In life, the women around us set ‘examples.’ They show us not only bits of their perspectives on life, but also that of generations before them. But what are those examples? Are they always positive? Do these women teach us to celebrate ourselves, or sit silently and not be heard? Do we learn to ‘nibble’ at life, or even to never take a bite? Can these women we’re taught to look up to also be self-defeating, depleting and shrinking?
In a beautifully written piece entitled Shrinking Women, Wesleyan University student Lily Myers floods us with the emotion of her experience as a woman who was taught to filter and not speak out. As the winner of the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational for Best Love Poem, Myers’ prose works as empowerment any woman who has ever felt silenced in ‘a man’s world.
Basically, you really need to watch this video.
This is in my Economics textbook
This is fucked up
if you couldn’t SEE how fucked up this is, let me put this into even more perspective for you.
a male with no high school education still makes more than a female with 9th-12th grade education (no diploma).
a male who is a high school graduate still makes more than a female with an associate’s degree.
a male with a bachelor’s degree only makes about ~$2000 less than a female with a fucking doctorate’s degree.
tell me again why feminism isn’t important.
More perspective: one year out of college, men already start making more than women — on average, about 6.6 percent more. If you do the math, that comes out to about $2,800 a year. That amount of money could buy you
5 ways sexual assault is really about entitlement
Ding Ding Ding! Soraya Chemely for the win. In her latest article, she talks about some practical issues with campus sexual assault.
Okay first before you read, trigger warning: sexual assault, domestic violence, and victim-blaming.
Second if you don’t know about the context of this piece: Last week a Slate advice columnist wrote a troubling article with the title and subtitle: “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk. It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it.” This is Chemely’s second response as her first piece was more visceral.
Our favorite part:
First, sexual assault on college campuses happens in environments of overwhelming cultural and institutional tolerance that support discriminatory double standards. While the overall rate of sexual assault in the US has declined since the late 1970s, it has stayed constant on US campuses.
Secondly, sexual assault on campus is related to high rates of other forms of gendered violence on campus. Gender-based violence includes not just sexual assault, but intimate partner violence and stalking.
Third, people arrive at college with ideas and experiences. According to a study released earlier this month, one in ten people between the ages of 14-21 have already committed an act of sexual violence. … Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the study however was that these children felt no sense of responsibility for their actions.
Fourth, we cannot talk about sexual assault and broader violence in schools without discussing athletics, both before and during college. While male student athletes make up 3.3% of the U.S. college population, they are responsible for 19% percent of sexual assaults and 37% of domestic violence cases on college campuses.
Fifth, people come from families and families are riven with similar problems and not talking about them. Boys and girls are being sent off to college without parents ever discussing critical dilemmas, double standards, power imbalances, cultural entitlements, or even what it genuinely means to be empathetic. … Ultimately, the only way to end our ridiculously high rates of sexual assault, which would, after all, have the excellent effect of also reducing the chances of false accusations that parents worry about – is to educate children about justice and care in age-appropriate ways starting when they are young and to help them understand pervasively toxic media messages.
And we’re slow clapping….
Wow. This UN Women ad campaign speaks volumes about sexism worldwide.
It’s also the reason why AAUW still exists after 131 years. We are proud to work with UN Women, especially today (the birthday of the United Nations) — because a woman should be able to work, vote, box, or do anything else she can think of.
College Men: Stop Getting Drunk
It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell men to stop doing it.
In one awful high-profile case after another—the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.—we read about a young man, sometimes only a boy, who goes to a party and ends up raping. As soon as the school year begins, so do reports of male students sexually assaulting their female classmates. A common denominator in these cases is alcohol, often copious amounts. But the obsessive focus on blaming the victim has made it somehow unacceptable to warn inexperienced young men that when they get wasted, they are putting young women in potential peril.
A 2009 study of campus sexual assault found that by the time they are seniors, many college men will become rapists, overwhelmingly of a fellow classmate. Very few will ever be reported to authorities. The same study states that more than 80 percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol. Frequently both the man and the woman have been drinking. The men tend to use the drinking to justify their behavior, as this survey of research on alcohol-related campus sexual assault by Antonia Abbey, professor of psychology at Wayne State University, illustrates, while for many of the women, having been drunk becomes a source of guilt and shame.
Let’s be totally clear: Perpetrators are the ones responsible for committing their crimes, and they should be brought to justice. But we are failing to let men know that when they drink their decision-making skills into oblivion, they can do terrible things. Young men are getting a distorted message that their right to match each other drink for drink is proof of their masculinity. The real masculine message should be that when you lose the ability to be responsible for yourself, you drastically increase the chances that you will become the kind of person who, shall we say, doesn’t have others’ best interest at heart. That’s not saying all men are rapists; that’s trying to prevent more rapes.
Thank goodness for Ann Friedman.
You’re going to need that paper bag, invented by Margaret Knight, when you read this list of 19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women.
Who knew the retractable dog leash had been around for so long?!
Also: Women are awesome. (But we already knew that.)
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to recognize women in technology. Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, serves as inspiration for generations of women in technology. In recognition of Ada Lovelace Day, here are just a few women who inspire us:
- Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian-born actress was instrumental in developing “frequency hopped spread spectrum” technology. This made radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam. It also served as the basis for Wi-Fi and wireless phone technologies that we rely on today.
- Grace Hopper, who started her military career with World War II-era Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), developed validation software for the programming language COBOL. COBOL was a result of Hopper’s belief that programs can be written in a language that was close to English rather than in machine code or languages close to machine code. Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy’s Office of Information Systems Planning. In 1994, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology established the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference “to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.”
- Honora Smith, Ada Lovelace’s great-great-great niece, works on practical outworking of math in decision making. She applies technology to plan sustainable community health schemes in rural areas of developing countries.
- Barbara Liskov was the first women to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. Her Ph.D. thesis was a computer program to play chess end games. Liskov was instrumental in the development of computer languages that allowed data abstraction, which is fundamental to many programs that we all use today.
- Galyn Susman, the visual arts director at Pixar, got her start at Apple Computer, where she showed the power of computer-based animation with the animated short “Pencil Test” which was created on the Macintosh II. More recently, she worked on the Pixar films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille.
When someone doesn’t understand how rape/sexual assault/abortion/etc. are not just “women’s issues…”
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