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.


The issue with Fox’s misogyny toward female pilots is that it reinforces the very thing military women already deal with from male counterparts.

And veterans are speaking out.

Read an open letter to Fox about Eric Bolling’s “boobs on the ground” remark, written by U.S. military veterans from the Truman Nat’l Security project:

Before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.

We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.

Disclosure: Lisa Reed is a Media Matters employee. 

Britain (rightfully) wants nothing to do with these sexist American Apparel ads 

American Apparel’s latest ad campaign has just been banned in the U.K. — the sixth time ads for the company have been prohibited in less than three years.

On Wednesday, the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced that it is banning American Apparel ads because they are “gratuitous and objectified women, and were therefore sexist and likely to cause serious and widespread offense.”

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of-miceand-ben said:

I just need you to know that you are everything that is wrong with civilization. You are a useless whore taking histories mistakes and convincing mindless people that they are still in effect. There is no widespread sexism in society anymore, im willing to bet there hasn't been for a while. Anything you interpret as gender oppression is either imagined, made up, or an individual being evil. You're holding on to this dream of being an activist but your making up your enemy as you go along






From Exposing Men’s Rights Activism:

“I made this because quite frankly I’m sick and tired of these bigots making excuses for their ignorance. The most prevalent one seems to be “I’m just playing devil’s advocate here!”

No, that’s not the only thing you are doing. You are perpetuating ideas that were and still are utilized to marginalize historically exploited and oppressed groups of people. Stop making excuses for bigotry and educate yourself!”