socimages:


Who works? Stick figures, gender, and illustrating the workforce.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
One of our Pinterest boards collects images that reveal that men are the “neutral” sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1)  the image that pops up in our minds when we say “person” or “human” or “worker” is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male (e.g., cartoon animals appear female to us unless we slap on eyelashes and lipstick), (3) items for sale often get marketed as either “item” or “women’s item” (e.g., “deodorant” and “women’s deodorant”), and (4) men and male bodies get to stand in for humanity (e.g., in scientific research).
Instances of this phenomenon have been a fun series on the blog; we featured another one just this past weekend, on how (not) to write obituaries.  Then, SocImages Contributor Philip Cohen sent along another great example that we couldn’t resist sharing. The graphic below, released by Bloomberg Business Week, is meant to help us understand who is in and out of the labor force.  While 3% of Americans want to work but can’t find a job, large proportions are also permanently or temporarily out of work on purpose: they’re retired, in college, in the military, disabled, or a stay-at-home parent.
For our purposes in this post, what’s interesting is the way they illustrate the categories.  In all cases but one, the stick figured is either non-sexed and therefore implicitly male (e.g., the newspaper reader and the disabled) or explicitly male (the business-suited full-time employees, the mustachioed retiree).  
The one exception, of course, is for the stay-at-home parent.  Suddenly the stick figure is a female.  We see this all over.  As soon as parenting or housework is involved, all those neutral/male stick figures sprout skirts.
Now, to be fair, 97% of stay-at-home parents are female, but so is 50% of the American workforce. You wouldn’t guess so, however, by this graphic.  Also, for what it’s worth, it doesn’t have to be like this.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

socimages:

Who works? Stick figures, gender, and illustrating the workforce.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

One of our Pinterest boards collects images that reveal that men are the “neutral” sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1)  the image that pops up in our minds when we say “person” or “human” or “worker” is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male (e.g., cartoon animals appear female to us unless we slap on eyelashes and lipstick), (3) items for sale often get marketed as either “item” or “women’s item” (e.g., “deodorant” and “women’s deodorant”), and (4) men and male bodies get to stand in for humanity (e.g., in scientific research).

Instances of this phenomenon have been a fun series on the blog; we featured another one just this past weekend, on how (not) to write obituaries.  Then, SocImages Contributor Philip Cohen sent along another great example that we couldn’t resist sharing. The graphic below, released by Bloomberg Business Week, is meant to help us understand who is in and out of the labor force.  While 3% of Americans want to work but can’t find a job, large proportions are also permanently or temporarily out of work on purpose: they’re retired, in college, in the military, disabled, or a stay-at-home parent.

For our purposes in this post, what’s interesting is the way they illustrate the categories.  In all cases but one, the stick figured is either non-sexed and therefore implicitly male (e.g., the newspaper reader and the disabled) or explicitly male (the business-suited full-time employees, the mustachioed retiree).  

The one exception, of course, is for the stay-at-home parent.  Suddenly the stick figure is a female.  We see this all over.  As soon as parenting or housework is involved, all those neutral/male stick figures sprout skirts.

Now, to be fair, 97% of stay-at-home parents are female, but so is 50% of the American workforce. You wouldn’t guess so, however, by this graphic.  Also, for what it’s worth, it doesn’t have to be like this.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

medievalpoc:

[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:

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And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:

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Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.

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And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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Anonymous said: wow i dont think i read far back enough into the blog to see your discussions, i tried to search it on google to see commentaries and there were very few so i assumed that you haven't talked about. so sorry. how do i find the post you are talking about i would love to read it. there are so many other designers though who do yellow face but they aren't as popular so i cant remember their names and people dont talk about them. maybe i should make a list....

thisisnotchina:

sorry, i meant i’ve talked about that a lot in my academic life, not on this blog specifically.

orientalism has been a mainstay of western fashion for centuries, but some notable modern examples i can think of include (not all examples of yellowface, but all related to orientalism in some way):

for further reading:

  • the costume institute had an exhibit several years ago about orientalism in fashion; you can read about it here or in the catalogue (free download on the met website here).
  • valerie steele has an edited volume about chinese dress that includes essays on chinoiserie here (although honestly it’s not that great at actually criticizing orientalism).
  • there’s also a book by adam geczy about orientalism in fashion but i haven’t read it so i don’t know how good it is.
  • minh-ha t. pham and mimi thi nguyen have written extensively about this topic as well.
  • thuy linh tu’s book the beautiful generation includes a chapter about orientalism in western fashion

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admrlaitia replied to your post “Yesterday I volunteered to teach teens how to code. The girls I was…”

You’re wonderful <3

*blushes* Thank you ♡

exvin:

epifight:

I’m intrigued to know what constitutes “”“mild”“” rape.

