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Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility | WIRED
I just want to know: What if we decided to care as much about the well-being of women who have been abused as we do about the well-being of abusers? What would it be like to live in a world, or to work in an industry, where the social consequences of hurting a woman weighed heavier than the social consequences of being one?
#MeToo  gamergate  misogyny  culture  abuse  sexism 
5 weeks ago by Quercki
Common red flag in gunmen is anger toward women - Marin Independent Journal
The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence.

The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities.

The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in 2017 had been convicted of domestic violence. His ex-wife said he once told her that he could bury her body where no one would ever find it.

The motivations of men who commit mass shootings are often muddled, complex or unknown. But one common thread that connects many of them — other than access to powerful firearms — is a history of hating women, assaulting wives, girlfriends and female family members, or sharing misogynistic views online, researchers say.

As the nation grapples with last weekend’s mass shootings and debates new red-flag laws and tighter background checks, some gun control advocates say the role of misogyny in these attacks should be considered in efforts to prevent them.

The fact that mass shootings are almost exclusively perpetrated by men is “missing from the national conversation,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Monday. “Why does it have to be, why is it men, dominantly, always?”
misogyny  massacre  murder  guns  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Alabama law doesn't apply to egg in IVF lab because there is no woman to punish
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Chambliss, responding to the IVF argument from Smitherman, cites a part of the bill that says it applies to a pregnant woman. "The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman. She’s not pregnant." #alpolitics
2:36 PM - 14 May 2019
abortion  law  Alabama  misogyny  pro-life 
may 2019 by Quercki
We’ve Learned Nothing From Election 2016 | Dame Magazine
We’re watching women fight for fair media coverage. We’re hearing dismissive, privilege-soaked comments from men. We’re hosting an extended discussion on the nuances of inappropriately touching women and breaching their personal boundaries. In this environment, the run-up to 2020 feels like a particularly noxious episode of déjà vu. Despite being told that these problems were the unique result of a particular candidate, we are seeing the same issues bedevil an entirely new set of women, diverse in background, accomplishment, experience and, tellingly, shortcomings.

The signs are unmistakable: Misogyny is still shaping our politics in 2019.
misogyny  sexism  politics  gender 
april 2019 by Quercki
Your New Bicycle-Beto, childcare, and the cool
There are other candidates in the race, whose stories and priorities look more like mine. Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s running on family leave, brings her children along to speeches and provides free childcare at her events. Elizabeth Warren, who’s campaigning on universal childcare, has spoken about the fact that her career would not be possible if not for the childcare she picked up from her aunt. She can get on stage and talk about being unable to afford child care, or unable to find a reputable provider on her budget, can remember the funny smell at the day care or mention her “then-husband’s” lack of help with an instantly legible glare.

But neither Gillibrand nor Warren has the option of being cool: Free, loose, unentangled. They can’t cruise through life, Beto O’Rourke style, on their bikes, haplessly falling into punk bands and/or the Presidency, surprised by yet accepting of their own charisma.
misogyny  politics  2020  president  Warren  Gillibrand  Beto 
march 2019 by Quercki
Sanders Asks Campaign Surrogates To 'Engage Respectfully' With Democratic Rivals | HuffPost
en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on surrogates representing his 2020 presidential campaign in the media to “respectfully engage” his opponents in the Democratic presidential primary, encouraging them to focus on policies rather than personalities.

In the Saturday email to over 100 campaign surrogates obtained by HuffPost, Sanders also preemptively admonished supporters against “bullying and harassment of any kind.”

“As we engage with our opponents in the Democratic primary, we will forcefully present our views and defend ourselves against misrepresentations,” he wrote. “But, let us do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents ― talking about the issues we are fighting for, not about personalities or past grievances. I want to be clear that I condemn bullying and harassment of any kind and in any space.”
Bernie_Sanders  misogyny  bullying 
march 2019 by Quercki
Kamala Harris Deserves Better Than Sexist Criticism About Her Personal Life | The Nation
Of course, her female Democratic rivals have their own troubles with sexism: Gillibrand is being bitterly (and absolutely unfairly) blamed for Senator Al Franken’s 2017 resignation, in the wake of eight charges that he touched women inappropriately, while Warren has had to endure comparisons with Hillary Clinton on the grounds that she is similarly “unlikable.” (So far, criticism of Tulsi Gabbard has stayed political, thankfully, focused on her support for Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad and her history of opposition to LGBT rights.) The most heartening development in this election cycle, though, is that the supporters of these Democratic female rivals are sticking together, vowing to have one another’s backs and beat back the sexists this time around. On Twitter Sunday afternoon I saw women who work for other candidates defending Harris passionately. That told me there will be millions of women working to blunt this attack on the California senator—even if they go on to vote for another woman, or even for a man.
sexism  misogyny  Kamala_Harris 
january 2019 by Quercki
Barack Was Black, Hillary Was a Woman—Can Kamala Harris Face Down the Challenge of Being Both?
But most of all, it is living with the double whammy of both race and gender. Senator Kamala Harris has been negotiating this minefield all her life. I know this because I have, too. That is because black women, unlike any other group of people, live with the unique burden of both race and gender. And we get neither of the benefits.
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What do I mean? Former President Barack Obama is a black man. So, while many did not think a black person could win the presidency, the fact is that his maleness in 2008 was an asset. He was juxtaposed against Hillary Clinton, a white woman, who was being viewed through the lens of what her hair looked like. What was she wearing? Could she keep her philandering former president husband in line? Was she up to the job of president? Would she be emotional. And on and on.
Kamala_Harris  African-American  misogyny  sexism 
january 2019 by Quercki
No More Likability BS – Indivisible East Bay
Here are some great ways to say: you don’t have to like them; you don’t have to like me; but you do have to take women seriously, and you do have to start covering our substantive positions and issues.
What you can do:

Call out the BS on social media. It’s easy to re-post and collect frowny faces, but the point is to educate and mobilize:
Educate by posting and showing people the BS going on;
Beyond posting on your own social media pages, amplify your message by writing comments on the Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram accounts for the media channel, reporter, pundit, etc., that you want to call out;
Mobilize by telling people what they can do: for example, sharing a letter to the editor that you’ve written (see below for how-to), or linking people to this page telling them how they can fight the #likabilityBS
Ask people to retweet or share your social media posts and comments
Write a letter to the editor: Most print and online media have a “letters to the editor”
sexism  misogyny  politics  howto 
january 2019 by Quercki
The GOP’s Sexualized Assault of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | Dame Magazine
The smart, outspoken, social-media-savvy Democratic freshman congresswoman from Queens is confounding to Republican men, whose only response to strong, intelligent women is sexploitative vitriol.
sexism  politics  misogyny  Sady_Doyle  Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez 
january 2019 by Quercki
Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry | Science | The Guardian
Photograph: Peter Power/Reuters

When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia.
Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland
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Until around an hour and a half after the award was announced on Tuesday, the Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was not deemed significant enough to merit her own page on the user-edited encyclopedia.

The oversight has once again highlighted the marginalization of women in science and gender bias at Wikipedia.

Strickland is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo and former president of the Optical Society, but when a Wikipedia user attempted to create a profile for her in March, the page was denied by a moderator.

“This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article,” said the moderator.

Soon after Tuesday’s announcement, however, the Wikipedia community scrambled to build up a profile, completing sections on her research, biography and – most critically – her awards.
wiki  bias  misogyny  women  Nobel  Wikipedia 
november 2018 by Quercki
The Danger Of Valuing Men's Careers Over Women's Lives | HuffPost
When men’s careers are valued over women’s lives, dangerous men are free to find even more people to prey on without consequence, as a recent long-form story on former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar from New York magazine’s The Cut so eloquently reveals.

One of Nassar’s first victims, Larissa Boyce, tried to sound the alarm about his behavior. She told her coach that Nassar was touching her inappropriately, under the guise of medical treatment. Her coach dismissed her concerns, telling her she just didn’t understand what he was doing. If she went forward with her allegations, she said, it would have serious consequences.

Not just for her but for Nassar.

The insinuation was obvious: Did she really want to be the one who derailed his career? Boyce, only 16 years old, let it go. Now more than 20 years later, nearly 500 women have come forward with similar stories.

