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“Pixels” movie is sexist pile of crap

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You don't need the Bechdel test to call this movie a boy's club dud.

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Study confirms that sexist men are losers

No one, except delusional sexist men, will be surprised to learn that men who harass women online are "low-status, non-dominant men" according to a study published in the journal PLOS One, titled "Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour." The Washington Post reports:

Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University, respectively ... watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3. As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players.

Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

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In each of these environments, Kasumovic suggests, a recent influx of female participants has disrupted a pre-existing social hierarchy. That’s okay for the guys at the top — but for the guys at the bottom, who stand to lose more status, that’s very threatening. (It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.)

"A chart from the Halo study that shows how nice male gamers were to other males (dotted line) and females (solid line) during gameplay. Men always treat each other about the same. But the better a player gets, the more likely he is to be nice to ladies. (Kasumovic et al)"


"A chart from the Halo study that shows how nice male gamers were to other males (dotted line) and females (solid line) during gameplay. Men always treat each other about the same. But the better a player gets, the more likely he is to be nice to ladies. (Kasumovic et al)"

Stop telling women to smile

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn artist who tried something new to speak up for herself—and address street harassment—through art.

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Clever workaround for Instagram’s anti-female nipple policies

Instagram doesn't allow women to show their nipples, but they allow men to show their nipples. So here's a man's nipple to cut, resize, and paste over a women's nipple. Problem solved!

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Onion: "Only 47,000 social justice milestones to go"

gayrights “This is a watershed moment for civil rights that finally brings the dream of living in an equitable society one tiny fraction of a step closer to reality,” said civil rights lawyer Helene Najjar, adding that the country could now turn its attention to closing the income gap, ending racial discrimination in law enforcement, and providing equal educational opportunities for all children, among tens of thousands of other issues."

Man tries to wear high heels for a day, fails

"I'm already in so much pain," he says, leaving the house in the morning. "It's astounding."

After mocking women for complaining about the shoes they feel expected to wear, Brandon Cohen, a video correspondent for BroBible, agreed to find out for himself what it was like. He made it through the workday, but quit before dinner: "it was the worst day of my life."

"I literally can't stand anymore. My legs are shaking," he says.

"This is Chinese foot binding but in modern form."

And by 7:15 pm, he throws in the towel and is walking barefoot, just like the "disgusting girls" he criticises in his article who walk without shoes on grimy pavements.

Brandon admits that he had plans to go dance at a bar and "do a bunch of other stupid sh*t" but says he is "in way too much pain".

"I am going to go take some Advil and go to sleep," he adds.

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John Oliver on Internet misogyny

It's a nice place, if you have a white penis: "It doesn't just affect women in gaming."

Useful warning sign for male scientists afraid of women falling in love, crying at them

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If there's one thing every lab needs, it's appropriate warning signs.

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On sexism in science

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Julie Beck reports on the resignation of Tim Hunt, the Nobel-winning biochemist whose sexist conference remarks sparked an international outcry.

It would be easy to think these people are outliers.

In so thinking, “we miss the bigger problem and tend to want to scapegoat,” says Heather Metcalf, the director of research and analysis for the Association for Women in Science. Instances like this are part of a bigger systemic problem—“really entrenched biases against women in the sciences that have shifted over time but are still very present,” she says.

In other words, it would be a mistake to listen to the foghorn of Hunt’s comments and ignore the boat it’s signaling.

Sexist scientist "apologizes" for conference remarks, says he was being "honest"

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After mocking female scientists ("girls") as too emotional and suggesting they be segregated in the lab, Nobel-winning biochemist Tim Hunt is now "sorry"—but insists that he "just meant to be honest".

British Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt has apologised for suggesting "girls" should stay out of the laboratory because they distract men.

Discussing women in science, he told a conference in South Korea: "Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.”

He told Today: "I did mean the part about having trouble with girls, I mean it is true that I have fallen in love with people in the lab and that people in the lab have fallen in love with me."

"It's very disruptive to science."

"I'm really really sorry that I caused any offence, that's awful. I just meant to be honest, actually."

The Royal Society, of which he is a Fellow, repudiated his remarks, which became more widely known after attendee Connie St. Louis and others publicized them on Twitter.

