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Entries in feminism (16)


Adria Richards Link Roundup

Those who follow me on Twitter and ADN likely know that I've been linking a lot about the Adria Richards situation. Now that Faruk Ateş has rounded up a good selection of articles on her case, including many I've linked to myself, I thought I would include these here for posterity. I may not agree with every point made in these pieces (though I do agree with the vast majority of them) but all of them are worthy of your time.

Soraya Chemaly: Online Threats Against Women Aren’t Trivial and Don’t Happen in a Vacuum

Aja Romano: In defense of Adria Richards and call-out culture

Janet D. Stemwedel: Naming, shaming, victim-blaming: thoughts on Adria Richards and PyCon

Chris Yeh: Sexism in tech is like an onion--it has many layers and makes people cry

Christie Koehler: Bold Ideas Uttered Publicly: Pycon, Richards And Responding To Conduct Violations

P.Z. Myers: Adria Richards did everything exactly right

Stephanie Zvan: Not in Public!

Dani Alexis: How Adria Richards Spoke For Me


‘Cultural Scavengers’: Violentacrez, Reddit, And Trolls

[U]nmasking Violentacrez is a first, not a final, step. The profile of his behavior and the culture that supported him is much more than an occasion to castigate him; it’s an opportunity to turn the mirror on ourselves and our media culture. If we neglect that opportunity and are merely satisfied that a creep was uncloaked, the only benefitted parties here would be Gawker and Adrian Chen, who have another viral piece on their hands and come out looking like heroes despite their own participation in the culture they’re calling out.

(via Scott Madin)


I'm Not Interested in Finding a Truce in the Culture War. I'm Interested in Winning It.

Lindy West:

There's this prevailing attitude that the "culture war" is some kind of discussion that we're all having. But you know what? Fuuuuuuck that. I know this is divisive and counterproductive and inflammatory or whatever, but not all ideas are created equal. Some ideas are shitty, and I'm sick of coddling people with shitty ideas just because this country has a weird backwards boner for old-timey puritanical rhetoric.

(via Daniel Feit)


The Other One

An excellent piece by Lana Polansky that I wish she'd never had to write.


On PAX, Assault, and Gamer Culture

Scott Madin:

Nerd culture resists change, and perceives efforts to bring change as attacks, no matter how moderate, no matter how careful the phrasing. I think the best hope is to work to make explicit what it is the pillars of the subculture support: to label their behavior indelibly as sexism, and to finally attach some modicum of shame to behaviors that should always have been seen as shameful. Challenge harmful structures, don’t support them. Don’t let praise for misogynist companies and institutions go unquestioned. make all but the most committedly sexist nerds uncomfortable voicing their boy’s-club attitudes, and make it socially unacceptable for the majority to associate with the hardcore misogynists.


Why Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comment Is Smarter Than It Seems

What Akin has rather effectively done is say something which is difficult to argue against concisely without giving way on one of these two points. One can throw around statistics about just how many pregnancies are the result of rape, or one can argue that there’s no such thing as a “non-legitimate” rape, but it’s very difficult to do both at once.

This is how Republicans change the frame of discussion.

(via Kate S)


Catch The Wave

Jen McCreight:

It’s time for a new wave of atheism, just like there were different waves of feminism. […] A wave that isn’t just a bunch of “middle-class, white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied men” patting themselves on the back for debunking homeopathy for the 983258th time or thinking up yet another great zinger to use against Young Earth Creationists. It’s time for a wave that cares about how religion affects everyone and that applies skepticism to everything, including social issues like sexism, racism, politics, poverty, and crime. We can criticize religion and irrational thinking just as unabashedly and just as publicly, but we need to stop exempting ourselves from that criticism.

I'm in.


On Political Correctness

Disdain for "political correctness" is often positioned as a concern that some important truth is not being spoken for fear of offending someone. But that concern is nothing but smoke and mirrors. To invoke "political correctness" is really to be concerned about loss of power and privilege. It is about disappointment that some "ism" that was ingrained in our society, so much that citizens of privilege could express the bias through word and deed without fear of reprisal, has been shaken loose. Charging "political correctness" generally means this: "I am comfortable with my privilege. I don't want to have to question it. I don't want to have to think before I speak or act. I certainly don't wish to inconvenience myself for the comfort of lesser people (whoever those people may be--women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.)"

(via Leala Turkey)


One Of The Most Important Things I've Ever Learned

Learn to listen. This is especially difficult for members of dominant groups. If someone confronts you with your own behavior that supports privilege, step off the path of least resistance that encourages you to defend and deny. Don’t tell them they’re too sensitive or need a better sense of humor, and don’t try to explain away what you did as something else than what they’re telling you it was. Don’t say you didn’t mean it or that you were only kidding. Don’t tell them what a champion of justice you are or how hurt you feel because of what they’re telling you. Don’t make jokes or try to be cute or charming, since only privilege can lead someone to believe these are acceptable responses to something as serious as privilege and oppression. Listen to what’s being said. Take it seriously. Assume for the time being that it’s true, because given the power of paths of least resistance, it probably is. And then take responsibility to do something about it.

— Allan G. Johnson, The Gender Knot

(via Elizabeth DeLoria)


Natalie Reed Divorces The Atheist Movement

Long but truly amazing piece about the ways the Atheist Movement (caps intentional) has failed to live up to ideals it should aspire to.

(via Alex Raymond and Kedase Derragar)