Crosspost: When Speaking to Men about False Accusations

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By Samantha FieldOriginally posted on Defeating the Dragons [content note: sexual violence] I want to preface today’s post with a few things: first, I’m going to be talking about my own personal experiences online and off, and I’m not going to be arguing about absolutes, or saying that what I’ve observed is the way it always is with no exceptions. However, I’ve noticed a pattern, and I think it’s happened often enough that it warrants a post. Also, I have been the victim of a false accusat … [Read more...]

Are Bugs “Boy” Things and Dolls “Girl” Things?

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This fall a little girl wrote to Abdo Publishing after becoming concerned that the book she was reading, "The Biggest Baddest Book of Bugs," was part of a series titled "Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys." "Some girls would like to be entomologists too.," she explained. Abdo wrote back, thanking her concern and agreeing to change the series title to "Biggest, Baddest Books." But there was something about the story that struck me: According to the local paper, the publisher responded and told her … [Read more...]

“I Don’t Want a Girl Shovel!”

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I was recently at an event for kids that at one point involved digging in a large sandbox. There were a number of shovels for the children to choose from, half pink with princesses on them and half red with Mickey Mouse on them. While my children were digging, a father with two boys, probably around four and two, came over to join us. The only remaining shovels were pink. The four-year-old boy threw an absolute fit, screaming that he would not use a girls shovel. There was so much contempt in … [Read more...]

“In both cases, we are talking about sexist oppression”

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Last week scientist Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered with scantily clad women for a live interview. When women called this out, one individual responded by creating a shirt covered with burka clad women, which he dubbed it feminist approved.Reader timberwraith responded to the burka shirt as follows:I'll share an observation of the burka vs. skin dichotomy made by many feminists long before this particular this gent's clothing issues reared its mediocre head. It doesn't matter whether yo … [Read more...]

On #Shirtstorm and Completely Missing the Point

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So I said I wasn't going to write about this, but I am. While googling to find a link to use in a previous post, I found article after article defending Matt Taylor's shirt and completely missing the point. So here I am, blogging about it.First, a quick word of introduction for those not in the know. On Wednesday November 12th, the European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on a comet. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and involved a great deal of time and effort. In the hours before the … [Read more...]

Mattel’s Computer Engineer Barbie Leaves the Computer Engineering to the Boys

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I didn't write about last week's women in tech fail---scientist Matt Taylor's decision to wear a sexist shirt while live-streaming the Rosetta comet landing---but I absolutely have to write about this week's---computer engineer Barbie. I don't think I've ever seen something with so much potential fail so spectacularly.Some time back my five-year-old daughter Sally found a book at the library that starred Barbie trying out various careers: ballerina, horse rider, teacher, veterinarian, and "ba … [Read more...]

On Race, Gender, and Being “Unbiased”

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Rachel Held Evans recently posted this on her facebook page: Observation: It seems like a lot of young theologians assume that being male makes them unbiased about gender, that being straight makes them unbiased about sexuality, that being privileged makes them unbiased about oppression, that being white makes them unbiased about race, that that being relatively wealthy makes them unbiased about poverty/economic issues, and that being highly educated makes them unbiased (and uniquely qualified) … [Read more...]


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