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Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds - The Washington Post
s they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players.

Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

...Kasumovic argues that video games actually make incredible proxies for studying real-life behavior — Halo 3, especially.

There are three things you should know about the game, for the purpose of understanding this study: (1) players are anonymous, and the possibility of “policing individual behavior is almost impossible”; (2) they only encounter each other a few times in passing — it’s very possible to hurl an expletive at another player, and never “see” him or her again; and (3) finally, and perhaps predictably, the sex-ratio of players is biased pretty heavily toward men. (A 2014 survey of gender ratios on Reddit found that r/halo was over 95 percent male.)

That should sound a whole lot like a lot of other, frequently sexist online spaces: Think Twitter. Or Reddit. Or 4chan.

In each of these environments, Kasumovic suggests, a recent influx of female participants has disrupted a pre-existing social hierarchy. That’s okay for the guys at the top — but for the guys at the bottom, who stand to lose more status, that’s very threatening. (It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.)
Netizens  incels  alt-right  fake-news 
2 hours ago
Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny by Sarah Banet-Weiser - MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture
by: Isabelle McNeill , January 24, 2020

In April 2019, the Swedish streetwear brand Weekday released their Weekday Swim campaign, directed by Sara S. Boljak, an artist and photographer who also runs a lesbian strip club in Stockholm. Boljak was given complete creative freedom to create the publicity material for Weekday’s Spring/Summer 2019 swimwear collection, which she produced with an all-women collective of photographers, musicians, animators, make-up artists and models. The resulting advertising images show women viewed intimately from un unusual overhead perspective, against a cream, watery backdrop. Wearing the minimalist swimwear, the women’s differences and individual traits are emphasised (hairstyle or shaved head, tattoos, body shape, skin colour) as well as their togetherness: the women are shown touching or in connecting patterns, in groups or pairs. They create interesting shapes, tessellating or linking in a chain of bodies and outstretched hands. Sensual pleasure is evoked in the women’s glowing skin, the liquid surrounding them (enhanced in the video by Florynce Love’s fluid electro music and Amalie Smed’s motion graphics), the tangle of limbs embracing in togetherness. [1] In interviews, Boljak said that Weekday had given her, ‘the chance to rewrite and reclaim these expressions, that have been previously monopolized by patriarchal structures.’ She explains that she sees the work as an extension of her activism and work with LGBTQ youth. She admits that ‘swimwear is difficult to portray in a light that doesn’t expose women in a weird and sexist way’ but that she chose the ‘bird’s eye’ view to counter the male gaze: ‘I’d rather the bird’s eye be my gaze and not ‘his’, not owned by any gender’. (Schlutt 2019) The site simultaneously released video interviews with the women creatives who worked with Boljak, including the models, further emphasising feminist collaboration.
female-gaze  male-gaze.  Weekday-Swim 
4 days ago
Leaving Work on Time a Pipe Dream for Most S. Koreans | Be Korea-savvy
While the importance of work-life balance has emerged and the tendency to value individual leisure has become stronger, workers are dreaming of calling it a day on time.

However, in South Korea, the reality is that there is no real possibility of leaving work on time.

According to a survey of 1,326 office workers conducted by online job portal Saramin, 85 percent of the respondents said they would “like to leave work on time.”

There is a newly coined term for those who wish to leave work on time at the end of the day, without having to walk on eggshells.

By age group, those in their 20s and 30s definitely showed a higher will to leave work on time, at 91.2 percent and 90.4 percent, respectively.

In addition, unmarried people were more likely to leave work on time than those who were married, at 90.2 percent and 76.9 percent, respectively.

However, the ideal and reality for office workers are still far apart. Three out of 10 office workers said that leaving work on time was almost impossible.

Those who identified themselves as people who leave work on time, chose to leave on time because they did not want to unnecessarily work overtime, which accounted for 61.6 percent.

This was followed by 56.4 percent mentioning the importance of work-life balance, 37.5 percent refusing to be blindly devoted to their employer, and 33.4 percent wishing to enjoy hobbies and a social life after work.

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 respondents pointed out that working overtime had a negative impact on their lives.

The younger the respondents were, the more likely they were to think working overtime had a negative impact, with 86.5 percent in their 20s in agreement compared to 79.7 percent of those in their 30s, 69.5 percent of those in their 40s and 55.2 percent of those in their 50s.

