What we’re reading
Reps in North Carolina, Ohio and Texas are letting us down… hard.
Only 30% of American girls are fully vaccinated against HPV.
The cost of giving birth in the U.S. is too damn high.
Title IX wins again this time for pregnant and LGBTQ students.
Seriously, a slut-shaming speaker has no place in a high school.
Eight-year-old girl rules Maryland for the day and chooses to fix education.
Inequality is real and this interactive is really amazing. (h/t Economic Policy Institute)
Australia’s first woman prime minister.
“Are they absorbing the story that a male hero’s job is to defeat the villans with violence, and then collect the reward, which is a woman who has no friends and doesn’t speak?”
“We have to show them and model for [our sons] that a real man is someone who trusts his sisters, and respects them, and wants to be on their team.”
Colin Stokes on gender in film, the Bechdel test, and violence against women. So thought-provoking.
A 2009 study demonstrated that when men look at photos of women in bikinis, their brains exhibited a lack of activation in the area of the brain associated with social cognition (consideration of other’s thoughts, emotions, anticipates social interaction). Instead, activity was focused in the region of the brain associated with tool usage – indicating that the brain was literally thinking of the women as objects.
This effect was pronounced in men who scored high on a hostile-sexism survey – meaning that they saw women as a hindrance or a threat.
In 2012, women working full-time earned 80.9 percent of what men earned in terms of weekly pay — a drop from 82.2 percent in 2011, according to the IWPR study. In terms of annual earnings, women lagged men even further, making just 77 percent of what men earned, a half a percentage point down from 2011.
WaPo reports on the continually widening gender pay gap
Anti- and Pro-suffrage propoganda from the early 20th century. Interesting to see how the arguments were made. Shocking to realize that women have only been able to vote for less than 100 years.
A friendly reminder to all that we ARE living in 2012… even if sometimes you can’t tell.