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How I Learned to Stop Asking Female Candidates About Sexism - Rebecca Traister
Here is the reality: Of course everyone who is not white or male and aims to represent and govern within a world built by, for, and expecting only white men has their path shaped in one way or another by their difference. That doesn’t mean they always suffer for it. Some play into it and serve a white patriarchal model; some defy it, and in their defiance, attract admirers.

But Elizabeth Warren cannot say to Alex Thompson that the suggestion that she work as a “cheerleader” for the agency that she invented and built while someone else runs it is sexist, even though of course it is sexist. It’s so sexist that in the dictionary under the word “sexist” there should be a picture of someone saying aloud that the woman who made a federal bureau should work not as its boss but as its “cheerleader.”

But for Warren to just say this basic, banal, true thing would be an enormous risk. Because as soon as she said it, she would be cast by everyone made uncomfortable by the acknowledgment of sexism and racism (i.e., a hell of a lot of people) as a whining victim.

This is the bleakest, realest reality.
sexism  feminism  politics  women  journalism  misogyny 
4 weeks ago by emmacarlson
Short One Star, U.S. Women Just Called for Another - The New York Times
Press’s toolbox of skills has led some to wonder if she should be the team’s regular starter on the left wing, over Rapinoe. Press, who meditates before and after every training session, described her competition with Rapinoe as supportive and healthy, and described herself as someone perfectly at peace with her situation.

“Before we played the France game, I kind of looked in the mirror and thought like, I’m so much more ready for this than I have been for any other big moment in my career, ready for whatever role, however many minutes I get,” she said this week. “I feel prepared. I feel confident. And it feels very good.”

play like you're going to make the difference
women  competition  sports  meditation  psychology  mentalprep  worldcup 
7 weeks ago by emmacarlson
Rich white men rule America. How much longer will we tolerate that for? | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian
excellent summary of the undemocratic and almost insurmountable issues facing the US

There is no reason to respect the legitimacy of this kind of political decision, in which those in power show no sign of having listened to the people they’re deciding on behalf of. Though plenty in the pro-life movement are female, the people who will be most affected are nowhere in the debate. Unfortunately, structural problems with the US government mean that we’re heading for an even more undemocratic future.

White men have never made up the majority of the US population, and yet from the country’s beginnings they have made up most of its political decision-makers. The constitution itself is an outrageously undemocratic document. People today are bound by a set of procedural rules that were made without the input of women, African Americans or native people. The framers quite deliberately constructed a system that would prevent what they called “tyranny of the majority” but what is more accurately called “popular democracy”.

That set of rules has been very effective at keeping the American populace from exercising power. James Madison was explicit about the function of the United States Senate – it was “to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority”.

Though popular opinion may overwhelmingly favor universal healthcare and more progressive taxation, these policies are said to be “politically impossible” because the millionaires who populate Congress do not favor them.

We hear a lot about how the electoral college, the US supreme court and gerrymandered districts are undermining democratic rule. But it’s worth reflecting on just how deep the disenfranchisement really is. The supreme court is the highest branch of government, in that it can overturn the decisions of the other two branches. It consists of just nine people, all of whom went to Harvard or Yale and two-thirds of whom are men.

The implications here are extreme. It simply doesn’t matter where the people of the US stand on union dues, campaign finance reform, or abortion. What matters is the opinion of nine elites, in many cases appointed by presidents who did not win the popular vote. A constitution written by slaveholders is being interpreted by a tiny room full of elites who have been given no meaningful popular approval. When you step back and look at the situation objectively, it’s utterly farcical to call the US government democratic.

But demographic changes do not automatically change the power structure, and it’s likely that we’ll see a conservative white minority taking extreme steps to cling to power in the coming decades. That’s why you see new voter ID laws and resistance to restoring voting rights to felons who have served their sentence. That’s why state legislatures draw districts in a way that ensures the party that gets the most votes doesn’t necessarily get the most seats.

It’s very hard to undo gerrymandered districts or loosen campaign finance laws if the whole point of these measures is to keep the left out of power.

Conservatives will continue to push unpopular policies on an unwilling United States. But it’s unclear how long people will accept having decisions made for them by a few dozen rich white men.
sexism  racism  misogyny  abortion  women  politics  gerrymandering  power 
may 2019 by emmacarlson
Elizabeth Warren's Charisma-Competence Double-Bind - The Atlantic
women in traditional roles—say, housewives—are generally perceived as warm but incompetent. But women who defy these traditional stereotypes and prove their competence in a male-dominated sphere—say, women soldiers, businesspeople, or politicians—are frequently deemed cold and unfriendly.
sexism  mysogyny  politics  women  campaign 
april 2019 by emmacarlson
Voices On Addiction: A Conversation With Eva Hagberg Fisher - The Rumpus.net
"Also, I woke up the other day really anxious about the book coming out. I can really buy into my own fear, and then I judge myself for it. I think, So few people get to do this at all. You should be grateful. And my highest self is grateful, but my lowest self is a ball of anxiety. So I went and hung out with some other people in recovery and a lot of them talked about fear. And I realized, Oh, I’m just feeling fear. It’s really no different from anyone else’s fear. Early on in recovery, my working belief was that I needed to be ripped apart and reconstituted. And in a way, I was. I mean, that’s what happens. But now, eleven and a half years in, I’m more likely to say to myself, “Hey buddy. You’re doing a great job. Are you afraid? Of course you’re afraid. This is scary.”"

