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"The basics are that for every one female-speaking character in family-rated films (G, PG and PG-13), there are roughly three male characters; that crowd and group scenes in these films — live-action and animated — contain only 17 percent female characters; and that the ratio of male-female characters has been exactly the same since 1946. Throw in the hypersexualization of many of the female characters that are there, even in G-rated movies, and their lack of occupations and aspirations and you get the picture. It wasn’t the lack of female lead characters that first struck me about family films. We all know that’s been the case for ages, and we love when movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen hit it big. It was the dearth of female characters in the worlds of the stories — the fact that the fictitious villages and jungles and kingdoms and interplanetary civilizations were nearly bereft of female population — that hit me over the head. This being the case, we are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space. Couldn’t it be that the percentage of women in leadership positions in many areas of society — Congress, law partners, Fortune 500 board members, military officers, tenured professors and many more — stall out at around 17 percent because that’s the ratio we’ve come to see as the norm? OK, now for the fun part: It’s easy, fast and fun to add female characters, in two simple steps. And I want to be clear I’m not talking about creating more movies with a female lead. If you do, God bless and thank you. Please consider me for that role. Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal? Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know. And there you have it. You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue. Yes, we can and will work to tell more women’s stories, listen to more women’s voices and write richer female characters and to fix the 5-to-1 ratio of men/women behind the camera. But consider this: In all of the sectors of society that still have a huge gender disparity, how long will it take to correct that? You can’t snap your fingers and suddenly half of Congress is women. But there’s one category where the underrepresentation of women can be fixed tomorrow: onscreen. In the time it takes to make a movie or create a television show, we can change what the future looks like. There are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but there can be lots of them in films. We haven’t had a woman president yet, but we have on TV. (Full disclosure: One of them was me.) How can we fix the problem of corporate boards being so unequal without quotas? Well, they can be half women instantly, onscreen. How do we encourage a lot more girls to pursue science, technology and engineering careers? By casting droves of women in STEM jobs today in movies and on TV. Hey, it would take me many years to become a real nuclear physicist, but I can play one tomorrow. Here’s what I always say: If they can see it, they can be it."

- Geena Davis on gender equality in film and television [x] (via wesleywalesandersons)

i was thinking about this the other night re: wanting to see more little girls interacting/helping the heroes in Marvel movies, but couldn’t find a way to articulate it.

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Jul 19
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People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

This is pretty good

this is bs, just look at these gifs

2nd one 

"who’s my pretty girl!" 

are they seriously implying that giving your female child positive reinforcement on their looks makes them crippled intellectually or stunts their drive to succeed?

going by that logic any girl who likes looking pretty, wearing dresses, makeup, and takes pride in her appearance is bubble-headed or incapable of being driven?

way to stereotype there huffington post

feminism: we care about women just as long as they’re the right woman

3rd gif

"sweetie don’t get your dress dirty"

how does this even damage girls? 

I love how there’s no context whatsoever. this could mean a number of things. they might be going to church, the supermarket, her grandma’s, or anywhere special afterward so mom tells the kid to keep her dress clean before they go or maybe mom doesn’t want to work too hard doing laundry or maybe mom spent a lot of money on that dress and doesn’t want it to get ruined so soon

how does anyone look at that situation and think “this is going to ruin her chances at becoming a physicist one day!”

4th gif

"don’t mess with that put it down"

girls are the only ones with neurotic parents I guess? this one makes no sense and of course there’s no son to compare parental reaction because that would expose how ridiculous this is. the parent is obviously suspicious of that sea creature that’s why he/she asks the girl to put it down. because the parent is either overprotective or neurotic,like some parents arenot because he/she thinks “ew gurls don’t like gross boy interests! put it down!” this same reaction would go to a boy with high strung parents as well

besides wouldn’t being told to ignore something interesting only fuel a child’s interest, not diminish it?

