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Smart Justice: An Animated Series on Vimeo
Three short videos: 1) Life w/o parole, 2) Life after incarceration, and 3) Bail
prisons  race  women  gender  inequalities  videos 
11 weeks ago by oripsolob
Opinion | Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office - The New York Times
As a psychologist who works with teenagers, I hear this concern often from the parents of many of my patients. They routinely remark that their sons do just enough to keep the adults off their backs, while their daughters relentlessly grind, determined to leave no room for error. The girls don’t stop until they’ve polished each assignment to a high shine and rewritten their notes with color-coded precision.

We need to ask: What if school is a confidence factory for our sons, but only a competence factory for our daughters?
gender  education  inequalities  sociology 
11 weeks ago by oripsolob
Photo series asks teens to edit photos until they're 'social media ready' - INSIDER
A photo series has shown the lengths some young people go to to edit their appearance before posting pictures on social media platforms like Instagram — and the results are pretty shocking.

The project, entitled Selfie Harm, saw renowned British photographer Rankin photograph 15 British teens aged 13-19.

The teens were then asked to spend five minutes editing the photo until they thought it looked "social media-ready."

The shots show not only how simple it is to change your appearance in a few minutes (thanks to the plethora of apps available nowadays), but also the pressure young people are under to look a certain way.
sociology  Social  Media  inequalities  gender  photos  editor 
11 weeks ago by oripsolob
Submit a comment — Hands Off IX
Could this be used even after the public comment period has expired? Could it be used for both sides of the debate?
women  gender  sociology 
12 weeks ago by oripsolob
Title IX Public Comment Period Set To End : NPR
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?

The Department of Education has been inundated with approximately 100,000 public comments on its proposed new rules for how campuses handle cases of sexual assault. Secretary Betsy DeVos opened the public comment period two months ago, after unveiling her plan to replace Obama-era rules with regulations that, she says, would better protect the accused. The window for comments closes Wednesday at midnight.

Many who have weighed in praise the new rules for "restoring sanity" and fairness to the process but many more are critical.
gender  women  sociology  NPR 
12 weeks ago by oripsolob
Inside the Organizations That Support Accused Campus Rapists - Glamour
Nice nuance on the issue of "false accusations":

"False rape accusation is a hot-button topic. We don’t know the exact percentage of rape allegations that are false–many feminists claim it’s 2 percent, though this is likely a low estimate, as it’s based on a study that counts only cases where the accusation is provably false. On the other end of the spectrum, True from Save Our Sons cites a statistic that one in three students found guilty of sexual misconduct through Title IX hearings are in fact innocent—a statistic that comes from a UCLA study that focused on mathematical probability of false accusations without analyzing actual cases.

“Based on the large number of emails I receive, I have a sense that false accusations are common among ex-girlfriends for various reasons, but usually out of revenge or jealously,” says True. “And also, college girls accuse either gender when they want a political advantage, like a limited graduate school slot, or an RA position.”

Men’s rights activists often cite a statistic that 41 percent of rape allegations are false, but this can’t be verified. Nor can much frequently cited data on sexual violence. There are too many complicated issues at play, such as true victims recanting because of external pressure or cases being dropped for lack of evidence."
gender  women  sociology 
12 weeks ago by oripsolob
Why we still need John Berger’s Ways of Seeing | Dazed
But it’s Berger’s discussion of how we look at women which resonates most strongly in our current image-obsessed society. Today, the idea of the male gaze may seem well established, and Berger and his all-male team didn’t claim to invent the concept which would later be christened by film critic Laura Mulvey.
gender  women  sociology  inequalities  Video  tv  advertising 
january 2019 by oripsolob
Peter van Agtmael’s Eye on America - The New York Times
“There’s this pressure that war can be a shortcut to becoming a man that was appealing,” he explained. “I understood war was screwed up, but I also liked the idea of being respected for bravery,” he said, adding, “along with other dark and immature reasons.”

In his early stints, he said, he looked at the war mainly from the perspective of an American on the front lines. But he soon realized that the war was more about America in the Middle East and the people who lived there. Those people, he said, were the ones affected by it, the ones “who we generally refuse to see as three-dimensional human beings.”

As the wars continued, he said, he grew more interested in knowing what it was about America that made it “keep on fighting these reckless wars in reckless ways.”

In truth, he knew little about his own country.

