This week I’m a short short enthusiast, an Earth Mother, and a Mother Earth stan.
This outfit consisting of a rapidly deteriorating sweater, pleather pants, and a jacket made into a demi-skirt flashed me forward into a dystopian future where water is scarce but total gender/orientation presentation acceptance is not.
To a casual viewer, this might seem like a down home, girl next door outfit. Oh, just some casual slip-ons, a jersey top, cut-off jean shorts and a baseball hat. Hey y’all! But then it’s like, oop, nope, that’s just a bra.
“When I want to go for a drink at a bar where I know the crowd will be overwhelmingly straight, I take great strides to ensure a look that says I’m both sexually unavailable and I might attempt to convert you to a new religion.”
Witchcraft, trials, death and the Devil: how the long road of history winds from 1692 Salem, MA to 2015.
The current body of social psychological work on gender bias in STEM has disappointingly (but not unsurprisingly) focused almost exclusively on the experiences of white women. This study does better.
Sesame Street, Margaret Cho, trans women in Bangladesh, a playlist, wishes, blue things, anime, Vikki Reich, Elaine Atwell, Thanksgiving dinner thoughts sprinkled with privilege, Arabelle Sicardi, geek girl culture, superiority by way of motherhood, Mean Girls, organ donors, dogs in cars and so very much more!
I’ve played games all my life, and I stand with Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu. #StopGamerGate
Laura Jane Grace’s 10-part AOL series, queer Asian mothers can be part of a study, Fingersmith is being adapted, school stuff, how to be alone, why to talk to strangers, Laverne Cox on your TV, “lesbian-like” German suffragists, asshole almonds, queers on parade, sexual harassment, and like six other things.
The cumulative effect of media coverage on pregnancy paints a pretty warped picture: that pregnant people are the number one health threat to their future children.
Lack of information makes it impossible for women and people of color today to make fully informed decisions about their health, and denies them the right to advocate for what happens to their bodies.
People view women as easy targets, so negotiators opportunistically lie through their teeth. Oh, the joys of being a woman.
By creating this “For Girls” section of their site and featuring the Barbie products, the Girl Scouts have made a dramatic shift in their branding and in the language they use to describe their girls, which up until now has been pretty conscious of making the “girl” in Girl Scouts mean a lot of different things.
One woman’s well-intentioned crusade to end street harassment has some racially insensitive side-effects.
“Friess reacted to Mannie’s request that white gay men stop referring to themselves as ‘strong black women’ by threatening to withdraw hypothetical support of black women’s political and social issues (none of which he actually names)! That’s not allyship, that’s just another example of a person in power offering abstract and highly conditional support to an oppressed group of people with whom he claims a false and unrequited kinship.”
As a teenager, I reeled from the shift in the how society now viewed me: as a collection of body parts for anyone and everyone to comment on. Today, watching my teenage sister on social media gives me hope.
“Our fear of being dismissed or not believed is so strong that sometimes we need to wait for an unequivocally misogynistic event to talk about it all, just so we can be sure that those around us are at least starting off from a place of understanding that yes, this happens. There’s a hope that when the danger to women’s lives was so recently demonstrated, there will be more receptivity in listening to our experiences of how that danger functions and is allowed to prosper.”
“Her argument is actually an inversion of what our real editorial and financial realities have been.”
What can virtual reality, automotive safety standards, and anatomy textbooks tell us about the way sexism works in 2014?
“Fun as it was to mercilessly tear this show apart, the buck stops here.”
“I once had a life where I could go blocks, miles, months without a stranger standing in my way, saying, ‘Hey girl, where you goin’ in such a hurry?’ I want to take my personal space bubble to the shop and have it re-inflated to its original size, but that chapter of my life seems to be done.”