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Approximately two-thirds of rapes are committed by an acquaintance to the victim. Many colleges issue ID cards to students for building access. The logic? Rapists are strangers, not nice college kids. College administrations perpetuate the myth that strangers outside the community are rapists, not students across the hall. This 73% stat shows the colleges are wrong about who they need to protect students from.
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More similarities than differences in study of race and fatherhood.

"Men of all races were more likely to be living with their children than not.  Defying stereotypes, black fathers were, on average, more involved in their children’s daily care than white and Latino fathers."

See the data here.

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More similarities than differences in study of race and fatherhood.

"Men of all races were more likely to be living with their children than not.  Defying stereotypes, black fathers were, on average, more involved in their children’s daily care than white and Latino fathers."

See the data here.

2 hours ago
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  #Racism
Boo! The Feminists Are Coming!

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By Lisa Wade, PhD.

@Anne_Rev sent us this scary Halloween pumpkin.  In France, she explains, there is a conservative fear of gender studies, described as “a dangerous theory imported from the U.S. and threatening children.”  Oh those frightening feminists!

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4 hours ago
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  #Feminism   #Gender
audreyheckburn:

Here’s a masterpost of all the movies, writings, speeches, and shows featuring the loveliest lady around: Laverne Cox. Please feel free to tell me if any of the links are bad(unfound movies/shows: Carla, Grand Street, and I Want to Work for Diddy).
filmMusical Chairs(2011) // The Exhibitionists(2012) // 36 Saints(2013)
televisionLaw and Order: Special Victims Unit(Closet) // Law & Order(Sweetie) // Bored to Death(Stockholm Syndrome) // TRANSform Me(Nicole, Christina, Carissa, Marlece, Lindsey, Tiffany, Jackie, Phaea)
orange is the new blackseason 1(I Wasn’t Ready, Tit Punch, Lesbian Request Denied, Blood Donut, The Chickening, WAC Pack, Fucksgiving, Bora Bora Bora, Can’t Fix Crazy) // season 2(Looks Blue, Tastes Red, Hugs Can Be Deceiving, A Whole Other Hole, You Always Have a Pizza, Comic Sans, Appropriately Sized Pots, Little Mustachioed Shit, Take a Break from Your Values, It Was the Change, We Have Manners. We’re Polite.)
writingThe Bullies Don’t Draw a Distinction // Lorena Escalera: A Life that Mattered // Trans Womanhood on Trial: Transmisogyny in the Assault Trial of Former FDNY Firefighter Taylor Murphy // Black, LGBT, American: Laverne Cox // Gender Anti-Anxiety Medicine // Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight for Transgender Equality in New York State // Everybody’s Trans: Gender Oppression Hurts All of Us // Cece McDonald: Survivor and Leader // Hung up on Our Bullies // The Right to Dream: Jenna Talackova’s Miss Universal Slight
speakingLaverne Cox at Creating Change 2014 // Hampshire College 2014 Commencement // Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color // Laverne Cox at Trans 100 // My Journey to Womanhood

audreyheckburn:

Here’s a masterpost of all the movies, writings, speeches, and shows featuring the loveliest lady around: Laverne Cox. Please feel free to tell me if any of the links are bad(unfound movies/shows: Carla, Grand Street, and I Want to Work for Diddy).

film
Musical Chairs(2011) // The Exhibitionists(2012) // 36 Saints(2013)

television
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit(Closet) // Law & Order(Sweetie) // Bored to Death(Stockholm Syndrome) // TRANSform Me(NicoleChristinaCarissaMarleceLindseyTiffanyJackiePhaea)

orange is the new black
season 1(I Wasn’t ReadyTit Punch, Lesbian Request DeniedBlood Donut, The Chickening, WAC PackFucksgivingBora Bora BoraCan’t Fix Crazy) // season 2(Looks Blue, Tastes Red, Hugs Can Be DeceivingA Whole Other Hole, You Always Have a PizzaComic SansAppropriately Sized Pots, Little Mustachioed ShitTake a Break from Your ValuesIt Was the ChangeWe Have Manners. We’re Polite.)

writing
The Bullies Don’t Draw a Distinction // Lorena Escalera: A Life that Mattered // Trans Womanhood on Trial: Transmisogyny in the Assault Trial of Former FDNY Firefighter Taylor Murphy // Black, LGBT, American: Laverne Cox // Gender Anti-Anxiety Medicine // Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight for Transgender Equality in New York State // Everybody’s Trans: Gender Oppression Hurts All of Us // Cece McDonald: Survivor and Leader // Hung up on Our Bullies // The Right to Dream: Jenna Talackova’s Miss Universal Slight

speaking
Laverne Cox at Creating Change 2014 // Hampshire College 2014 Commencement // Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color // Laverne Cox at Trans 100 // My Journey to Womanhood

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5 hours ago
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neptunain:

heteronormativity for dummies or, “why homophobes aren’t the only problem”

You will not believe the crap I get for correcting people when they talk about my daughter like this. Just stop assigning sexualities to babies jfc straight people

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14 hours ago
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Should gay people want what heterosexual people want?