It is chilling to imagine what might have happened if Boyce had been taken seriously back then, her teenage complaint deemed as important as Nassar’s reputation.
sexism  misogyny  sexual_assault  consequences 
november 2018 by Quercki
Hillary baits Bernie beautifully: “Shouting,” sexism — and the simple sorry that would make Sanders look less jerky | Salon.com
Your candidate's schtick is aggression and hollering is his natural state. Turning around and accusing Clinton of being too aggressive sounds, well, sexist. Clinton handed the Sanders campaign a shovel and they keep digging. If the Sanders campaign becomes this unnerved because Clinton tweaked his nose a little bit, how on earth will they be able to handle the attacks that a Republican candidate is going to dish out?
Bernie_Sanders  shout  Hillary  misogyny 
november 2018 by Quercki
Reevaluating the 'Romantic' Hit Songs of Pop Music's Patriarchy | KQED Arts
Pop music, perhaps in particular, is by its very nature both borne of a time and place—a mirror of existing culture—and a building block of it. Just ask the musicians of Stax Records during the Civil Rights movement, or anyone who was 18 in this country during the Vietnam War.

“Given all that women are expected to live with—the leers that start when we’ve barely begun puberty, the harassment, the violence we survive or are constantly on guard for—I can’t help but wonder what it has all done to us,” wrote Jessica Valenti in her 2016 book Sex Object. “Not just to how women experience the world, but how we experience ourselves. I started to ask myself: Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women?”

I come back to that line often. And I came back to it after this performance, because this performance reminded me that blocking out misogynist messaging every day takes energy, and effort. That you're not winning if you're still doing all the work, that there are no medals for a job well done.

Perhaps most insidiously, these messages are so all-encompassing that you truly stop noticing: I can’t tell you how much of my brain is devoted to trying to prevent the most damaging kinds of misogyny from entering my body, because I don’t know, because I've been doing it as long as I’ve been alive.
pop  music  misogyny  performance 
november 2018 by Quercki
The idea that sperm race to the egg is just another macho myth | Aeon Essays
Much has been written about the fact that in industrialised societies age at first birth is increasing in women, accompanied by slowly mounting reproductive problems. A proposed solution is the highly invasive and very expensive procedure of ‘fertility preservation’ in which eggs are harvested from young women for use later in life. However, increasing reproductive problems with ageing men, notably more rapid accumulation of sperm mutations, have passed largely unmentioned. One very effective and far less expensive and invasive way of reducing reproductive problems for ageing couples would surely be to store semen samples from young men to be used later in life. This is just one of the benefits to be gained from less sexism and more reliable knowledge in the realm of human reproduction.

Nowadays, the story of Hartsoeker’s homunculus might seem veiled in the mist of time, mentioned only as an entertaining illustration of blunders in the early exploration of human sex cells. But its influence, along with the macho-male bias that spawned it, has lived on in subtler form among the cultural stereotypes that influence the questions we ask about reproductive biology.
fertility  sex  birth  conception  misogyny  sexism 
august 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:

http://stop-ferfieroszak.hu/en/everyday-male-chauvinism

I encourage you to click on that link, download or open the file, and read it thoroughly.
misogyny  male  supremacy 
may 2018 by Quercki
Texas Attack: The Link Between Shooters and Domestic Abusers | Time
There is no explanation for a slaughter in a church. A shooter’s mind is an unsolvable riddle: nobody can predict which odd loner will turn out to be a sociopath, or which angry outburst presages a massacre. But in hindsight, there are often red flags, and Devin Patrick Kelley displayed plenty of them. He had mental-health problems, a history of animal cruelty and a domestic-violence conviction that should have prevented him from getting a gun. But he got one anyway. Actually, he got four.

On Nov. 5, Kelley, 26, drove to First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, where his wife’s family worshipped. He fired an assault-style rifle into a congregation full of children and grandparents, killing 26 people and injuring 20 more. Survivors said he prowled the aisle looking to shoot crying babies as their mothers huddled under the pews. Among the dead: a toddler, a pastor’s daughter, two first-time attendees and an unborn child. It was a massacre that could never have been predicted. But perhaps it could have been prevented.
massacre  guns  misogyny  domestic_violence 
april 2018 by Quercki
Kate Manne: The Shock Collar That Is Misogyny - Guernica
There’s a general myth about prejudice, that it’s going to be leveled toward any and every member of a certain historically subordinate class, rather than that it’s something that comes out as a method for enforcing and policing social hierarchies.

So, the first move that I make in defining misogyny is to make it something that needn’t target any and every woman. I understand it not as this psychological property of individuals, but as something that women and girls face, not because they’re women in a man’s mind, but because they’re women in a man’s world. And they’re either represented as, or actually seen as, the epitome of girls and women who are transgressing the norms and expectations of the patriarchy that misogyny polices, enforces, and keeps in place.

Guernica: What are the different ways that misogyny discourages women from challenging the patriarchy?

Kate Manne: I think silencing is a big part of it. And silencing can mean replacing anything unpleasant to the patriarchal collective consciousness with pleasantries—like saying, “He’s a good guy.” And it can mean not speaking out, or defending him, as well as not testifying to his misdeeds.
****  misogyny  kyriarchy  patriarchy  politics  feminism  philosophy 
march 2018 by Quercki
The Male Glance | VQR Online
Madrigal describes a corollary to how directions determine what you see: Say I present you with an image of some blotches but withhold the outlines your visual habits rely on. In the absence of an interpretive direction, you’re unlikely to see anything at all. But if I tell you, “That’s a picture of a Dalmatian,” you’ll see the dog with its head down, sniffing. The blotches will snap into focus.

There are lurking Dalmatians and dancing gorillas lurking all over the landscape of female art.

We don’t have a robust tradition of pointing them out—or recognizing their outlines, or even knowing they’re there. So we miss them, and they drop out of the canon. Meanwhile we persist in misreading the female-driven text as either an artless, unstructured collection of dots, or as an overdetermined and plastered-on false and foolish face.

We are capable of more.
feminism  misogyny  culture 
march 2018 by Quercki
As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides
And yet Rick still wondered whether changing my gender presentation would affect that bone-deep love. He wasn’t the only one; I found this reaction common for many of the people with whom I shared the news of my transition. Friends would ask me, “Can we still talk about Doctor Who?” and “Does this mean you won’t play Starcraft with me anymore?” My dad even asked me if I’d still want to make beer with him the way we do every Thanksgiving. The nature of these questions made me realize just how invested people were in the assumed gender alignment of the activities we all enjoyed together.
nerd  culture  transgender  woman  misogyny 
march 2018 by Quercki
Pando: The Bear’s Lair: The untold story of systemic gender discrimination inside UC Berkeley’s IT Department
Every single one of the women complained to Gross about the dynamic on the team, particularly that of his star performer, Riff Khan, who half a dozen sources told us was the clear ring leader. Gross made the kinds of excuses a lot of women in these situations hear.

“You misunderstood”

“You are being too sensitive”

"You are being too aggressive”

“You are creating so much drama”

“He’s not from this country”

"I can't control someone else's culture."

“[Khan] is just a little ‘aspy’”

Gross called the team a “high performance environment” and a “meritocracy” and said that not everyone could thrive in that kind of place. The women who complained just weren’t a cultural fit.

Perhaps the worst of the endless excuses these women-- and a few of the men who raised concerns-- heard from Gross: “If I didn’t see it, it didn’t happen.”
sexism  misogyny  STEM  pipeline  gender  discrimination 
february 2018 by Quercki
Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle • Up Front • Public Address
I have this theory that cycling is as close as a middle-class straight white guy can get to understanding Being Female. People have a reckless disregard for your safety, you have to treat everyone like they might hurt you, and if you do get hurt people will blame you for existing
women  bike  misogyny  sexism 
february 2018 by Quercki
Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up - Vox
In 2016, the EEOC released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States, which concluded that “anywhere from 25% to 85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.” It’s a strikingly wide gap, but one that is very substantial even in its most conservative estimate — statistically predicting one in four people are affected by workplace sexual harassment.

In this void of concrete empirical data, we pieced together reports, surveys, and studies to outline the state of workplace sexual harassment in the United States — and what can be done to address it.

