Hillary Clinton’s official pro-marriage-equality video, released this morning. Nobody had any doubts that she’s one of the biggest advocates for LGBT rights today, including the right to marry, but this is still wonderful and inspiring.
Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts. This may sound outrageous, but think about how you react when precocious children dominate the talk at an adult party. As women begin to make inroads into formerly ‘male’ domains such as business and professional contexts, we should not be surprised to find that their contributions are not always perceived positively or even accurately.
And this is why only 13% of computer science department students (on average) are sexually active. Smh.
I may not be involved in video games, but I am an active member of the comic book and general geek communities, which suffer from similar sexism. And everything this woman stands for is admirable and amazing. She is furthest from a villain, she’s a hero.
Just leaving this here…
Daniel Craig, 007 cross dresses to support equality (by RTAmerica)
Holy fuck. I was going to make a quip about how much he looks like J.K. Rowling, but then the tears at the end happened, and my heart made a very uncomfortable kinda sideways lurch in my chest…
OH MY GODDDDD. I already love Dame Judi Dench but this solidifies Daniel Craig as a fantastic human being in my mind (I already liked him for arguing with the writers of Casino Royale that Vesper should be clothed when in her fetal position in the shower after seeing her first violent death, rather than in some state of “sexy” undress.)
1. This video is wonderful.
2. I didn’t know that about Daniel and that shower scene! That information made me happier than this video, quite honestly. Keep being wonderful, Daniel Craig.
Okay yes it has Daniel Craig crossdressing, but there’s also a really important message in this. Looooove
Oh how I love him.
tbh I like that he doesn’t speak. The ad is about women, and narrated by a woman, and one of the most iconic male fictional characters dresses like a woman. There’s really nothing for him to talk about tbh. He’s kinda setting an example for other men? He’s listening, and he’s empathizing. One of the most macho fictional characters ever is listening to his female boss and it’s not funny or played for laughs, and it’s respectful.
/idk two cents
some really powerful stuff
My dash has been flooded with a lot of sightings/rants on misogyny today, especially surrounding the trailer for Cyberpunk the video game. I’ve been feeling very down since, and then this happened.
fucking hell Daniel Craig, I love you.
Dame Judi Dench, this is yet another reason I love you.
Seriously, why is everyone praising Daniel Craig, BUT COMPLETELY FORGETTING DAME JUDI DENCH?
Yes, Daniel Craig is part of this campaign. And YAY! he gets a cookie for being a decent human being. Can we see what’s happening here, though? In an ad specifically pointing out how women are NOT equal, where a woman narrates and makes her point, and all the man does is stand there and brood (sometimes in a dress), who gets all the credit? Yeah, the man. With virtually no mention of the woman herself.
Anyone else see the fucking irony?
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Great post by Kelly Thompson on objectification and over-sexualization of female comic book characters. This is only one of several reasons I can’t get excited about Marvel and DC superhero comics.
“Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!” Biden exclaimed, according to a pool report. “And you heard the debate last night. When Governor Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders. Whoa! The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my house. He didn’t need a binder.”
Oh my GOD. This is almost a Neil de Grassee Tyson level crush now.
I’m actually crying.
I don’t have the books in front of me right now so I am sure I am forgetting tons of potential moments! Feel free to add more.
- when Harry and Dumbledore were alone with the Mirror of Erised. His answer didn’t have to be “woolen socks”.
- someone could have written…
But it wasn’t, because the fact was, it didn’t matter. Being gay did not change anything about Dumbledore, so much to the extent that this didn’t seem important for JK Rowling to explicitly state in the books. This is huge, you guys. Choosing to not confront Dumbledore’s sexuality was actually a bigger step in literature than confronting it ever could have been, because the fact remains that Dumbledore, this character that everyone has respected and loved, IS gay. It doesn’t matter if he told you, it doesn’t matter if you knew, he IS, and nothing about that fact makes him different. It could have been brought up and they could have discussed it at length in the book and everyone could have wound up okay with it and the media in our world could have gone nuts before the end of the series, but that’s not the point that got made when we all found out Dumbledore is in fact homosexual. The fact is, being gay is SO much a part of Dumbledore’s integral character that it was just unnecessary to state it. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s like knowing what breakfast cereal Harry likes best. Do we know that? (Do we?) Does it even matter to the plot we’re following? No. But it’s something that, when at the market, Harry would pay careful attention to. Dumbledore likes men. He was in love with a man, but that’s his business. Just like the rest of his complex backstory that we never learned in the series is his business, being gay is just a part of who he is. This is so enormous. The acceptance of homosexuality that this shows is so much greater than making a huge deal about it and distracting from the narrative for even a moment could have been.
Game-Changing Music Video of the Day: At long last, a big-name rapper blatantly in support of gay rights. This mini film is seven minutes of beauty.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ”Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert, is from The Heist, out October 9.
OKAY NO STOP.
STOP. scrolling. pause for a moment.
Actual tears. Just watch it.
I just posted a music video by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, which very clearly addresses and supports same sex marriage.
After posting it on my twitter account, someone replied: “When I saw this I was like What the **** is Nellie on? Sorry”
I went to their page, and it says in their…
Did this person just argue for gay marriage while referencing Doctor who?
Parody of the anti gay-marriage video thing. Best thing ever