"Actually, no, I don’t ‘want what they want.’ From where I’m standing, it seems that straight people haven’t done so hot when it comes to love, sex, marriage, the family or gender roles, among other things…
I can’t be the only one who thinks rewriting the rules is exactly what we should be doing instead of trying to prove that we are somehow normal.”

— Noah Michelson at The Huffington Post.

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Should gay people want what heterosexual people want?

"Actually, no, I don’t ‘want what they want.’ From where I’m standing, it seems that straight people haven’t done so hot when it comes to love, sex, marriage, the family or gender roles, among other things…

I can’t be the only one who thinks rewriting the rules is exactly what we should be doing instead of trying to prove that we are somehow normal.”

— Noah Michelson at The Huffington Post.

1 hour ago
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  #LGBTQ Rights   #Gender
Girls Braced For Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD.

Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or ideals in the social world.

And that process sometimes involves constructing people’s bodies physically as well. And in today’s high-intensity parenting, in which gender plays a big part, this includes constructing – or at least tinkering with – the bodies of children.

Today’s example: braces. In my Google image search for “child with braces,” the first 100 images yielded about 75 girls.

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Why so many girls braced for beauty? More girls than boys want braces, and more parents of girls want their kids to have them, even though girls’ teeth are no more crooked or misplaced than boys’. This is just one manifestation of the greater tendency to value appearance for girls and women more than for boys and men. But because braces are expensive, this is also tied up with social class, so that richer people are more likely to get their kids’ teeth straightened, and as a result richer girls are more likely to meet (and set) beauty standards.

Hard numbers on how many kids get braces are surprisingly hard to come by. However, the government’s medical expenditure survey shows that 17 percent of children ages 11-17 saw an orthodontist in the last year, which means the number getting braces at some point in their lives is higher than that. The numbers are rising, and girls are wearing most of hardware.

study of Michigan public school students showed that although boys and girls had equal treatment needs (orthodontists have developed sophisticated tools for measuring this need, which everyone agrees is usually aesthetic), girls’ attitudes about their own teeth were quite different:

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Clearly, braces are popular among American kids, with about half in this study saying they want them, but that sentiment is more common among girls, who are twice as likely as boys to say they don’t like their teeth.

This lines up with other studies that have shown girls want braces more at a given level of need, and they are more likely than boys to get orthodontic treatment after being referred to a specialist. Among those getting braces, there are more girls whose need is low or borderline. A study of 12-19 year-oldsgetting braces at a university clinic found 56 percent of the girls, compared with 47 percent of the boys, had “little need” for them on the aesthetic scale.

The same pattern is found in Germany, where 38 percent of girls versus 30 percent of boys ages 11-14 have braces, and in Britain – both countries where braces are covered by state health insurance if they are needed, but parents can pay for them if they aren’t.

Among American adults, women are also more likely to get braces, leading the way in the adult orthodontic trend. (Google “mother daughter braces” and you get mothers and daughters getting braces together; “father son braces” brings you to orthodontic practices run by father-son teams.)

Teeth and consequences

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Caption: The teeth of TV anchors Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien, Robin Roberts, Suzanne Malveaux, Don Lemon, George Stephanopolous, David Gregory, Ashley Banfield, and Diane Sawyer.

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Today’s rich and famous people – at least the one whose faces we see a lot – usually have straight white teeth, and most people don’t get that way without some intervention. And lots of people get that.

Girls are held to a higher beauty standard and feel the pressure – from media, peers or parents – to get their teeth straightened. They want braces, and for good reason. Unfortunately, this subjects them to needless medical procedures and reinforces the over-valuing of appearance. However, it also shows one way that parents invest more in their girls, perhaps thinking they need to prepare them for successful careers and relationships by spending more on their looks.

When they’re grown up, of course, women get a lot more cosmetic surgery than men do – 87 percent of all surgical procedures, and 94% of Botox-type procedures – and that gap is growing over time.

As is the case with lots of cosmetic procedures, people from wealthier families generally are less likely to need braces but more likely to get them. But add this to the gender pattern, and what emerges is a system in which richer girls (voluntarily or not) and their parents set the standard for beauty – and then reap the rewards (as well as harms) of reaching it.

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3 hours ago
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  #Sexism

"BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?!" - Is Feminism Sexist? by marinashutup

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5 hours ago
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  #Feminism   #Gender

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

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I am completely perplexed by men who defend this view.

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I am completely perplexed by men who defend this view.

(Source: pardonmewhileipanic, via misandry-mermaid)

19 hours ago
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