In one minute, the Pantene #WhipIt commercial took negative stereotypes of women leaders and flipped those ideas on their head. We have to praise this Pantene ad for bringing feminist issues to a wider audience and rejecting the old, lazy, sexist advertising tropes many companies still use. Read more »
Emily’s video on The Brain Scoop got Danni thinking… how many women in STEM fields are there in comics?
Here’s some commentary about the representation of STEM-practicing women in comics, related to the aforementioned video on STEM women in Internet media.
"Know your role and shut your mouth" could be my least-favorite media moment of 2013. What’s yours?
"I don’t look like that, and I don’t desire to look like that."
- globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
- there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
- girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
- a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
- a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
- two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
- literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their and send them children to school
- a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
- a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
- a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
- less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
- school is not free in over 50 countries
photos: (1) malala yousafzai; (2) joey l. of a school for the hamar tribe in ethiopia; (3) beawiharta in jakarta of students who risk life crossing a collpased bridge to get to school; (4) muhammed muheisen, pakistan; (5) altaf gadri of an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge; (6) paula bronstein of burmese refugees in thailand at a school in their refugee camp; (7) noah seelam, hyderabad, india; (8) per anders pettersson, uganda; (9) lana slezic in afghanistan; (10) roberto schmidt in afghanistan, where acid attacks and poisoning of school water by the taliban is on the increase
To Flatten A Heroine: Artist Puts Disney Princess Filter On 10 Real Life Female Role Models
a well-known entrepreneur sparked a big, angry interwebs debate when he posited that the reason this boy’s club exists is that women are genetically predisposed to suck at coding…………>Read More
Dave’s whole article is ridiculous and the entire premise is untrue. Not only have women been fundamental in the creation of Computing since its inception but the number of female programmers were actually much higher in the past. Back in the 1940’s-50’s a programmer was a woman and it was considered “Women’s Work”. Even in the 80’s 42% of Software Developers were women; the last 30 years has seen a huge decline and in 2006 it was reported to be only 20%. The real reason why there aren’t more women in Computer Science is because of people like you Dave Winer. Powerful influential people who use their Platform to misinform people by telling them that Lady Brains just can’t handle programming.
Image Source: Digiphile The Women of Eniac 1940’s
In the United States, mothers are increasingly finding themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“When are you going to start saving? Don’t forget there’s a girl growing up in the house..”, countless wives have been reminding their husbands in Indian households and sometimes on TV screens. Parents in the country place too much emphasis on marriage. And if you’re a girl, this gets doubled. The moment the doctor announces the gender, the planning starts, the saving starts. And more importantly, the worrying.
Because of the pervasive dowry system that devours most families by attaching itself to destructive notions of what constitute status, honor and respect, this directly affects the family’s management of financial resources and how girls are brought up. An unmarried daughter becomes a burden to be removed which in turn subjects her to differential treatment. Giving your daughter’s marriage utmost importance means everything you do for her is ultimately influenced by this concern. You either don’t educate her beyond a basic level because you don’t have enough money to spend on both (and clearly you’ve decided marriage is to be given the bigger priority), or you educate her (often according to your own wishes rather than hers) with the prospect of fetching a well qualified groom so that she can be ‘sent off’ to a ‘respectable’ home.
By preventing unintended pregnancies, contraception provides significant health, social and economic benefits for women. But as this infographic documents, correct and consistent contraceptive use is critical.
The two-thirds of U.S. women at risk of unintended pregnancy who use contraception consistently and correctly throughout the course of any given year account for only 5% of all unintended pregnancies. The 19% of women at risk who use contraception inconsistently account for 43% of unintended pregnancies, while the 16% of women at risk who use no contraceptive method at all for a month or more during the year account for 52%.
These simple statistics demonstrate how effective contraceptive use can be. They also categorically refute claims by anti-contraception activists that access to contraception somehow leads to more unintended pregnancies and subsequent abortions.
