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Sometimes other white folks ask me the best way to be less of a Clueless White Person without demanding people of color expend effort teaching them, and I have a suggestion that will absolutely work. You won't wanna do it, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

Step 1) Follow at least 50 more people of color on social media ASAP.

Step 2) Read their posts, and don't reply to them unless they're addressed to you by name or they've addressed a non-rhetorical question to the general public. Not sure if it's rhetorical? Don't answer.

Step 3) Make this a habit, over a period of years.
White  male  straight  solution  follow  less  privilege  people 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Study: Police use-of-force among leading cause of death for...
For young men of color, police use-of-force is among the leading causes of death, according to a study from the University of Michigan, Rutgers University and Washington University.

Police use-of-force—which includes asphyxiation, beating, a chemical agent, a medical emergency, a Taser, or a gunshot—trails accidental death, suicide, other homicides, heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death for young black men, who have the highest risk of being killed by police, according to the study.

About 100 in 100,000 black men and boys will be killed by police during their lives, while 39 white men and boys per 100,000 are killed by police, findings in the study show. This means black men are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

"It's a striking number," said study co-author Michael Esposito, a postdoctoral researcher in the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "There have been arguments about how widespread of a problem this is. We didn't have a good estimate about whether it's a few cases that received a lot of media attention.
police  violence  Black  male  death  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
There's no such thing as an alpha male - Business Insider
In nature, Mech writes, wolves split off from their packs when they mature, and seek out opposite-sex companions with whom to form new packs. The male and female co-dominate the new pack for a much simpler, more peaceful reason: They're the parents of all the pups.

Mech writes on his website (with the lovely title Wolf News and Info) that his original book is "currently still in print, despite my numerous pleas to the publisher to stop publishing it."
alpha  male  wolf  false  hen 
june 2019 by Quercki
Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo Story Is Why More Male Victims Don’t Speak Out - MEL Magazine
With a man, you can acknowledge the incident as reported — we have no problem trusting a man’s version of reality — while still brushing it off as a joke.

This is happening right now to the actor Brendan Fraser, who in February went public with an allegation that Philip Berk, a one-time president of the powerful Hollywood Foreign Press Association, groped his buttocks and poked his perineum (in Fraser’s telling, his “taint”), even wiggling a finger around in the sensitive area. This was in 2003, in a crowded area of the Beverly Hills Hotel, in public view. The violation had Fraser “overcome with panic and fear,” though Berk gladly related the episode in his memoir, leaving out the finger part and characterizing the ass-grab as a playful pinch.
male  sexual_harassment  victim-blaming 
january 2019 by Quercki
You Are A Good Man — Willa Mamet
told a blonde joke, told a woman what she wanted for dinner/to drink/to do socially, leered, jeered, commandeered the conversation when she was speaking or waiting to speak, policed her tone, called a woman bossy/brassy/upstart/slut/whore/dyke/controlling/mannish, used the word “cunt” or “pussy” to mean anything other than a body part in any tone other than reverent, accused a woman of anger as if hers were other than a reasonable response, told a woman she’d look better if ________, mentioned her weight (unless you’re a doctor administering medication), uncomplainingly witnessed your fellowman get a promotion when a female applicant was equally qualified, “There just weren’t any women who _____ (wanted the job, showed up, played trombone, knew math)”, said that you “allowed” her to ______ (insert: work, pay, pick something up, hold the door, drive, make decisions, be the/a breadwinner), insisted on helping a woman who had vocally refused your offer, catcalled, insulted her anatomy, let misogynist comments of your fellowman go unchecked, participated in locker-room-talk, quietly listened to those “other guys” locker-room-talking, called her sweetheart/honey/darling/baby/little lady (who was not), your eyes were down there, refused proper anatomical language for her body in place of euphemisms (especially when talking to children),
sexism  Kavanaugh  male  allies  #NotAllMen 
october 2018 by Quercki
Today's "lone wolf" killers are actually a pack / Boing Boing
Their beliefs all pivot around the same poles: A matter-of-fact contempt for women and minorities, and a radioactively bitter sense that white guys ought to be easily and widely recognized as inherently superior to every other group. This commonality between their worldviews shouldn't be surprising, because -- as David Perry notes in Pacific Standard -- these supposedly "lone wolf" mostly-white-guy killers in recent years are, in fact, all in loose communication with each other online.

"They're reading the same websites, talking to each other, and killing the same targets. The lone wolves are actually a pack," as the headline reads, and as Perry goes on to write ...

These murders, mostly committed by white American men, reveal patterns, but they're not evidence of some kind of single, secret organization dedicated to committing white-supremacist violence.
White  male  violence  misogyny 
may 2018 by Quercki
A Radical Profeminist: Everyday Male Chauvinism: Intimate Partner Violence Which Is Not Called Violence, by Luis Bonino and Péter Szil
Everyday Male Chauvinism
Intimate Partner Violence Which Is Not Called Violence

by Luis Bonino and Péter Szil
with contribution from Gábor Kuszing

is available to be viewed as a PDF document in the form and format in which it was originally published at this website:

I encourage you to click on that link, download or open the file, and read it thoroughly.
misogyny  male  supremacy 
may 2018 by Quercki
Toxic masculinity | Geek Feminism Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Toxic masculinity is one of the ways in which Patriarchy is harmful to men. It refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth.