"ooh a starfish! OOPS mom told me to put it down, fascination eliminated"

I think huffington post is really selling girls short here 

5th gif

"this project has gotten out of control"

look if a parent is annoyed by the lengths their child is putting into a project (ie keeping them or the child up all night, making too much noise, that they might harm themselves) the parents are going to (and should) make their concerns known — this is not exclusive to girls

once again notice they don’t show the parent/son version of this because of course it would show how dumb this is

6th gif

"why don’t you let your brother do that?"

once again, there’s no context here

maybe the son is just better at using a drill, maybe the daughter has been known to be clumsy and hurt herself with dangerous equipment  

and of course this is the only time they introduce a boy into the equation “LOOK A BOY TAKING A JOB AWAY FROM A GIRL! DA SEXISM!” 

almost like this is meant to manipulate hmm

7th and 8th gif

this pisses me off

once again this implies “a girl who likes makeup instead of science?? she’s on a slow boat to dumbassville!”

again assuming that if you’re a girl who likes pink, lipgloss, dresses, and talking about boys you aren’t worth shit and will contribute nothing useful to society

i’m surprised there wasn’t a gif of the same girl dyeing her hair blonde, wearing a mini skirt and heels, gyrating to katy perry with the caption “the only man’s lap your daughter should sit on is neil degrasse tyson’s to discuss the constellations” 

as much as the huffington post likes to pat themselves on the back for being so progressive they’re really upholding a negative stereotype of women and making it seem ok to pressure daughters into being interested in things they’re simply not interested in (see the article) for the sole purpose of “making women look good” 

so women can’t like lipgloss and science? we can’t be girly and want an intellectually demanding career? we can’t be feminine and smart?according to this women/girls can only be one or the other. 

that is sexism

why aren’t more women interested in science and math? maybe because women make different choices than men? and maybe there’s nothing fucking wrong with that

TIL from Huff Post: Femininity = stupidity.

Thanks Huff Post, for reminding me no one hates women more than feminism.

I think some of the criticisms are being deliberately obtuse. But holy shit is it spot on in pointing out that this advertisement/gif set is actually being femmephobic. The very thing that Feminism supposedly criticizes society for reinforcing in people.

It’s once again reinforcing that old chestnut.

Feminism is about women’s right to choose. Unless that choice is is a traditional gender role… Or it happens to not coincide with what we want in general.

I like how the first gif a) doesn’t mention that boys do worse  in school overall and are less likely to attend or graduate college than girls, and b) tries to portray it as misogyny* that, gasp, people’s tastes change as they age.

Yeah, your hypothetical situations without context which have non-sexist alternative explanations are sure proof of a real world issue affecting girls’ development, HuffPo.

* …Somehow.

I wonder if the extremely hormonal stage of puberty actually changes tastes.

Aside from the obvious.

Okay, the replies above are just pissing me off. To the point where I’m legit shaking.

The point of that advert was nothing about how “girls can’t like lipgloss AND science”. The point is that we as parents have a huge impact on our kids, sometimes without realising it just how much, and how parents who reinforce stereotypical gender roles of what girls and women “should” be or do can be harmful.

If you notice, these are a lot of small instances of enforcing gender roles over a LONG period of time. These things individually seem insignificant, but they build up over time. This girl is constantly discouraged from exploring. She’s encouraged to think about her looks and ignore her fascination with the world around her in case she has a moment where she *gasp* doesn’t look PRETTY. Hearing that message, being road-blocked like that, even through tiny, little, seemingly insignificant moments over the course of your life can have a SERIOUS impact on what you feel you can achieve and who you feel you’re ALLOWED to be.

NO ONE is saying that girls can’t be pretty and do science. NO ONE is saying that it’s BAD to tell your child is pretty. Of COURSE you should tell your daughter she’s gorgeous. But if you only ever praise her on her looks, she’s going to start thinking that that is the ONLY thing that matters. If you keep cutting the legs out from under her because she’s not conforming to the idea of what she should be in your head, she’s never going to grow into what she could have been had you not pressured her to be the way YOU thought she should.

I would never tell my daughter she CAN’T prefer traditional gender role things (hell, I FULFIL a traditional gender role and that’s okay, because guess what? IT WAS MY CHOICE), but I am definitely conscious of making sure that she knows there are OTHER OPTIONS. That while YES, she is gorgeous, that NO, it is not the only thing about her that matters. She’s also clever, and imaginative, and CREATIVE. She can choose to be anything she WANTS to be and I REFUSE to be the type of parent who tries to fashion her into what I THINK she should be, which is what the mother in the advert was doing. THAT is the message of the advert. THAT is what people should be taking from it. Not that feminism “is about a woman’s right to choose…unless that choice is a traditional role” because that is pure and utter bollocks.