I’m also intrigued to know how Richard Dawkins can convince himself that he’s not “endorsing” either of these things. If you choose to speak from a very privileged, very public platform about the nonsensical idea of ‘mild’ rape, then you are directly contributing to the rape culture we live in. 

I hate him so infinitely oh my god

could somebody please tell him that getting raped isn’t a competition for the sympathy of fuckbags

Dates and knives are both used as methods of making sure that the victim is completely fucking powerless. That is it. They are tools used by rapists to minimise resistance. They are not used to make victims comfortable and put them at ease for fuck’s sake

I mean what the fuck is the purpose of statements like this. Is the idea that date rapists should get shorter sentences for their kindness and generosity because they went to all the trouble of securing a date with the victim???

Does he just sit around imagining being raped??? Just a fun thought-experiment like “haha oh I wonder what it’s like to be raped in different ways lol” and then decide which one was worst???

Suddenly that specific rape is The Worst Kind Of Rape 100% Of The Time. I Know Because I Imagined It Happening To Me Once. This Makes Me The Expert

I lost respect when I learned of Gandhi’s body hatred and even more that he refused to have sex with his wife for the last thirty-eight years of their marriage (in fact he felt that people should have sex only three or four times in their lives) I lost even more [respect] when I found out that in order to test his commitment to celibacy, he had beautiful young women lie next to him naked through the night: evidently his wife - whom he described as looking like a ‘meek cow’ - was no longer desirable enough [to] be a solid test

On Pacifism

-Derrick Jenson

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Yeah, Gandhi was an unbelievably selfish individual. My biggest reason for losing respect for him, though, was that he criticized the Jews for defending themselves against the Holocaust — he insisted that they should have committed public mass suicide in order to “shame” the Germans instead of fighting back.

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…. In order to shame the Germans?  WTF?  The Germans wouldn’t’ve been shamed - they’d’ve been thrilled to get their way so easily!

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Gandhi’s exact words were: “But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.” He also wrote an open letter to the British people in 1940 telling them to surrender to the Axis even if it meant accepting genocide:

“I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but neither your souls, nor your minds. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them.”

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he was also anti-black (lost all respect for him after reading how he treated sub-saharan africans).

http://www.trinicenter.com/WorldNews/ghandi4.htm

read this. everyone needs to know gandhi’s “true colors”. 

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finally

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Ghandi was a pedophile, to boot.

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I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE THANK YOU

I CANNOT FUCKING STAND THE WAY HE IS PORTRAYED 

HE WAS AN ABUSER WHO HIT HIS WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTERS ALSO

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i’ve reblogged this before but this version has even better commentary and sources so

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also he believed women shouldn’t fight off their rapists

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His wife died from a treatable illness because he “didn’t believe in modern medicine”.

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Yes and let’s not forget what he did to Bhagat Singh also.

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They do NOT teach you this in school

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its about time folks find out who the real gandhi is. He considered Blacks slave, inferior and dirty. He actually wanted the whites in south africa to continue apartheid as he compared Blacks to animals.

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Gandhi was anti black. And that is more than enough for me to lose all respect for him.
Why do white people credit him with the emancipation of India while excluding the bomber rebels who literally scared away England; was it because he was a pacifist?

Or was it, like they did with Martin Luther King jr*, that they needed to falsely project another powerful minority figure to appear meek and pacifist so that other oppressed groups would think that non violence solves all problems when in reality it was the physical activists that brought emancipation.

"Don’t fight fire with fire" words that will damn you if you choose to adhere to them.

I would like all who read this to remember who controls the western school systems, who writes the history books, and who wants to stay in power. #STAYWOKE

*No disrespect for Mr. King, he was not meek and pacifist; though that is what they teach you in school.

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amatsuki:

K so I downloaded XKit Mobile. Some newbie iOS programming mistakes that slow down the app, but really impressive showing all around. Will probably stick to Tumblr app though unless I need a specific feature.

Idk why it gives me motion sickness. Something off about the scrolling.

(I have severe visual motion sickness though, so most people should be fine.)

K so I downloaded XKit Mobile. Some newbie iOS programming mistakes that slow down the app, but really impressive showing all around. Will probably stick to Tumblr app though unless I need a specific feature.

Anonymous said: Hey babe,Im sorry!! But I am terribly informed about the Palestine/Israel conflict, like Ive seen it on the news and even cried when they show how it is going :( Can you explain it to me Please Please xx

twerk-it-larry:

Alright this is going to be long but not nearly long enough so if you’re interested take the time to do some more research  so you can form your own opinion because this is admittedly probably bias although I will just try and state facts :) a lot of this is history so if you want to know more about the occupation today and what I’ve learned about it from personal experience and everthing jump down to “The Occupation Today”

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