"As much as I write and think and talk about myself, in many ways I’m utterly surprised by myself and my emotional way of being in the world. I don’t actually have that much access to my experience as it happens. I need other people around me to be like, “Hey. It seems like you’re a little sad,” or whatever. Because my self-conception is that I am capable of literally everything, and impervious to anxiety or depression."


" I wanted to use illness as the vehicle for the observations and arguments that I wanted to make about our culture. Ironically, I don’t have any arguments to make about female pain. There are writers already doing that so extraordinarily well. I mean, Maya Dusenbery’s book Doing Harm is the only evidence I will ever need for understanding the cultural and historical way in which women’s bodies have been treated. She does incredible research and just lays out the case with history and passion. Something I learned from her is that medicine and medical treatments have all been tested on men because women’s bodies are seen as too complicated. People will try and test something on a woman and then say “Well, this is too hard. There are too many variables. Let’s just study it on men and then still prescribe it to women.” I don’t have much to add to those kinds of observations. But I think women have suffered a lot and women continue to suffer a lot, and maybe we’re talking about it more, or believing ourselves."
psychology  illness  women  medicine  health  feminism  writing  memoir 
april 2019 by emmacarlson
Listening to Women's Bodies | by Anna Altman | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Sounds like an excellent podcast about the range of women's health experiences, what's normal, what's not researched, how we and the medical community respond (some good references), sexism, not asking. Teaching daughters about sex.