A well-known masculinity/men's rights movement that is not mostly anti-feminist has yet to appear. For a silencing tactic used to discredit patriarchy's harm to people who are not men, see Patriarchy hurts men too.


Male [video game/film] protagonist bingo card illustrating toxic masculinity.
The pervasive idea of male-female interactions as competition, not cooperation.
The pervasive idea that men cannot truly understand women, and vice versa--and following, that no true companionship can be had between different sexes.
The expectation that Real Men are strong, and that showing emotion is incompatible with being strong. Anger is either framed as the exception to the rule, or as not an emotion.
Relatedly, the idea that a Real Man cannot be a victim of abuse, or that talking about it is shameful.
Men are just like that: the expectation that Real Men are keenly interested in sex, want to have sex, and are ready to have sex most if not all times
toxic  masculinity  sexism  feminism  male 
february 2018 by Quercki
The myth of the male bumbler
Male bumblers are an epidemic.

These men are, should you not recognize the type, wide-eyed and perennially confused. What's the difference, the male bumbler wonders, between a friendly conversation with a coworker and rubbing one's penis in front of one? Between grooming a 14-year-old at her custody hearing and asking her out?

The world baffles the bumbler. He's astonished to discover that he had power over anyone at all, let alone that he was perceived as using it. What power? he says. Who, me?

The bumbler is the first to confess that he's bad at his job. Take Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who testified Tuesday of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team, which he ran and which is now understood to have been in contact with Russian agents: "We were not a very effective group." Or consider Dave Becky, the manager of disgraced comedian Louis C.K. (who confessed last week to sexual misconduct). Becky avers that "never once, in all of these years, did anyone mention any of the other incidents that were reported recently."
male  harassment  sexism  politics  culture  assault  Asperger's  autism 
november 2017 by Quercki
Last Friday, a white dude tried to blow up a plane to "fight a war" in America and no one cared / Boing Boing
Last Friday, a white guy named Michael Christopher Estes walked into Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, dressed in black and carrying an AN/FO chemical explosive as well as sharp nails and bullets, used to create shrapnel in such bombs.

He was arrested and he told the arresting officers that his terrorist attack was motivated by his desire to "fight a war on U.S. soil."

Had he been a Muslim, or black, this would have been a bigger story than the Vegas shooting. Because he was your basic deranged white guy who wanted to burn the planet down, it's no news at all.
White  male  terrorism  no  media 
october 2017 by Quercki
At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend - LA Times
The workers behind the counter at the  Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages.

That’s because Paddock had a nasty habit of berating Danley in public. “It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, said Tuesday.
White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas  sexism  misogyny  domestic_violence 
october 2017 by Quercki
Las Vegas Shooting Victims Identified: Names and Stories |
Sonny Melton and his wife, Heather, were listening to Jason Aldean sing country tunes at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday night when a noise rang out — the sounds of gunfire.
Melton, a 29-year-old nurse in Nashville, sprang into action, shielding Heather from the barrage of bullets that rained down on the crowd of more than 22,000 people. Heather was one of the lucky survivors. Melton was not.
White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit | Billboard
A further breakdown shows that 48 percent of those who like country music are male and 52 percent are female. The age brackets are interesting, as 13 percent are in the 18-24 age range; 17 percent, 25-34; 18 percent, 35-44; 20 percent, 45-54; and 16 percent each in the 44-64 and 65-plus. Twenty-six percent are singles who have never married.
country  music  statistics  gender  White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
All the euphemisms people have used instead of calling Stephen Paddock a terrorist
Here's what officials, public figures and sometimes sloppy headlines have chosen to call Paddock thus far:

1. "A lone wolf"
White  male  terrorist  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
Why Men Are Terrible at Apologizing - Sean Spicer and Oscar Munoz United Apologies
This is a classic example of critical apology failure. Instead of considering that someone is pointing out his error because he made a mistake, Spicer blithely assumes that what he has done is perfectly fine, and that the person questioning him is simply too stupid to realize this. ("Thank you," he says several times, unaware that the situation calls for an entirely different two-word social pleasantry.) Because Spicer assumes he is in the right, he then launches into a lengthier explanation, which contains several more mistakes, and gets him into deeper trouble, by a) implying that he does not think German Jews were real Germans, and b) forcing everyone to realize that "Holocaust centers" is what "concentration camps" would have been called if Hitler had wanted them to sound like luxury spas.


Because Spicer made those mistakes, he now has to attempt the apology again:

But this sounds like he's saying that Holocaust victims were not "innocent people." So, because Sean Spicer is still substituting explanations for apologies, he has to rewrite his previous explanation and post it again:
male  apology  Sean_Spicer  holocaust  United  airlines  Dr._Dao  assault 
april 2017 by Quercki
Intimate Partner Homicide is An Epidemic Killing Thousands: Why Aren’t We Fighting It At The Source?
As Huffington Post domestic violence reporter Melissa Jeltsen points out, deaths at the hands of intimate partners receive far less attention than those caused by terrorism, despite the former being far more pervasive. "There have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015," she writes. "Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily.” But while ISIS is an obvious target for male politicians, fighting sexism— which takes the life of so many women around the world daily— is not. You can’t promise to bomb the shit out of sexism, or close the borders to misogynists in order to keep the threat out. The threat comes from within: from inside the country, and from inside our very own homes. Men are killing women by the thousands, and here we are demonizing Muslims.

