Tag: Gender

Google Translate now provides better gender-specific translations in several languages

Translation is tricky, as you know if you’ve read any web page automatically converted by Google Translate; different tongues have different nuances that are hard to teach to an algorithm. Specifically, the way languages handle gender varies, and these discrepancies previously led to Google Translate to make assumptions and provide potentially inaccurate translations. Now, though, […]

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Tavi Gevinson is folding up Rookie, after seven years: part mediapocalypse, part moving on

At the age of 15, Tavi Gevinson was the prodigy founder of Rookie, a latter-day second-coming of Sassy Magazine — a smart, funny, critical teen magazine that presaged the odd world we live in now, when magazines like Teen Vogue have become highly politicized. Rookie is must-read material, and its annual collections were […]

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Some Schools Allow Children to Register With a Gender Option Besides Girl or Boy

A new openness about gender identity is making its way into some of America’s public schools. First there were schools establishing all-gender restrooms. Now some districts are allowing children to be officially registered for school as a category other than male or female. Washington, D.C., schools are the latest, with […]

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Copyright and the “male gaze”: a feminist critique of copyright law

Film theorist Laura Mulvey coined the term “male gaze” to describe the “masculine, heterosexual perspective that presents and represents women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the male viewer”: in a paper for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Southwestern Law School professor John Tehranian applies Mulvey’s idea to the complex and […]

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The first woman Doctor Who to be commemorated with a limited-edition Barbie

Tonight marks the world premiere of the first Doctor Who series in which the Doctor is portrayed by a woman. The limited-edition commemorative Barbie available for pre-order starting tomorrow, exclusively through Forbidden Planet. <!– Cory Doctorow I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen […]

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Twitter suspends academic who quoted feminist STEM research

MIT Comparative Media Studies researcher/instructor Chris Peterson is an adrent supporter of the Math Prize for Girls, and as part of his work with the organization, he’s learned about the way that STEM fields were once considered inherently feminine, while the higher-status humanities were dominated by men — it’s the subject of some […]

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#MeToo meets the #FightFor15 as McDonald’s workers walk out over sexual harassment

McDonald’s workers in ten US cities staged a mass walkout last week, demanding that the company take action on the rampant sexual abuse and harassment in its franchisees’ stores; as the workers pointed out, the company surveils and controls their every move on-shift down to the minutest detail, but can’t seem to find any […]

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Why do these high-flying City types think they are role models for real women? | Catherine Bennett

Maybe because it has, undeniably, a ring to it, maybe because of its supposed potential as both weapon and insurance policy, Madeleine Albright’s catchphrase “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” refuses to go away. It’s still fine effectively to tell other women – given the strictly limited appeal […]

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Link About It: New Orleans’ All-Women Motorcycle Club: Caramel Curves

New Orleans’ All-Women Motorcycle Club: Caramel Curves on 03 August 2018 Bucking the traditional (and oftentimes toxic) image of a motorcycle club, NOLA’s Caramel Curves is an all-women group with 13 members who can be seen riding through the city—bright pink smoke billowing behind them. Often decked out in bedazzled gear and stilettos, members playfully […]

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Tip-Dependent Female Workers May Be at Greater Risk for Depressive Symptoms

Female hospitality workers who rely on tips in addition to base pay are more likely to report symptoms of depression compared with those who work in non-tipped positions, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The analysis is based on data from a nationwide health study that tracked thousands of individuals […]

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Why It Might Be Time to Retire the Buzzword ‘Toxic Masculinity’

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. There’s been a lot said about toxic masculinity of late, but Canadian author Vivek Shraya is ready to retire the concept. Same goes for “microaggressions” and a number of other buzzwords used to talk about identity. You won’t find either of them in her new book. “Language can […]

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The Russian equivalent to Alexa is a “good girl” but not too friendly, and is totally OK with wife-beating

Yandex is Russia’s answer to Weibo, an everything-under-one-(semi-state-controlled)-roof online service, and its answer to Alexa is Alisa. In a fascinating, long Aeon piece on the “emotional labor” of voice assistants and the cultural baggage that this embeds, Polina Aronson and Judith Duportail describe the design philosophy that went into Alisa, best summed up […]

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All Masculinity Is Toxic

American actor Clint Eastwood and German actress Marianne Koch on the set of Per un Pugno di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars), directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone. Some might argue that Eastwood’s cowboy characters represent a healthy manhood we should try to hold on to. (Photo by United Artists/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) If […]

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Uber Is Target of Federal Sex Discrimination Inquiry

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials are investigating allegations that Uber discriminated against women in hiring and pay, another federal inquiry into a company that has been rocked by scandals over its workplace culture and other issues. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which polices work force discrimination, began investigating Uber last August, according to two people […]

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Support from Female Co-Workers Can Empower Moms to Breastfeed

Emotional support from female co-workers plays a major role in whether or not new moms choose to keep breastfeeding after returning to work, according to a new study by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and Texas Christian University (TCU). The study is the first to focus specifically on the effect female co-workers have on […]

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Scars of Partner Violence Can Hinder New Relationships

The damaging effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) often continue long after the abusive relationship is over, yet few resources exist to help victims move on to form new, healthy relationships, according to a new study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. “Once a victim leaves an abusive relationship, we have to begin addressing […]

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Prison Employees Face High Rates of PTSD

Prison workers experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the same rate as Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, according to a new study at Washington State University (WSU). The findings, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, show that prison workers experience almost constant threat to their personal safety while on duty. More than half […]

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Football Told Me I Wasn’t Welcome. When Will I Be?

My love of football has always placed me in a difficult position. On one hand, there’s an environment of conflict, oppression and political injustice around the sport. On the other, there are football’s simple, scintillating pleasures. This tension — between the ugliness of the game’s culture and its aesthetic beauty — has always been acute […]

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