Tag: Gender

in her words: Finding Clothes, and Identity, Outside Men’s and Women’s Wear

ImageCreditAgnès Ricart Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I would like to see anybody wearing my clothes, and I do mean anybody.” — Claire Fleury, a fashion designer […]

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New Emojis Are Coming: Interracial Couples, Guide Dogs, Falafel and More

Interracial couples. A guide dog for blind people. A person using a wheelchair. These were among the new emojis announced this week by the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that provides standards for text on the internet and oversees emojis. The list — which includes 59 new emojis, as well as […]

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Women weren’t excluded from early science fiction: they were erased

Science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek’s recent book The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin, is a secret history of women in science fiction, reframing the story of exclusion (“women weren’t welcome in early sf writing circles”) as one of erasure (“women made […]

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Consider Firing Your Male Broker

When people picture a financial adviser, they typically think of a gray-haired guy who looks like Bernie Madoff, or perhaps a younger man like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The imagined portrait rarely resembles someone like me, a woman. And that underlying perception is fairly accurate. […]

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Teen Vogue counsels taping over your webcam to resist FBI (and other) surveillance

As EFF’s Eva Galperin notes, Nicole Kobie’s story about resisting surveillance by taping over your webcam “proves that once more, the best and most straightforward tech reporting is being done by Teen Vogue.” However, there are others who could be watching through your webcam, and the stories of compromised cameras are genuinely […]

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Women state lawmakers from Kansas explain why they quit the GOP and became Democrats

Last week, Kansas state senators Dinah Sykes and Barbara Bollier and state representative Stephanie Clayton announced they were no longer going to serve as Republicans and would instead serve as Democrats; they were joined by former state rep Joy Koesten who served as a Republican until getting primaried by a far-right candidate who will […]

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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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