Jun. 7th, 2010 03:15 pm
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I don't normally use this tag, and what it's designed for, very much; I'm very lucky in that I don't encounter very much in the way of day-to-day sexism. There have, however, been two egregious examples in the last couple of days. One, on Saturday, came from a man walking past me as I went to the farmers' market; the other happened just now, yelled from a man in a car coming around the corner as I was crossing the road. Both involved these men commenting on my appearance with the hideously mature comment of 'hey, sexy'. The arsehole in the car continued, as the car came around behind me with 'yeah, looking good'.

I'm very, very pissed off. And actually a wee bit unsettled, because when a man in a car who you can't see and who is located behind you shouts something like that out of a moving vehicle at you, it is not exactly designed to make you overwell with confidence. I did just about manage to yell f*ck off back, but more as an afterthought.

I don't have to put up with this kind of f*ckmuppetry very often. I feel incredibly for women who get this kind of thing every day. I know most of the people reading this won't be the sort of people who do this kind of thing. But let me say it just in case - please, for the love of heaven, don't think it's acceptable to comment on unknown women's appearance to you as a sex object, and don't let the people you hang out with think it's acceptable either.

I now have my lunch in front of me and am going to enjoy my sandwich and crisps, and get back into the chill I was in after my massage, and try not to let this ruin my day.
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It is Ada Lovelace Day!

I grew up knowing a ton of scientists at Newnham, and it never struck me that women shouldn't do science. Hell, I nearly became a chemist instead of a classicist. Plus I lived in a building named after Rosalind Franklin, the unsung mind behind the discovery of DNA, for a year. So making a day to "celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science" sounds like a good thing to me, especially since [ profile] feanelwa, one of my oldest friends, does very clever things with electron microscopes.

That is, unfortunately, about as far as I can go at the moment. But what I can do is recommend unto you a book on my reading list, The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science by Julie Des Jardins.

I don't know a great deal about women in science and technology - but I'm going to learn some more.


Feb. 7th, 2010 02:59 pm
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Quite a lot to catch up on here, so excuse me if these are a bit short.

8 - G-Force )

9 - The September Issue )

10 - Up )

11 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus )

12 - Beowulf & Grendel )
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I thought I'd pass on a link to an excellent article in the latest edition of the New Yorker. It's a very interesting read that covers the background and latest news to the story; addresses historical questions of gender testing and racism, drawing parallels with Saartjie Baartman, the Hottentot Venus; and looks at the South African reaction to Semenya.

For those who don't remember this, Caster Semenya won a gold medal in the women's 800 meters during the 2009 World Championships, held in Berlin. News leaked out about gender testing she had asked to undergo (well, I say 'asked' - more like she was told she was having doping tests done and then given gender tests, which are far from conclusive anyway). The International Association of Athletics Federations haven't decided whether or not she gets to keep the medal, and Athletics South Africa, the local body in charge of regulating this sort of thing, has been at loggerheads with them. There's a lot of politics, sexism and racism going into the mix; it's ugly; and it shouldn't fade away against the wallpaper. The article is definitely worth a read.
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Today is the eleventh Transgender Day of Remembrance, on which we remember those who have died because of hatred and violence targeted against them because they were (or were perceived to be) transgendered.

If you didn't know, now you do.

Some people have spoken about this more eloquently and better than I can:

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009 by Cara at Feministe.

From that post, a list of the 162 known trans people who were killed from November 20, 2008 to November 12, 2009. One hundred and sixty two.

11th International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, 20th November 2009 by Helen at Bird of Paradox.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009 by kaninchenzero at FWD/Forward.

I am turning comments off for this post. That people have died because of their gender identity is unacceptable and horrific. This is not a debatable topic.

Edit: make that possibly one hundred and sixty three. Ugh.
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If you have not already read them, you need to read two entries on LJ.

The first is from [ profile] cereta, titled On rape and men (Oh yes, I'm going there), and she does. She addresses the problem of men telling women 'well, not all men are like that'. She asks what men who say 'well, I'd never rape someone' are doing to try and make sure that other men don't either.

The second is from [ profile] khalinche, titled Perusing Penises in the Park (no, seriously) and some street harassment stories. Among other things, she tells the story of her walk home from college, and the moments on that walk that made her nervous or anxious about being harrassed. That's a daily experience, and represents the experience of many women.

Read. Think. Comment. Act.

And, once you've read [ profile] cereta's post - try to be That Guy.

Comments are disabled because I'd much rather you joined in the conversations on those posts if you have something to say.
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A thought provoking post from Feministe about why arguing about whether it's feminist to wear lipstick somewhat misses the larger social point.

Not intended to be a massive-argument-about-feminism post, thank you. Just a reminder that most of the discussions I'm seeing on LJ at the moment are painfully founded in western middle-class privilege, and outgrowing that is part of my feminism's project.
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And, of course, immediately after I read The Obesity Myth, there's an article in the New York Times suggesting that fitness is a better indicator of mortality risk than B.M.I..

Interesting to see the ways in which this piece tries to balance the typical anti-fat warrior rhetoric with the 'new science' which, actually, really isn't that new.
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