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"Nobody was laughing, everybody was stony-faced," she told the BBC News Channel.

"The Korean female scientists who hosted us looked aghast and he just ploughed on for about five to seven minutes.

"It was just really shocking. It was culturally insensitive and it was very sexist. I just thought, 'Where in the world do you think you are that you can be making these kind of comments in 2015?'"

An embarrassing and revealing end to an illustrious career.

Ellen Pao to appeal gender discrimination case

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The former partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins was unable to convince a jury that it discriminated against her, but will try again.

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The sexist double standard of summer dress codes

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Chelsea Cristene penned this fantastic essay last summer, but its message is just as pertinent this year.

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Police admit falsely arresting teen rape victim: "this is what happens when you lie."

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A 17-year-old rape victim, treated with callous indifference and arrested by UK police who accused her of lying, has been awarded £20,000 in a settlement.

Hampshire Constabulary apologized for refusing to properly investigate the victim's complaint, and admitted liability for false imprisonment and assault.

The girl was attacked in April 2012, reported it immediately, and provided her clothing for forensic analysis. But police decided within two days that she was lying and threatened her, The Guardian reports, with charges of her own should she pursue the matter.

When she did so, she was arrested on suspicion of "perverting the course of justice," and was told by one detective that "this is what happens when you lie."

The police failed to test the evidence and, reportedly, were told by a supervisor to "fucking nick her."

"I was horrified," her mother told the BBC. "A woman comes forward and tells the police authority she has been raped: You expect them to do everything they can to put the rapist away."

The case only proceeded months later after an official complaint was made, prompting prosecutors to ask for thorough tests on the garments.

The attacker, Liam Foard, was subsequently identified. After denying any sexual contact at all with his victim, he was convicted and jailed for five years in 2013. But it's taken another two years—and a lawsuit filed under human rights legislation—for Hampshire Constabulary to say sorry.

In the meantime, one of the officers responsible for the girls treatment was given a written warning, and three others allowed to resign or retire before the investigation into their conduct could be completed. Ten other officers received "management action."

"Given that she had been raped, reported the matter to the police and now found herself under arrest and being accused of lying, this must have been a particularly traumatic experience," an internal review concluded. "Clearly, had the rape investigation been completed to the required standard, she would never have been arrested and interviewed."

Local police have issued statements promising it will not happen again.

"I would like to reassure all victims of sexual assault that we do take you seriously," Chief Superintendent David Powell told reporters. "We do believe you, we appreciate how hard it is to come forward to report these offences, we do not judge you and we are committed to ensuring a professional and supportive response. We are doing everything to ensure we never have an initial response like this again."

"I am appalled by the way the victim and her family have been treated in this case and would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to them," wrote Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire. "It is entirely unacceptable for victims of crime not to be listened to and taken seriously. I would like to reassure the public that since I have been in post there have been significant changes to the way sexual assault cases are handled by the Constabulary. These changes in procedure should mean that the series of events that led to this particular victim being re-victimised by the police and not receiving appropriate justice, would not be permitted to happen again in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight."

But the family's lawyer, Debaleena Dasgupta, says that without the Human Rights act, it would have been far more difficult to get justice.

"Many people wrongly assume the police have a legal obligation to investigate crimes," wrote Dasgupta in a press release. "However, the only way victims of crime can seek justice for these sorts of issues is using the Human Rights Act, which imposes a duty on the police to properly investigate very serious offences."

Maggie Gyllenhaal told 37 is "too old" to play love interest of a 55-year-old dude

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Remember that time Russell Crowe blamed the lack of roles for older women in Hollywood on the fact that they refuse to play parts their age? Well in case you needed any more proof that his statement is absolute crap, look no further than the latest example of egregious Hollywood sexism.

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Dueling car ads highlight subtle sexism

Overt sexism runs rampant in advertising, but sometimes gender biases are almost invisible.

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Marvel replaces Black Widow with Captain America for its toy line

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CTO Megan Smith explains how women in tech are erased from history

Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, stopped by the Charlie Rose show recently and revealed a starting fact

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