whenever you see a picture of two girls getting married its ALWAYS two feminine girls always. because the world just cannot imagine a masculine girl getting married to a feminine one or any other variation because that will ruin their preconcieved notions of what lesbians really are or should be. so no thank you, i do not see this as positive representation. you can shove it up your liberal prop 8 activist ass 

camjphillips asked:

Someone just started a feminism/women's rights group in my high school. There are posters all around the school with things such as, "Did you know that women make 77 cents to the male dollar? Join to help make a change!" Tempted to join just to share with them some real facts about gender equality. Love your blog.

You should.  I would place little flyers underneath theirs debunking their BS including sources.

Heroine Boys and Princely Girls: How “Nozaki-kun” is Challenging Gender Roles in Fiction

In which the Josei goes all analytical on Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (“Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun”), the funniest - and smartest - show of the summer anime season.

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My quest to spite Steven Moffat may have gotten out of hand. (Quoth Community: “This is how supervillains are created.”) If you’re breathing and use the internet, you’ve probably heard the screaming and debate over whether current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat needs to hire more female writers. And by “more,” I mean “some”: In his three-year, 42-episode tenure, Moffat has not employed a single female writer. Well, you know me. I love getting outraged at Steven Moffat. I want so badly to be able to say, “Fuck you, Steven Moffat. This is fucking ridiculous.” But, sadly, I can’t get outraged without data. Before I could swear delightedly at Moffat, I needed to know whether Moffat is really doing such a bad job, compared to everyone else. What if, as one of the above links suggests, gender inequality on writing staffs is a systemic problem in British sci-fi/fantasy? “Fuck you, British sci-fi/fantasy, this is fucking ridiculous,” is just way less fun to yell. So I started researching the writing staffs of the big sci-fi/fantasy shows: Star Trek. Game of Thrones. Farscape. (It’s big to me, damn it!) And then I started researching the staffs of some other shows of interest: Mad Men. Community. The Walking Dead. And then I thought, Holy fucking hell, selection bias, much? There was only one solution: A comprehensive study of gender equality in British and American television writing.

The fascinating, flawed gender politics of Agent Carter

Having played Peggy in Captain America: The First Avenger and the one-shot short film that inspired Agent Carter, Atwell brings just the right balance of gravitas and charm to the slightly broader world of network TV. Yet, I come here to critique Peggy as well as praise her. The show’s done incredible work in refusing to sugarcoat the past and in creating a strong female character who has none of the played-out signifiers of a “Strong Female Character.” The issue now is learning how to write more than one character like Peggy into the same piece, something Marvel has struggled with in the past.

This is always the double-edged sword when it comes to historical dramas: How do you depict the patriarchal past without centering exclusively on the patriarchs? One way is to think more complexly about the uncredited contributions women and people of color made to history, a step Agent Carter isn’t really taking outside of Peggy. Personally, I’ve never worked in an office that wasn’t secretly run by its secretaries, yet the S.S.R.’s female secretaries remain literal window dressing.

In surrounding Peggy solely with male allies, Agent Carter runs the risk of implying she’s the only woman competent enough for the job. The show’s point is actually far more nuanced—because Peggy is so ridiculously competent, she’s the only one who’s able to break through the glass ceiling and keep performing this kind of work after the war—but right now Agent Carter is telling, not showing, that fact, which is both sloppy writing and a missed opportunity for representation.

"While institutional sexism may be historically accurate, it isn’t exactly the most fun thing to watch, especially for those of us who aren’t immune to such comments in the present day."

Thanks to Captain America, we know that plenty of women worked for the S.S.R. during the war (like Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer!) back when defeating the Nazis/Hydra took precedent over gender hierarchies. That means there are theoretically a whole slew of women who were unfairly barred from continuing these jobs after the war (the rule to which Peggy is the exception). While the S.S.R. needs to be white and male for the premise of the show (Peggy struggling against sexism) to work, giving her a white, male civilian partner in her double agent life feels like a lazy choice rather than a conscious one.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying we need more Agent Carter. The miniseries comes to an end on Tuesday, but with a little more time to grow (and a few more female characters), I’m convinced the show can become the period piece/spy thriller/action comedy/feminist masterpiece it wants to be. And since its good-but-not-great ratings haven’t yet guaranteed it a second season, I’d like to officially add my name to the #SaveAgentCarter campaign.


