Shortest-known abstract for a serious scientific paper: only 2 words
(via: Boing Boing)
Being good to each other is so important, guys.
Reminder: motivation is a skittish animal.
— Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (via bbrightstar)
YOU GUYS I’VE FOUND IT. THE SINGLE GREATEST TIME-LAPSE EUROPEAN HISTORY MAP. THE ONLY ONE YOU WILL EVER NEED.
Really, watch this. It’s fantastic.
THE FUCKING MUSIC GOT REALLY INTENSE
I’ve talked a little about it before, though I tag it weaponized femininity for ts so you might not have seen it.
Mostly, I think that tumblr’s overwhelming fondness for it drowns out a lot of problems with the concept:
- the ways that reclaiming a traditionally white femininity excludes women of color;
- how often “you can be accomplished and pretty!” sounds like “you must be accomplished and pretty,”
- and related to that—way that it seems to still pay a whole hell of a lot of deference to the male gaze.
- femininity is predicated on beauty, you still have to be attractive to weaponize it—for example, in that gifset I reblogged, the woman’s gesture loses all meaning if the man doesn’t want to touch her in the first place.
- I have no time for any strain of female empowerment that is predicated on my ability to be conventionally attractive.
- I have no time for any strain of female empowerment that thinks the most important thing about me is how I present myself.
- if you want to wear red lipstick or polka dot dresses or look like a terrifying empress of the cosmos—fine.
- if you want to wear stilettos and a sheath dress to take down the patriarchy—great.
- but too often those things are presented as an end in themselves and if we’re going patriarchy hunting I’m wearing sneakers and an oversize t-shirt and weaponized femininity doesn’t seem to have room for that in its narrative.
On a personal level, as someone who has little hope of fitting into the mold of conventional femininity and therefore could never subvert it, the label to me seems yet another gate of “womanhood” shut in my face. I don’t always appreciate it.
Thank you! I think you’re cool too anon, your cool self with your cool sunglasses.
You know, the discourse around women and “work life balance” is great and wonderful.
But there is a huge emphasis on the “life” part of the scale being all about raising and taking care of a family.
What about us singles?
What about women who want to reconcile time spent working and time spent cultivating a hobby, like soldering or knitting?
What about women who just don’t want kids?
Apparently it’s not socially acceptable for a man to invite another man out just for coffee or to go out for a meal, in case it’s perceived as a date. Like it’s fine if you wanna go to the pub and drink beer and have a chat but make it non-alcoholic and suddenly you’re not straight anymore? You can go to the cinema together but ONLY if it’s an action movie. You guys can’t even just go shopping with each other. Oh masculinity, so fragile, so strange.