Posts Tagged Sexism

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Guest Post: Fear of a trans college

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emma Caterine. Emma is a prison abolitionist, decriminalization advocate, socialist, and cat lover. She has written in the past for Autostraddle, RH Reality Check, The Feminist Wire, and Tits and Sass. You can find more of her writing at sassysyndicalist.tumblr.com.

Fear, perhaps more extremely than any other emotion, motivates people to make some strange and terrible decisions. Prejudice is very often such a decision. I disagree with those who want to abandon words like homophobia or transphobia: fear can make no rational sense and though it never excuses horrific decisions, it can explain them.

Transphobia is particularly apt when discussing the prejudicial attitudes of some cisgender feminists towards trans women. The idea ...

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emma Caterine. Emma is a prison abolitionist, decriminalization advocate, socialist, and cat lover. She has written in the past for Autostraddle, RH Reality Check, The Feminist Wire, and Tits ...

Why the NWLC’s video featuring Sarah Silverman “getting a penis” to avoid the gender pay gap fails

This week, the National Women’s Law Center, an organization that does good work, released a video starring Sarah Silverman, a comedian we often love, to highlight the injustice of the gender pay gap, a worthy cause indeed.

Unfortunately, it seems that at some point in the creation of the video, everyone involved forgot that trans people exist. As far as I can tell, that’s the most generous way to explain why the resulting video is such an embarrassingly offensive mess.

This week, the National Women’s Law Center, an organization that does good work, released a video starring Sarah Silverman, a comedian we often love, to highlight the injustice of the gender pay gap, a ...

“Sit back and shut the f*ck up”: On taxis, gender, and power

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Jeanann Verlee. Jeanann is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker based in New York City.

A few years ago, sharing a cab with a male friend of mine, I asked the driver to make two stops. The driver dropped my friend first and scarcely made it to the end of the block before he pulled over and told me to get out, refusing to go to the second stop. I asked why he waited until after dropping my friend to refuse a second stop and he declined to answer, simply continued demanding I leave. (It was obvious to me that he didn’t want to argue ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Jeanann Verlee. Jeanann is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker based in New York City.

A few years ago, sharing a cab ...

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When we call bad guys good

Recently, the National Women’s Political Caucus announced that the organization would present a “Good Guy Award” to the infamous faux feminist Charles Clymer, who used to run the “fastest-growing feminist page on Facebook,” Equality for Women. The NWPC’s press release reads, “We salute men who stand up for women’s rights, especially men like Charles who are so vocal about feminism…. We are excited to celebrate him as a Good Guy at the EMMAs in October.’”

The existence of the Good Guy Award is of a piece with the relentless impulse to center men in all things, including feminism. Last month the White House ...

Recently, the National Women’s Political Caucus announced that the organization would present a “Good Guy Award” to the infamous faux feminist Charles Clymer, who ...

We must dissent: Intel bows to GamerGate campaign to silence feminist video game critics

The #GamerGate movement, which might be explained best to outsiders as the Tea Party of video gaming, was born in a fire of harassment against one woman in August. The crowdsourced terroristic harassment campaigns that have historically been directed at individuals—by now a dreary feature of everyday life online—have now, with the advent of GamerGate, collectivised. Instead of attacking one woman deemed to be too loud and too disagreeable, these characteristics have now been projected on any person in the orbit of games journalism who has had a positive word to say about equality. GamerGate called them all “social justice warriors” or SJWs, giving new life to the old pejorative, and set about attempting to purge them from ...

The #GamerGate movement, which might be explained best to outsiders as the Tea Party of video gaming, was born in a fire of harassment against one woman in August. The crowdsourced terroristic harassment campaigns that have historically ...

On sexism in the alt-lit community and a message for all us wannabe male feminists

I find myself rereading Kiese Laymon’s essay “Kanye West is Better At His Job Than I Am at Mine (But I’m Way Better at Being a Fake-Ass Feminist)” a lot.

Kiese’s a friend now, but I knew this essay before I knew him, and it’s when I read it for the first time that I knew I loved him and that he loved me. I could tell because he was willing to tell the truth about us. “I am a wannabe black male feminist who is really bad at loving women who are really good at loving me,” he wrote. It made me tense up, breathe oddly, and mutter a bunch of ‘fuck’s to myself. Truth, man. That shit ...

I find myself rereading Kiese Laymon’s essay “Kanye West is Better At His Job Than I Am at Mine (But I’m Way Better at Being a Fake-Ass Feminist)” a lot.

Kiese’s a friend now, but ...

The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams invites us into her “feminized atmosphere” of street harassment

“Sexism. Does it still exist? Many men say no. Jessica Williams explores….”

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Williams has been all over the sexism beat lately, and it’s glorious.

“Sexism. Does it still exist? Many men say no. Jessica Williams explores….”

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Photo of the Day: “I Only Date Heroes” pajamas for girls

Those new “Training to be Batman’s Wife” tees from DC Comics are hardly the only superhero gear to send the message that boys can be heroes, while the best girls can aspire to is dating them. A shopper at a Target in Ontario snapped a photo of this pair of onsies for kids: “Future Man of Steel” for the boys and “I Only Date Heroes” for the girls.

Those new “Training to be Batman’s Wife” tees from DC Comics are hardly the only superhero gear to send the message that boys can be heroes, while the best girls can aspire to is dating them. ...

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