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The truth is, if I actually spent my days actively paying attention to every example of misogyny around me

The truth is, if I actually spent my days actively paying attention to every example of misogyny around me, I would be a profoundly unhappy woman. Not bitchy or grumpy or short-tempered, but paralyzingly depressed. Women have to train themselves to avoid consciously reacting to every bit of misogynistic detritus permeating the culture through which we all move, lest they go quite insane. I write about the things I can’t not write about. If I wrote about all the examples of sexism I see every day, I’d never sleep.

Melissa McEwan, Feminism 101: “Feminists Look for Stuff to Get Mad About” (via themmases)


A catcall is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The purity myth is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The fetishization of female purity in a world where catcalls are an acceptable form of communication telegraphs one thing very clearly: “Women, stop sexualizing yourselves—that’s our job, and you’re taking all the fun out of it.” The sexualization of women is only appealing if it’s nonconsensual. Otherwise it’s “sluttiness,” and sluttiness is agency and agency is threatening and so, therefore, sluttiness must equal disposability.
Dear Anonymous Men

Due to the fact that I’ve recently gotten some truly nasty anonymous “Asks”… I’ve decided to disable them for now.

It’s quite sad that a few male followers must resort to anonymously sending me insults when I have tried to make my blog a positive place to encourage women AND MEN to learn how to program.

Without posting the expletives and rather colorful language, I’ll just answer all of your anonymous questions right now with this post.

I am sorry that my section on Women in Tech is so offensive to you as a man. I hope to clear up any questions you might have about my interest in women in tech and my passion for encouraging awareness and diversity in the field.

Gender inequality and discrimination in tech exist.

You can sit there and anonymously type your uninformed opinions to me about how I’m making mountains out of molehills or whatever, and women and men are treated exactly the same in the field, but you’re like a Holocaust denier if you truly believe that’s the case.

You just have to be aware of what discrimination looks and feels like, and clearly, as a privileged (presumably) white male, you have no idea. So to you, there is no problem because you can’t see the problem.

Sidenote: Privilege is a really easy concept, and it is ENDLESSLY frustrating that some people refuse to grasp it. When I call you a privileged male, I’m not saying you grew up in a mansion with millions of dollars and a silver spoon in your mouth and a benz for your 16th birthday.

Calling you privileged is not some kind of jargon-y way of saying “bad person”…. it’s not about you AS A PERSON at all.

When I call you privileged, I am talking about HOW SOCIETY TREATS YOU. And in the case of tech, men are indeed very privileged.

The latest numbers we’ve seen show that less than 25% of programmers and web developers are women, and ironically, fewer women are majoring in computer science now than they did in 1985 (37% in 1985 vs. 22% in 2005).

My goal is to help chip away at these numbers until they’re consistently even. I, and others like me, do this by creating spaces with information for women. It’s a lot about visibility and presence, creating spaces and role models. Entering a field where your classmates and coworkers will be mostly (if not all) male is pretty darn intimidating.

I want women to know that they’re not alone, that “yes” the tech sector is pretty darn screwed right now, but don’t worry! Cause it’ll get better.

So what changed? Why did a lot of women stop choosing CS? Nobody knows for sure, but a lot of it has to do with a culture that portrays nerds as male, markets nerdy toys to boys and Barbie dolls to girls, and enables professors and hiring managers to favor men. We’ve all heard the reasons. Try being one of the few women working at Github.

It’s not “radical” (to use your word) to want more women in computing. It’s not “radical” to want women to feel comfortable at their jobs. It makes business sense.

Women are missing out on interesting and lucrative careers, often going into lower-paying jobs, which results in economic injustice. But not only that, the fields are missing out on women’s contributions, and the public in general is missing out on products and technologies developed by women.