When a terrorist attack occurs, there is always a great deal of hand-wringing if it is discovered that the perpetrator was on a terrorist watch list, that the attack was preventable. But intimate partner violence is one of the most preventable, predictable crimes there is. If there were a national watch list for domestic homicide threats, Cedric Anderson would have been on it. According to the NY Daily News, Anderson had a comprehensive history of violence against women, and had threatened to take his violence to the next level before: in 1997 his ex-wife Natalie sought a restraining order after he threatened to kill her, their kids, and himself. 
domestic_violence  murder  male  violence  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Dylann Roof To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges, Avoid Death Penalty
Dylann Roof will receive a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering nine Black victims in South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Doing so will prevent him and, most importantly, the victims’ families from having to endure a second trial to sentence him to the death penalty.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson was originally pursuing the death penalty, but agreed to accept his guilty plea and sentence him to life in prison instead, according to The Post and Courier.

“I write with great news that the State’s case is ready to wrap up. As I told you towards the end of trial and in other updates, at this point our goal is to provide an insurance policy to the federal conviction and sentence. The most effective way to do that is to secure a guilty plea for a life sentence and get the defendant into federal custody,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the families.

RELATED: Dylann Roof During Closing Argument to Jury: ‘I felt like I had to do it’

Dylann Roof will make his plea on April 10 and will be moved into federal custody.
Charleston  SC  murder  BlackLivesMatter  White  male  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
2. Setting Up — Stanford Prison Experiment
Our study of prison life began, then, with an average group of healthy, intelligent, middle-class males. These boys were arbitrarily divided into two groups by a flip of the coin. Half were randomly assigned to be guards, the other to be prisoners. It is important to remember that at the beginning of our experiment there were no differences between boys assigned to be a prisoner and boys assigned to be a guard.
Stanford  prison  experiment  male  research 
march 2017 by Quercki
Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’* | Karen Ingala Smith
Combining data for the three years from 2011/12 to 2013/14, the ONS tell us that of 57 men killed in partner/ex-partner homicides, 21 of them, over a third, were killed by a man.  Of these 21 men killed by men in the context of partner/ex-partner homicides, 14 of them were killed by a lover’s spouse/love rival.  Of 249 women killed in partner/ex-partner homicides over the same 3 years, 247 were killed by a man, one by a woman (in one case the primary suspect is listed as unknown).  None of the female victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by the spouse of their lover or an emotional rival. Similarly, no male victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by a female spouse of their lover or a female emotional rival. Not only are men killed in the context of an intimate relationship less likely to be killed by their actual partner or ex-partner, they are much more likely than women to be killed by someone of the same sex.
murder  domestic_violence  statistics  male  violence 
march 2017 by Quercki
Male Birth Control Is 96 Percent Effective, Study Finds | Mental Floss
A new study published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism [PDF] found that men who were given injections of the hormones testosterone and norethisterone enanthate every eight weeks had a reduced sperm count within six months that was sufficient to prevent pregnancy 96 percent of the time.

Exogenous testosterone—meaning testosterone that has been added to, not produced by, the body—inhibits sperm production, although past attempts to use it as a form of birth control have been mixed: Too much of it can result in long-term endocrine issues. By using it alongside the norethisterone, researchers could reduce the dose and still be successful in suppressing sperm count below 1 million per milliliter.

While the numbers are promising, researchers still have their work cut out for them. Although the amount of testosterone administered was reduced, it can still affect numerous functions in the body, and subjects experienced a cascade of side effects: depression, irritability, and libido changes. Nearly half of participants complained of acne.

Some of these unwanted symptoms were severe enough for subjects to drop out, although the study’s authors maintain the effects were usually mild in nature and not dissimilar to those experienced by women,
male  contraception  IPD 
march 2017 by Quercki
▶ The I.P.D. | Judy Small Lyrics, Song Meanings, Videos, Full Albums & Bios
The I.P.D.
by Judy Small

I'll sing you all a song about
a wondorous new device
The nation's latest contraceptive plan
That funny little object
they call the I.U.D
Has recently been changed to fit a man.

(It's) the IPD, the IPD
It may not feel too good to you
But it's not hurting me
So every time the pain begins
to fill your eyes with tears
Remember I put up with it for years.

They tested it on whales
and tried it out on mice
They used it in the poorer
parts of town
It's the cleverest invention
since the automatic lift
Guarranteed to never let you down.

It was proven to be safe
for the average human male
Though testing showed some
minor side affects
There were two died from infection
and six were sterilized
But only ten percent were too depressed.


But you know some people
are never satisfied
So scientists are working once again
They've got something even better
than the good old IPD
its called the morning after pill for men.

Ot's the pill its better than the IPD
It may not be too safe
but we'll just have to wait and see
so put away your worries
and put away your fears
And remember I put up with it for years!
IPD  Judy_Small  music  video  lyrics  male  contraception 
march 2017 by Quercki
Minnesota man who shot 5 Black Lives Matter protesters found guilty - CBS News
MINNEAPOLIS - A jury on Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man of assault for opening fire and wounding five men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police officers.

Allen Scarsella, 24, of Bloomington, was found guilty on all charges of assault and riot. Scarsella showed no emotion as the Hennepin County jury’s verdict was read.CBS Minnesota reports that the jury deliberated for seven hours.

Scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the five African-American men at a Black Lives Matter protest after the police shooting death of Jamar Clark in 2015.

Scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an encampment outside a police station in north Minneapolis to livestream Black Lives Matter protests that had closed down a city block. Scarsella, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, brought a .45-caliber handgun and fired at demonstrators in what his attorneys say was self-defense.

CBS Minnesota reports that jurors saw numerous text messages Scarsella sent friends, including one saying, “Cool – the gun I’m getting is proven to kill black guys in a single shot.”

Prosecutors argued that the shootings were racially-motivated. The station reports that Scarsella was identified in a video taken the night of the shootings waving a handgun and making racially-charged statements about the Black Lives Matter protesters. In one video that was shot in a car while Scarsella and a friend were driving to an earlier protest, Scarsella is heard saying he is “on a mission” and “locked and loaded” while holding a gun.
White  male  racist  terrorist  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  verdict  guilty 
february 2017 by Quercki
Quebec Terror Suspect Alexandre Bissonnette Charged with Six Counts of Murder - VICE
Police have charged Laval University student Alexandre Bissonnette with six counts of first-degree murder in relation to the Quebec City mosque shooting.


Bissonnette, 27, was arrested after Sunday night's terrorist attack at Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec that left six men dead and another 19 injured, including two who remain hospitalized in serious condition.

He has also been charged with five counts of attempted murder.

The names of the dead have been released by the Quebec coroner's office:

Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42
Abdelkrim Hassane, 41
Khaled Belkacemi, 60
Aboubaker Thabti, 44
Azzeddine Soufiane, 57
Ibrahima Barry, 39
According to multiple media outlets, investigators searched Bissonnette's home in Cap-Rouge today. He reportedly called police on himself and was arrested on Île d'Orléans Bridge, about 12 miles from where the shooting took place.

Read more: Quebec's Mosque Shooting Reminds Us Canada's Hate Is Not Imported

Media reports paint Bissonnette as a loner with right-wing views.


According to La Presse, Bissonnette is a political science student at Laval University, who was known to troll a Facebook group for refugees. Group administrator François Deschamps told La Presse that Bissonnette was generally xenophobic and used the term "feminazi."
terrorism  White  male  supremacy  misogyny  Canada 
january 2017 by Quercki
language: a feminist guide
I’m not suggesting that banter isn’t ‘really’ sexist or damaging to women. On the contrary, I’m trying to suggest that it’s more damaging than most critical discussions acknowledge. Banter is not just what commentators on the Trump tape have mostly treated it as–a window into the mind of an individual sexist or misogynist. It’s a ritualised social practice which contributes to the maintenance of structural sexual inequality. This effect does not depend on what the individuals involved ‘really think’ about women. (I have examples of both sexist and homophobic banter where I’m certain that what some speakers say is not what they really think, because they’re gay and everyone involved knows that.) It’s more a case of ‘all that’s needed for evil to flourish is for good men to go along with it for the lolz’.

You might think that in Trump’s case a lot of men have chosen to do the decent thing. Since the tape became public, male politicians have been lining up to condemn it. A formula quickly emerged: after Jeb Bush tweeted that, as a grandfather to girls, he could not condone such degrading talk about women, there followed a steady stream of similar comments from other men proclaiming their respect for their daughters, sisters, wives and mothers.

But to me this rings hollow. Some of it is obvious political score-settling, and far too much of it is tainted by what some theorists call ‘benevolent sexism’ (no, Paul Ryan, women should not be ‘revered’, they should be respected as equal and autonomous human beings; and no, they aren’t just deserving of respect because they’re ‘your’ women). But in addition, I’d bet good money that all the men uttering these pious sentiments have at some point participated in similar conversations themselves. When Trump protested that Bill Clinton had said worse things to him on the golf course, I found that entirely plausible (though also irrelevant: Trump can’t seem to grasp that Bill’s behaviour reflects on Bill rather than Hillary). Whatever their actual attitudes to women, as members of the US political elite these men have had to be assiduous in forging fraternal bonds with other powerful men. And wherever there are fraternal bonds there will also be banter.
patriarchy  male  bonding  banter  locker-room  misogyny  frat 
october 2016 by Quercki
Not All Men? Well, actually… – Medium
Give me a break. Let’s stop pretending violence just happens to women, or it’s just the way things are, or that we don’t know where women’s collective injuries are coming from.
Commence the dreaded questioning process!
“Women are raped” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are beaten” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are impoverished” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are unfairly represented in the media” — yes, but by whom?
“Men get raped/beaten/murdered too!” — yes, but by whom?
It’s okay, you can say it. It’s men. If you’re going to talk about the victims of violence, you need to talk about the perpetrators.
I understand why women don’t want to challenge men this directly. We share this planet with them. And there aren’t many things scarier than the prospect that half the human population can’t be trusted.
male  violence  men  sexism 
august 2016 by Quercki
Overcompensation Nation: It's Time to Admit That Toxic Masculinity Drives Gun Violence | Alternet
There is a common theme here: Toxic masculinity.

Every time feminists talk about toxic masculinity, there is a chorus of whiny dudes who will immediately assume—or pretend to assume—that feminists are condemning all masculinity, even though the modifier “toxic” inherently suggests that there are forms of masculinity that are not toxic.