“I started discovering America while on embeds in Iraq and Afghanistan because I was suddenly seeing a cross culture of race and class in American society that I hadn’t been exposed to growing up,” he said.
photography  conference  2018  War  gender  race  class 
december 2018 by oripsolob
Exclusive: we re-ran polls from 1991 on Anita Hill, this time on Christine Blasey Ford - Vox
The answer might seem obvious, but some of Kavanaugh’s defenders have argued that he should be confirmed — even if guilty. The understandably pseudonymous Federalist contributor Soren Midgley has argued that “what we know about Kavanaugh’s record for the last 30 years of his life tells us the realized negative consequences would be minimal if he were actually guilty.” Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle has gone further, stating, “I would be cool with a teen murderer getting a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”

Americans at large took a different stand in October 1991, and take a mostly identical one today. In both cases, a minority of 31-33 percent say that the allegations, if true, shouldn’t disqualify Thomas/Kavanaugh from the court, while 67-69 percent argue they should.

It’s easy, especially in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and #MeToo, to assume that the American public takes allegations of sexual harassment and assault more seriously than it did decades ago. And some parts of our survey confirm that, especially the findings that American voters think less of Trump and of senators who support Kavanaugh.

But in the crucial matter of whether a true accusation of sexual assault is important enough to derail a nomination, things haven’t changed much since 1991.

In part because of the demographic makeup of the parties, there are significant gaps based on age, race, and church attendance as well. Eighty-four percent of black respondents and 75 percent of Hispanic respondents say a true allegation is enough to reject, compared to 66 percent of whites. 78 percent of people between 18 and 30 said a true allegation would be enough, compared to 63 percent of people 66 or older.
politics  gender  women  inequalities  history  sociology 
october 2018 by oripsolob
The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles - Vox
Here are the basic ideas embedded in this plot:

• Girls who drink are asking for it. Girls who have sex are asking for it. Girls who go to parties are asking for it. They are asking for it even if they only drink and have sex and party with their monogamous boyfriends. Whatever happens to that kind of girl as a result is funny.

• Boys are owed girls. A good guy will help his nerdy bro to get a girl. Her consent is not necessary or desired.

• To avoid being the kind of girl who gets raped, you need to earn male approval. If you earn male approval, other girls might be raped, but you won’t be, and that will prove that you are special.

• Once you earn male approval, it can be taken away — as Caroline’s goes away once Jake tires of her — and then you’ll go from being the kind of girl who doesn’t get raped to the kind of girl who does.

• A good guy can participate in this whole system and remain an unsullied dream guy.

• The kind of girl who gets raped has no right to complain about what happens to her. Also it isn’t rape.

That’s how mainstream culture presented rape, and thus affirmed rape culture, in 1984.
culture  sociology  movies  gender  inequalities 
october 2018 by oripsolob
YAMOTFABAATA - Gnomic Book
You Are Masters Of The Fish And Birds And All The Animals
Books  photography  gender  sociology 
july 2018 by oripsolob
Feminist Frequency — Critical Commons
A collection of clips from Anita Sarkeesian analyzing the gender politics of commercial television
tv  gender  sociology 
may 2018 by oripsolob
The US fertility rate just hit a historic low - Vox
It’s not yet clear exactly what’s driving the trend, and the CDC authors don’t offer any guesses. Some, like the economist Lyman Stone, have suggested America’s “historic collapse in childbearing” is being driven by the fact that society isn’t organized to support women having all the babies they’d like to. Others have blamed the economy.

Whatever the cause, the Hill authors warned a low birthrate is another contributor to the “aging society” in the US — where the proportion of the population over 65 is greater than the proportion under age 15 — and that the effects of the low birthrate “will reverberate for years to come.”

But there are also two pieces of good news embedded in the data, especially for women. It turns out the decline in fertility is largely being driven by a dramatic drop in teen births and women joining the workforce. Second, America is simply looking more like its economic peers when it comes to the fertility rate — and that can be partially explained by the drop in unintended pregnancies.
sociology  gender  women  children  history 
may 2018 by oripsolob
The Blunder Years
Molly Ringwald revisits the Breakfast Club with her daughter. Start at 38:16 for a 16 minute clip.
sociology  movies  gender  inequalities  radio 
may 2018 by oripsolob
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
In praise of hobbies: "In the developed nations of the 21st century, convenience — that is, more efficient and easier ways of doing personal tasks — has emerged as perhaps the most powerful force shaping our individual lives and our economies. This is particularly true in America, where, despite all the paeans to freedom and individuality, one sometimes wonders whether convenience is in fact the supreme value."
Technology  history  gender  labor 
february 2018 by oripsolob
The female price of male pleasure
The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears.