1) Some industries are worse
Sexual harassment is not an industry-specific problem, but some environments are worse, according to Emily Martin, general counsel and vice president for workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center:

In male-dominated industries like construction, where women are seen as interlopers, women experience high levels of harassment.
Service-based industries, in which employers rely on tips and customer approval, can also breed an environment of harassment. Reports have also indicated customer behavior can impact how supervisors treat their employees.
sexual_harassment  statistics  sexism  misogyny 
january 2018 by Quercki
Ijeoma Oluo on Women and Rage. If you wanted to avoid our rage, perhaps you shouldn’t have left us with so little to lose.
The rage of seeing all that we love, all that we’ve been able to hope for, all that we’ve been told to sacrifice for the “greater good” burned to the ground by white men in a toddler tantrum because for eight years the president didn’t look like them, and because the next president threatened to look even less like them—that is not a rage that consumes, that immolates. It’s a rage that fuels, that arms. We are starting to taste the collective power of our rage. We are starting to see the possibilities of a reckoning and revolution. And, as scary as it is, we have no choice but to risk it.

If you wanted to avoid our rage, perhaps you shouldn’t have left us with so little to lose.

If you think that what you are seeing now, after a few high-profile men have lost their jobs, is the peak of this fury, then hold tight. Because within me, and countless other women across this country, there is a lifetime of righteous rage so deep that the entire white supremacist patriarchy could drown in it. And if there is any justice in this world, it will.
misogyny  racism  anger 
january 2018 by Quercki
Stop asking me ‘what about men?’  – victimfocus
Why did I end up on every TV channel and radio in the UK? Why can I launch studies and campaigns and videos and appeals for TEF about male mental health and receive ZERO whataboutery comments?

And why do I get shouted down if I even dare post one tweet about violence against women or rape statistics or murders of women by partners? 

Why do I get hundreds of messages and tweets every week asking me:
‘But what about men?’ 

And actually, this isn’t rocket science. This is uncomfortable but it’s real talk:

Women are socialised into their gender roles (gender roles are harmful, narrow, stereotypical characteristics and expectations assigned to males and females to conform to a societal norm) to not even possess a shred of the sense of entitlement that men have. Women do not read a campaign about male mental health or male abuse or male cancers and furiously tweet back ‘what about women, you cunt?!’ because they didn’t think about themselves when they read it. They didn’t see the campaign as two fingers up to women.

Perfect example: Movember. 


Have you EVER in your life seen women kicking off that Movember is sexist? Or that the campaign should include women? Or that focusing on testicular cancer is exclusionary? No. Have you fuck. 
sexism  misogyny 
january 2018 by Quercki
Becoming Ugly
The game ended the night that Tom*, the one who always grabbed me, did it to me again while we were walking up a flight of stairs. Familiarly, everyone laughed and I tried to join them, desperate to appear easygoing and in on the joke despite being the literal and figurative butt of it. But suddenly, the effort of it all—the smiling, nervous chuckling, and eye rolls that I had allowed myself over the past several months—sickened me. It felt like I was choking on my own vomit of anger and humiliation. To save myself, I’d have to spew my own bile. And so I turned and punched Tom directly in the groin.

The satisfaction of the moment blazed and died quickly. He collapsed to the ground, gripping himself, hissing, “You are a fucking bitch. You are a fucking bitch,” over and over again. I laughed an awkward bark of a laugh, but no one joined in this time. No one said anything at all until minutes later when we were walking—them in a pack, and me trailing behind—to our local video store. Michael, my best male friend, hung back to keep me company.

“I get that you’re mad and don’t like it when Tom grabs you like that,” he said and I exhaled a sigh of gratitude. “But what you did...” I sucked my breath in again, “...You just don’t do that to a guy. Ever.”

It’s a small relief that I didn’t feel ashamed of myself. Instead I felt disappointed in Michael, in Tom, in every other boy that now, on our walk, avoided me because I had crossed a line and hit back.
misogyny  feminism 
december 2017 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton, and Blaming Women for the Acts of Men | Literary Hub
Remember that every time a man commits a violent act it only takes one or two steps to figure out how it’s a woman’s fault, and that these dance steps are widely known and practiced and quite a bit of fun. There are things men do that are the fault of women who are too sexy, and other things men do that are the fault of women who are not sexy enough, but women only come in those two flavors: not enough, too much, and it is the fate of heterosexual men to endure this affliction. Wives are responsible for their husbands, especially if their husbands are supremely powerful and terrifying figures leading double lives and accountable to no one. But women are now also in the workforce, where they have so many opportunities to be responsible for other men as well.

It is Anita Hill’s fault that Clarence Thomas is a creep, and it’s also her fault that he’s on the Supreme Court, and it’s her fault she didn’t speak up about his sexual harassment, and also her fault that she did speak up about it, ruffling important waters when men were trying to fly-fish them, as women do when men try.
sexism  misogyny  Hillary  Anita_Hill  blame 
december 2017 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: ‘I would love to have told Trump: “Back off, you creep”’ | Life and style | The Guardian
Beard had been advocating a more combative strategy towards trolls than Michelle Obama’s famous injunction to “go high... when they go low”. The latter having failed to work for Clinton, she and Beard fall at once to discussing how women in public life can deal with misogyny…

Mary Beard What I remember us talking about when we met was the sense that it was extremely important to say: “Hang on a minute, mate, you are not right.” Or: “Please take this tweet down.”

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Hillary Clinton Learning about the ongoing grief you took over standing up for women’s rights and accurate history was quite enlightening to me.

MB It’s gone on, too, actually.

HC Well, as you rightly point out, it has only continued, and in some ways gotten worse. The ability of people in public life or in the media to say the most outrageous falsehoods and not be held accountable has really altered the balance in our public discourse, in a way that I think is endangering democracy.

MB To me, what’s really interesting is that, although they look as if they’re going for what we said, what they’re really going for is the fact that we dared to say anything, almost. It’s not about having an argument about, say, migration. It’s about telling you to shut up.
Mary_Beard  Hillary  misogyny  trolls 
december 2017 by Quercki
KatyKatiKate: next-level rage stroke: harvey fucking weinstein
What we need your response to be when you hear about Harvey fucking Weinstein:

1. He's manipulated his position of power to put women in positions of vulnerability where they couldn't choose not to engage with him sexually without risking their careers or reputations. I need to work harder to become aware of my position of power, as a man, to make sure that I am not putting women in positions of vulnerability.

2. What can I do to support women who have suffered sexual assault? This conversation isn't about how brave and strong I am, it's about the challenges that women continue to face just existing in the world. 

3. Sexual assault is a violent crime that is offensive to me as a human being, not because I am related to a person who is female.

4.  I am going to work on my own awareness of how I benefit from systems that keep Harvey fucking Weinstein on top for 20 years while he rapes and assaults women. I'm going to work on dismantling those systems. It's uncomfortable to see it, but I have to see it.

5. I listen to women. I believe them. I am not shocked.
sexism  misogyny  power  Weinstein  solution 
october 2017 by Quercki
Telling My Troll Story Because Kathy Sierra Left Twitter (with images, tweets) · adriarichards · Storify
Telling My Troll Story Because Kathy Sierra Left Twitter
Kathy wrote an article explaining why she was leaving Twitter and it tore me up inside so I began tweeting Wednesday night, October 8th, 2014, about my experiences last year after PyCon when I became the target of a massive, organized harassment campaign planned in the underbelly of 4chan

byAdria Richards3 years ago7 Likes13,290 Views
sexism  misogyny  harassment  twitter  4chan  Adria_Richards 
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
Erika. | When someone says these days sexism and misogyny...
Supervisor sends emails as his female co-worker. Gets nothing done.
sexism  misogyny 
september 2017 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton On 'Fresh Air': I Am 'Optimistic About Our Country, But I Am Not Naive' : NPR
What implications did all those chants of "lock her up" have for your security, your personal security?

It was a constant challenge for the Secret Service and for what they call "threat assessment." It was something that I was aware of. I had a few times people jumping over ropes and rushing the stage and a few really nasty, threatening things said in a crowd. But what really was unhinged were the online attacks. And they weren't just directed at me, they were directed at anyone — particularly women — who went online and said they were supporting me.

