In response to my Ms. Male Character video someone made this clever image illustrating what “female as default” might look like. Because we live in a strongly male-identified society the idea of Pac-Woman as the “unmarked” default and Mr. Pac-Woman as the deviation “marked” with masculinizing gender signifiers feels strange and downright absurd. While Pac-man and the deviation Ms. Pac-Man seems completely normal in our current cultural context.
These targeted hate campaigns are common enough that they’re a risk I and everyone else have to contemplate when we consider speaking out against the men’s rights groups or simply sharing a feminist opinion online. Making it terrifying to speak out discourages women from doing so, limiting our ability to participate fully in the digital public square. It’s not hyperbole to say that this kind of terror campaign prevents women from participating in our democracy on equal footing with men.
Like women, men have been socialized to passively accept sexist ideology. While they need not blame themselves for accepting sexism, they must assume responsibility for eliminating it […] Men are not exploited or oppressed by sexism, but there are ways in which they suffer as a result of it. This suffering should not be ignored. While it in no way diminishes the seriousness of male abuse and oppression of women, or negates male responsibility for exploitative actions, the pain men experience can serve as a catalyst calling attention to the need for change.
The latest episode of the YouTube show CrashCourse is a great primer on women’s suffrage and women’s lead social movements in early 20th century America.
Online Harassment, What Drives it and How it Lowers Visions
Media Evolution: The Conference is an international conference organized annually in Malmö, Sweden. On August 21st 2013 Anita Sarkeesian, Kate Miltner and Laurie Penny spoke at a session entitled Online Harassment, What Drives it and How it Lowers Visions.
There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives
I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word? Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement – good. It should be.