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Criticisms about representations of gender (or race and other diversity) are often countered in fandom by sociological or scientific analyses attempting to explain why the inequality happens according to the internal logic of the fictional world. As though there is any real reason that anything happens in a story except that someone chose to write it that way.

Fiction is not Darwinian: It contains no impartial process of evolution that dispassionately produces the events of a fictional universe. Fiction is miraculously, fundamentally Creationist. When we make worlds, we become gods. And gods are responsible for the things they create, particularly when they create them in their own image.

Laura Hudson writes about the shotage of women characters in Star Wars fore in her article “Leia is not enough:  Star Wars and the woman problem in Hollywood.”

“Science fiction in particular has always offered a vision of the world not myopically limited by the world as it exists, but liberated by the power of imagination. Perhaps more than any genre of storytelling, it has no excuse to exclude women for so-called practical reasons — especially when it has every reason to imagine a world where they are just as heroic, exceptional, and well-represented as men.”

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I got bullied in high school for not following the heteronormative standard set by our patriarchal society. I didn’t lift weights or play sports or fuck a bunch of women. I wrote poetry and marched in the band and decorated people’s lockers for election season. The MRA’s have the nerve to attack the feminists for the bullshit expectations that come along with being a man? Men set those standards of masculinity, and then men violently forced those standards upon women. Those are patriarchal standards and women neither imposed nor consented to them. My beef is with the patriarchy, and I fight with those who fight against it, and I fight against those who fight for it.

That’s why I need feminism.

That’s why fuck MRA’s.



Stories to Watch: 2/19/13.

Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck agreed with a wingnut talk show host that it’s “nauseating” that Gabby Giffords is a “prop” for the movement to regulate guns and suggested that she’s a mental deficient being used as a pawn. The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that Heck is “pushing back” against the idea that he agreed with the radio boob, which I guess means that when he specifically said, “I agree,” he was lying or something.

Meanwhile, a Missouri Republican wants to make it a felony for legislators in that state to propose gun regulations. This is one of those really insane things that get a lot of attention — but that you don’t really have to worry about. This would be so unconstitutional that (even if the bill managed to be passed in the first place) it would never survive a court challenge. In fact, it might literally be laughed out of court. “This story may appear to be some kind of parody, making the Republican protagonist out to be a foolish caricature who couldn’t exist in reality,” writes Steve Benen, “but as best as I can tell, this is real.”

Orange County, California witnesses yet another killing spree by gunfire. Just another day in America.

Republicans simply cannot stop saying amazingly stupid and sexist things about women.

Of course, this means that the one time a Democrat says something just as batty, the wingnut blogs are ecstatic.

With Republicans trying to blame President Obama for the very existence of the sequestration trigger, Michael Tomasky helpfully puts that claim in the proper context: “So fine, the White House proposed it. It did so only after months of Republicans publicly demanding huge spending cuts and refusing to consider any revenues and acting as if they were prepared to send the nation into default over spending. In other words, this was the administration’s idea in much the way that it’s a parent’s ‘idea’ to pay ransom to a person who has taken his child hostage. There was a gun to the White House’s head, which was the possibility of the country going into default.”

The team of Simpson-Bowles is back with a (really bad) deficit reduction plan.

Finally, it’s very possible that our now nearly-nonexistent campaign finance regulations could get even looser.

[cartoon via Cagle Post]

Hook ‘em, Longhorns!



Angry Asian Women make my heart so happy.

Hook ‘em, Longhorns!




Angry Asian Women make my heart so happy.

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I laugh to keep from crying.

So very accurate.

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Unpaid Internships Are a Rich-Girl Problem *and* a Real Problem

A well-intended pushback against middle-class-white-woman feminism has led some progressives to see the non-payment of this set as yet another first-world problem. (See the comments here.) Yet as first-world problems go, this is a substantial one. Compensation for work should not be based on an employee’s need, as a scholarship might be—let alone on an employee’s perceived need, as subjectively determined by an employer who is, after all, looking to pay as little as possible.

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Last time I checked, women made up more than half the electorate. A political party that so easily allows itself to get painted as hating on the ladies is a party on the road to extinction.
Washington reporter Michelle Cottle wonders if House Republicans are about to get serious about becoming a more open party, and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. (via newsweek)

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Shhhh…no one tell Fox News that the “wedding kiss” picture they’re using to accompany a piece about traditional gender roles is actually of a same sex couple. (MADE MY DAY)


Women are so not equal to men that they have to marry themselves!!!

Why #INeedMasculism exists </sarcasm>



An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

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The following is taken from some slides presented at an educational workshop held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs called “Overview and Myths of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and survivorship.”   It was helpful to conceptualize and I think can be applied to a number of other scenarios and movements.


What is an ally?  To be an ally is to unite oneself with another to promote a common interest.  People who are allies are not only helpers, but also have a common interest with those who have different identities. In an alliance, both parties stand to benefit from the bond or connection they share.

“Master Status” is the idea that one part of a person’s identity (being a woman, a survivor, a person of color, etc.) defines and explains everything about that person.  It doesn’t.  Acknowledge the complexity of survivors and take our cues from the individual themselves.

Know and Tell Why  If you need to ask something that seems invasive or insensitive, acknowledge this and explain why it’s necessary information to obtain.  This is not a way to educate yourself about “those people” or to satisfy  your curiosity.  Do your homework; take your curiosity elsewhere.

Action.  Survivors need to be central to any awareness/prevention effort.

  • If a survivor can’t stay through an event or participate fully in the action you are making (usually on their behalf)… then there’s a problem.
  • Non-survivor allies sometimes create well-intentioned prevention efforts that totally miss the mark by objectifying survivor’s experiences.  (eg. super graphic accounts of oppression with hardly any focus on prevention.)
  • Overlooking survivors altogether (in other words, focusing solely on perpetrators, which sometimes leads to over-sympathizing with their “plight.”)
  • Keeping survivors centered in our efforts helps us stay on track.


On this day in 1997, Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as the United States Secretary of State. 

(I scored Prague Winter for Christmas this year.)  

I’ve never had an abortion, and at this point in the game, I never will. Nor do I have daughters, so this is not an issue that will affect my own life in any immediate way. But I understand that the reality of women’s and girls’ lives is that they include as strong an impulse for sex as men’s. And maybe because I am a woman, the practical has always had a stronger pull on my emotions than the theoretical. Those old debates about the nature of the human soul have never moved me; surely a soul is no more valuable to God if it exists in this world rather than the next. And a thousand arguments about the beginning of human life will never appeal to me as powerfully as a terrified pregnant girl desperate for a bit of compassion.
On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities.
President Obama on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (via barackobama)


‘I Pledge to Walk Alone’: Activists Demand Safer Cities for Women in India

The swift action is an attempt to answer critics who say that official response to rape in India has historically been slow, tepid, and ineffective. Some 95,000 rape cases are currently pending in Indian courts, according to the BBC, and in the capital, where sexual assaults are at a record high, only 1 of the 635 rape cases filed last year has resulted in a conviction to date.

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