If they identified themselves as a supporter of mine, they were attacked from both the left and the right. They were often subjected to the most vile Twitter responses, YouTube comments you can imagine. It was just so horrific to see the horrible things being said and the threats that were being made, physical threats, to my supporters.
Hillary  misogyny  violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
Why Does Hillary Clinton Expressing Anger Make Everyone Mad?
And perhaps the reason the press, and some of Clinton’s critics on both right and left, react to her legitimate, if arguable, critiques by furiously wishing for her silence is the same reason women’s public airing of fury has long been discouraged and cast as irrational: because if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we afford men’s grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all those angry women might just have a point.
Hillary  anger  sexism  misogyny  women  power 
september 2017 by Quercki
The Shocking Connection Between Street Harassment And Street Lighting
1/ Referring to street lights as a “gender neutral issue” is a way for city officials to apply a “one size fits all” approach to a situation where the “one size” is clearly best suited to men and their needs.
As a result, the distinct needs of women are not reflected in transportation policy-making and urban planning practices, which has a tangible impact on how our streets look and who is able to use them.
In deciding where street lights are located, the most common approach is to only provide street lights at intersections and along major arterial streets (typically streets with high motorist speeds and multiple travel lanes). While this may satisfy the safety needs and comfort levels of men, women still report not feeling safe walking in dimly lit areas. As a result, this forces women to either consciously or subconsciously change their route to travel along better-lit streets at night.
urban  planning  city  street  lighting  feminism  misogyny 
july 2017 by Quercki
Men hate us | Purple Sage
Then I saw this picture yesterday and it’s the perfect illustration of how men openly hate women.

This banner was hung by misogynist frat boys near the University of Cincinnati:



This banner was created to warn (threaten?) women that if they come near they can expect to be given rough blow jobs (which means having a penis shoved down their throats until they gag.) The fact that the text is addressed to a parent of the woman instead of the woman herself makes it even more creepy. The words “your daughter” makes it sound like their target victim is a young woman, presumably a college freshman. The fact that they are addressing this to a parent of a college freshman makes it sound as though the message is addressed to parents (most likely fathers) who are dropping off their freshman daughters at college for the first time. They don’t seem to be the least bit ashamed of communicating to fathers what they will be doing to abuse their daughters. It seems as though they are expecting other men to find this funny.
rape  rape.culture  college  frat  misogyny  hate 
july 2017 by Quercki
Male and Female Co-Workers Switched Email Signatures, Faced Sexism
Schneider had taken over working with a client from Hallberg. “So one day I'm emailing a client back-and-forth about his résumé and he is just being IMPOSSIBLE. Rude, dismissive, ignoring my questions,” he wrote on Twitter. “I was getting sick of his shit when I noticed something. Thanks to our shared inbox, I'd been signing all communications as ‘Nicole.’ It was Nicole he was being rude to, not me.”

Hallberg wasn’t surprised to hear about the correspondence and told Schneider it wasn’t too unusual. She admitted that she’d even used his email signature once or twice before. “You’re shitting me,” she remembers him saying. She assured him: “No, it works. Trust me.” So they decided to spend a week using each other’s email signatures to see what would happen. They “transferred” existing clients to work with a “new editor,” changing signatures on them when in fact they were continuing to email back and forth with the same person, and took up new clients using one another’s names.

“I had a great week; I’m not going to lie,” Hallberg says. “People were more receptive, taking me more seriously. They assumed knew what I was doing. I didn’t have to prove it to them.” She saw fewer suggestions and doubts. Meanwhile, Schneider wrote in his tweets that “I was in hell. Everything I asked or suggested was questioned. Clients I could do in my sleep were condescending. One asked if I was single.”
sexism  misogyny  gender 
july 2017 by Quercki
I'm Done Pretending Men Are Safe (Even My Sons) - Role Reboot
My sons won’t rape unconscious women behind a dumpster, and neither will most of the progressive men I know. But what all of these men share in common, even my sons, is a relentless questioning and disbelief of the female experience. I do not want to prove my pain, or provide enough evidence to convince anyone that my trauma is merited. I’m through wasting my time on people who are more interested in ideas than feelings, and I’m through pretending these people, these men, are safe.

I love my sons, and I love some individual men. It pains me to say that I don’t feel emotionally safe with them, and perhaps never have with a man, but it needs to be said because far too often we are afraid to say it. This is not a reflection of something broken or damaged in me; it is a reflection of the systems we build and our boys absorb. Those little boys grow into men who know the value of women, the value that’s been ascribed to us by a broken system, and it seeps out from them in a million tiny, toxic ways.

I don’t know what the balance is between supporting these men and educating them, but I know the toll it takes on me to try
misogyny  feminism  men 
july 2017 by Quercki
Science Has Consistently Underestimated Women Because Scientists Are Sexist - Broadly
"Science has been historically sexist towards women, and this has affected what research tells us about women," Saini explains in a phone call with Broadly. "I wanted to understand patriarchy through the lens of science."

Historically, women have been consistently excluded from the scientific community—whether it's Marie Curie being rejected from the French Académie des Sciences in 1911, the year she won her second Nobel Prize, or the appalling shortage of women in the STEM sector. "It meant there was space for prejudice to creep in," Saini argues, citing figures like Darwin, who was as fixed in his misogyny as those fossils he loved to study so much (famously, arguing that women were less evolved than men.)


Angela Saini . Photo courtesy of subject
Although Darwin is dead, his legacy remains: there's still scientific work being done today that reinforces misogynistic views.
science  misogyny  patriarchy 
july 2017 by Quercki
Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes | News | The Harvard Crimson
Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.
A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens”—on Facebook in late December, according to two incoming freshmen.

In the group, students sent each other memes and other images mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children, according to screenshots of the chat obtained by The Crimson. Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child “piñata time.”
Harvard  college  misogyny  racism  child  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
Yes, there is a free speech crisis. But its victims are not white men | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion | The Guardian
The threats coming against Weaver, Taylor, my colleagues Jessica Valenti and Lindy West and myself are not coming out of a vacuum. They are happening in a society where violence against women is so rewarded, the NFL will hire men who beat women before they’ll hire a man who kneeled against protest during the national anthem.
hate  terrorism  free  speech  racism  misogyny 
june 2017 by Quercki
Shakesville: What Is Bernie Sanders' Endgame?
Despite continuing to make clear that he is not a Democrat, Senator Bernie Sanders has been on a "unity tour" with DNC Chair Tom Perez and has been elevated to co-chair of Democratic outreach.

It's been a troubling couple of days, as Sanders has deemed Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff insufficiently progressive; declared reproductive rights negotiable; denounced threats against Ann Coulter more vociferously than he denounced threats from his supporters against Hillary Clinton and her supporters; and then declared that "the model of the Democratic Party is failing."
Democrats  Bernie_Sanders  anti-abortion  politics  Hillary  sexism  misogyny  Jon_Ossoff 
april 2017 by Quercki
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
in 57 percent of U.S. mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member. (Update, April 12, 2017: This week, Everytown reported an extension of the analysis through the end of last year, showing that the total is 54 percent for the 2009-2016 period.) In other words, the average mass shooter in America is a domestic abuser.

Indeed, the world has gotten used to hearing from the U.S. that the shooter had a history of violence against women after yet another horrifying shooting spree. Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, was investigated for stalking two female students. Elliot Roger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, tried to shove several women off a 10-foot ledge at a party and claimed in a “manifesto” that his violence was part of his “war on women.” Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport in January, was charged with assault and accused of choking his girlfriend in two separate domestic-violence complaints in the year before his mass attack. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last summer, reportedly physically abused and falsely imprisoned his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy. As Rolling Stone pointed out soon after the massacre, news outlets’ claim that Matten had “no record of previous hate crimes” betrayed a very narrow definition of hate crime—when men abuse their wives, girlfriends, and exes, the violence is inherently misogynist.
domestic_violence  misogyny  massacre  murder  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Lessons From the Fake News Pandemic of 1942 - POLITICO Magazine
Of course, not a word of this was true. But that didn’t make these race rumors less vivid in the minds of many ordinary white Southerners.

Long before the advent of conservative radio, cable news and the internet—and two generations before an especially dim bulb shot up Comet Pizza in Northwest D.C., certain he would find Hillary Clinton’s and John Podesta’s child sex slaves chained up in the basement—“fake news” pervaded the American South. We know this largely because of the work of Howard Odum, a leading sociologist who in 1942 widely canvassed the region to collect and analyze these rumors.