As for the reason behind why overtime has a negative impact, 78.9 percent responded “overtime degrades quality of life.”

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Korean-workplaces  Korean-working-hours  Korean-working-parents 
5 days ago
한국 언론을 믿을 수 없는 다섯 가지 이유_라파엘의 한국 살이 #7 | 엘르코리아 (ELLE KOREA)

I forgot one VERY important point. In Korea, it's impossible to know whether an article has been sponsored or not by a company. Companies pay large amounts of cash for positive publicity, yet this is never indicated. Ever.
Korean-media  Korean-news 
7 days ago
Unseen Japan on Twitter: "CW: Sexual harassment/abuse Blogger Phie Hardison relates her unwillingness to buy any Shiseido cosmetic products due to an incident years ago where the company let 20+ men observe Mizuhara Kiko naked - against her will - while s
CW: Sexual harassment/abuse

Blogger Phie Hardison relates her unwillingness to buy any Shiseido cosmetic products due to an incident years ago where the company let 20+ men observe Mizuhara Kiko naked - against her will - while she had her photo taken for the ad below.
nudity  advertising  consent  Mizuhara  Kiko  Shiseido  advertisements 
8 days ago
Are Condoms Really the Danger? | ILDA
The stories of sexually active teenagers as told through the EVE report and The Condom Them

By Park Ju-hyeon
Published Feb. 1, 2020
Translated by Marilyn Hook

“Results that are inappropriate for youth have been excluded. Prove your age to see all of the results.”

This is what you see on a portal site if you search for “youth” and “condom”. The voting age may have been lowered to 18, but it is still “inappropriate” for teenagers to learn about condoms. Are condoms really dangerous or inappropriate for young people?
The cover and table of contents of the “2019 Teen Sex Survey” conducted by EVE. [English added by translator.]

According to the “2019 Teen Sex Survey” published by the social venture firm EVE, 54.7% of a group of 1,348 youth between the ages of 10 and 19 said that they had had sex. If being sexually active is the experience of more than half of teenagers, then their stories need to be much more visible than they are now.

In addition, Seoul’s Gallery Vinci held “The Condom Exhibition – Neither Criticism, Nor Shame, Nor Boasting” (hosted by JaSaekGoGuMe and the youth feminist network WeTee) from January 30th to February 2nd. As a chance for teens to talk openly about sex, most of the participating artists were teenagers. Because they share a focus on teenage voices that have not been heard before, I’ve decided to write about the contents of EVE’s report and the message of The Condom Exhibition together.

Condoms aren’t dangerous, unsafe sex is

① Lack of places to have sex

Youth who are treated as if their even learning about condoms is “inappropriate” have a very difficult time finding a place to have sex. It is even harder to find a safe place to do it.

According to EVE’s “2019 Teen Sex Survey”, most teenagers who have had sex say they have done it at their or someone else’s home (53.3%), while room cafes, DVD rooms, public bathrooms, and emergency exit stairwells are also mentioned. To the question “Have you ever felt uncomfortable in the main place where you have sex”, 64% of respondents answered “Yes”.
A work from “The Condom Exhibition – Neither Criticism, Nor Shame, Nor Boasting” (hosted by JaSaekGoGuMe and the youth feminist network WeTee), which took place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at Seoul’s Gallery Vinci. © Ilda

Among the works on the display at “The Condom Exhibition – Neither Criticism, Nor Shame, Nor Boasting”, you could also find writings revealing experiences with unpleasant places to have sex: “The floor was really dirty. Even if you just brushed it with your hand, it would leave a smear of black dust. And we sat on that floor and had sex.”

② Unease after sex

Experiences of sex in an unclean or unsafe place are connected with feelings of unease. And anxiety about pregnancy also looms large. Eighty-two percent of the teenagers who’ve had sex reported unease afterwards, with 3.9% feeling so anxious that it interfered with their daily lives.

The fact that, despite that, only 32.9% have been to an ob-gyn or urologist deserves attention. Among those who’ve been to a doctor, 30.6% said that the reason it was burdensome was because of the expensive fee, from which we can conjecture that teenagers, who often don’t have money of their own, feel that they cannot ask adults for help in order to visit an ob-gyn or urologist.

