GamerGate hates women and crowdfunding (maybe even dinner)

GamerGate – the movement of digital backlash by dudes who take gaming too seriously so they are angry at women* who take a serious look at gaming – hates crowdfunding for a very specific reason, argues Katherine Cross at feministing: Crowdfunding means that someone challenging the status quo can get an income. Without being beholden …

Free Speech, Citizens, and Twitter, Or: How Andrew Sullivan Misses the Point

Isn’t it awkward when professional bloggers don’t understand how social media works? A few days ago, widely read conservative white-but-not-straight blogger  Andrew Sullivan railed against the new cooperation between Women Action Media and Twitter. The micro-blogging platform and the non-profit will work together to better report, track, understand, and work against cyber harassment of users, primarily women. That this harassment is …

Tampering with Language to Shame the Devil.

In her book Feminism and Linguistic Theory Deborah Cameron makes a strong argument in the debate about eliminating sexist language: “I do think, however, that it would be better if feminists operated with a more hard-headed, political notion of what we are trying to do. In my opinion we should be tampering with language not …

Our Habitus, Or: Men Are Collateral Damage of Patriarchy

This passage of Toril Moi’s great essay on using Pierre Bourdieu’s work for feminist theory touches on why men are affected by sexist structures – without there being such a thing as reverse sexism:   Our habitus is at once produced and expressed throughour movements, gestures, facial expressions, manners, ways of walking, and ways of looking …

Robin Thicke Really Doesn’t Give A Shit About A Woman’s Yes

…was my first thought when I heard about the “Blurred Lines”-Singer’s new song/album/video/creepy attempt to ‘get his wife back’. Feministing has more:  The crappiest part of this hot mess video are that the images reinforce the cultural norms that say this kind of harassment is actually romantic. Jessica also writes how these narratives fuel the misguided fantasy …

Donald Sterling Is Problematic in So Many Ways

NPR’s Code Switch blog has a good write-up of Donald Sterling’s obviously racist and rather delusional statements – and his history of racist bigotry: It’s not even the ugliest racial controversy he’s been at the center of. If you took all of Donald Sterling’s racial scandals together, you might have a hard time distinguishing him …