Done by a woman with her mother.
podcast  body  medicine  health  women  research  parenting 
january 2019 by emmacarlson
What white people – and white feminists – get wrong about race
White Fragility' author Robin DiAngelo asks why white people are so 'fragile' discussing race
racism  women  feminism 
december 2018 by emmacarlson
Michelle Wolf Calls Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Lies at the WHCD
best summary of how the press corps are assholes for defending Sanders when Wolf didn't even do what they say she did (go after Sanders' looks)
politics  comedy  humor  women  sexism  comedian 
may 2018 by emmacarlson
These Eight Women Doctors Are Making Political History And No One Is Talking About It
You need an 80% chance of winning (by what measure?) to get any funding? WTF? Including from Emily's List?
politics  economics  women  feminism 
december 2017 by emmacarlson
Motherhood's big secret, and why we need to talk about it. — Mindr
On how motherhood makes women more competent and able and focused - and data agrees. Rights for women in the workplace and how to do it.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently wrote that her career success happened not despite, but because of, being a mother. Law and motherhood, she said, each provided her a respite from the other. They gave her a fresh perspective, and a sense of proportion that many of her colleagues lacked.  
women  parenting  babies  politics 
december 2017 by emmacarlson
How the ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works - The New York Times
NYC marathon winner and her running club in Portland that supports women
women  mentoring  athletics  running 
november 2017 by emmacarlson
Women Aren't Obligated to Date Conservatives - Federalist Reaction Op-Ed
"When men won’t date women, women assume the problem is with them. When women won’t date men, men also assume the problem is with women."
feminism  women  dating  sexism  misogyny 
october 2017 by emmacarlson
What's Behind America's Maternal Death Rate? : NPR
Unreal: all the money goes to infant life preservation while the US has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality of any civilized country.
infants  childbirth  medicine  women  parenting  health  mortality 
may 2017 by emmacarlson
Not Wanting Kids Is Entirely Normal - Jessica Valenti - The Atlantic
stats on unexpected pregnancy vs. planned and how parents treat the resulting kids
parenting  women  birthcontrol  kids  mothers 
january 2017 by emmacarlson
Cindy Gallop Doesn't Care What You Think | Agency News - AdAge
"I consider myself a proud member of one of the most invisible segments of the population: older women. So I want to redefine how I live my life in a way that defies what an older woman should look like, talk like, think like, work like, be like and fuck like. I am going to talk about all of this because we don't have enough role models in society for women and men that demonstrate you can live your life in a very different way than society expects you to and still be extremely happy."
women  business  career  genderequality  sexism  advertising  inspiration 
september 2016 by emmacarlson
Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas - The New York Times
Cogent point about men wanting tame women as wives but more for their female children.
sexism  parenting  trump  politics  women  misogyny 
july 2016 by emmacarlson
Who Blames the Victim? - The New York Times
It comes down to "individualizing" (perpetrator, victim) vs. "binding" values (social purity). Unfortunately, the research tends to the extremes - like Islamic law - vs. assholes in Kansas, but it does offer a couple counter-intuitive pragmatics.
women  rape  crime  sexism  misogyny  morality  religion  psychology  sociology 
june 2016 by emmacarlson
There's no such thing as a stay-at-home mom.
Argument: that most moms who stay home also work. Not housework: work. Not super convincing.
women  parentings  moms  workingmothers  stayathomemoms 
june 2016 by emmacarlson
Did Hillary’s Campaign Have to Be This Hard? -- NYMag
"As a young Hillary hater, I often compared her to Darth Vader — more machine than woman, her humanity ever more shrouded by Dark Side gadgetry. These days, I think of her as General Leia: No longer a rebel princess, she has made a wry peace with her rakish mate and her controversial hair and is hard at work, mounting a campaign against the fascistic First Order."
hillary  politics  women  misogyny  feminism 
june 2016 by emmacarlson
What's Working: Technology For A Healthier Future
A laundry list of new ideas that are making a big impact in the world of women, health, children, etc. Ideas that work.
ideas  entrepreneurship  tech  women  children  charity 
january 2016 by emmacarlson
Pay Women the Money They Need to Make the Culture — Matter — Medium
Important summary of how 2015 was an important year - but hugely upsetting in how it highlighted how shut out women still are and how unequal things are.
women  sexism  culture  art  career  writing  mysogyny 
january 2016 by emmacarlson
The Pope’s Unforgiving Message of Forgiveness on Abortion - The New York Times
Women are not, by and large, ashamed of their abortions, so framing the issue as something in need of forgiveness is insulting.
women  sexism  abortion  health  catholicism  religion  mysogyny 
october 2015 by emmacarlson
Miss America, My Guilty Pleasure - The New York Times
Jennifer Weiner is a fan of Ms. American pageant and judging women - in front of her daughters.
sexism  parenting  girls  women  mysogyny 
september 2015 by emmacarlson
If America really valued mothers, we wouldn’t treat them like this - Vox
Nice brief summary of the deification of mothers that trumps actual support for mothers in the US.
women  feminism  sexism  paid  leave  mother's  day  politics 
may 2015 by emmacarlson
Racial And Ethnic Gaps Remain A Big Question in Medicine | FiveThirtyEight
Studies aren't done with women or minorities, ergo medicine can't treat their illnesses the way they do white men. WTF.
racism  medicine  women  mysogyny  health  feminism  biotech 
may 2015 by emmacarlson
10 Words Every Girl Should Learn | Alternet
Not very well-written, but a couple ideas for what girls should learn to combat male-dominated conversations.
gender  sexism  women  language 
april 2015 by emmacarlson
Medicating Women’s Feelings - NYTimes.com
Women are more likely to seek (and be prescribed) psychiatric medication to flatten out their emotional experience and bring it more in line with male experience.
psychology  health  women  medication  medicine  sexism 
march 2015 by emmacarlson
Women are leaving the tech industry in droves - LA Times
Pulling women and girls into tech is admirable, but the ones who are there don't stay because of blatant marginalization and sexism.
women  tech  genderbias  technology  feminism  career  mysogyny  kids  STEM 
march 2015 by emmacarlson
Commuting: The Real Reason Women Don't Lean In | Acumen | OZY
Women bear the burden of longer commutes (errands, childcare pick-up at prime times).
sexism  women  career  feminism 
february 2015 by emmacarlson
Maternity Leave: U.S. Policies Still Fail Workers - Businessweek
Fascinating piece on the failure of maternity leave here, but also how women in Sweden still lag behind in pay and promotion, despite their progressive policies.
babies  kids  mothers  parents  medicine  politics  maternity  Sweden  women  mysogyny  sexism 
february 2015 by emmacarlson
How My Employer Put the "FML" in FMLA
What the fuck is wrong with this country? Family leave comes undone at universities as well.
feminism  sexism  misogyny  women  pregnancy  family  leave 
november 2014 by emmacarlson
Satya Nadella’s Advice on Raises Stirs Wider Discussion Among Women - NYTimes.com
On women's asking for raises as a double-edged sword: they don't negotiate so they don't get them...but when they do, they're penalized because women aren't supposed to be aggressive.
women  feminism  career  jobs  equal  pay 
october 2014 by emmacarlson
A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture — Human Parts — Medium
A letter to other men on how to undermine rape culture as a man - even if you're not the assaulter.
feminism  gender  rapeculture  women 
june 2014 by emmacarlson
An open letter to the future Mrs. Clooney: Congrats on proving Princeton Mom wrong | New York Post
"There’s no greater aphrodisiac than a happy woman with a full life, who is passionate about something besides getting a ring on her finger. Just ask George Clooney."
feminism  women  celebrity  clooney 
may 2014 by emmacarlson
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