We can also guess that they have not been given sex education that includes content like, “If you suspect that you’ve caught an STD, you should visit a medical facility and get tested.”
A work from “The Condom Exhibition” that uses actual condoms. © Ilda

③ Barriers to the use of condoms

The fact that teenagers are not receiving decent sex education can also be seen in the area of birth control. Among teenagers who’ve had sex, 73.4% said they use a condom. The next most common method was pulling out (39.2%), even though this cannot be called a proper form of birth control. The most common reason for not using a condom was “It reduces sensation” (35.2%).

At the same time, there were also answers like “They’re a burden to buy because they’re expensive”, “I’m afraid that people will find out I’m having sex”, and “They won’t sell them to me because of my age”. This clearly reveals the problems of social stigma around teenage condom use and condoms’ low accessibility to teens.

What we are reminded of from these results is that what makes it dangerous for teenagers to have sex is our society’s limiting their knowledge about sex and access to condoms and other forms of birth control, so that the only kind of sex they can have is the unsafe kind.

Teens’ diverse sexual identities

Another noticeable thing about both the EVE report and The Condom Exhibition is how teenagers are escaping the biological sex dichotomy and heterocentrism.

In answer to the question of what sex they identified as, 48.2% of respondents to the “2019 Teen Sex Survey” identified as female, 45.4% identified as male, 3.6% identified as intersex, 1.5% chose “undecided”, and 1.3% chose “not applicable”. In addition, 75.4% said they are heterosexual, 12% said they are bisexual, 3.9% said they are pansexual, 3.6% said they are homosexual, 3.4% said they are undecided, 1.1% said they are asexual, and 0.7% chose “not applicable”.
The voices of queer teenagers were also present in “The Condom Exhibition”.
© Ilda

But it was clear that we don’t provide teenagers with enough information while they’re going through the process of considering their sexual identity and exploring who they are, and information about sexual intercourse is especially limited.

Just like non-queer (heterosexual) teens, queer teens search the Internet using terms like “birth control information” and “how to increase sexual satisfaction”. When asked if the results that came up for these searches were satisfactory, 42.9% of survey respondents said “Yes”, which is noticeably lower than the 64.3% positive response rate among non-queer respondents.

Teens’ access to information about sex is already limited, but if you add the filter of queerness, there is even greater difficulty. I think it’s time we considered how we can conduct sex ed in a way that doesn’t exclude queer youth.

“Neither criticism, nor boasting, nor shame”

“The Condom Exhibition – Neither Criticism, Nor Shame, Nor Boasting” was a space full of the voices of young people attempting to share their stories through the medium of condoms. JaSaekGoGuMe, one of the organizations that cohosted it, says their name comes from a phrase that translates to “me who thinks about autonomous sexuality”. This how they explained their motivations for putting on the exhibition:

“It seems like we’re distorting condoms – and sexuality, sex, feminism, masturbation – with the sexual beliefs that porn has created. We wonder whether sex isn’t being thought of as only provocative, vulgar, and racy, so we felt we needed to do a project that makes people think again.”

Through their condom exhibit, which “raises the issue of existing sexual discourse being produced mainly by and for adult men, and centers women/queer people/youth in order to find new language and desires”, JaSaekGoGuMe wanted to make society aware that condoms aren’t the problem.
A scrapbook work from “The Condom Exhibition”.
[The handwriting at the bottom is quoted in the paragraph below.] © Ilda

The quote “It wouldn’t have been an exaggeration to say that, for me, discourse about sex was ‘non-existent’” (excerpted from a scrapbook work in The Condom Exhibition) will likely feel familiar to many people who aren’t teenagers. Walking around the exhibition, you can’t help but wonder what is really putting whom in danger.

The Condom Exhibition’s contents reflect the intense thought and questioning of the people who made it, their resistance to a culture that consumes teens’ sexuality through porn but excludes and prohibits the sexual expression of actual teens, and honest words about their experiences of sex. Through it, we can see the dynamic movement of those who are attempting to face their sexuality as a source of neither criticism, nor boasting, nor shame.

*Original article:
Korean-contraception  Korean-condoms  Korean-sexuality 
19 days ago
OECD finds S. Koreans among world's skinniest - The Korea Times

By Eom Da-sol

South Koreans are the second-thinnest people among key developed countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The OECD's annual "Obesity Update 2017" shows the obesity rate of people aged 15 years and over in each of its member or non-member countries. Korea ranked 34th out of 35 member countries with an obesity rate of 5.3 percent, followed by Japan (3.7 percent). The United States still had the highest obesity rate (38.2 percent).