It wasn’t the first time Americans consumed and spread conspiratorial rumors, but it was the first time that such rumors traveled so widely and targeted a prominent member of the first family. And it’s also the historical example that echoes today’s disinformation pandemic most closely. In 1942, amid wartime changes that upended traditional racial and gender hierarchies, many ordinary white Southerners proved ready to accept explanations for these changes that, from an objective standpoint, were preposterous. Today, many white Americans who are vexed by demographic and cultural shifts—particularly those at the far right of the political spectrum—seem equally susceptible to mistruths.
media  lies  racism  misogyny  Hillary  alternative  facts 
march 2017 by Quercki
Shakesville: The Lessons We Won't Learn
Let me put this as bluntly as I possibly can: Privileged people who couldn't see past their own feelings of aggrievement in order to empathize with women and/or people of color ahead of this election are telegraphing pretty damn clearly why they couldn't vote for Clinton.

Just like it was easier to ignore the realities of marginalized people in their communities and country than wallow in their own dogshit entitlement, it was easier to uncritically absorb decades of misogynist narratives about Clinton and assume they were true than do some fucking homework.
Hillary  misogyny  Trump 
march 2017 by Quercki
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange and the Politics of Sexism
In several polls, hostile sexism was found to be a better predictor of Trump support than economic concerns, and roughly as good as actual party identification. One study found that evangelical Christians, who supported Trump despite the fact that he is not religious, may have done it at least in part because the majority of them agreed with statements like "society as a whole has become too soft and feminine."
misogyny  sexism  Hillary 
march 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.

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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.

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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
Why Hillary Lost: The Great American Lie | The Huffington Post
Democratic faithful thought by November that the damage done by Sanders’ hail-Mary strategy would soften and fade. A week before the election, “Benghazi” and “Hillary Clinton’s e-mails” were still ridiculous fodder being churned out by the mainstream media and consumed ravenously by the electorate. The media failed time and time again to call these stories for what they were: Outright lies.

Some argue that the media failed to distinguish between false equivalencies and Clinton’s adversaries were able to malign and abuse her, unchecked and ad nauseam, for one obvious reason. No one wants to admit it, her adversaries scoff at it, and even women seem to downplay it’s significance in the election: misogyny. The 2016 presidential election, much like in 2008, revealed staggering gender biases, mostly in the constant and baseless scrutiny of Clinton’s character.
Hillary  misogyny  election 
december 2016 by Quercki
#ReportHate | Southern Poverty Law Center
Report A Hate Incident

Please report incidents of hateful intimidation and harassment to your local law enforcement first. Submitting the incident to the Southern Poverty Law Center using this form will aid in our work monitoring incidents around the country. 
report  hate  racism  misogyny  immigration  LGBT 
november 2016 by Quercki
This is a horrifying look inside Trump's America
So as Thursday morning dawned, people around the country began life in Day One of Trump’s America.

Judging by the tweets and other social media posts about the horrible and frightening behavior of their fellow citizens, it would seem that people of color, Muslims, and women have turned to social media to let everyone know just how quickly things have gone from bad to worse.
Trump  racism  misogyny 
november 2016 by Quercki
The misogyny apocalypse: Turns out being white and male counts for more than intelligence, grace or decency - Salon.com
It’s not that men are looming over their wives, telling them to vote for the misogynist pig or else. It’s more complicated than that.

It’s more that the truth about Trump, and why men support him, is too ugly to look at directly. Rather than admit that the men in your life hate women, it’s easier to rationalize: Trump’s just joking around! Those feminists are oversensitive! Democrat Hillary Clinton really is a hateful shrew; it’s not just that she’s been demonized by the same misogynist forces that elevated Trump.

That’s what makes that picture of Donald and Melania Trump so telling. Many of us believe — or fear — that huge swaths of women are in secret rebellion, that their outward submission belies a heart that believes that women are equal. But it’s actually simpler for women to accede not just their outward behavior, but their hearts, to this sexist system.

It’s even tempting, in many cases, to believe that if you join in with the misogyny, you’ll be spared. Call other women sluts, and you’ll look pure. Call them bitches and shrews, and you look more pleasant by comparison. Agree that there’s just something wrong with Clinton’s voice, and your voice will be judged more sonorous.

To some extent, it’s even true. Plenty of men are swift and eager to show their approval to the woman who disapproves of other women. But that male approval is always provisional. Show the qualities that make Clinton so unpopular — ambition, dignity, spine — and that approval dissipates.

To be certain, many women — more all the time — choose dignity. Some have fled far from home and left behind quite a bit to get it.
Trump  misogyny  vote  hate  women 
november 2016 by Quercki
Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election | Senator Kevin de León
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love. 

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.
Trump  election  california  bigotry  misogyny 
november 2016 by Quercki
Why I'm Not Surprised Some Evangelicals Still Support Donald Trump | Huffington Post
In 1984, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution excluding women from pastoral leadership “to preserve a submission God requires because the man was first in creation and the woman was first in the Edenic fall.” In 2000, the Convention amended its confessional statement, “The Baptist Faith and Message,” adding a section on the family that states, “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband.”
sexism  misogyny  Southern_Baptist  history 
october 2016 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
An Important & Disturbing Article that You Must Take Seriously. Stop Pretending You Don’t Know Why People Hate Hillary Clinton. by LD Womack - voices4hillary
In truth, the Hillary haters seem to resent her more than disagree with her. They demand to be humored and catered to. They hold her to wildly different standards than her male counterparts. They regard her with an unprecedented degree of suspicion. Above all, they really, really want to see her punished. And an aggressive male presence—even if dangerously incompetent—seems to comfort a great many of them.

Everyone but them knows damn well why.

Bad news for the haters: History is decidedly unafraid of "the woman card." It doesn't care how many people will stand on tables today and swear they'd feel the same if she were a man. It will see us for what we are—a sick society, driven by misogyny and pathetically struggling to come to terms with the fact that women do not exist solely to nurture.

If that answer isn't as nuanced as the average thinkpiece, that's because we, as a people, are not. No matter how many branches have formed, they all emerged from the same seed, planted way back when Bill Clinton first ran for governor. She wouldn't be so suspicious of the press, or so measured in her presentation, or so any one of a thousand other things, if she had been born a man.

The lengths we go to in order to rationalize this all will be seen, in retrospect, as extraordinary.

When the Bush administration was discovered to have erased millions of emails illegally sent by 22 administration officials through private, RNC-owned accounts, in order to thwart an investigation into the politically motivated firing of eight US attorneys, just one talk show covered it that Sunday.
Hillary  misogyny 
october 2016 by Quercki
Dangerous Women Speak Truth to Power in Patriarchy's Dying Breath
Dangerous Women Speak Truth to Power in Patriarchy's Dying Breath
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We are facing an online epidemic of violence against women. Of threats and harassment. We must #ReclaimTheInternet. 

Find out more at Dangerous Women Project.

Support Agnes Török's work on Patreon and Etsy.
death  rape  rape.culture  harassment  sexism  misogyny 
september 2016 by Quercki
Lafayette shooter John Russell Houser: History of domestic violence and hatred towards feminists.
As my colleague Ben Mathis-Lilley noted today at Slatest, there were 14 other gun-based murder-suicides in the past week in this country, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. If you look down the list of the killings, an unmistakable pattern pops out: “shot and killed his 37-year-old wife ... shot and killed his ex-wife ... shot and killed his 62-year-old wife ... shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend ... ” and so on. Most of these killings involve men killing women that they were in relationships with, had lost relationships with, or likely wanted relationships with but were rejected. This last week also featured a bizarre story of a woman who not only survived being kidnapped and raped by a man but also saw her boyfriend and a random other man killed in the rapist-murderer's rampage.

Hearing that some man's entitled attitude toward women led him to kill is so common that it hardly counts as newsworthy. We don't know exactly why Houser shot up a theater that was showing a movie written by an unapologetic feminist, but this moment should still be a wake-up call about the problem of misogynist violence in our culture. If we're not going to talk about gun control, then let's talk about how to get fewer men to see guns as the solution to their inchoate rage at women. 
men  murder  women  misogyny  violence  guns 
august 2016 by Quercki
The Disappearing Act | Hazlitt
In 1993, Margaret Rossiter coined a term for the forgotten women in science and, more generally, academia: The Matilda Effect. There was a pattern throughout history, she argued, of women who, when compared to men, failed to receive equal recognition or reputation for equal scientific achievement. These are the women whose names have been relegated to footnotes, or whose accomplishments have been scrubbed out like a blemish. “Not only have those unrecognized in their own time generally remained so,” Rossiter wrote, “but others that were well-known in their day have since been obliterated from history.” To look back at historic record, we might think that women hardly made any contribution to science at all—but that’s not the case.

