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Tough Guise: Violence, Media & The Crisis in Masculinity

with Ed. M, Ph.D Jackson Katz

Same for mass shootings which are almost entirely done by white males.

If it was done by, literally, ANYONE ELSE of any other race or gender, I can’t even IMAGINE the shit that would be said by people.

I read somewhere, someone had this theory that the reason shootings are mainly committed by white males is because when women or poc feel alienated, depressed, etc, we are trained to keep it to ourselves, whereas white men are raised with a sense of entitlement that allows them to make their own problems everyone’s problem.

I wonder if it is true for shooting or for road rage or both or neither.

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We watched this in Media Literacy and of course most of the guys eye irritated and said it was stupid

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Links to Feminist Essays, Videos, and More

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I said a little while back that I would put together a list of recs to various essays and videos discussing feminism and female characters. Here is the start of that list, as well as a link to the page for it available on this blog. More will be added to that page as time goes on, and feel free to message me with suggestions.

The Misadventures of Comic Book Girl - A wonderful and heartbreaking essay written by adventuresofcomicbookgirl, about her experiences as a fan of comics and the sexism she faced.

How We Teach Our Kids that Women Are Liars - An article by Soraya Chemaly, exploring how women must often struggle to prove themselves telling the truth, and how this misogynistic stereotype is perpetuated.

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games - The famous web essays by Anita Sarkeesian, exploring the harmful and misogynistic tropes about women that are oh-so-popular in video games.

Laverne Cox on Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color - Laverne Cox, activist and actress from Orange is the New Black, discusses transmisogyny and the issues she has faced as a trans woman of color.

Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy: Let’s Unpack That - This article discusses in-depth the idea of fantasy echoing sexism in history. "History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men."

Girl Trouble: We Care About Young Women as Symbols, Not as People - An article by Laurie Penny discussing how women are not even viewed as people, and are instead demonized and viewed as objects or symbols.

Why Buffy Isn’t a Feminist Show - A short but well-written tumblr post expressing the troubling aspects of Buffy as a show, and the often sexist writing it employed.

Its Alright; You’re a Boy "Modest is hottest". A young girl takes on her principal and her school over the sexism they express in their dress policy.

Mary-Sue What Are You? Or, Why the Concept of a Mary-Sue is Sexist - An essay examining the double standards involved in female characters being labeled “mary-sues”, once again by adventuresofcomicbookgirl.

What Scares Me is the World We Live In - A young man engages in a social experiement to see how other will react to him dressing in stereotypical “women’s clothes”, and he not only faces more harassment and abuse than he expected, but he fully realizes and admits that he will never truly understand what it is like to live as a woman. 

Gender Inequality in Film - An infographic from the New York Film Academy.

Of Course Not All Men Hate Women. But All Men Must Know They Benefit from Sexism - Another article from Laurie Penny discussing how men benefit from sexism, and the flawed thinking that comes from men claiming that we must stop “hurting their feelings” when it comes to their roles in sexism.

What’s the Creepiest Thing Someone Has Said to You While Cosplaying - From Buzzfeed, several pictures of women in cosplay, holding signs of the creepiest things men have said to them while they were cosplaying.

Michelle Rodriguez Made Me Cry at Comic-Con - A first-hand account of sexism at San Diego Comic-Con by Kate Conway, and a panel with Michelle Rodriguez where such sexism was discussed.

What Women Want (in Video Game Protagonists) - An article from the Mary-sue exploring the kind of roles women would like to see for female characters in video games.

The Problem With “The Problem With False Feminism”, a Strongly Worded Essay - Discusses the movie “Frozen” in feminist terms, and it refutes some of its anti-feminist claims, while still pointing out the problematic aspects of the movie.

This will be added to over time, and you can see the page for it here.

omg it’s my writing! I’m on a list! Thanks so much I’m flattered! And this is good stuff!

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"Half of [the reception to Superman Returns’] I understand and half of it I never will. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don’y know what would have helped. Probably nothing."

Bryan Singer blames failure of Superman Returns on trying to appeal to a female audience.

http://www.themarysue.com/bryan-singer-superman-returns-women/

Wait, if it was aimed at a female audience, why was Superman portrayed as a deadbeat father, stalker and implied date-rapist (what with erasing Lois’ memory after sleeping with her so she doesn’t know whose responsible for the resulting pregnancy)?

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Female audience bc emotions and tepid romance…and women don’t like action? But u know there’s a lot to be said for emotions but like those …emotions to have to be…good and not poorly done Bryan…i mean did the movie even pass the Bechdel test I’m pretty sure it didn’t and that’s like the lowest possible bar.

lowest possible.