The data, released May 21, defined people as "obese" when their body mass index (BMI) score is higher than 30 while those with a score over 25 are "overweight."

In South Korea, there were more obese men than women. The male obesity rate was 6.1 percent and that of women 4.6 percent.

The data found that education levels influenced the obesity rate of South Korean women more than other countries. South Korean women topped the "education-related inequality in overweight" index with 6.3 in 2014 out of eight countries. This meant that less-educated women are almost six times more likely to be overweight than those with a higher education. Women from Canada recorded 1.1, those from the U.S. 1.3 and Hungarian women 1.6.

The OECD expects South Korea's obesity rate to increase to 6 percent by 2020 and 9 percent by 2030.
Korean-obesity  Korean-body-image 
22 days ago
Can You Wear Leggings to Work? - The Atlantic

Once they started showing up in offices, however, the outcry began. Work is one of the most sartorially conservative places for women. It’s long been thought that women shouldn’t look too sexy in the workplace, and leggings ... well … they show your butt. Before leggings, says Linda Przybyszewski, a history professor at the University of Notre Dame, there were controversies over cleavage and midriffs. The ’70s brought complaints about women wearing sheer blouses, and back in the ’30s there was consternation over sleeveless tops.
leggings  fashion  dress-codes 
23 days ago
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze” | The New Yorker
*find article hypocritical for criticizing over use of "female gaze," on then to make sweeping pronouncements about its use in the film without providing enough actual examples, and/or how different to male gaze*

lly do see a man’s face clearly, it feels like an intrusion. The film makes unusually expressive use of costumes without glamorizing its stars: each protagonist appears in a single, simple dress for the majority of the film. Sciamma builds her story out of glances and stares, of women’s faces illuminated by candlelight or the harsh white sun on the beach, of mirrored surfaces that invite careful looking; the opening shots are closeups of the faces of young girls as they look at Marianne, their instructor in a drawing class some years after the love affair takes place. (The story is told as a flashback.) But “manifesto” seems too didactic a term for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” ’s finespun romance and delicate, transfixing tableaux, and “female gaze”—a scholarly term worn out from overuse—is inadequate shorthand for its thorough exploration of the entanglements between artistic creation and burgeoning love, between memory and ambition and freedom. The film is about the erotic, electric connection between women when they find their desire for creative experience fulfilled in each other, but it is equally about the powers of art to validate, preserve, and console after a romance is over.
female-gaze  queer-female-gaze 
25 days ago
How to Make Closer Friendships - The Atlantic
“The opportunities for friendship come with how people’s lives are organized,” Rawlins says. “When I talk to students, I say ‘Pay close attention to the habits you’re forming, because before you know it, you have organized your life in a way that doesn’t allow for the kind of friends that you would like to have.’”
friends  friendship 
27 days ago
Can music journalism transcend its access problem? - Columbia Journalism Review
Currently, however, a glut of digital publications struggle for access to artists who retain a greater degree of control over their narrative, with the help of an expanding field of publicists. Escalating traffic demands have pushed music publications toward a celebrity-driven model, catering to readers by covering artists who are already popular and focusing the rest of their coverage on others with the potential to become famous. Access-driven music journalism is increasingly repetitive and less revelatory than it ever has been; outlets run competitive interviews and profiles carved from the same diminished portion of time and the same homogenous pool of artists. Criticism—bounded only by the writer’s intelligence and imagination—is nonetheless incentivized by the same celebrity model. Even intelligence and imagination have limited appeal when a reader has 33-plus Beyonce reviews to sift through.
writing  writers  journalism  journalists  media  internet  music  celebrity  K-pop 
29 days ago
It Turns Out There’s Not a Lot of Science Linking Testosterone to Violence
Nevertheless, the Washington Post’s pairing of Calley’s trial and Rose’s research is a stark example of how scientific facts are, to quote the anthropologist Amade M’charek, “less about discovery and more about the making of reality by assembling heterogeneous material.” It’s also a great example of how scientific facts, once established, are so difficult to dislodge.

The notion that T drives violent crime is like a zombie, a fact that seemingly can’t be killed with new research or even new models that would make old research irrelevant or subject to new interpretations. Because it is so widely accepted, this zombie fact shapes understandings of criminal violence as a matter of individual or group biologies, constraining the remedies we can pursue or even imagine.
testosterone  violence  hormones  labels  label-making 
4 weeks ago
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