Take one 11th century Italian physician named Trotula who gained both fame and respect in her own lifetime for treating women’s ailments. By the next century, a historian assumed someone so accomplished couldn’t be a woman and changed her pronoun and name to the masculine form. In the 20th century, her gender was reversed, but her occupation morphed to midwife. Textbooks abound with scientific discoveries that are credited to men, even when a woman is a co-discoverer or, more grievously, when she has made the first breakthrough.
women  science  history  misogyny 
august 2016 by Quercki
Roger Ailes And The Rampant Misogyny That Fuels Fox News
Fox News’ corporate image continues to unravel in public view as shocking stories tumble out about the hostile workplace environment that former CEO Roger Ailes allegedly cultivated for decades.

The claims first made by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who detailed the harassing office culture in her sexual harassment lawsuit filed July 6 (Ailes: “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better”), have now been joined by the increasingly disturbing and chilling claims being made by additional women against Ailes.

As outside attorneys finish up their investigation into claims of harassment inside Fox News, the picture being painted of the cable news channel is one where oversight was nonexistent; in fact, senior executives appear to have helped Ailes cover up his routine acts of lechery. 

During July, we learned that women claimed men who worked in positions of power at Fox News (namely Ailes, but not exclusively) groped women, kissed women against their will, made wildly inappropriate sexual comments (“Are you wearing any panties? I wish you weren't”), asked about female employees’ sex lives, pressured younger women to date older men in the office, made “jokes” about liking having women on their knees, promised promotions in exchange for sex, and cut short careers of women who took offense.
Fox  Roger_Ailes  sexual_harassment  misogyny 
august 2016 by Quercki
The Puzzling Vilification of Hillary, A Psychoanalyst's Perspective
In the media, Hillary is often viciously mocked for her hairdos, wearing only pant suits and looking matronly, while Bernie Sanders, with his bald pate surrounded by unkempt white hair is rarely criticized for his appearance.

The outrageous irony, in my opinion, is that such universal misogyny is the way that men, and to a lesser extent women, unconsciously protect themselves from the primordial fear of the awesome, vital power of their mothers in infancy. A reserved, ambitious woman like Hillary evokes this unconscious dreaded visage that threatens our psychic existence and engenders defensive hatred.
In a New York Times op-ed piece (May 22), Elizabeth Word Gutting said about Hillary: “...she is always the last woman standing. She has survived ceaseless attacks. It must get very tiring and yet she never flags.” “Sometimes I think that many people in this country are still scared to see a powerful woman.”
Hillary  unlikable  misogyny 
august 2016 by Quercki
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common -- The Cut
But if Trump and Gingrich are truly looking to stem terrorism and mass violence of the sort that happened in Nice, they might do better to look to a different kind of litmus test: domestic violence and grievances against women. Early reports suggest that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove a rented truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers on Thursday night, killing more than 80 including at least ten children, may not have been devout, but he did have a criminal record of domestic violence. A neighbor claimed he would “rant about his wife,” who left him two years ago.

This history of domestic violence puts Bouhlel in the horrific company of many mass murderers. Omar Mateen, who last month killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, had an extensive history of domestic abuse.
massacre  domestic_violence  misogyny  men 
july 2016 by Quercki
Report from the Field: Calling Out Actions Allows People to Grow | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
The only “mistake” she found was that she reported to her customer that his construction crew was not following through on her work orders. The customer knew his crew wouldn’t take direction from a woman and figured it was easier to change the engineer than to educate his crew.

Through her hurt, she asked me how I dealt with my issue. With a long sigh said I took the coward’s way out and left the company. She reminded me of the story I told her and that I didn’t leave that easily, and that I had conversations with my manager. Thankfully, a good friend will see your courage when you can’t see it yourself. What she wanted to know was how I got through those tough conversations without melting. At this point in our call, we were both sharing the bond of two people hurt, struggling for words, and openly crying like no one cared. She knew she could cry in front of me, but feared crying in front of her boss. This put me back in my previous manager’s office, where I wanted to slam my aircraft design textbook on his desk and make him kiss my college diploma (and take a photo for social media of course). But none of that happened. Instead, I cried, which wasn’t his language, and didn’t help my case. I had let my anger lead to hurt. What I needed to learn to do was to stop at anger and deflect the aggression back onto the aggressor. It was his ignorance, not mine, that caused the situation anyways.

For me, the slide from anger to hurt is short and quick, so I developed a go-to phrase. While I was working at that spirit crushing job, I would doodle on my notepad “not cool” what seemed to be a thousand times. This phrase was so natural and useful to me. Say a roommate leaves an empty roll of toilet paper and doesn’t replace it, not cool. Or maybe a date comments how you’d look really hot if you just worked out more, not cool. Workplace sexism comes to life with words, so I figured I could also fall back on language to suffocate these biases. My words had to be quick and natural so that I could easily get it off my tongue with confidence. I fell back on my trusted “not cool” when there was social behavior I want to call out. I’ve talked to others who use phrases like “check yourself,” “ouch,” “oh no you didn’t,” or “come again?” My friends and I have joked that we could throw it back to 90’s style Full House Stephanie Tanner and exclaim “how rude”.
SWE  sexism  solution  misogyny  engineering 
march 2016 by Quercki
Had Bernie been Bernadette — The heartbreaking truth about American patriarchy — Medium
I hoped that his presence would push Hillary to the left and make her better. Then, Bernie became an actual contender, which was exciting because it meant that millions of Americans actually want profound change, a tectonic shift that I want too. But nothing about supporting Bernie made me feel good. It didn’t make sense. He’s so lovable, and I love loving my candidates.
As Bernie gained momentum, his candidacy opened space for intolerable misogyny, including especially dispiriting vitriol from self-identified progressive men and women. It filled me with rage and sadness. The onslaught of venom directed toward a woman who played the any-means-necessary game of politics was a real trigger — where have all these player-haters been for the centuries this game has dominated our nation? Men have made Hillary’s choices, and far worse, on repeat, for all of our history, to little fanfare.
Are the sins of our institutions so terrible? Yes. Are those sins more terrible when committed by a woman? Seems so.
I never spoke about the Democratic candidates because it was so hard for me to reconcile not that I preferred Bernie but that my heart was broken for this woman I do not yearn to vote for. My heart was broken because even if we play by all the rules the boys set up, the boys demonize us for playing by the rules. Even if we fight for decades to have a spot, ultimately everybody decides, “Nah, thanks anyway, we’re going with the old white guy again.”
Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  patriarchy  misogyny 
march 2016 by Quercki
The debate over “Bernie Bros” isn’t about Bernie Sanders at all - Vox
A number of leftist (male) writers, pundits, and rank-and-file Sanders fans have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into changing the zero minds who believe that Sanders shouldn’t get to be president because they read on the internet that his supporters are an all-male strike force of online misogyny.

Back in October, Matt Bruenig took the nascent Bernie Bro gender critique seriously, rolling out a series of charts in Jacobin to prove that the real divide among Democratic primary voters is about age, not gender. He has stayed on the case ever since. Freddie deBoer, writing on his personal blog, assured Sanders supporters that they shouldn't worry that "a few dozen people on Twitter" could really be a problem for the candidacy of a Jewish socialist from Vermont. And now, of course, there is Greenwald warning of the false-flag operation by Clintonista journalists.

I am here to tell them that they can stand down: There’s no need to defend Sanders’s campaign against such charges or to attack Clinton's for secretly fomenting them. This isn't going to hurt Sanders, because that was never what this was about in the first place.

