Yes, there are going to be men who realize they have been abusers, harassers, and rapists. That is not going to be easy for them to hear. Yes, men are going to realize that the language that is a part of their everyday lives is degrading and violent. It will not be easy change their tongues. Yes, men are going to realize that the economic, political, and social clout they enjoy is the result of thousands of years of repressive laws and customs aimed at ensuring their dominance, and much of that has to do with causing physical harm to women to secure their silence. And that is going to be really, really uncomfortable to hear. The truth often is.
Why #gamergate is important
Fun fact: Morgan Ramsay, founder of the Entertainment Media Counsel, did an objective study of how much of gaming journalism talks about sexism or social justice.
To do this, he downloaded 130,524 articles from 37 RSS feeds of 23 outlets, including The Escapist, Rock Paper Shotgun, CVG, Edge Online, Eurogamer, Gamasutra, Game Informer, GamePolitics, GamesBeat, GamesIndustry International, GameSpot, GamesRadar, IGN, IndieGames, Joystiq, Kotaku, Massively, MCV, NowGamer, PocketGamer.biz, Polygon, Shacknews and VG24/7, published over a period of twelve months. He then did a search on how often these games articles mentioned sexism, feminism, or misogyny.
The result? Over a period of one year, 0.41% of 130,524 articles referenced feminism, feminist, sexism, sexist, misogyny, and misogynist explicitly.
That’s less than half of one percent.
So next time you hear someone whining that “feminism is taking over video games journalism”, what they’re actually whining about is that feminism exists in video games journalism.
This type of shit is why I no longer identify as a “gamer” or “geek”. Ya’ll a bunch of woman-hating, fedora-wearing, 4chan/reddit/9gag-visiting, porn-addicted petulant man-children that are frustrated that women don’t wanna fuck your smelly ass. Take a shower and sprout some empathy.
Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over”
"There has not been nearly enough change," she tells Salon, taking on Obama failures, lobbyists, tuition. So 2016?
As universities move towards a corporate business model, precarity is being imposed by force.
The top ten recipients of US foreign assistance this year all practice torture and are responsible for major human rights abuses, reports Daniel Wickham.
So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it
Hate doesn’t breed hate. Hate inspires anger in victims of hatred and that anger is called hatred to delegitimize it and villainize people. If you wanna help people who are victims then first you gotta stop acting like they’re just as bad their oppressors and abusers.
It’s a nice idea that we could simply follow a prescribed set of rules and make the world a better place for all. It’s a nice idea that racism is a finite problem for which there is a finite solution, and that respectability, perhaps, could have saved all the people who have lost their lives to the effects of racism.
But we don’t live in that world and it’s dangerous to suggest that the targets of oppression are wholly responsible for ending that oppression. Respectability politics suggest that there’s a way for us to all be model (read: like white) citizens. We can always be better, but will we ever be ideal? Do we even want to be ideal, or is there a way for us to become more comfortably human?
After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.
Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.
This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.
Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy
Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.
This post really fucked me up because now i can’t stop seeing it but also it’s not really a thing that is easy to call people out on because the dynamic just seems so normal?? so like fuck i want it to stop but i also don’t want to make people uncomfortable unnecessarily when they probably won’t get it.
This is also kind of what I was talking about earlier in another post. Now, I’m speaking as a revolutionary socialist here and going into a slightly different but related topic. If we on the revolutionary left aren’t extremely proactive and careful, many things will stay the same even if we overthrow capitalism tomorrow. People will still be sexist, racist, ableist, transphobic, etc, and we DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT. Because the dynamic of women talking less, for example, seems so normal, it leads to so much other oppression. Many men on the left especially think they have a pass to be misogynistic because it’s somehow different from “other people’s” misogyny. Often unaware, men will talk over women in activist circles, too, and most of their leaderless leaders in my experience have been cisgender men.
[TW: sexual abuse, ableism]
I’m sure just about everyone here is aware of the statistic that on average, 1 in 5 women in the US are sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
For people with developmental disabilities, that number is over 90%. Over 90% of our most vulnerable population are sexually abused, very often by care providers or family members.
Where the fuck is our outrage? How is ableism not viewed as a legitimate oppression yet?
Today In Solidarity (10.4.14): Protesters in Washington, DC shutdown Georgetown for several hours, marching for justice for Mike Brown and an end to police brutality. So proud of the people still keep this going, around the country and world. #staywoke #farfromover (PT I)
The movement is growing. Are you a part of it?
No, No I am not.
1) autopsy shows he was in a full run towards the police officer when he was shot.
2) this was right after he broke the officers skull
What would you do if some one just broke your skull and decided to charge at you soon after?
Good to know you get your info from White Nationalist News. Can I book you for the next Klan meeting?
What would you do if someone who was sworn to serve and protect you shot one of the kids in your community dead in the middle of the street, left their body to rot in the hot summer heat for hours, then had the comrades of this killer lie at every possible opportunity to cover for this wrongful death?
What trips me up about you tea party “libertarians” is the inherent hypocrisy at the center of your Ferguson critiques/rants/silence. From an ideological perspective you are against a police state, extrajudicial killings, and government corruption, and yet in this instance, you defend all three. If you truly love the Constitution, have the conviction to defend it beyond your racist inclinations. Demand justice for Mike Brown.