So, to be excruciatingly clear, toxic masculinity is a specific model of manhood, geared towards dominance and control. It’s a manhood that views women and LGBT people as inferior, sees sex as an act not of affection but domination, and which valorizes violence as the way to prove one’s self to the world.
male  violence  Orlando 
june 2016 by Quercki
David Lenio Reloaded? - Flathead Beacon
After David Joseph Lenio tweeted threats to shoot up a grade school in Kalispell, and put two bullets in the head of a rabbi, law enforcement agencies from three states plus the FBI mobilized to identify and stop him – and they did. He faces one felony count of intimidation.

When Lenio was arrested on February 16, Police Chief Roger Nasset told the Flathead Beacon that he posed “a very real threat” to Kalispell’s grade schools and Jewish community. He said, “I did not want children’s blood on my hands because I didn’t do everything I could.”

Each of us writing this piece knows what it is to be threatened by Lenio. One of us (Francine) is one of only two Flathead Valley rabbis and has kids in the local schools. Lenio tweeted to the other of us (Jonathan) to ask where his kids go to school.

Lenio crossed the line between hate speech and hate crime. When he moved to Montana in December 2014, he repeatedly tweeted his intent to shoot up a Kalispell grade school. From then until his arrest, his threats escalated – repeating his intentions with more details and further revealing his hate-filled motivations.
murder  massacre  White  male  terrorism  solution 
march 2016 by Quercki
160+ Examples of Male Privilege in All Areas of Life For You To Reflect On and Address — Everyday Feminism
let’s start with how you can spot male privilege as a cisgender boy or man.

1. People give you toys that are more likely to be educational, to develop a range of skills, and to let you imagine a range of career possibilities – while toys considered “girls’ toys” are often limited to beauty, housework and childcare.

2. You can be assertive without being told to “not be so bossy.”

3. Adults compliment you more for your abilities rather than only your looks, and you’re not taught that the most important thing about you is your appearance.

4. School dress codes don’t suggest that your body is inherently shameful or unprofessional, unlike girls who are told that it’s up to them to cover up.

5. Your grades don’t depend on your appearance – studies show that girls are given higher grades based on physical attractiveness, reinforcing that their value is in their looks, not their brains.

6. You get more “esteem building” rewards in school, like being called on first even when you’re not raising your hand.
maleprivilege  male  privilege  links  data 
february 2016 by Quercki
Seattle man in women's locker room cites gender rule |
Seattle Parks and Recreation is facing a first-of-a-kind challenge to gender bathroom rules. A man undressed in a women's locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.

It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30pm Monday February 8. The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women's locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said "the law has changed and I have a right to be here."

"Really bizarre," MaryAnne Sato said. "I can't imagine why they would want to do that anyway!"

Sato uses the locker room a few times a week, but she says this is a first for her. It's also a first for Seattle Parks and Recreation. Employees report that the man made no verbal or physical attempt to identify as a woman, yet he still cited a new rule that allows bathroom choice based on gender identification.

The issue drew protesters from both sides to Olympia on Monday. Opponents claim the rule opens up bathrooms to voyeurs but supporters say that's an unrealistic fear.

No one was arrested in this case and police weren't called, even though the man returned a second time while young girls were changing for swim practice.

"Sort of works against the point they're trying to make. They're causing people to feel exposed and vulnerable with the intention of reducing people feeling exposed and vulnerable," said pool regular Aldan Shank.

The man's protest, if that's what it was, hurts the greater cause, Shank says.

As far as policy to protect everyone, Seattle Parks spokesman David Takami says they're still working on the issue. Right now, there's no specific protocol for how someone should demonstrate their gender in order to access a bathroom.  Employees just rely on verbal identification or physical appearance, and this man offered neither.

"This didn’t seem like a transgender issue to staff – someone who was “identifying” as a woman," Takami wrote in a statement to KING 5. "We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities."
male  transgender  bathroom 
february 2016 by Quercki
Lise Eliot, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Neuroscience Chicago Medical School
Selected articles and book chapters:

The human hippocampus is not sexually-dimorphic:  Meta-analysis of structural MRI volumes. NeuroImage 124:350-366 (2016).  With co-authors Anh Tan, Wenli Ma, Amit Vira and Dhruv Marwha.

Segregation by sex harms personal and career development.  The New York Times, Room for Debate(16 September 2015).

Hardwired for combat?  First female Army Ranger graduates prove grit beats gender in military training. Huffington Post (31 August 2015).

Why coeducation matters.  The Independent School Magazine Blog(11 May 2015).

Same-sex schools perpetuate notions of difference between men and women.  The New York Times, Room for Debate (10 March 2015).

Busy boys and little ladies: How fake brain science has supported gender segregation in schools. Slate (4 December 2014).

Do brain sex differences explain gendered job preferences? Huffington Post (9 September 2014).

Women's hockey and hardwiring, Huffington Post (21 February 2014).

Sex-trapolation in the latest brain science, Huffington Post (30 December 2013).

Should single-sex education be eliminated? The American (10 September 2013).

Gender segregation and civil rights. Huffington Post  (6 September 2013).

Why CoEducation Matters. ASCD Inservice Blog (6 March 2013).

Single-Sex Schools: Vive la Différence or Oppression? Letters, Wall Street Journal (25 Oct. 2012).

The case against single-sex schooling.  The Washington Post Answer Sheet (4 June 2012), with co-author Rebecca Bigler.