The kerfuffle over harassment by Sanders supporters isn’t about Bernie. Nor is it about who gets to be president or whose supporters are better. Rather, it’s about the way the Democratic primary — from TV media coverage to online debates that are only tangentially related — is just one more thing that tells American women the depressing truth about what’s it’s like to be a woman trying to do things in America today.
sexism  misogyny  Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  Clinton  politics 
february 2016 by Quercki
MIT professor explains: The real oppression is having to learn to talk to women
Here’s the thing: I spent my formative years—basically, from the age of 12 until my mid-20s—feeling not “entitled,” not “privileged,” but terrified. I was terrified that one of my female classmates would somehow find out that I sexually desired her, and that the instant she did, I would be scorned, laughed at, called a creep and a weirdo, maybe even expelled from school or sent to prison.
This is a critical passage, because it really lays out his thesis: That fear of rejection is a male-only experience, and one that is so awful that any suffering women have endured through history is a mere pittance compared to it. The possibility that women want love and attention and worry about being humiliated and denied simply has never occurred to him. I have some theories as to why.
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Because of my fears—my fears of being “outed” as a nerdy heterosexual male, and therefore as a potential creep or sex criminal—I had constant suicidal thoughts. As Bertrand Russell wrote of his own adolescence: “I was put off from suicide only by the desire to learn more mathematics.”
There are many women out there who are also crippled by social anxieties who would prefer to hide in their hobbies and interests. The difference is a) they can’t blame the entire opposite sex instead of themselves for their mental health issues and b) when they actually try to turn those interests and hobbies into professions, they are told by various social forces, both explicitly and implicitly, that their femaleness means they will always be second-rate at best. Being able to hide in mathematics is, in fact, a privilege, because it is one that has long been and continues in many ways, denied to women.
sexism  nerd  culture  rape.culture  misogyny  maleprivilege 
december 2015 by Quercki
On Nerd Entitlement
This is why Silicon Valley Sexism. This is why Pick Up Artists. This is why Rape Culture.

Scott, imagine what it's like to have all the problems you had and then putting up with structural misogyny on top of that. Or how about a triple whammy: you have to go through your entire school years again but this time you're a lonely nerd who also faces sexism and racism. This is why Silicon Valley is fucked up. Because it's built and run by some of the most privileged people in the world who are convinced that they are among the least. People whose received trauma makes them disinclined to listen to pleas from people whose trauma was compounded by structural oppression. People who don't want to hear that there is anyone more oppressed than them, who definitely don't want to hear that maybe women and people of colour had to go through the hell of nerd puberty as well, because they haven't recovered from their own appalling nerdolescence. People who definitely don’t want to hear that, smart as they are, there might be basic things about society that they haven’t understood, because they have been prevented from understanding by the very forces that caused them such pain as children.
sexism  nerd  culture  rape.culture  misogyny  maleprivilege 
december 2015 by Quercki
Biology Doesn't Write Laws: Hillary Clinton's Bathroom Break Wasn't As Trivial As Some Might Like to Think | Soraya Chemaly
People may think that women no longer face sexism in media or politics when they speak, but that ignores the very obvious fact that even before women say anything they have already, in split seconds, jumped through hundreds of "what if I said something about sexism" hoops. Can you imagine the backlash and media frenzy if Clinton had actually, in some detail, pointed out that the women's room was farther away or that there is often, especially at large public events like this debate, a line that women patiently wait in while men flit in and out and makes jokes about women's vanity? That the microaggressive hostility evident, structurally, in so many of our legacy public spaces is relevant to women every day. "Bathroom codes enforce archaic and institutionalized gender norms," wrote Princeton students Monica Shi & Amanda Shi about their school's systemic sexism this year.
misogyny  maleprivilege  toilets  knowing  Hillary 
december 2015 by Quercki
Words Matter | National Organization for Women
Throughout human history words and phrases have developed connotations far beyond their actual meanings. That said, just because a meaning isn’t listed under the word in question in the dictionary, doesn’t mean that connotation doesn’t shape the effect the word has.

Accusing women of shouting has long been used effectively to silence women in the workplace and in the public sphere. This is especially prominent with the societal trope of the “angry black woman.” This trope has been used over and over to tell the majorities that it’s okay not to listen to the valid complaints and outcries of black women over issues such as systemic racism and sexism if the listener deems woman’s “tone” or “volume” unacceptable or impolite. I was in the crowd during the Hillary Rally in Alexandria, VA, the day after the Benghazi hearing, when she said “[b]ut sometimes when women speak, people think we’re shouting.” This resonated with me, not because of a connection to Bernie Sanders’ comment during the debate about “all the shouting in the world” but because her statement describes real, lived experiences for me.

I have had fellow student leaders tell me to “stop shouting” when I was simply speaking about subjects I am passionate about. I have heard teachers chastise fellow female students in classes for “being too loud.” And I have seen headlines like this one from the Daily Mail based on research from Yale confirming that societal stereotype that when women are assertive they’re seen as aggressive. When women take charge they’re seen as bossy.

Even if Bernie Sanders wasn’t intentionally being sexist during the debate, he was utilizing a tactic that has long been used to silence women. Senator Sanders responded to Hillary’s calmly made points against him on gun rights by saying, “[a]s a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want…” That response implicitly links Hillary Clinton’s previous statement with “all the shouting in the world” even though she wasn’t shouting, and that link implies that it’s okay to ignore her remarks on his voting record because they were meaningless shouts.
shouting  Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  misogyny 
november 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Character
Bernie Sanders continues to assert that he is not fighting a dirty campaign of coded misogyny against Hillary Clinton. It's a pretty dubious claim, given that he keeps giving interviews where he says stuff like this:
Sanders also talked about his long-standing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in contrast to Clinton, who now opposes the deal she once called the "gold standard" of trade agreements. Consistency on issues like this "does speak to the character of a person," he said.

He also talked up his vote against authorizing the war in Iraq in 2002, remarking that "[i]t is important to see which candidates have the courage to cast tough votes, to take on very, very powerful interests."
So, Hillary Clinton is a coward of low character. On its face, that might seem like rote political rough-and-tumble—and it is, insomuch as calling out an opponent as a "flip-flopper" or suggesting they made a vote out of political expediency is common enough. It's pretty standard fare in US politics, irrespective of the reasons someone actually changed their position. Consistency isn't a strength if you were wrong in the first place.

But, again, the fact that Clinton is a woman matters. A straight white cis man going after a female candidate, or any marginalized person, with variations on "weak" and "poor character" has connotations that it doesn't when it's directed at another straight white cis man.

Those sorts of words carry with them a much more significant power to diminish when directed at someone who doesn't share the speaker's privilege, because saying a woman is weak invokes ancient misogynist stereotypes of female weakness. ("The weaker sex.") And questioning the character of a woman for changing her mind invokes ancient misogynist stereotypes of female fickleness, while doing so in the course of implying she's changed her mind for nefarious reasons invokes ancient misogynist stereotypes of female manipulativeness.

All of these stereotypes exist specifically to marginalize women. And a man can't use language that engages them and then claim that he's not trading on them. You don't get to pretend an entire history of narratives that define women as less than don't exist, because it's inconvenient for your campaign strategy.
Bernie_Sanders  misogyny  sexism  Hillary  dog-whistles 
november 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: "Inappropriate" Doesn't Begin to Cover It
Instead, all Sanders could muster was: "Every campaign has statements come out which are inappropriate. That was inappropriate. Clearly, I have a lot of respect for Secretary Clinton."

Actually, Senator, that's not very clear at all. Especially when you refuse to name what's happening here as misogyny, substituting instead a lesser, vague categorization of the comments as "inappropriate."

Yes, those comments were inappropriate. But the reason they were inappropriate is because they were sexist.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager and the man who made the shitty comments, wouldn't even acknowledge they were inappropriate. Instead, he offered: "It certainly, I think, could be interpreted as edgy or snarky but nothing more."

Edgy? Really? He went there. The tired defense of the most odious comics, trading in ancient stereotypes and calling it cutting edge humor.

