Tuesday, September 30, 2014

clientsfromhell:

I had just gone into labour (to have a baby) when a regular client called with some last-minute and typically urgent editing he needed done. It was 10pm on a Friday night.

I explained that I was in labour and that we would be heading to the hospital.

Client: But I heard labour can take anywhere from 10-14 hours, so you should have enough time to do this edit quickly. Please?

After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.

Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.

This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.

Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy

Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.

(via scientific-women)

(Source: itsawomansworld2)

Monday, September 29, 2014
jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.

His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.

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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

(Source: thefreelioness)

somethingcleverindeed said: It's not just American history that gets skipped over, either. In my (high school) world history class, my teacher declared on the first day that most of the rest of the world wasn't important. We spent the rest of the trimester studying Europe from the Renaissance to the 1800s. Good to know that the rest of the world didn't have any impact on history in that time period! /sarcasm

cuculine:

medievalpoc:

Most “World” History classes need scare quotes, to be quite honest. :|

Many years ago, I took a “World Lit” class.  I noticed the syllabus only included Western European works (the usual suspects - Beowulf, etc).  I asked why she focused exclusively on Europe and she told me that there was no great literature from other parts of the world because writing wasn’t as important in other countries.  “Not even China?” I asked.  It was a loaded question (I am half-Chinese), so she did not respond, and just told me to discuss it with her after class.  I did not; I withdrew from the course and went to the English department chairperson to complain.

Next quarter, they offered the course again, still titled World Lit, only this time the course description said it would only focus on Western Europe.  I think they missed the point…

I just attended my daughter’s high school curriculum night. She is taking a World History and Literature block course. It turns out, it isn’t “world” at all, but Eurocentric focused. The years they consider history is rather recent. Sadly, I expected this because these courses were coined and designed decades ago and the schools don’t change nor update, which is wrong and disappointing. 

theasexualityblog:

demigray:

I don’t see any reason to put off announcing it any longer, so without further ado, this is the “secret” project I was working on. Check out some of the articles:
What is Demisexuality?
Could I Be Demisexual?
Am I Demisexual If…
Coming Out As Demisexual
And more! 
Share it, link to it, use it! Consider this a soft launch, and please provide feedback if you have it.* I want to do a bigger launch for Asexual Awareness Week. 
* Seriously, I would really appreciate ideas for articles, links and other ways to improve the site. 

I’ve seen this site during the testing phase, and it is phenomenal. I strongly urge you to check it out. 
It’s a fantastic resource for anything demisexuality related - for those questioning as well as those who are not directly involved. Seriously, it’s so well done and easy to follow without being condescending. 
Check it out!!

theasexualityblog:

demigray:

I don’t see any reason to put off announcing it any longer, so without further ado, this is the “secret” project I was working on. Check out some of the articles:

Share it, link to it, use it! Consider this a soft launch, and please provide feedback if you have it.* I want to do a bigger launch for Asexual Awareness Week. 

* Seriously, I would really appreciate ideas for articles, links and other ways to improve the site. 

I’ve seen this site during the testing phase, and it is phenomenal. I strongly urge you to check it out. 

It’s a fantastic resource for anything demisexuality related - for those questioning as well as those who are not directly involved. Seriously, it’s so well done and easy to follow without being condescending. 

Check it out!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

kittydoom:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.

MIC DROP

optimysticals:

littlemusicalwitch:

anglophilium:

One ring to rule them all

*heavy nerd breathing*

Does that make my belly Mount Doom?

optimysticals:

littlemusicalwitch:

anglophilium:

One ring to rule them all

*heavy nerd breathing*

Does that make my belly Mount Doom?

(Source: nomellamesfriki)

thisisthinprivilege:

kendranotwilkinson:

thisisthinprivilege:

kendranotwilkinson:

heidimelone:

thisisthinprivilege:

muffinspices:

queertwinkie:

thisisthinprivilege:

this is where thin privilege intersects with male privilege. this is where fat girls are reminded that no place is safe: that nerd culture, which is supposed to stand for acceptance of people who are intellectual and non-athletic and different, still employs the same double standards that the rest of the world does. men are allowed to be fat. women are not.

my bazinga shirt was custom made, i shouldnt have to do that in a world like this :/ fat phobia is real

They are shirt sizes… it takes fabric.. you sorta pay for the fabric.. It is how business works…

If this were actually what’s going on, then you would also pay more for a medium than for a small. And the way clothes are made in mass production, the addition fabric needed for any single shirt is mere pennies, not $2-5.
So. You have no idea what you are talking about. 