The trouble with sex differences.  Neuron, (2011), 72:895-898.
gender  gender_roles  male  female  science 
november 2015 by Quercki
"Male brain" and "female brain": There's really not much of a difference.
Men and women are equal—and so are the architectures of our brains, according to a new study by neuroscientist Lise Eliot of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. According to a write-up in Wired, the study was aimed at evaluating the theory that the hippocampus is larger in women than in men; since the hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, this has been proposed as an explanation for all those feelings ladies tend to have. Eliot and her team analyzed 6,000 MRI scans and found “no significant difference in hippocampal size between men and women.”

This is more than a matter of abstract interest for Eliot, the author of the 2010 book Pink Brain, Blue Brain, about how dubious theories of sex differences in the brain lead us to raise and educate boys and girls differently. She’s devoted years to decrying these kinds of stereotypes and their frustratingly strong grip on the American approach to childrearing. In 2011, she teamed up with other experts to write an article in the journal Science debunking the work of several same-sex education theorists, and in 2013, she debated conservative pundit Christina Hoff Sommers, author of a book that argues feminism initiated a “war on boys” in American schools.
male  brain  female  gender  science 
november 2015 by Quercki
“Picture yourself as a stereotypical male” | MIT Admissions
In a now-famous study, psychologists at the University of Berlin falsely told participants that they had been selected to participate in a series of tests “to measure the ability to put oneself in someone else’s position” - a fabrication devised to avoid confounding factors in their real study on gender identity priming. They prepared a text describing a day in the life of a “stereotypical woman” who takes care of her family, works part time, and is insightful, helpful, and agreeable. They also prepared an equivalently-structured text outlining the activities of a stereotypical manly man who is tough, risk-taking, and does weight training after work. Subjects were randomly given one of the two texts, and then asked: “If you were the person described in the text, which adjectives would you use to describe yourself?”

Soon after participants described themselves with either the male- or female-associated traits, they were asked to take a mental rotation test presented as independent of the first part of the study, supposedly to measure their personal spatial aptitude. On this mental rotation test, women who were “primed” with the female identity scored an average of 3.86 on the exercise, compared to the female-primed males’ average of 5.14. Okay, expected. But then when primed with the male text, women scored an average of 5.49, while men scored 5.53… wait a second, what?
stereotype  threat  male  female  Black  gender  research 
september 2015 by Quercki
Male-Pattern Violence
What You Can Do:
1. Replace the phrase “violence against women,” everywhere you or your feminist organizations currently use it, with the phrase “male violence against women” or possibly “male-pattern violence against women.”
2. Specifically name the most prevalent kind of domestic violence as “male-pattern violence in the home.”
3. When writing and speaking about male-pattern violence, actively name the perpetrator or at least the gender of the perpetrator: “A man raped a woman.” Do away with expressions such as “a woman was raped,” “her rapist” and every kind of wording that focuses on rape as a problem only for women.
4. Wherever possible, present statistics about violence in ways that clearly indicate the gender of the perpetrator, not just of the victim: Instead of “Every 15 minutes a woman is raped,” which makes rape seem like a female problem, try “Every 15 minutes, a man rapes a woman.” Or better: “Every 15 minutes, a man commits a rape.”
5. Call people on their defensiveness against acknowledging male violence. Watch for the classic defenses (see Ways People Deny Male Violence) and point them out.
6. Know the statistics and cite them often.
7. Talk about male-pattern violence openly and constantly. Make sure everyone you know is aware of this particularly masculine problem. Discuss it with your children. Discuss it with male friends. Discuss it with female friends. Discuss it in classrooms, in gossip sessions, and in bars.
male  violence  solutions 
august 2015 by Quercki
The disturbing backlash on speaking out about violence against women
if we're serious about tackling the epidemic of men's violence against women - if we want to truly bring an end to it - we have to stop prioritising men's feelings and allowing them to dictate the terms of engagement. Men's violence is the problem. Let's name it, and let's end it. Yes, it might hurt men's feelings to hear these things. But when women keep losing their lives to homicidal male violence, those feelings should be very low on the list of priorities.
male  violence  sexual_assault  Australia  misogyny 
may 2015 by Quercki
(3) Chris Brecheen - Hi geeks. I want you to imagine that every time...
Chris Brecheen
March 13 at 10:03pm · Edited ·
Hi geeks. I want you to imagine that every time you try to have a conversation about the new Star Wars movie, I show up and talk about Firefly. Talk about the lightsaber crossguard? I show up and talk about how there was a laser in Firefly. Talk about the new movie, I bring up Serenity. Disney merger? How could Fox cancel Firefly?!? When you finally point out that you're actually talking about Star Wars right now--not Firefly, and that Firefly is a decade old and a little less relevent to your immediate geek passions, I claim that you obviously don't LIKE Firefly, and have no real interest in science fiction as a whole--even though both those statements are false.
No matter where you go or who you're talking to, there I am to derail your Star Wars talk into Firefly. It's not enough to say "You're right" and go back to talking about Star Wars. I demand that the subject be changed to Firefly. I demand that you stop talking about Star Wars. And I fricken show up EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Hopefully some of you now realize what you sound like when you pull that "what about the menz?" crap in the middle of a conversation about women's issues.

Mary Hill This is not reacting to any other comments, fyi because it is late and no.


When I have had the talk I wanted to talk about Star Wars, I can then also talk about Firefly and talk about how Star Wars and Firefly relate and compare/contrast.