And he didn't stop there. He then victim-blamed Clinton, laying the responsibility for his own misogyny at her feet, and at the feet of feminists who defend her against misogynistic attacks:
Bernie_Sanders  misogyny  Clinton  shouting 
october 2015 by Quercki
A Criminal Justice System That Won’t Police Itself, Can’t Be Trusted to Police Communities — Medium
To that end, there is one glaring and critical hole in everything I’ve read and heard this week: No one is talking about what it means that, in at least two self-reported surveys, up to forty percent — 40% — of police families experience domestic violence. There is no baseline for trust that does not aggressively address the fact that many of the people tasked with keeping us safe are, by their own admission, regularly endangering their own families. Nor is trust possible when these officers continue to be protected by the institutions authorized to uphold the law.
A criminal justice system in which officers are significantly more likely (estimates range from between four and 15 times the national average) to be involved in intimate partner violence does not serve its citizens safely and efficaciously.
A criminal justice system that allows more than 25% police officers accused of domestic violence, as is the case in Florida, to stay in their jobs does not serve its citizens safely and efficaciously.
domestic_violence  police  racism  misogyny  trust 
october 2015 by Quercki
'Gendertrolling' and Violence Against Abortion Providers: Cut From the Same Cloth
The “Recommendations for Change” chapter of Gendertrolling summation fits both targeting scenarios and addresses the need to bring about legal and cultural change. “As we have seen, those who are bent on harassing, abusing, and threatening women seem to have endless capacities for adapting their tactics to new mediums and new technologies,” she writes. “Strategies that advocate for cultural change have the best hope of being effective at eradicating the motivations of those who attack women by tackling the root of the problem: misogyny.”

The abortion storytelling movement and heightened visibility of clinic escorts who can recount the day-to-day bombardment that reproductive health-care facilities endure are tackling this aspect of provider targeting. As public opinion shifts on abortion care and the offensive tactics of picketers are made known, harassing providers will become increasingly unacceptable. Campaigns like #ShoutYourAbortion that highlight the crossover in motivation between the two types of targeting accelerate our shift toward widespread culture change.

Mantilla closes her book with the hope that those fighting back in multiple arenas can work together and be sure to tag in the next generation to amplify our efforts:
gender  trolls  misogyny  harassment  abortion 
october 2015 by Quercki
Astronomy and gender politics | Features | Yale Alumni Magazine
What she and her collaborators have found so far is that the most distant black holes—and therefore, the earliest black holes in the universe—are bigger than their more recent counterparts. Her tentative conclusion: “Black holes of high mass formed and grew first, then stopped, while the smaller-mass black holes we see today”—for example, the one at the center of our own galaxy—“probably grew much more recently.” This pattern is in fact similar to one that astronomers have noticed in galaxy evolution: “The biggest galaxies formed the earliest and are pretty much done with star formation, while lower-mass galaxies have relatively more star formation today.” Data from the YCAA surveys will continue to feed theorists’ ideas about galaxy evolution for years to come.

Her science alone, though, wouldn’t have made Urry a successful advocate on behalf of women in science. Urry’s not-so-secret weapon: the strength of her personality.

“She is a force of nature,” says Matt Mountain, the current director of STScI and a longtime colleague of Urry’s on panels and committees. “She doesn’t hold back from expressing her views.”

Urry knows her reputation. “I’m very good at being annoyed,” she agrees. She’s especially good at it when the subject is balancing career and family. When her two daughters were young and someone would remark on how fortunate she was to have a husband—Andrew Szymkowiak, an instrumental physicist at the YCAA—who was so willing to help out, Urry would say, “That’s how it should be! Fifty-fifty! It should be usual.” After a pause, she adds, “He may have done more than fifty.”

Mountain invited Urry to chair a committee on workplace conditions when he became the director of STScI in 2005. He had inherited a science staff of 80, only two of whom were women.
astronomy  STEM  Urry  gender  misogyny 
october 2015 by Quercki
Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity | Soraya Chemaly
School's in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against "a university near Philadelphia." The threat was posted on 4chan, an anonymous message board, on Friday, the day after a murder-suicide that left 10 people dead in yet another campus shooting. Today's threat, echoing other comments, praised the Oregon shooter for being part of a "Beta Rebellion," a beta being a weak, unattractive man who lacks confidence and can't get a girl. An unnamed police official described the Oregon shooter this way, "He didn't have a girlfriend, and he was upset about that. He comes across thinking of himself as a loser. He did not like his lot in life, and it seemed like nothing was going right for him."

Prior to last week's mass shooting, the gunman allegedly also wrote a 4-chan warning, "Don't go to school tomorrow if you are in the Northwest." Among the responses, many encouraging him or glorifying mass killing, was the comment "You might want to target a girls (sic) school which is safer because there are no beta males throwing themselves for their rescue." Another read, "//r9K needs a new martyr alongside our hallowed Elliot," a reference to Elliot Rodger.  Like Rodger, it appears the Oregon school shooter felt let down by life and women.
massacre  misogyny  murder  toxic  masculinity 
october 2015 by Quercki
Crash Override Network // Combating Online Hate
Our network works preventatively and reactively, warning targets and working with them during episodes of harassment to keep them safe and provide them with the means to reduce harm and rebuild, as well as disempower their harassers. We understand that every case of online harassment is unique in terms of its targets, aggressors, and circumstances, and that no one plan of survival is suitable for everyone. We instead work with clients to tailor a unique plans of action, informed by our own experience and prior success in the field.
online  harassment  abuse  privacy  internet  misogyny  ****  twitter 
june 2015 by Quercki
John Oliver: Tackling online misogyny.
There’s a trick in our brains that makes all this hard to fight: We tend to listen to people who are like us, and not listen (or not listen well) to those who aren’t. In this case, that means that some men may not hear this message from women talking about it. But if a man says the same thing, it gets traction. I hate that this is the case, but it means these groups can use vocal advocates, allies, among men.

That’s why I write about this as well. I’m a middle-aged white guy, and pretty much the bull’s-eye demographic for a lot of the problems faced by women, minorities, and other marginalized groups. My hope is that if I speak up, others will as well.

As I’ve done before, I’ll make this simple. Men (and anyone, of course): Don’t do this. Don’t threaten, harass, doxx, or SWAT. It’s grossly, morally wrong.

I’ll note it’s also massively ironic, since it so face-palmingly proves the point that we really do need feminism.
misogyny  sexual_harassment  solution  *** 
june 2015 by Quercki
Suspect identified in attacks on Asian women
In another post entitled "Rejected Too Many Times," published June 18 but purportedly written June 7, Shaw elaborates about an "independent civil war" and his intention to "hit over a million Asian Women in the face."

I’ve been rejected by Women my entire life. I never understood why, but whenever I stopped to woo- I always ended up getting the same excuse every single time. Sorry I have a Boyfriend or Sorry I’m in a rush. Some Women even ignored me completely. It got really bad. This weekend I decided to talk to over 150 Asian Women, which ended horribly. I had to punch a White dude in the mouth for kicking me. I followed two asian girls around SoHo just to see why they’re lives are ten times more important than a Black Mans in America. Unfortunately that didn’t end well. By the end of the night I really decided to fight my battle using violence. Humans don’t understand me. I see tons of Asian Women walking around with White Men and I never understood how they even made it on a date, if I’m trying so hard just to get one number. I’ve been rejected so much I feel absolutely numb. Tonight was the night I realized that Humans found racism popular. Now the whole World Hates me because I’m African American.

Around 8PM. I realized that I would have to use violence in order get the response that I desire. By starting an independent civil war where I will hit over a million Asian Women in the face with a stick will change history. I understand that Asian Women are afraid of African American Men and most of the time they never even touched the skin of a Black Man. I have no choice, but to react this way. Everyday people hurt my feelings and its not fair. Truthfully, I feel so much better after hitting an asian Woman in the face with a steel rod. It was the greatest achievement of my life
racism  misogyny  objectification  entitlement  Asian  Black 
june 2015 by Quercki
It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males - Salon.com
I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.”

We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that he suffered from any specific mental illness, or that he suffered from a mental illness at all.

We do have statistics showing that the vast majority of people who commit acts of violence do not have a diagnosis of mental illness and, conversely, people who have mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.

We know that the stigma of people who suffer from mental illness as scary, dangerous potential murderers hurts people every single day — it costs people relationships and jobs, it scares people away from seeking help who need it, it brings shame and fear down on the heads of people who already have it bad enough.

But the media insists on trotting out “mental illness” and blaring out that phrase nonstop in the wake of any mass killing. I had to grit my teeth every time I personally debated someone defaulting to the mindless mantra of “The real issue is mental illness” over the Isla Vista shootings.
massacre  mental  illness  racism  sexism  misogyny 
june 2015 by Quercki
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