lifehack: if you ever want to know whether someone in the hxh fandom is a piece of shit or not, just ask them what they think of the character alluka zoldyck

seriously though

like, ok, look. the guy (and not a team of scientists, because scientific achievements are definitely accomplished by exactly one person only) landed a probe on a comet. That’s, y’know, really cool. And important.

BUT ALSO: he wore a shirt that’s really sexist. So, y’know, that’s… that’s not really cool. And also very important. Because wearing that shirt to work makes a statement. That statement is, “I am ok with the public sexualization and objectification of women, even in a work environment.” Yeah, you’re… you’re definitely making that environment safe and not uncomfortable for ladies. Ladies who already have to deal with sexual harassment because our society has normalized it, AND furthermore, ladies working in the STEM field, which already has a sexism problem. A+. I mean, if you need further proof of that, consider that no one thought to stop him before he, y’know, wore a shirt with barely-clothed ladies to a fucking interview. like. how. how did people think this ok. 

And people like to be like “wah wah it’s by his female artist friend and therefore” like shut up. Ok look. Let’s say I give my friend a shirt with a ton of buff, almost-naked men on it, for her personal enjoyment. Doesn’t mean she should take it out and wave it around in public, much less in a PROFESSIONAL SETTING. Just cause someone gives you a gift b/c they know you like it doesn’t necessarily mean it should ever see the light of day. Some things that are ok to indulge in in private are deeply problematic if they’re ever brought out into public, where they can y’know affect other people who aren’t you.

(Also: some people have been equating the whole shirt thing to the “should be able to wear whatever we want without being sexualized” thing feminists do. Like, how can anyone with half a brain think those two are remotely equivalent. How? How.)

And guess what? You can be lauded for the whole landing stuff on a comet (which, again, definitely a one person thing) - which doesn’t need any additional help, obviously - while at the same time being condemned for another thing because they’re not super related. That’s a thing that can happen.

tl;dr: stop pretending like helping to land a probe on a comet cancels out misogynistic behavior, because it fucking doesn’t. stop pretending that sexism is OK as long as you achieve something great. stop trying to stifle discussion about an act which actively upholds issues of sexism in STEM fields (and even science reporting!) that discourage women from getting into them.

really just

shut the fuck up

(Hell, the fact that he was involved in such a high-profile project means that he should doubly be taken to task for this because the scientific community needs to be shown that this shit is 100000% unacceptable.)

(P.S. quoting someone who wrote about the rigid observation of gender roles? I’m sure there’s no irony here…) nevermind this is kind of unfair to Confucius

Interesting how we’re always hearing how shameful and irresponsible it is to be a teen mom.

But we never hear the same messages directed at teen dads.

Or even the words “teen dad”.

It’s almost like society demonizes women’s sexuality and sexual choices while absolving men of all sexual responsibility and judgement.

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CNN Just Aired The Most Insane Reaction To The Catcalling Viral Video

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield hosted a segment on Sunday discussing a video of awoman enduring hours of catcalling in New York City that went viral earlier this week. The video, spearheaded by anti-street harassment organization Hollaback, received heaps of praise, but also ruffled some feathers. 

To watch the full debate and see Amanda Seales shut down Steve Santagati misogynistic argument. 

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(Part 2) TRIGGER WARNING …

So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.

About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.

Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.

Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.

For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo

Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA

Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC

Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP

Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX

Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

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This is the video made by the UCSB shooter, explaining why he chose to murder women in retaliation for being romantically rejected.

ETA: I am seeing some bloggers say we shouldn’t be sharing this video because it gives this guy attention.  Firstly, he’s dead now, so it really doesn’t matter if we ignore him or not.  Secondly, I think it’s VITALLY important that women are able to witness the type of attitude and thinking of someone who would commit such an atrocity.  Watching this video could help individuals identify red flags in potentially violent men in the future.  Watching this video can help us recognize the difference between an annoying, romantically-spurned dude and a man with a level of entitlement that creates a desire for vengeance.  That is why I’m sharing this video.  Because we need to know the attitude of men out there (and, like it’s been noted in articles about this case, this guy is NOT ALONE in his thinking.  He belonged to several webforums where he expressed these views among men with the same beliefs and is now being lauded by them as a hero.)  This is a video that needs to be seen, for our safety.

TW for misogyny and death threats