(Source: youtube.com, via ionaonie)




I’m going to make a youtube video entitled

"Shit ALL men say”

and it will consist only of the phrase “But not all men say that~!!”

And then I’ll wait for men to stare at their keyboards in utter distress as they contemplate the paradox of their intense desire and desperation to inform me that not all men say that.

I will break them.

Like Drago:


Is it wrong to be more than a little bothered by this. On the last few posts that say “things men say” or “things all men say” are things I nor any of my friends say, let alone think. I would be equally bothered by posts that say “all women think men are pigs” or “all gays think straights are bigots”.

I understand, or at least I think I do, what is being said. These are things that society at large, what many men think, say, or do. Could it be acknowledged that there are men out there, that are progressive, that there are men that are not dicks? That there are men out there that are trying to be better than what they have been taught?

The point though, is that it’s not used that way.  It’s used to derail the conversation, to say it doesn’t ‘count’ because not ALL men do it.  People who make those posts know full well not all men do or say the things in the posts (just like for every “Shit [~~fans] [people from ~~place] [people in ~~ job] say” video; despite the fact that NONE of these posts are qualified with a disclaimer that, of course, not all do this thing, people understand that not all do.)  And yet, it’s the “things men say” posts that constantly have folks leaping up to defend mankind.

It’s a way of attacking the validity of the legitimate concerns women deal with, while simultaneously ignoring those concerns.

So yes, you’re allowed to be bothered by it; you’re allowed to feel whatever you want.  But for the people who are speaking out about the shit they deal with, your being bothered is probably not their number one concern.  Nor should it be, imho.  And idk, maybe think about the fact that while they aren’t saying “[Some] men say this.” they ALSO aren’t saying “[All] men say this.”  There’s a middle ground.

And even if a particular poster happens to believe all men say a thing, I personally think it should bother you much more that they have heard that thing from men so incredibly often that they do believe it.  

May 8





Why are some women like “I’m not a feminist I believe men and women should be equal” like ???????? YOU LITERALLY JUST DEFINED FEMINISM???¿?¿?

Does anyone speak latin anymore? No? The actual definition of “feminism” is the supremacy of the…

No one may speak Latin anymore, but we still use Latin root words. We should know what the words we are saying mean when we use them

Really?  Then if it’s that important, maybe you ought to do a bit more research.  The suffix -ism actually comes from Greek originally and means simply a doctrine, belief, action or conduct.  Woman-doctrine.  Funny how there’s nothing about supremacy in there.  Also funny how simply looking up the meanings of root words only gives you the vaguest, most caveman-like understanding of a word.  It’s almost like the context of a word in the language of the society that uses it actually matters or something.

ALSO, even were the roots exactly what the poster above wants them to be, they appear to be oblivious to the fact that language changes.  Sometimes dramatically.  There is no such thing as an “original” or “true” meaning, simply the furthest back we can trace, which may or may not have ANY relevance to the way a word is used now.

There are good reasons to dislike the term feminism (historical and present day exclusion of WOC for example).  However claiming feminists believe something they do not, or asserting that the fucking word means something IT DOES NOT are not valid.  It is, quite frankly, ignorant.  So please, somebody, set this rhetorical strawman on fire.

May 6

"Look, you’re a feminist who, in this particular case, made the non-feminist choice. That’s all. I assume it was the right choice for you, or you wouldn’t have done it, and that’s fine! But feminism is not, in fact, all about choosing your choice. It is mostly about recognizing when things are fucked up for women at the societal level, and talking about that, and trying to change it. So sometimes, even when a decision is right for you, you still need to recognize that you made that decision within a social context that overwhelmingly supports your choice, and punishes women who make a different one."

- Why I Lose My Mind Every Time We Have the Name Conversation | Kate Harding (via brute-reason)

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Jan 22