There’s a huge shortage of engineers and computing professionals right now. Organizations are having a hard time finding employees, partly because the tech industry is frightening off more than half of the population, i.e. women. The gender imbalance is threatening economic growth. It hurts EVERYONE.

I could go on and on about discrimination in tech, income disparity, workplace harassment, male privilege, shady hiring and promotion practices, and so on, but other people explain these topics much more eloquently…

So here are some links:

This is Why There Aren’t Enough Women in Tech

5 Studies on The Business Case for Diversity

Let’s talk about ‘women in tech’: Silicon Valley still has a gender problem

Discrimination in the tech industry does still exist — and we have a long road ahead

The Gender Pay Gap: It Affects us All

Advancing Women in Science and Technology is Critical for Innovation

We need a moon shot to propel women into computer science careers

Why There is More Than One Women in Tech Group

Continuing Sexism in the Tech Industry

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

Silent Technical Privilege: As a novice computer programmer, I always got the benefit of the doubt—because I looked the part.

Stack Exchange is proposing a Q&A subsite for Women in Tech issues and questions.

Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment

I hope that my response and these articles helps to clear up any questions you might have about my concerns re: women in technology. If not, feel free to send me more feedback while logged into your Tumblr account.

Typical Tumblr Bio

Hi, I’m a pan-lesbian, bi-racial POC, feminist, atheist, genderbender, otherqueer, with two headmates whose hobbies include: decrying harassment whilst telling people who disagree with me to kill themselves, releasing their personal information on the internet, and sending rape/death threats to their parents. I also enjoy reblogging posts by white people calling them racists over pseudo-holidays like “black” friday, pushing my blatant political agenda upon others as much as possible, and winding down from a long day of social justice blogging by bathing in a tub filled with white male tears. It’s very important that the tears are white, it truly helps to relieve my oppression.

I’m self-diagnosed with the following disorders (thanks Web M.D.!):

  • PTSD (which I developed via twitter)
  • BIpolar (cause, like, I get emotional!)
  • autism (because I’m so misunderstood!)
  • anxiety disorder (cause tumblr makes me nervous)

I have the following privileges:

  • Thin privilege (sorry guys, I’ve been eating fast food like crazy so I’m working on it.)
  • The freedom to blog about the most outlandish ideas that do not deserve a shred of respect and yet somehow earn me a large following on the internet.
  • NOT being white.
  • Being an all-round special unique little snowflake that lives so far  up my own ass that it’s no wonder I don’t identify as a black hole. (Hmm, something to consider.)

My preferred pronouns are shme, shmim, and shmoe. 

P.S. I am the victim of internet harassment, and by harassment I mean that people point out how wrong I am on a daily basis using factually accurate sources providing proof as to how deluded and nonsensical my claims are. Plz donate to my patreon. 

when i first joined tumblr, i had just turned thirteen. i made mistakes, like any normal kid would do. i posted in the mtf tag because i wasnt quite sure of how tumblr worked, so i thought you just tagged every tag you could think of.
the response to this was awful.
i was attacked.
i was told that i triggered people.
they called me awful names and baited me.
i did not know any better.
i was forced into idolising these terrible people.
the people that told me i was invading womens spaces, yet these people constantly post in the trans man tag and truscum tag.
i idolised these people for months.
i used their strange pronouns and i even wanted a personalised set of my own.
i was manipulated by these people.
every time i made a post, i would check over it nearly one hundred times to make sure that i wouldn’t offend anyone.
now, almost a year later, i’m in a community of people who accept me.
people who don’t call me “shrimpdick.”
i don’t have to walk on eggshells for these people.
they accept my mistakes and move on.
i know for a fact that if i were to try to apologise to certain people today, i would be attacked.

if you attack people who don’t know any better, yet you claim to be an activist, you are part of the problem.
if you manipulate children, you are part of the problem.
if you treat people like shit until they idolise you, you are part of the problem.

fuck everyone who made me feel so strongly about this. all i wanted was to be accepted and i was forced to be something i’m not.