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25 Jul 2014 17 notes
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posted 4 hours ago
25 Jul 2014 1 note
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You may notice that a lot of things happen to do with sexism on the internet. Sometimes someone has done a sexist thing and people are talking about it. Sometimes someone has written an article about the time they experienced sexism and other people are having feelings about it.  Sometimes a particular woman or women is being harassed on Twitter and you are witnessing it.

As you know, sexism is bad, and when bad things happen, you might have feelings about it too. But how can you help? What should be done? Here is a guide[.]

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25 Jul 2014 30,332 notes
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  #cultural appropriation    #Bass Coast Festival  

hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation

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From their announcement:

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

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24 Jul 2014 2 notes
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23 Jul 2014 3 notes
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22 Jul 2014 6,197 notes
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thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

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posted 3 days ago
22 Jul 2014 6 notes
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21 Jul 2014 9 notes
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  #tuthmosis    #short hair    #femininity    #LAURIE PENNY  

[Tuthmosis] writes that long hair is “almost universally attractive to men, when they’re actually speaking honestly… Women instinctively know this, which is why every American girl who cuts, and keeps, her hair short often does it for ulterior reasons … Short hair is a political statement. And, invariably, a girl who has gone through with a short cut – and is pleased with the changes in her reception – is damaged in some significant way. Short hair is a near-guarantee that a girl will be more abrasive, more masculine, and more deranged.”

The essential argument is: men like long hair, and what sane woman would ever want to do anything that decreases her capacity to please men?

I wear my hair short for a number of reasons, and admittedly one of them is because I like the way it says I don’t put a priority on pleasing men. Does that make me damaged? Only if it’s unhealthy to dislike being a object of impersonal desire. My husband is the only man I want to please with my appearance, and even then, his wants come after my own.

So I’m going to keep enjoying the feeling of a freshly-shaved nape and the lightness of a head not weighed down by a pound and a half of dead protein. And I’m especially going to keep enjoying flipping guys like this the bird.

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posted 5 days ago
20 Jul 2014 1 note
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posted 6 days ago
19 Jul 2014 2 notes
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Graphs are broken down by gender and ethnicity as well, demonstrating how only a small percentage of women major in computer science, math or engineering, which tend to have the highest rates of employment in STEM fields. Meanwhile, a majority of Asian college students major in these subjects, which might explain their heavy presence in STEM industries.

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