But that is actually not the conversation we are having *at this moment.* Please stop. Just stop. We are talking about *Star Wars* right now.
feminism  male  centering 
march 2015 by Quercki
Nature and Sex Redefined - we have never been binary | Vanessa Heggie | Science | The Guardian
The scientific scepticism of ‘binary’ sex – that is the idea that there are men and women and they can be clearly distinguished – started even earlier. In 1968 the Journal of the American Medical Association carried an article by biologist Keith L Moore, listing nine different components of someone’s sexual identity: external genital appearance, internal reproductive organs, structure of the gonads, endocrinologic sex, genetic sex, nuclear sex, chromosomal sex, psychological sex and social sex.

It’s possible to design tests for many of these kinds of sex, but none of them provide a convenient ‘male or female’ binary answer. Results will always depend on averages, on statistical norms, or on arbitrary cut-off points, and there will always be people who appear both male or female (or neither) when all nine kinds of sex are considered. Further, what science cannot do is tell us which of these tests is the best measure of sex, or which gives us our ‘true’ identity – that entirely depends on what we want to do with the results, why we’re testing, and our cultural attitudes towards sex and gender (gender being the psychological and social aspects of sexual identity).
sex  gender  male  female  intersex  non-binary 
february 2015 by Quercki
Oakland is my beach (Community Voices) « Oakland Local
African-American males nationwide as synonymous with failure? They are the lowest achievers in education, highly unemployed and best known for the greatest representation in prison population, but why? These are symptoms, but what is the diagnosis?

Here in Oakland, there is an effort to answer these questions from the inside out. Stephanie Fong, a student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, is conducting her master’s thesis, dubbed “The Portrait Project,” in collaboration with the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Using self-portrait photography, interviews, and group discussions, the study seeks to understand how young men of color describe their identities and what influences, both positively and negatively, the way they see themselves.

Further, what impact does the way young people see themselves have on their decision-making, mental health, and resiliency? A group of 13 males, ages 18-24, eagerly accepted the invitation to identify and reflect on root causes of their journeys toward success. There is something so powerful in this formal recognition that they are the subject matter, and experts in their own experience.
Oakland  African-American  male  boys  solutions 
october 2014 by Quercki
Nerds and Male Privilege
nobody's saying that women don't receive different treatment from guys… I'm saying that being treated differently is the problem. And yes, I know exactly what many of you are going to say and I'll get to that in a minute.P

Male privilege – again – is about what men can expect as the default setting for society. A man isn't going to have everything about him filtered through the prism of his gender first. A man, for example, who gets a job isn't going to face with suggestions that his attractiveness or that his willingness to perform sexual favors was a factor in his being hired, nor will he be shrugged off as a "quota hire". A man isn't expected to be a representative of his sex in all things; if he fails at a job, it's not going to be extrapolated that all men are unfit for that job. A man who's strong-willed or aggressive won't be denigrated for it, nor are men socialized to "go along to get along". A man can expect to have his opinion considered, not dismissed out of hand because of his sex. When paired with a woman who's of equal status, the man can expect that most of the world will assume that he's the one in charge. And, critically, a man doesn't have to continually view the world through the lens of potential violence and sexual assault.
sexism  gender  male  privilege  feminism  gaming 
june 2014 by Quercki
Masculinity vs. “Misogylinity”: what Asian Americans can learn from #UCSB shooting | #YesAllWomen | Reappropriate
Masculinity and the Asian American Community

Questions of masculinity resonate in the Asian American community. For Asian American men, their stereotypical emasculation deeply impacts self-conception. For some, the uplift of Asian American male gender and sexual identity is among the most critical political priorities for Asian Americans. Most Asian American activists – myself included – embrace efforts to redefine Asian American masculinity as part of a holistic approach to challenging anti-Asian stereotypes. Yet, rarely does our community dissect what we mean when we talk about masculinity, and the tactics that we take to empower Asian American men in reclamation of it.

For Elliot Rodger, masculinity was defined primarily through sexual conquest: the degree to which a man successfully woos a woman, and the quality (i.e. beauty) of the woman wooed. Disturbingly, Rodger’s sex-based definition of masculinity was not unique: it is a definition prevalent throughout American popular culture, and one embraced by the Asian American community, too. It is reflected in countless popular culture films (for example, Don Jon), and it is a central tenet of the “seduction community” where it is called the “game”. Pick-up artistry refers to self-help workshops (costing thousands of dollars a session) that purport to teach men the seduction skills to “score” a woman (called “targets”) rating 7 or higher on the program’s standardized beauty scale.

Within the Asian American community, too, we see this sex-based version of masculinity go unchallenged.  Too often, we narrowly (and sometimes uncritically) promote pop culture images of Asian American men in sexual or romantic roles (where the character’s explicit heterosexuality alone defines the character as empowering and masculine). Too often, we revere characters like JT Tran, who sells an Asian American-specific version of pick-up artistry workshops, and David Choe, who hosted a popular Asian American-focused podcast that intended to subvert Asian American emasculation through real or manufactured tales of sexual conquest (where he also allegedly confessed to rape).
murder  male  violence  Asian  race  misogyny 
may 2014 by Quercki
The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings
In imagining the killers as good kids who did a bad thing, who snapped because of a divorce, because of too much medication, because of inadequate mental health treatment, because of too much mental health care, because of guns, and because of who knows what, white manhood — the visible link that binds together so many of these shootings –always gets erased.

