Hi, I just wanted to share something positive that also sheds more light into how girls are treated when it comes to toys and growing up. This is a video for a toy called GoldieBlox and I think it’s brilliant.
I think this is totally brilliant!
It uses a strength typically considered feminine - language understanding - to open up the world of engineering - typically considered a masculine strength.
It encourages girls in problem solving and building and spacial thinking and such without removing femininity, so it’s not like a girl playing this game would be called a tomboy or something for playing.
And best of all, it’s not just some toy for boys that’s been watered down and blasted in pink to appeal to a market of young girls. It’s a toy made for girls, that appeals to girls, that teaches girls things that I never learned because such toys did not exist, and boys would not let me play with their toys.
I want to play this game for myself. :)
Gwen Sharp in Policing Mascuility in Slim Jim’s “Spice Loss” Ads (via biraciallyinsensitive)
The new movie,”ParaNorman” features the first openly gay character in an animated movie, and conservatives are not happy about it. The character in question, Mitch, is a muscled jock who doesn’t lisp, mince around, or use the phrase “Hey gurrrl”.
“It’s a time-honored technique of the gay community to hide the fact that a character is gay until the audience has developed a real affinity for him/her, then catch the audience off-guard by divulging that the character is gay. Mitch kicks a zombie’s head for a mile, then reacts with amazement at his own strength.” -William Bigelow of Beitbart.com
Apparently gay characters can only either be flaming stereotypes or assholes.
So conservatives andliberals are pissed? Cool.
i think it’s good to show that not all gay men are girly.
I’ve never thought of it this way, but there is such truth in this! Amazing.
Hilarious Amazon reviews of “For her” writing implements!
“It slips from between my calloused, gnarly fingers like a gossamer thread gently descending to earth between two giant redwood trunks.”
Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants), 1972
In these performative self-portraits taken in the final stages of her master’s degree (in painting, but that’s a different story) at the University of Iowa, Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta carefully transfers the facial hair of her bearded, male friend Morty Sklar to her own face, gluing it to her chin/jaws as Sklar cuts it from his. She starts off with a soft, hairless face next to Sklar’s full beard, and ends up with a full beard herself (but sadly no mustache). She would later use the second-to-last photo (the frontal solo portrait) as the basis for a series of silk screens which ended up being her final thesis submission (well, hence painting), but the performance and resulting photos themselves are much more interesting than that.
In the performance, Mendieta actively reverses the act of depilation that is a frequent ritual for so many (invisible) women with facial hair, and instead deliberately grows a beard in a matter of minutes. By doing so, she shows the strong gender-specificity (or exclusivity) of this symbol of identification called facial hair. While Sklar with-beard might be seen as somewhat unkempt by the average viewer (something easily fixed with a little trimming), his beardedness would raise no other questions; most would glance over him or be more inclined to notice some other aspect of his appearance, if any. Mendieta with-beard, however, is virtually incomprehensible to the conventional gaze. Magically, the exact same stuff, on a different face, suddenly has a wildly different meaning. -J
This is powerful in some way that I can’t quite explain. It’s eye opening, only very slightly unsettling, and completely intriguing. I love it.
Three things that I love: flowers, lace, and hairy pits!
Yes: We have armpit hair. EVERYONE DOES. SO GET THE FUCK OVER IT.
“girls have to shave beca-“
“if you’re a girl shave your-“
“girls with body hair are gro-“
Let me stop you right there. You’re wrong. You. Are. Wrong.
What if men were photographed the way women typically are?
it would be super hot, that’s what
Last pic reminds me of Ben Barnes
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh these all please me.
I love the play with masculinity and femininity! Brilliant!
I think the ‘women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it’ bit sums up 90% of sexism in one sentence.
There is no right or good way to be a woman. We are always doing something wrong. so we should just stop trying and do whatever the fuck we want.
Please, MRAs, tell me more about how hard it is to be a dude.
There are female athletes who will be competing at the Olympic Games this summer after undergoing treatment to make them less masculine.
Still others are being secretly investigated for displaying overly manly characteristics, as sport’s highest medical officials attempt to quantify — and regulate — the hormonal difference between male and female athletes.
Caster Semenya, the South African runner who was so fast and muscular that many suspected she was a man, exploded onto the front pages three years ago. She was considered an outlier, a one-time anomaly.
But similar cases are emerging all over the world, and Semenya, who was banned from competition for 11 months while authorities investigated her sex, is back, vying for gold.
Semenya and other women like her face a complex question: Does a female athlete whose body naturally produces unusually high levels of male hormones, allowing them to put on more muscle mass and recover faster, have an “unfair” advantage?
In a move critics call “policing femininity,” recent rule changes by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the governing body of track and field, state that for a woman to compete, her testosterone must not exceed the male threshold.
If it does, she must have surgery or receive hormone therapy prescribed by an expert IAAF medical panel and submit to regular monitoring. So far, at least a handful of athletes — the figure is confidential — have been prescribed treatment, but their numbers could increase. Last month, the International Olympic Committee began the approval process to adopt similar rules for the Games.
There’s a lot going on here, but here’s what jumped out at us immediately: Women, particularly women athletes, are constantly told they’re not as strong or fast as men—and now that they’re proving otherwise, they’re being forced to undergo hormone treatments. We don’t think it’s a coincidence that women of color are coming under fire for this more than white women. From the article: “Lindsay Perry, another scientist, says sometimes whole teams of African women are dead ringers for men.” This is a clear example of how we’ve constructed a very particular, very narrow ideal of femininity and womanhood that devalues and casts aside black women in particular.
This is ridiculous. I mean, I suppose there’s some validity to women with more testosterone having an athletic advantage over women with average levels of testosterone, but forcing those women to undergo hormonal treatments in order to compete is just ridiculous! I’m gonna have to look into this more, but I definitely don’t like what I’ve read so far. Not at all.
BECAUSE MEN HAVE TO DO MANLY MEN THINGS LIKE RUNNING THROUGH TREES AND EATING ROCKS.