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  • Matt commented on the blog post Swedish pre-school fights gender bias   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    The thing is that Black/White/etc have gender counterparts in male/female/etc (nouns). What are the racial counterparts to him/her/him/he/she (pronouns)?

  • Matt commented on the blog post Swedish pre-school fights gender bias   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    The thing is that Black/White/etc have gender counterparts in male/female/etc (nouns). What the racial counterparts to him/her/him/he/she (pronouns)?

  • I didn’t read the links, and I’ll explain why. Using someone else’s picture just because it shows up in their article and looks cool, even when you’re linking to them, is bad editorial practice. It is moreso when your photo could be reasonably construed as sending a misleading message (“players are disrespecting women working for [...]

  • While I would agree that relativism isn’t a good standard to apply, if you want to make the case that a sports league has not done so well in recent history, and if you’re going to include a photo that mildly supports your case, you should probably use one that’s not over five years old. [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Swedish pre-school fights gender bias   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    There is still “boy” stuff at the school (like construction), so the idea about running with swords ought to not be a problem unless there’s a safety concern. The gender pronoun issue isn’t just about TGs. It’s that they “separate” people and make them gender-conscious, because pronouns generally draw unnecessary attention to gender (it is [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Reflecting on Gender Parity in Sports   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    “Women’s sports tend to emphasize teamwork and basic fundamentals. Men’s sports are usually focused on skill players and a deliberately flashier style of play. The eye of the bystander has been trained to expect and follow dramatic action. Whether it is a star receiver who never drops a catch or a baseball pitcher with a [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Introverts   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Regarding men and women, there are explanations for differing expectations. The distributions may or may not be skewed, or their means (averages) or standard deviations may be different, or they may not even look like such neat bell-curve distributions (skewed or symmetric) in the first place. You’ve probably also got lots of areas of culture [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Social Media Pregnancies – Where to Draw the Line?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    If people are sharing pregnancy-related images, I don’t particularly have a problem with it in general as long as it is the person expressing joy (rather than to “make a statement,” which I think is rarely the case), but such joy if not expressed with discretion can excessively/obnoxiously draw attention to oneself. Sort of a [...]

  • Even more than any assumptions about the consequences of Bachmann’s improbable presidency is the simple matter that people generally dislike what she stands for. Bachmann may resonate with a large chunk of the Republican base, but most voters will reject her platform and would rather re-up with not-necessarily-appealing-but-mentality-stable Obama (just like they did with three [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post A Bun In The Oven, A Butt In The Hand   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    “When a woman is pregnant, is everything about the baby, and nothing about the mother?” In my judgment, it’s not just about the mother. Granted, an abortion is essentially about allowing the fetus to die, which is a very strong outcome, but it is a matter that can be justified by the adversity that attempting [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Wait…Girls Run the World?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    The song has taken lumps a couples times at Feministing before, so don’t feel like you’re alone. And when I read your title, I was getting ready to make a girls/women remark, but I had seen you already did it. I would like to sour one of your “empowerment” points a bit: “How we’re smart [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Free Speech v. Harassment in Southern New Mexico   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I would be inclined to make this issue about harassment, since I believe the standard is that non-celebrities are generally “protected” except in matters of community interest. What I believe more definitely, though, is that this guy is an asshole. By harassment standards, this act is pretty cold-blooded — not that one excuses forms of [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Weinergate, slut-shaming, and right wing invalidation of women   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    “What this whole situation has done is illuminated how little the right wingers think of young women. We couldn’t possibly be legitimately interested in politics, we must be sluttly little temptresses.” You are on the right track, but I think it works more like this: “Most of the politically-motivated right-wingers will take every story and [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post The “feminist response to drinking culture” that isn’t.   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    While I do not agree with putting the onus on women, there gets to be a problem when both parties involved use drugs that “lower their barriers.” Your friend’s example sounds like a clearer case. But if both people are drunk, the man asks “hey, you wanna do it tonight?” and the woman says “mmmm… [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post What We Missed   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    One would not want to look at something like drug-use in order to blame victims, but using drugs (including alcohol) to the point one loses judgment and causes undue harm to one’s body is the sort of mistake that society should discourage (rather than be indifferent or encourage). So much of the effort against drugs [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post House Passes Measure Blocking Medical Training on Abortion   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    On a positive note, the measure should die in the Senate, but it’s pretty appalling that it’s getting this much support.

  • Matt commented on the blog post Men Only Clubs   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    “At that point I was furious that my host hadn’t told me – he figured I wouldn’t like the rule but didn’t anticipate me to get pissed off. I know I should have been gracious and grateful that I was even there…” No, you should be pissed at your host (first-and-foremost), especially if he understood you [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post When did feminists become so cliquey?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I was only intending to guess where the teacher was coming from before I provided a contradiction. Those assumptions are not my own beliefs. As far as I can tell, I have not provided my own beliefs on the be stay-at-home — besides saying “our society heavily undervalues housework and child care” and perhaps implicitly supporting [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post When did feminists become so cliquey?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    While I don’t know if they had beliefs like this, I had signed up for a couple of classes in this general area where the teachers were unpleasant hardasses (probably moreso than any of the teachers in my major: math), and I quietly just dropped the classes (since they weren’t “required”) — I’m guessing they [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post When did feminists become so cliquey?   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    The point could hold together if one simply acknowledges that there really is no “choice” on the issue, that paid employment is not a choice but rather an expectation, much in the same way that a person doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have the freedom to violate someone else’s civil rights. It is not intrinsically anti-feminist to [...]

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