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I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” ~Shirley Chisholm
How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete? ~Author Unknown
I didn’t want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me. ~Jane Rule
By tigtog on July 26, 2014
[Content Note: discussion of graphic rape threats and links to posts that quote them]
the way you personally feel about rape threats is irrelevant. What’s relevant is how you behave when they happen. When you support and promote the work of someone who makes rape threats, you are tolerating rape threats.
By Orlando on July 25, 2014
A piece came across my Twitter feed a few weeks ago about an American doctor who died earlier this year. Rebecca Greenfield wrote describing the pay discrimination her mother experienced, the retaliation she suffered when she protested, and the enormous personal cost of the years she spent fighting the injustice.
By Mindy on July 22, 2014
A nurse-midwife with anti-contraception religious views sues a Family Planning Clinic that declined to hire her.
By tigtog on July 21, 2014
UPDATE: It has been shown that there is no evidence that TheAmazingAtheist actually wrote these words, and Kincaid has responded to these allegations. The tumblr from which this quote was sourced has been deleted. Please see below.
Count yourself lucky if you’ve never heard of somewhat popular video-blogger TheAmazingAtheist aka TJ Kincaid. He’s one of the subset of atheists who want certain other atheists to “stop being divisive” via pointing out the injustices of the kyriarchal status quo ongoing within the atheist “movement”. He has ever so many rational and deeply intellectual opinions about life, the universe and everything.
By tigtog on July 15, 2014
Virginia Hughes analyses The Sexual Politics of Autism in her National Geographic blog; a meaty overview with lots of juicy links.
By Mindy on July 8, 2014
This is quite a radical proposal to deal with throat cancers caused by the a couple of strains of the HPV virus.
By Lauredhel on July 3, 2014
From today’s West Australian: School bans sex victim from ball … but offender can go: “A private high school has banned a former student from attending its senior school ball because a boy who had sexually assaulted her will be there. The father of the 16-year-old girl said she had been assaulted when she had […]
By Mindy on June 5, 2014
Huffpost has an article up on a series of portraits done by Chloe Aftel of agender teens. The photography is stunning and the teens themselves are lovely. Chloe has captured that fragility of teens without stripping them of their determination to be who they are. I suspect comments are being heavily moderated because there aren’t […]
By tigtog on June 3, 2014
40 years of women’s rights will be undone in June 2014 when many of Sydney’s specialist women’s refuges are forced to close. Under the NSW Government’s new tenders, women-only services were not allowed to tender for women-only services.
By tigtog on May 29, 2014
[Content Note for linked material: Isla Vista mass murders, misogyny, gun culture]
What I think would be helpful for a lot of men to understand (women too probably) is that sex and love aren’t earned. Can’t be earned. They are a matter of grace from the other person. And, because they can’t be earned, whether you are getting sex or love is not a reliable signifier of your value as a human being and aren’t a metric by which one person should be compared to another.
By Orlando on May 20, 2014
Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is making two appearances this week in Sydney, on Thursday and Friday.
By tigtog on May 16, 2014
I was having a chat about exactly this sort of negativity regarding competent/assertive/expert women this evening: see also classic xkcd on the other side of the coin.