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Happy women’s day, yo

What’s misandry, again?

Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
There are six million more women than men in the world.
Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities.
About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.
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mohandasgandhi:

dank-potion:

23andchildfree:

Happy women’s day, yo

What’s misandry, again?

  • Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
  • Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
  • Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
  • Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
  • There are six million more women than men in the world.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
  • Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
  • Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
  • Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities.
  • About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
  • Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.

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TRIGGER WARNING: misogynoir, violence, harassment, sexual abuse, rape.

@HoodFeminism (which is @Karnythia's and @thewayoftheid's work) hosted a Twitter discussion regarding the stereotype of “fast tailed girls” that Black girls deal with primarily during adolescence, but certainly starts before that for many Black girls and continues well into adulthood (i.e. the Jezebel controlling image). I put many of the tweets shared in this discussion in a Storify: #FastTailedGirls: Examining The Stereotypes and Abuse That Black Girls Face though a few are included above.

"Fast tailed" girls: Black girls stereotyped as “hypersexual” beings and seeking sex whether or not they are sexually active. This stereotype is proliferated in the home (especially by some mothers and older women), within the Black community (i.e church, socially; especially by the Black men who abuse and by some Black male leaders who want this silenced) and amidst society itself (i.e. schools, media; because of racism and White supremacist notions of womanhood). These Black girls are viewed: as “adult” women “asking” for abuse,” as responsible for the abuse that primarily adult Black men inflict on them or coerce them into and often inflict without punishment let alone blame from the Black community (as “protecting” Black men from racism often takes precedence over any other intraracial issue); as providing consent simply by experiencing puberty (or not even experiencing puberty); as automatically heterosexual; as automatically culpable for any street harassment, physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse that they experience. A Black girl with confidence who speaks up for herself, wants to express her femininity visually, has a normal interest in boys, gets unwanted attention from adult men, and/or has male friends can easily be labeled as such. This stereotype sits in a binary opposed to “respectable" Black girls while both "types" of Black girls are regularly abused. It is the hatred of Blackness, womanhood and childhood (or rejection of a period of childhood actually existing for Black girls) intersecting in this dangerous stereotype.

Though difficult of course, this conversation was so important and I am grateful to Hood Feminism for their presence, in general, and for this conversation, specifically. It is important to discuss how within and outside of our communities internalizing the hateful messages about Blackness, womanhood and Black womanhood specifically has caused so much harm, much irreversible. What can change is how we think about ourselves as Black women, meaning ending shaming and ending buying into patriarchal binaries about Black girls and Black women while simultaneously protecting abusers. Have open conversations about how patriarchal masculinity is literally killing men, Black men in particular, and how while it is true that they are very much so oppressed via race, as all Black people are, they are also oppressors of Black women. Black women also support this structure when abusers are defended and protected and our truths and experiences are silenced by other Black women and anyone else among Black people; that has to end. Deconstructing and rejecting the way that racism, White supremacy, anti-Blackness and sexism create this stereotype for Black girls, ones that impact them inside and outside of the Black community.

The abuse has to end. The education has to be received. The compassion has to be shared. The unlearning has to commence. The truth has to be spoken, even if at 140 characters at a time. Even if in small groups and in supermarket aisles and schools and churches and anywhere. Black girls deserve better than this. Black women deserve more than the pain of the memories of abuse and the fear that another generation of Black girls will experience the same.

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Keep learning, growing and healing. 

(Please leave content above intact if you reblog. Please take care before adding any comments to this post. It is very serious and very painful for many Black women. Victim blaming and statements supporting rape culture are unwelcome here by people who think they have a “right” to harm us because this conversation occurred publicly. Please be respectful.

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This hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m still feeling a little nauseous after this realization.

I also put it on DA

This is a wonderful presentation. I just had to add these:

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Don’t ever let anyone tell you that gender egalitarianism isn’t possible among humans, or that our species’ “natural” state is one of gender oppression.

I could have sworn that “forager” was the term that’s coming to replace the inaccurate “hunter-gatherer.”  Even so.

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"While Ms. McKenna “did not ‘abduct’ the child,” the court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.”"

Sara McKenna, a former Marine, became pregnant during a brief relationship with Bode Miller, an Olympic skier. While seven months pregnant, she moved from California to New York to go to school, leading a judge to scold her for “virtually absconding with her fetus.” Now, the fight for custody of their son has become “a closely watched legal battle over the rights of pregnant women to travel and make life choices.”  (via albinwonderland)

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