The powerful @EverydaySexism Project catalogs instances of sexism and sexual harassment experienced by women on a daily basis around the world. Women sharing their personal stories about sexism is not only brave but is also absolutely crucial to creating an environment where real change can happen!
[Please note this video contains some candid descriptions of street harassment and assault]
This is fantastic. As always what shocks me the most is the kind of response this woman is getting for creating and maintaining the Twitter and website. It’s one thing to be the kind of idiot who sexually harasses women occasionally. It’s quite another to be the type of person to defend that behavior and go so far as to say that any woman who helps to reveal that behavior should herself be raped. WHAT?
Also, I think “Everyday Sexism” is kind of a funny choice of words. Everyday sexism is overlooking a woman for a promotion or being skeptical about a man’s intelligence. This is more like everyday sexual harassment and sexual assault. Which. Is awful.
Check out the vid. ACCENTS. Just saying.
cambridge university students were asked on campus why they needed feminism. here are 60 answers. click the link for over about 600 more.
THE DISCUSSION ABOUT SEXISM AND GENDER IS STILL RELEVANT.
Call it whatever you want - feminism, equalism, humanism - the point is that many of the ways that we represent, interpret, perpetuate and make laws based on rigid gender roles are problematic and HARMFUL TO PEOPLE OF ALL GENDERS. We have a responsibility and an incentive to be proactive about becoming more conscious and taking action to change things! This is not someone else’s problem - we’re all in this together.
My favourites in this set are the Muslim women (feminism is about choice) and the men. Hearing from men who care about women’s well-being enough to fight for it or who bring up (one of the myriad) ways that sexism and rigid gender roles hurt men is SO POWERFUL.
Wow. His argument is maybe the worst attempt at avoiding responsibility and justifying ignorance and laziness I’ve heard yet. What he’s really saying is this:
"Men and women don’t understand one another because they do not share the same genitals, and therefore neither men marketing to men nor women marketing to women have any incentive or responsibility to attempt to portray people people outside of the target audience (ie: people of the opposite sex/gender) in a healthy or realistic manner."
Sure, that’s capitalism. But things like stereotyping, objectification, infantilization, etc actually affect the way people think and HARM SOCIETY. His assertion that men simply don’t understand women and vice-versa is a total cop-out. Watch one fucking episode of a Joss Whedon show.
His assertion that because women marketing to women don’t portray men accurately and therefore men marketing to men shouldn’t be pressured to portray women accurately simply accepts all our failures as a given and an excuse to continue to perform badly. We can do better. Just because many feminists fail to focus a lot of their time on how men are misrepresented in women’s (or any) media doesn’t mean it’s not considered a problem.
Seriously, I could go on forever. His assertion that the solution is for more women to make video games, ignoring that fact that the deck is already stacked against women culturally, is offensive. As someone who is interested in making the world better both for men and women, I’m hurt to hear someone say “I’m not going to defend you - do it yourself”.
The assertion that all of this is ok because “this is what men are buying” ignores the fact that men buy this because it exists and there’s little education or alternative option. It also ignores the fact that men also buy video games with good female characters and don’t complain about how their tits aren’t big enough.
But then, this is kind of Maddox’s shtick. I’ve always thought he was a total asshole. I’d love to see a civil debate between him and Anita Sarkeesian. She’d rip him a new one with how clear she explains the arguments.
True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part.
Also the study where they had women and men talking in a discussion and when women spoke around 30% of the time, men perceived them as dominating the discussion. They didn’t consider it “equal” until something like 5-10% of women talking. (via dumbthingswhitepplsay)
makes me sick.
Naw, we don’t need feminism. Sexism doesn’t exist. Blah, blah, blah. WTF?!
I guess you’d probably call this great marketing. They probably just wrote it so that we’d bitch about it. CAPITALISM!
This is so fucked. Violent sexism - alive and well.
This is how thoroughly we women have been sexualized, that we cannot make the kind of noises that come with physical exertion without it being associated with sex. In fact, everything about our bodies has been sexualized in one way or another. If we groan during sport or we breast-feed in public, we are criticized for making people think about sex. If we talk openly about things like menstruation and poop and farts, then we are criticized for making people not want to think about sex.
Think about what it means to be ladylike and all of the adjectives that go along with it: elegant, cultured, classy, sophisticated. To be successful at being feminine means being successful at being private, keeping your body’s natural functions behind closed doors and never letting anyone know they exist. It means to be constrained, that you do not let your legs spread wide in public transportation and you do not make noises that are harsh on the ears. It means presenting a polished, shiny surface to the world at all times, one that allows others to project whatever they wish onto you while never showing too much of your true self.
Ill Doctrine: All These Sexist Gamer Dudes Are Some Shook Ones
Jay Smooth talks about the response to Anita Sarkeesian‘s online harassment over her Kickstarter campaign for a video series on how women are portrayed in video games.
Something about men asking other men to support women always gets me right in the gut. THANK YOU, Jay Smooth.