You just can’t discuss gender abolitionism with people who think female is a gender. It will give you a headache.

Actually, it’s difficult to discuss gender abolitionism with anyone who doesn’t have even basic knowledge of sociology and doesn’t know the word gender actually means in theory. I blame the english language for constantly conflating the words sex and gender. In French, the word gender (le genre) is a single noun that designates the social roles attributed to the sexes as a whole. You can’t say the “female gender” or the “male gender” in French, you refer to people by their sex. But in English it’s too easy to get confused. 

If you want to be sociologically correct: males and females are individuals from each sex (intersex people can be either male or female, and in a very small percentage of cases they are completely ambiguous), who are subjected to gendered socialization. The result of gendered socialization is called gender. Sex refers to the biological characteristics (no matter how flawed our understanding of these biological characteristics may be), whereas gender refers to the socially constructed characteristics. 

This is basic sociology people. Learn your shit. 

I also advise you to read this post, and since it’s unsourced here are some references: x, x, x

guys wake up
i need more stuff on my dash

i follow like 10 people who are active and rabidly reblog their shit

no i need more blogs
lookit i’m gonna do the thing


if anyone posts this junk, reblog and i’ll follow you:
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
K/K Project
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Anime in general
Final Fantasy
Anything kawaii
Cute animals
How to Get Away With Murder
American Crime
More cute animals

sorry, followers. i’ll stop reblogging 50 things at a time because i need more content sorry

anonymous asked:

hi! i'm taking a few sociology exams in may/june but i don't do well in retaining the theories and getting it down into essays. do you have any tips at all? thanks!

Hi there!  First off, congrats on being almost done with your course and getting all the way to essays.

Secondly, you’re super-right in that the theories are awfully, awfully abstract. I have a couple methods to deal with this that hopefully you’ll find helpful:

1.) Teach them to someone else. This is super-conventional learning wisdom but holy shit does it work.  If you can explain commodity fetishism or positivism or functionalism to your mom, your best friend, your dog, your goldfish, whatever— you know it and you will be able to spit out your explanation onto an essay.

2.) Flashcards!!! If you have trouble remembering the authors of theories or what they’re called, flashcards are great.  Flashcards are also great because you have to be able to condense the theory down to its main 3 - 4 points to be able to fit it on the back of an index card. I recommend writing them by hand, first off because you get to use fun colors and secondly because there’s some good research that indicates writing things down puts them in memory better than typing, since you can’t spit out words as quickly.

3.) Theories are super abstract and kind of boring. I mean, I like sociology, but let’s be real here.  So I also try to attach each theory to a real-life example or two, to help make them more concrete and remember them better. (Talking about poverty traps? That’s the Samuel Vimes Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness right there.) Having examples already in your head can also help you illustrate points when you’re writing your essays.

I hope all of this helps. Best of luck on your exams!  Come back and let me know how you did!


The second installment of “Representations of Gender in the Green Goat” details types of women which repeatedly appear in the humor magazine. Although a range of behaviors and stereotypes for women can be found within the Green Green, two which are most evident (and nearly antithetical) are the Liberated Woman of the Twentieth Century and the Brain-dead Co-ed. These roles speak to two polarities: the Liberated Woman is concerned with establishing her freedom, enjoying her youth, and navigating relationships (and flings) on her own terms. The Brain-dead Co-ed prefers to be subordinate and take life as it comes, often perceiving more than judging. The Liberated Woman wants to drive and set the itinerary, whereas the Brain-dead Co-ed would prefer to ride shotgun and enjoy the scenery. Separate analyses of the two can be found below.

1.   The Liberated Woman of the Twentieth Century

(Figures 3 and 4)

Using frank sarcasm and an innate confidence, the liberated woman of the twentieth century emerges from the pages of the Goat as an individual who is the master of her own fate. She is not sentimental or impressionable. She is not afraid of defying gender role expectations and is often depicted smoking, making suggestive remarks, or alluding to her active love life. She can be describe as having a “devil may care” disposition. She appears to be in control of her own sex life and is suggested to have multiple partners. She wears form-fitting clothing and is aware that she physically attractive. She exemplifies the genre of feminism which has been popularized during the last two decades, whereby women take control of their lives and their bodies and are not afraid to embellish their appearance in the quest for agonic and hedonic power.

2.   The Brain-Dead Co-ed

(Figures 5, 6 and 7)

Another stereotype for women which, while occasionally humorous, reads as problematic is the representation of female students as vapid or obtuse. In contrast with the liberated woman archetype, the brain-dead co-ed seems to lack the agency of her female peers due to her ignorance of world issues and lack of life skills. As a result, she often finds herself in situations where others can easily act and feel superior to her. Figure 5 depicts, the brain-dead co-ed in a compromising position due to her clumsiness. This suggests both a denigration of her abilities and character as well as a fulfillment of the desires of the male gaze. Figure 6 showcases the female student as the ignorant subordinate, who seems versed in relationship matters but totally unaware of the workings of the rest of the world. Figure 7 casts a light on the brain-dead co-ed as the well-intentioned simpleton. In this way, she is understood as an oblivious, yet caring figure.

