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@IPPR asked 18 year olds about online porn, sexting and the impact on their relationships. This is what they said.

So women who are harassed online are expected to either get over ourselves or feel flattered in response to the threats made against us. We have the choice to keep quiet or respond “gleefully.”

But no matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment—and the sheer volume of it—has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet. Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower our emotional bandwidth, take up our time, and cost us money through legal fees, online protection services, and missed wages. I’ve spent countless hours over the past four years logging the online activity of one particularly committed cyberstalker, just in case. And as the Internet becomes increasingly central to the human experience, the ability of women to live and work freely online will be shaped, and too often limited, by the technology companies that host these threats, the constellation of local and federal law enforcement officers who investigate them, and the popular commentators who dismiss them—all arenas that remain dominated by men, many of whom have little personal understanding of what women face online every day.

Sexting and porn part of everyday life for teenagers

On telegraph:

Sending sexually explicit pictures by mobile phone is now part of everyday life for almost half of teenagers, according to new research showing a backlash among young people against Britain’s increasingly sexualised culture.

Eight out of 10 18-year-olds now believe that pornography is too easy to access, including by accident, and six in 10 admit that its pervasiveness made the process of growing up more difficult for them.

And in a marked rejection of the “free love” ideology espoused by many in previous generations, two thirds of British teenagers now believe that people today are “too casual” about sex and relationships.

The study for the think-tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that many older teenagers even blame adults for failing to do enough to discourage them from rushing into sex or counter the influence of pornography.

Some spoke of feeling “pressured” into sex by teachers through rushed and awkward sex education lessons promoting the message that it is “normal” to have sex before the age of consent as long as contraception is used.

Rest: telegraph.

See also: Surprise! Teen girls are having anal sex because they’re being pressured into it on (feministcurrent):

[…] The study was conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who interviewed 130 teenagers aged 16-18 in three sites across the country to “explore expectations, experiences and circumstances of anal sex among young people”. They found that anal sex among heterosexual couples was “painful, risky and coercive, particularly for women” and that males expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners:

Even in otherwise seemingly communicative and caring partnerships, some men seemed to push to have anal sex with their reluctant partner despite believing it likely to hurt her…

…Persuasion of women was a feature to a greater or lesser degree of most men’s and women’s narratives about anal sex events, with repeated, emphatic requests from men commonly mentioned…

…Women seemed to take for granted that they would either acquiesce to or resist their partners’ repeated requests, rather than being equal partners in sexual decision-making. Being able to say ‘no’ was often cited by the women as a positive example of their control of the situation.


In defence of white knights

New Statesman:

Back in the real world, something fascinating is happening. As men and boys everywhere begin to realise that a society less riddled with rape, sexual violence and lazy gender stereotypes might be better for everyone, less evolved men and boys have started to round on them as traitors. One common charge is that men who support feminism are trying to be “white knights”, sweeping in to protect women, not knowing that we capricious females prefer the attentions of the bull-necked misogynists who holler at us in the street.

“White knight” and “beta male” are the most common slurs flung at such men – usually by retro sexists who still think that feminism is all about poor confused chaps getting shouted at whenever they hold open a door for an enormous straw woman. In reality, most women and girls would simply rather that men stopped slamming doors in our faces.

Rest: New Statesman.

Stay-at-home mums face barriers returning to the workforce

On (emphasis added):

in contemporary Australia, most mothers go back to work when their children are still young kids. But what is it like when they get there? Do they face discrimination as mothers? Have they been supplanted by younger workers or the childless? Is it possible that the struggle to get back to work has supplanted the mummy wars as the great feminist battle of the 21st century. Just how easy is it, in a world which tells us modern workplaces are flexible, for women who have opted out of the workforce to opt back in? ‘‘It’s horrific,’’ says Jessica (not her real name), a mother and a former human resources manager for a private wealth firm, who has experienced both sides of the post-maternity coin.

‘‘At an organisational level, there was never a time when a woman was more vulnerable than when she was on maternity leave,’’ she says of her former workplace. ‘‘It was commonplace to change the head count when the woman was on maternity leave and make her redundant, which is really destabilising for the women’s career,’’ she says. ‘‘If the role doesn’t exist any more, she doesn’t come back.’’

Jessica’s anecdotal experience is backed by data – an Australian Human Rights Commission review into discrimination related to ‘‘pregnancy, parental leave and return to work’’ found one in two mothers reported  workplace discrimination at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on their return to work. One in five mothers surveyed said they were ‘‘made redundant/restructured/dismissed or


Study raises questions about why women are less likely than men to earn tenure at research universities

Fault of (sexist?) tenure process and not research productivity: ‘“It’s not that we need to make women more productive. It’s that we need to change the processes,” said Kate Weisshaar, a graduate student at Stanford University who did the study.’

On insidehighered:

In discussions about the gender gap among tenured professors at research universities, there is little dispute that there are far more men than women with tenure in most disciplines. But why? Many have speculated that men are outperforming women in research, which is particularly valued over teaching and service at research universities. With women (of those with children) shouldering a disproportionate share of child care, the theory goes, they may not be able to keep up with publishing and research to the same extent as their male counterparts.

A study presented here Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association finds that those assumptions may be untrue in some disciplines. The study compared tenure rates at research universities in computer science, English and sociology — and then controlled for research productivity.

Not only are men more likely than women to earn tenure, but in computer science and sociology, they are significantly more likely to earn tenure than are women who have the same research productivity. In English men are slightly (but not in a statistically significant way) more likely than women to earn tenure.

Rest: insidehighered (HT feministphilosophers).