Also, paying extra for extra fabric does not in any way explain men’s shirts being available in bigger sizes- especially considering the fact that “men’s” shirts are usually bigger in the first place

Well here’s one reason why male shirts come in an XXL


Because somehow the fact that there are large muscley dude means than large women — muscley or not — means that women shouldn’t get XXL shirts.
You are so full of shit and bigotry.

"men are allowed to be fat."
That’s what I was debating. So every man who wears an XXL is fat? I’m full of shit and bigotry? Honey, I used to wear a men’s large, I couldn’t even think about putting a women’s XL on. The people who produce the shirts in certain sizes aren’t out to get you. They’re out to get money. A women’s XXL is not going to bring in a lot of money. Also, everyone is built differently. Isn’t that what you try to get across on your blog, that everyone is different? So only one kind of person can fit into a men’s XXL? Okay.

There are millions of women all over the US who wear plus-sized clothes and are a desperately underserved market. We — women who wear plus-size clothes — talk about or our lack of choices all the fucking time, especially at the upper end. The classic thing to do in business is to find an underserved market and serve it. Business do not do so — and many of them say so openly — because they feel it damages their brand to serve fat people.
And no one has said that muscular people don’t exist. But this blog exists to talk about fat people. Not about how people’s bodies are different. Fat people. You brought up muscular dude because you simple cannot stand to see fat people talk about ourselves and ignore people who aren’t fat. Well, fuck you. This is our space and we’re talking about fat people.
-MG

thisisthinprivilege:

kendranotwilkinson:

thisisthinprivilege:

kendranotwilkinson:

heidimelone:

thisisthinprivilege:

muffinspices:

queertwinkie:

thisisthinprivilege:

this is where thin privilege intersects with male privilege. this is where fat girls are reminded that no place is safe: that nerd culture, which is supposed to stand for acceptance of people who are intellectual and non-athletic and different, still employs the same double standards that the rest of the world does. men are allowed to be fat. women are not.

my bazinga shirt was custom made, i shouldnt have to do that in a world like this :/ fat phobia is real

They are shirt sizes… it takes fabric.. you sorta pay for the fabric.. It is how business works…

If this were actually what’s going on, then you would also pay more for a medium than for a small. And the way clothes are made in mass production, the addition fabric needed for any single shirt is mere pennies, not $2-5.

So. You have no idea what you are talking about. 

Also, paying extra for extra fabric does not in any way explain men’s shirts being available in bigger sizes- especially considering the fact that “men’s” shirts are usually bigger in the first place

Well here’s one reason why male shirts come in an XXL

Because somehow the fact that there are large muscley dude means than large women — muscley or not — means that women shouldn’t get XXL shirts.

You are so full of shit and bigotry.

"men are allowed to be fat."

That’s what I was debating. So every man who wears an XXL is fat? I’m full of shit and bigotry? Honey, I used to wear a men’s large, I couldn’t even think about putting a women’s XL on. The people who produce the shirts in certain sizes aren’t out to get you. They’re out to get money. A women’s XXL is not going to bring in a lot of money. Also, everyone is built differently. Isn’t that what you try to get across on your blog, that everyone is different? So only one kind of person can fit into a men’s XXL? Okay.

There are millions of women all over the US who wear plus-sized clothes and are a desperately underserved market. We — women who wear plus-size clothes — talk about or our lack of choices all the fucking time, especially at the upper end. The classic thing to do in business is to find an underserved market and serve it. Business do not do so — and many of them say so openly — because they feel it damages their brand to serve fat people.

And no one has said that muscular people don’t exist. But this blog exists to talk about fat people. Not about how people’s bodies are differentFat people. You brought up muscular dude because you simple cannot stand to see fat people talk about ourselves and ignore people who aren’t fat. Well, fuck you. This is our space and we’re talking about fat people.

-MG

Saturday, September 27, 2014