Read Part 1 of the 3 part series

To be continued…

Miranda Kerr’s GQ Shoot Recreated By A Guy, And It’s Weird And Thought-Provoking

"We think that this is a good case for the over-sexualisation of the female body in the high fashion world." Stark, evocative, and a wake up call. We are socialized that these images of women are somehow acceptable. Thank you guy who made this.

on: anonymous was a woman: feimineach (pinterest) (posted via rss/ ifttt)

The Australian Government is actively sustaining cultural violence against Indigenous Australians. The Abbott Government is trying to force 150 Aboriginal Australian communities off their lands in Western Australia. This would displace up to 12,000 Aboriginal Australians, effectively making them refugees in their own ancestral lands. This comes after months of ongoing campaigns to address:

  • The removal of 15,000 Indigenous children: The Grandmothers Against Removals group have been fighting for the return of Aboriginal children who live in so-called “out of home care,” away from their families. This practice goes back to early colonialism, where Indigenous children were removed from their communities and forced to give up their culture.

  • The denial of basic services to remote Indigenous communities: as shown in the Utopia Homelands in the Northern Territory, an Indigenous community that lived without clean water for two months in late 2014.

The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called remote Aboriginal communities a “lifestyle choice” only six months after declaring Australia was "unsettled" prior to British colonialism.

A 2011 DNA study published in Science, headed by Professor Morten Rasmussen, shows that Aboriginal Australians are descendants of the first people to leave Africa up to 75,000 years ago. The study provides genetic evidence that Aboriginal Australians represent the oldest continuous culture on Earth.

Rather than supporting Indigenous culture as a unique national resource, with special insight on everything from cultural resilience, to history, to environmental sustainability, the Abbott Government is instead opting to maintain colonial practices that push our traditional landowners off their country. Aboriginal people made their move to Australia 24,000 years before the first wave of people who would eventually populate Asia and Europe.

The displacement of Indigenous Australians is in direct violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states Indigenous people "have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture." Under this charter, nation states have a responsibility to:

"provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for: Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities; (and) 

Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources.” 

Australia is the only Commonwealth nation in the world not to have a treaty with our Indigenous people.

Join the conversation to support Aboriginal communities here and on Twitter using #SOSBlakAustralia


Image: My Instagram @OtherSociology

HT Professor @marcialangton for Science study; @LukeLPearson on United Nations Charter. Follow @sosblakaust and @IndigenousX on Twitter for updates on protests.


“That’s Just Mean” six young men to read aloud actual tweets posted by men about women.

It ain’t easy being a lady on the Internet.

Blogger Chelsea Woolley created a video, posted on her Tumblr page, that features six men between the ages of 18 and 25 reading increasingly disturbing tweets directed at women. At first the men laugh at the ridiculous tweets, but as they continue to read the vulgar and sometimes violent messages about women their reactions become increasingly somber.

The tweets include messages of fat-shaming, slut-shaming and violence. “This chubby girl sent me a Snapchat of her ass and said ‘Squats are a girl’s best friend.’ Bitch, you know pizza and Netflix are your best friends,” one young man in the video reads. Another tweet reads: “I just found out that a girl I know gets passed around at parties like a hacky sack #whore.”

This type of online harassment has made headlines a lot this past year with feminist video gamer Anita Sarkeesian receiving rape threats, death threats and even bomb threats for speaking out about sexism in the gaming industry.

Actress Ashley Judd also recently faced online misogyny after tweeting about March Madness. In an essay for Mic, Judd summed up how widespread an issue online sexism is: “What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet,” she wrote. “Online harassers use the slightest excuse (or no excuse at all) to dismember our personhood. My tweet was simply the convenient delivery system for a rage toward women that lurks perpetually.”

Women can use every ally we can get. So men, please take note.

- Women - The Huffington Post (posted via feedly/ ifttt)

Something my sociology teacher pointed out

Probation officers, the people who help, AFTER the person they are helping has already got in trouble. Requires Masters, PhD etc.. So just to monitor and help someone you need those buuuttt to become a police officer… All you need is an associates Or nothing. So in other words America don’t feel it’s necessary for the cops to have education when they persecute, shoot and question all these people, but the probation that comes AFTER the trouble has to! Why do u need a PhD to help someone already in trouble? Why do the police not need the same & they the ones really doing “work”. America so backwards

I’m seeing so many arguments on my dash right now so I’m gonna tell you all a thing. White people CANNOT experience racism. Racism, by the sociological definition, is the systematic and structural oppression of a minority race. This is something a white person will never experience. A minority group, to clarify, does not have to be a numerical minority. For example, when the British invaded India, Indians were by far the numerical majority, but still the minority because they were the oppressed or threatened group. White people can, however, experience prejudice. Prejudice is simply a judgement based on one’s preconceived notions of a group of people. Anyone can experience prejudice and everyone has some sort of prejudice. Once again, racism is the systematic and structural oppression of a minority race. People of color can have prejudice, but really cannot be racist.

[In Peter Pan] Wendy, having no desire to grow up, follows Peter to Neverland where she won’t have to. Eventually, she realizes she does want to grow up, and leaves. But as much as she’s come to mean to Peter, he refuses to leave behind the freedom and adventure of childhood to come with her.

But why does Wendy decide to grow up? Maybe because nearly the first thing that happens upon her arrival in Neverland is the Lost Boys – other perpetual children Peter has collected – ask her to become their mother. The boys make her into “Mother” and Peter into “Father”. As soon as she gets to the world of perpetual childhood, she’s asked to take on the adult role. Her choice then becomes: go home and really grow up, or stay in Neverland, but be cast as an adult against her wishes, by males who refuse to see her any other way.

—  A very astute observation from this film review by Jennifer Kelser