The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape


A number of studies, on college campuses and elsewhere, have shown that having friends who support violence against women is a big risk factor for committing sexual assault. Now prevention efforts are exploring the idea that having male friends who object to violence against women can be a powerful antidote to rape on college campuses.

“One of the things that matters most to boys and emerging adult men is the opinion of other men,” says John Foubert, a researcher at Oklahoma State University who studies rape prevention among young men.

[…] But in a group of guy friends, Oklahoma State’s Foubert says, the opinions that can end up influencing behavior are often just what a guy thinks his friends think. “Let’s say you have a peer group of 10 guys,” says Foubert. “One or two are constantly talking about, ‘Oh, I bagged this b- – -h.’ Many of the men listening to that are uncomfortable, but they think that the other men support it through their silence.”


The people who are most commonly on the receiving end of the admonishment about being ‘too angry’ are, usually, the people who bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to the issue under discussion. ‘Feminist issues’ often harm women of colour, poor women, queer women even more strongly than they affect white middle-class women. In a fair world, that would instantly translate into deferential treatment for those perspectives, with the charge being led by those who represent those most affected. In the world we live in, however, the charge is led by those with greatest access (which usually means white people with money and formal education).

It is a perversion of justice indeed to be told that your level of investment in an issue is ‘too high’ by the standards of someone who is less exposed the harms accompanying that issue.

It is a further perversion to be told that the issues that affect you aren’t ‘the real issues’ because they affect people who are not representative of the majority.

And when that perversion manifests itself again and again at the hands of the same group of people (a group that, in other circumstances, is the oppressive class), it ceases to be merely wrong in fact, and becomes linked to a larger series of injustices that the group seeking ‘solidarity’ never seems to get around to. A social justice movement should be concerned with the issues of those most vulnerable to injustice, and yet articles like this one in the Nation only serve to reinforce the fact that justice will be indefinitely delayed by those who are the least vulnerable.

And that hurts.

Who Needs Feminism Anyway?

AMEN! On huffingtonpost:

I once asked my friend if she was a feminist. Her response: Of course not.

This aversion to the word “feminism” is not uncommon: The well-publicized portrayal of feminists as angry, man-hating women has preserved the notion that feminism is destructive, dangerous, and to be avoided at all costs. As a result, many celebrities like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Madonna have all rejected the term, claiming that “I don’t really think of it as guys versus girls,” “I love men,” and “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist,” respectively. More recently, Pharrell stated that it wasn’t possible for him to be a feminist because “I’m a man,” and actress Shailene Woodley caused controversy when she rejected feminism because “the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”

To these celebrities — and to anyone else opposed to feminism — I have a request: Please learn what being a feminist actually means. Feminism doesn’t pit guys against girls. It doesn’t call for the downfall of men. It’s not mutually exclusive from humanism. And men can be feminists too.

Rest: huffingtonpost

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
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How Search Engines Reveal Worldwide Sexism (makers)
The fact is, like it or not, you still live a world where gender matters. Where gender controls not just the entire course of your life – but the lives of women all over the world. Every second, a child will be born female in a country where she will persecuted for this random biological occurrence for the rest of her life. So before you hold up your anti-Feminist placard proudly and smile at your own sense of empowerment, think not what Feminism can do for you, but what it can do for that one girl. She needs someone to stand up for her. That someone could be you.

"She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10."

“She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10,” Kaliph said, his tears dropping into the brown dust. “What can a father say to that. How can I help? We all feel so useless.”

Kaliph’s daughter, who he did not want to name, had access to a group phone passed around between other girls imprisoned by the Islamic State in Bardoush prison in central Mosul.

All face the imminent prospect of being married off. Or worse, being used by the jihadis as a sex slave.

“The world needs to know that is where our women are, where they are being enslaved, young and old alike,” he said, sitting in the dirt outside a building site near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Dohuk that he and some 70 other Yazidis are now using as shelter.

On the Guardian.

New Zealand suffragettes were accused of being ‘epicene’ i.e. androgynous and encouraged to prioritise cooking their husbands’ dinners. On 14 August 1891 petitions organised by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) seeking women’s suffrage and signed by a total of 9,000 women were presented to New Zealand’s Parliament. Two years later New Zealand suffragettes won the vote; some historians date this as the first major breakthrough in equal suffrage.
From: Object! Women Not Sex Objects (FB)

New Zealand suffragettes were accused of being ‘epicene’ i.e. androgynous and encouraged to prioritise cooking their husbands’ dinners. On 14 August 1891 petitions organised by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) seeking women’s suffrage and signed by a total of 9,000 women were presented to New Zealand’s Parliament. Two years later New Zealand suffragettes won the vote; some historians date this as the first major breakthrough in equal suffrage.

From: Object! Women Not Sex Objects (FB)

What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women (youtube)

Um. Parody or not, that cat-calling is a reflection of patriarchal mores in a very sexist and unequal society is as maybe but (1) this only removes responsibility from men for checking their own behaviours and (2) give me that theoretical take the next time I’m walking alone and harassed and I’ll tell you how much better it makes me feel.

Via alternet:

In fact, catcalling is essentially the lingua franca of everyday sexism, and it’s rife with double meanings. Thankfully, BuzzFeed has come up with  a video translation guide, aptly titled “What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women.” I know, I know: #NotAllMen. It’s true that not all men realize the implications of what they say to strangers on the street; it’s also true that not all women recognize street harassment for what it is either. That’s why BuzzFeed’s video, although a parody, is important — it’s an excellent illustration of how street harassment looks and sounds.