guy, but it never means that she is consenting to rape.

If a “slut” is raped, is she any less worthy of justice than a women who was wearing a baggy sweater and jeans at the time of her assault? No. She is still a victim of rape, and her short skirt was NOT “asking for it.”

My outfit, “slutty” or not, is not an invitation to be raped. Nothing is. That is what SlutWalk is about.

Using Girl-on-Girl Action to Attract Men ›

"The assumption accompanying images such as these, of course, is that the women are not actually lesbians–they’ll still be sexually available to men."

-Gwen Sharp, Sociological Images

Always be prepared to demonstrate sexual interest in women that you meet, so it is impossible for any woman to get the wrong idea about you. In this sense, homophobia, the fear of being perceived as gay, as not a real man, keeps men exaggerating all the traditional rules of masculinity, including sexual predation with women. Homophobia and sexism go hand in hand.

Michael S. Kimmel, Masculinity as Homophobia (via dr-clear-heels)

My best friend and I were definitely talking about this recently, regarding a few of our friends…

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"This is what rape culture looks like: an explanation" ›


Here’s another link about the event.

On Wednesday, UNC’s Men’s Ice Hockey team chose to advertise its upcoming tournament by painting a cartoonish image of a woman in a string bikini with breasts bigger than her head wearing high heels above the text, “Come watch us score.”  As members of FSU, UNC students, and human beings, we were outraged by their extremely offensive presentation of women as sexual objects to be won and we decided to take action.  Early Thursday morning, we painted a neighboring cube to call attention to their problematic design and identify it as part of the larger rape culture under which we live.  Take a look at our response:

Immediately after we put on the finishing coats of paint, people began to react.  We saw many students stop to take photos, talk about the cubes animatedly with their friends, and, as our eye-witness (shout out to Abigail who had a clear view of both cubes from the union) reported, the hockey players who were initially laughing at our cube proceeded to paint over the bikini-clad woman after two adults appeared to emphatically explain why their cube was offensive.

Moments later, FSU received an e-mail from an officer of the men’s ice hockey team apologizing for their actions, offering to come to our next meeting to learn more, and pledging to “do all that [they] can to make it right on behalf of the team.”  We are pleased with the Men’s Ice Hockey team’s prompt response, and we look forward to working with them to raise further awareness about the harms of rape culture and what they can do to work against it.

It is important that we don’t treat their cube as an isolated incident resulting from a temporary lapse in good judgment. Their misguided actions are only a small reflection of a much larger problem.  Members of the UNC community felt that this cube was appropriate and perhaps even funny because we live within a rape culture that objectifies women and glamorizes sexual violence on a regular basis.

Just over a week ago, FSU invited Dr. Matt Ezzell to speak about gender, power, and how the media routinely relies on the unimaginative exploitation of women’s bodies to sell products.  He discussed how these ads and images that we see constantly have extremely dangerous consequences—one in four college-aged women experience sexual assault first-hand, and all women live limited lives due to the threat of sexual violence.  While by no means do images such as the one on the cube cause rape, they are an enabling factor of a larger system known as rape culture.

Rape culture “is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.  Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.”

Marshall University lists the following things as aspects of rape culture:

  • Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”)
  • Trivializing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”)
  • Sexually explicit jokes
  • Gratuitous gendered violence [and objectification] in movies and television
  • Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive
  • Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive
  • Pressure on men to “score”
  • Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape

Members of the ice hockey team did not initially realize that their advertisement was remotely offensive, and the misguided comments on our previous post highlight similar ignorance. And we have to ask why. Education about rape culture and patriarchy cannot be limited to a handful of speakers brought in by student groups and a few academic departments.  This analysis needs to be emphasized via multiple avenues at our university and at all institutions of higher education that claim to prioritize diversity and safety.

While it can certainly seem daunting to attempt to change harmful cultural norms, remember that cultures (ours included!) are composed of individuals who can choose to act in ways that either reinforce or challenge sexism.  Although it’s clear that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, hard-working students, faculty, and staff have already made important steps in fighting rape culture and creating a safer and more equal campus community.

Moving forward, we need to unequivocally shift the focus of the conversation from how to deal with the problem of violence against women to working to change the fact that men overwhelmingly perpetrate violence in the first place.* Women don’t need more self-defense classes, more canisters of pepper spray, more advice about not walking home alone at night, or more blame when men perpetrate violence against them despite all of their precautions.  Everyone needs to speak up and refuse to allow actions/advertisements/jokes that promote men’s violence against women. We’re glad that our cube has generated so much buzz about the problem of rape culture—let’s keep the conversations and the actions going!

*Although most men do not commit violence, 95% of sexual violence is committed by men.


Glee, GQ and sexualized images of young people.

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Culture of Sexism

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Playboy for the new generation - Laurie Penny ›

Austerity is back and sexism is being served up old-style for a new generation. Hooters, the vintage American ribs ‘n’ racks chain, whose scantily clad waitresses are required to sign employment contracts consenting to “joking and innuendo based on female sex appeal”, is set to open three new restaurants in the UK. In London, after a 30-year hiatus, Hugh Hefner’s famous Playboy club will soon reopen in all its bunny-bouncing glory.

Jobless women in Cardiff and Bristol are apparently flocking to staff the new booby bars, eager to escape unemployment via the newest trend in popular misogyny: retro-sexism. The phenomenon is not exclusive to these erotic eateries but they exemplify the twisted logic of contemporary sexual objectification. Complaints have largely been dismissed by patrons and business owners, who are keen to remind us that, since sexism doesn’t exist anymore, paying to be served food and drink by underpaid young ladies in hotpants is “tongue in cheek”. The official strapline of the Hooters brand announces that it is “delightfully tacky”.

Male commentators are also quick to insist that objectifying women in this tacky way is ironic, and hence not seriously meant. But ironic sexual arousal is extremely similar to unironic sexual arousal – so it’s lucky that the formula of these retro jiggle joints, derived from the plasticised aesthetic of pornography, is about as erotic as a gas bill. The Playboy empire in particular is a wilting, impotent cliché, its “bunny” branding a weary rehearsal of sterile stereotypes of femininity, all bouncy smiles and submission.

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