When Babe.net published a pseudonymous woman's account of a difficult encounter with Aziz Ansari that made her cry, the internet exploded with "takes" arguing that the #MeToo movement had finally gone too far. "Grace," the 23-year-old woman, was not an employee of Ansari's, meaning there were no workplace dynamics. Her repeated objections and pleas that they "slow down" were all well and good, but they did not square with the fact that she eventually gave Ansari oral sex. Finally, crucially, she was free to leave.

Why didn't she just get out of there as soon as she felt uncomfortable? many people explicitly or implicitly asked.

It's a rich question, and there are plenty of possible answers. But if you're asking in good faith, if you really want to think through why someone might have acted as she did, the most important one is this: Women are enculturated to be uncomfortable most of the time. And to ignore their discomfort.

This is so baked into our society I feel like we forget it's there. To steal from David Foster Wallace, this is the water we swim in.
culture  gender  sex  sociology  inequalities 
january 2018 by oripsolob
Americans see different expectations for men and women | Pew Research Center
The public has very different views about what society values most in men and what it values in women. While many say that society values honesty, morality and professional success in men, the top qualities for women are physical attractiveness and being nurturing and empathetic.
gender  inequalities  women  sociology 
december 2017 by oripsolob
Be The Change : NPR
A couple tries to break the norm of raising their child in a gendered manner.
NPR  radio  Podcast  sociology  gender  inequalities 
october 2017 by oripsolob
Will people start becoming single again in their mid-30s? Don’t count on it. - The Washington Post
Social scientist Bella DePaulo, author of “How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century,” helped shine some light on data from the Census Bureau regarding the marital status of the masses.

“From the ages of 18-19 all the way up to 65-74, there are more men than women who have never been married,” DePaulo told me via email. “That can be explained in part by the fact that men who marry for the first time are generally older than women who marry for the first time. So for the younger ages especially, there will be a greater percentage of men than women who have never been married. The biggest disparity (greater percentage of never-married men than never-married women) occurs for the 25-29 and 30-34 age groups.”

“A woman I met once told me that men are like avocados. They’re not ripe, they’re not ripe, they’re not ripe. . . . Then they’re suddenly very ripe, and then they go bad,” said Andrea Silenzi, host of “Why Oh Why,” a podcast that explores dating in a digital age. “For me, dating college grads with careers in the New York City area, that age of ripeness seems to be [around] 30 years old. After you miss that window, it’s like sorting through the last avocados in the bin. They’re all either too hard to too mushy.”

More anecdotally, Silenzi thinks 30 might also be the age when singles feel ready to partner up. “If we’re talking about sweeping generalizations, I think it’s because of how straight men and straight women approach adulthood,” she said. “I think women graduate from college and expect to discover adulthood — get a couch, get a dog — with a partner. While men want to arrive in adulthood and then take dating seriously. So until they arrive, that’s why things like ‘ghosting’ exist. They’re not treating their dating partners like they’re looking for long-term compatibility.”
marriage  sociology  attraction  gender 
august 2017 by oripsolob
NYTimes: Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls
Stereotypically macho messages limit children’s understanding of what it means to be a father, a man and a boy, as well.
gender  sociology  inequalities 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
I guess what I would like people to start thinking about is how this new legal standard of paranoid parenting enshrines a kind of class privilege. Besides the fact that it is irrational, the idea that you must watch your child every single second until they turn 18 is deeply classist. It's not something you can even aim for unless you have a whole lot of money, and probably not a lot of children. For parents who are working, who have more than one child, who need to get something else done during the day — to say nothing of single parents — that model of parenting is absurd.

The relevant "danger" should be legally defined in terms of actual, immediate, demonstrable risk, rather than left up to the unexamined intuitions of bystanders, social workers, police officers or other individuals who may think something must be dangerous when it is actually quite safe. For example, eight times more children are killed in parking lots than in parked cars. See: "Availability heuristic" and "self-efficacy"
children  sociology  inequalities  class  npr  gender  psychology 
august 2016 by oripsolob
Interview: Rebecca Traister, Author Of 'All The Single Ladies' : NPR
One of the most startling statistics is that today only 20 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 are married, and that compares to 60 percent in 1960. The other figure that I find very startling, in part because it was so resilient for so long, is the median age of first marriage for women. From the time they started recording it — which was 1890 — until 1980, that median age of first marriage for women fluctuated only between 20 and 22. ... In 1990 it jumped to over 23, which is a huge jump from having been in that small range for so long. Today, for women, it is over 27. So if you're just looking at the sort of historical picture, there's this relatively flat line for almost 100 years and now there's not just a jump over that line, but way over that line.
npr  women  inequalities  marriage  sociology  gender 
march 2016 by oripsolob
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