"Do you also think it's odd that white men commit the overwhelming majority of mass murders," wondered Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women's Sports Foundation, "but that people don't identify that as a causal factor? Instead we talk about mental illness and gun control. If it were Asian women or Jewish men or elderly African-American, it would be topic number one. But not white men." In fact, the media response to mass shootings often reimagines white men as victims.
murder  violence  White  privilege  male 
may 2014 by Quercki
Males and Females Differ in Specific Brain Structures | LabRoots | Read Science News, Articles and Current Events
Specifically, males on average had larger volumes and higher tissue densities in the left amygdala, hippocampus, insular cortex, putamen; higher densities in the right VI lobe of the cerebellum and in the left claustrum; and larger volumes in the bilateral anterior parahippocampal gyri, posterior cingulate gyri, precuneus, temporal poles, and cerebellum, areas in the left posterior and anterior cingulate gyri, and in the right amygdala, hippocampus, and putamen.

By contrast, females on average had higher density in the left frontal pole, and larger volumes in the right frontal pole, inferior and middle frontal gyri, pars triangularis, planum temporale/parietal operculum, anterior cingulate gyrus, insular cortex, and Heschl's gyrus; bilateral thalami and precuneus; the left parahippocampal gyrus, and lateral occipital cortex.

The results highlight an asymmetric effect of sex on the developing brain. Amber Ruigrok, who carried out the study as part of her PhD, said: "For the first time we can look across the vast literature and confirm that brain size and structure are different in males and females. We should no longer ignore sex in neuroscience research, especially when investigating psychiatric conditions that are more prevalent in either males or females."
male  female  brain  sex  difference  science  research 
february 2014 by Quercki
School Shootings and White Denial | Alternet
And yet once again, we hear the FBI insist there is no "profile" of a school shooter. Come again? White boy after white boy after white boy, with very few exceptions to that rule (and none in the mass shooting category), decides to use their classmates for target practice, and yet there is no profile? Imagine if all these killers had been black: would we still hesitate to put a racial face on the perpetrators? Doubtful.

Indeed, if any black child in America -- especially in the mostly white suburbs of Littleton, or Santee -- were to openly discuss their plans to murder fellow students, as happened both at Columbine and now Santana High, you can bet your ass that somebody would have turned them in, and the cops would have beat a path to their doorstep. But when whites discuss their murderous intentions, our stereotypes of what danger looks like cause us to ignore it -- they're just "talking" and won't really do anything. How many kids have to die before we rethink that nonsense? How many dazed and confused parents, Mayors and Sheriffs do we have to listen to, describing how "normal" and safe their community is, and how they just can't understand what went wrong?
White  male  murder  shooting  racism  whiteness 
january 2013 by Quercki
Genius: Black Boys Over-Represented as Chess Masters | Black Like Moi
Black males are disproportionately represented in nearly every stereotype known to man. They lead the nation in incarceration, unemployment and drop out rates. But another area where black boys are over-represented is among the number of chess masters in the United States, reminding us of the tremendous genius of young black men when placed in motivational environments.

Less than two percent of the members of the United States Chess Federation are masters. There are 47,000 members in all. Only 13 of those masers are under the age of 14. Three of these 13 masters are African American young men.

All three of the men live in New York City: Justus Williams, Joshua Colas and James Black Jr. All of them were actually named masters before their 13th birthdays.
chess  African-American  male 
september 2012 by Quercki
Uncivil Discourse: On Being Called a C-Word | Erika Christakis
I’m wondering where, exactly, did I say anything about women never being violent? Where did I say that all men are violent, or even that all men are potentially violent? Where did I say that all men are programmed to be murderers? Where did I write that I think men should be castrated or “culled?”

I said there are, of course, rare female serial killers. “Rare” is the operational word. I also said america’s worst “mass murders” (which are different than serial murders) were committed by men. I gave links to these data, and linked also to publicly available and accurate data from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. To repeat: 90 percent of murders are committed by men, and nearly 80% of murder victims are male.

I called this fact — the “overwhelming maleness” of murder — a public health crisis that we are refusing to examine as we would any other public health problem: by looking at possible risk factors.  A risk factor doesn’t MAKE someone ill or make someone commit murder. It is a variable that puts someone at elevated risk for a bad outcome.
male  murder  violence  Aurora  CO  CDC 
august 2012 by Quercki
Erika Christakis: Why Mass Killers Are Overwhelmingly Male | TIME Ideas |
Our refusal to talk about violence as a public-health problem with known (or knowable) risk factors keeps us from helping the young men who are at most risk and, of course, their potential victims. When we view terrible events as random, we lose the ability to identify and treat potential problems, for example by finding better ways to intervene with young men during their vulnerable years. There is so much more we need to learn about how to prevent violence, but we could start with the sex difference that is staring us in the face.
male  murder  violence 
july 2012 by Quercki
Rape is not a joke, Rape is a foodstuff -
Here's the bottom line: I can't order you to not use the word "rape," but I do want you to do me a favor before you use it again.

Before you jump back on the server, sit somewhere quietly and think for a moment. Reflect on what I've told you, and try to understand how raw and difficult it can be for someone to hear it. Imagine for a moment what it's like to have game time, the thing you do to relax and escape from your troubles, interrupted by painful memories.
rape  videogames  first_person  male  trigger 
june 2012 by Quercki

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