Media critic Anita Sarkeesian launches her much anticipated series on portrayals of women in video games with “Damsels in Distress (Part 1)”. I don’t care if you’ve never even seen a video game; you must watch this.
1) It’s exactly like it sounds.
2) This pretty much dishes any protest San Diego Christian College might make that they fired Teri James because of sexual immorality, not because she got pregnant. Prepare to get slapped upside your collective head by Gloria Allred, SDCC.
After a 17-year-old intern from the Connecticut Science Center testified in a Connecticut House budget hearing that working at the Center had helped her overcome her fear of snakes, Rep. Ernest Hewett somehow thought it would be okay to tell her, “If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” As a result, Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey has demoted Hewett from his position as deputy speaker and its accompanying pay bump.
“I purposely will not have female interns. My intern now is a male. I want to keep it like that. I’ve had female interns in the past that sit in my office all day. I thought it was totally weird and I didn’t want another. As a matter of fact, I went four, maybe six years without having an intern at all because of stuff like that. I have a male intern, the last two I’ve had were male.”
He went on to say that he could not choose to hire only male interns, but would prefer not to be assigned females, because “that way that keeps me good and that keeps everybody else good.”
So all you have to do to keep Hewett from treating women poorly is keep women away from him. Noted.
Lauren Marbe, 16, recently scored 161 on a Mensa test and expresses herself happy to shatter the stereotype of the typical “Essex girl”.
"I am blonde, I do wear make-up and I do go out.
"I love my fake tan and fake nails as well so I guess I am a bit of an Essex girl in that sense. I watch TOWIE and I love the programme, it’s addictive but now most people do seem to think that’s what everyone in Essex is like.
“I love living in Essex and I’m glad that I might be able to show people that we aren’t all ditzy and blonde.”
Maybe she can also show people that being a smart, talented, serious woman doesn’t mean you have to act serious all the time to be taken seriously.
Marbe’s immediate plans include taking A-levels in her exams, after which she will either study architecture at Cambridge or continue pursuing a career as a professional singer and dancer (she has already appeared in the chorus of a West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
As creator Leigh Alexander explains on The New Statesman, the whole thing “runs the risk of catching fire with people who miss the point.” Though Alexander wanted certain male tech writers to understand the sexism in the tech writing world by having people tweet out comments about male tech writers’ appearances when sharing their articles, some might reduce the movement to a joke or use it as a way to say hurtful things to men and women alike, she explains.
This bums me out a little, because it could have been a fun, light-hearted way to draw attention to a serious problem, but she’s probably right—it’s too easy to imagine ways the whole thing could backfire.
The bill, S. 84 [sic] seeks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and require employers to prove that differences in wage are the result of differences in merit, not gender. It also prohibits retaliation against employees who file claims of wage discrimination, and allows victims of wage discrimination to seek punitive damages for lost wages.
It seems like the primary purpose of the bill is to close a loophole in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that allows employers to pay employees differently on the basis of “(1) a seniority system; (2) a merit system; (3) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (4) a differential based on any other factor other than sex”.
(4) is the loophole; you can shoehorn a lot of sexism into criteria that aren’t, strictly speaking, “sex”.
Yesterday, Democratic candidate for New York City Council David Hartzog asked a female reporter inquiring into his campaign finances, “What’s a pretty girl like you doing reading these?”
A few second later he “apologized”:
“I hope for goodness sake that my flippant comment isn’t going to be part of the story,” Mr. Hartzog reportedly said. “I was just sort of being something. I hope you didn’t take offense by that. I didn’t mean to be offensive.”
Was that “something” he was being “Jon Hamm playing David Brinkley on the 30 Rock season six live episode”? Because if so, he totally nailed it. Nice work, David Hartzog!
50 years later, Harriet A. Washington at Ms. debunks two popular explanations for Rosalind Franklin’s snubbing by the Nobel Committee in 1962, starting with the most frequently cited: that she was dead when the prize was awarded.
She was dead in 1962 when the DNA triumvirate received the Prize, but why was it awarded a full nine years after the discovery of DNA’s structure was reported in Nature? Today this delay sounds reasonable, because now, the committee has come to award discoveries that have withstood test of time. However the rules of Franklin’s era indicated that the award was in recognition of discoveries made “during the preceding year.” Had this rule been adhered to, the Prize would have been awarded in 1954, when Franklin was still alive.
Reading between the lines, it seems improbable that anyone deliberately excluded Franklin; more likely the pervasive sexism of the scientific community simply made it unlikely that anyone would think to include her.
Remember the dentist who fired his assistant for being too hot? He’s now getting one-star Yelp reviews because of it. Here’s one example:
This dentist fired his assistant because he was afraid he would want to start an affair with her… even though she never indicated she wanted to start an affair with him. A man who apparently can’t control his sexual impulses enough to be able to work side by side with a woman certainly doesn’t deserve the business of any women. What if you are under sedation and he finds you so pretty he can’t control himself enough not to touch your lady bits? Sexist, misogynistic pig.
The information age keeps making it harder and harder to be an oppressor.
Today National Review published an op-ed piece by Charlotte Allen, in which she contends that a male presence in Sandy Hook Elementary School could have prevented much of the slaughter:
In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel—the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist”—were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers… Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak—but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.
This is asinine. As far as I can tell, there is no evidence that Dawn Hochsprung, the principal who attempted to charge Lanza, failed in her attempt because of her feminine weakness. She failed because Lanza had semi-automatic weapons and she did not. Suggesting that a male former football player could have fared better against multiple bullets is farcical, and wishing that some of the larger school children would have physically accosted the shooter borders on sociopathic.