In fact, most women having abortions were either not using any contraception or were using a method inconsistently. In 2000, the most recent year for which data are available, almost one-half (46%) of abortion patients were not using a contraceptive method in the month they got pregnant. Among the 54% of abortion patients who were using some form of contraception, the overwhelming majority acknowledged that their use was inconsistent, for example, because they had missed a pill or had not used a condom every time. The population of women obtaining abortions does not include the large majority of consistent contraceptive users, since they did not experience an unintended pregnancy and therefore never had a need for abortion services.
The contraceptive method used is also a factor. Users of highly effective methods, such as the pill and the IUD, are underrepresented among women who have abortions, compared with the general population. Meanwhile, users of less-effective methods, such as condoms and withdrawal, are overrepresented among abortion patients. But use ofany method is far more effective than using no method at all: Couples who do not practice contraception have approximately an 85% chance of having an unintended pregnancy within a year.
All of this is why debates around contraception should focus on ways to empower the one-third of sexually active women who want to avoid an unintended pregnancy but are not using a contraceptive method consistently and correctly. Among other steps, this includes
- protecting and expanding programs like Title X and Medicaid that make family planning services accessible for low-income and young women;
- removing cost barriers that prevent women from obtaining the methods they think are best for them, especially long-acting IUDs or implants, which are the most effective methods on the market (the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage guarantee is a big step toward increasing women’s access to these methods);
- making emergency contraception available to all women over the counter without age or point-of-sale restrictions; and
- developing new methods for women whose needs are not met by currently available contraceptives.
We encourage you to share this graphic with your friends, family and colleagues to help ensure that our national debate is guided by facts, not misinformation. And be sure to let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.
- Facts: Contraceptive Use in the United States
- Video: The Benefits of Contraceptive Use
- Analysis: Besieged Family Planning Network Plays Pivotal Role
- Analysis: The Case for Insurance Coverage of Contraceptive Services and Supplies Without Cost-Sharing
- Analysis: Renewing Support for Contraceptive Research and Development
- Research: The Social and Economic Benefits of Contraception
- Research: The Preventive Benefits of Contraceptive Services and Supplies
- Research: Contraceptive Use Is the Norm Among Religious Women
*not just women use birth control, not all women can use birth control.
Folks, it’s been a long time since I’ve awarded anyone the “I guess not all conservatives have to STFU, you’re ok, come sit at our lunch table” Award (also known as the Meghan McCain Award) to anyone. I’ve been underwhelmed at conservative sentiment, to say the least.
But today, Megyn Kelly is speaking directly to my heart. Well, actually, she’s speaking directly to Erick Erickson, the dough-faced fuck who said female breadwinners are ruining America because science. Megyn Kelly is a working mother of two who takes some issue with the idea that working moms are decimating the fabric of society.
This video starts with her saying “Who died and made you scientist-in-chief?” and goes on to cite studies proving children in homosexual couples actually do just as well as the kids of hetero couples and kids of working moms don’t fare worse than kids with stay-at-home moms, followed by some sputtering from Erick Erickson, to which Kelly responds, “Just because you have people who agree with you doesn’t mean it’s not offensive.”
And then she gets Lou Dobbs to squirm and admit that bees and lions and other species in nature don’t ascribe to the stay-at-home mom paradigm. Then he’s all “well this is really about single parents and how hard those kids have it” and she’s all “UM NO IT’S NOT THAT’S NOT AT ALL WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT YESTERDAY.”
And then at around the 7 minute mark she takes it to the rim by quoting Erick Erickson’s shitty blog post about how kids need a mom nurturing at home while a dad works full-time and throws a shitload of actual science in his FACE. And she compares his junk science to people in the 50s saying interracial marriage caused inferior children and goes “TELL THAT TO BARACK OBAMA!” (direct quote!) It is a glorious thing to behold.
Megyn Kelly has also stood up for paid maternity leave in the past. …You know, after she had her kids and needed it, but whatever, she’s with the program now. I firmly believe that if someone could procure me an afternoon with Megyn Kelly and a box of wine, I could bring her over from the dark side.
In short: You need to watch this video. Beware of Lou Dobb’s blinding teeth, however.