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  1. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    At least they didn't just stop after #1. Hurray for small advances. Maybe?
  2. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    I've been thinking about that, and I wonder if the increased identification leads to enhanced sensitivity to the issue within our immediate spheres of lived experience? I remember, of course, that I've always had some interests in the male bodies, since I was young. In retrospect it is clear that my sexual interests, even before they were sexual (oxymoron?), are trained towards men. Yet, I didn't really feel silenced or marginalized until I came out to myself. Objectively, nothing in the external environment has changed. What changed was my mind set. Before I came out to myself (not to the world), the thought of acting on these urges was not really there. I had pushed the idea of acting on these interests so far back that not having the social approval to act on them seems rather irrelevant. But once I came out to myself, the inability to be honest about my interests and the social disapproval to act on them became more real and relevant, because they were then real obstacles I had to face. I wonder if something similar can account for part of your increased frustration over seeing your identity erased and sidelined?
  3. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Sorry if it's a bit off topic, but regarding the lack of follow-up of research: it's usually not the case that the researchers lost interest. Rather, it's the money. For most countries, the government agencies control the RD funding. So if they don't fund something, then it doesn't get done. Most researchers actually want to follow up and dig deeper into a topic because they already have the background and they have the resources set up. But if you can't secure the funding then... :-(
  4. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    There's a lot of truth to that. Here's an example that pops into my head: kilts. It's still very nerdy and off-the-mainstream but there are guys who are kilt advocates now. So, that's one area of dress code that's being worked on. Is it a good thing? Because this is explicitly about being okay with wearing a "skirt" because it's NOT A SKIRT. Even though it totally is one. But we brand it as masculine (culture and tradition help), and so it's more okay for a man to wear a kilt than it is for him to wear a skirt. Also, thinking historically, women wearing pants was indeed a socially scandalous thing for quite a while. To this day we have conservative religious groups that forbid women wearing pants. So maybe, in that context, the situation isn't as dire? Just spitballing here.
  5. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    One issue, I think, is that the awareness of nontraditional gender identities really hasn't filtered through the rank and file just yet. Even in the LBGTQ community, we built our culture around binary genders. Also, lest we forget, we do have LBGTQ members who want binary genders and who identifies strongly with that paradigm. It will be a very hard process to negotiate the proper boundaries where we can respect both the binary-identifying and the non-binary folks in our community. I certainly don't have a clever solution for it. At this point, I think we just need to talk to each other more, and search for a consensus. Another issue, I think, is that non-binary gender individuals still need to coalesce and construct their political presence. I think like trans individuals, they will need to work hard to carve out a space for themselves in the larger alliance. The idea of non-binary is challenging and to most people, discomforting. It is going to create hostility when you try to upset the prevailing paradigm. So before we see improvement on the issue, those who do identify as non-binary will be stuck with doing most of the hard labor. :-( Finally, I am sorry that your local LBGTQ group sucks so bad. :-(
  6. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Acceptance of femininity in men is a really difficult topic to unpack. I don't know if anything can be done that will make any headway if it's not coming from cis heterosexual men. They are the ones who need to change because they are the ones most impacted. Any and all changes need to be embraced by them. I don't deliberately go look for them, but I also haven't come across any sort of credible group of male writers on femininity in men, either. I am rather dourly pessimistic at the whole prospect of finally reaching parity in valuing both masculinity and femininity. This is not to say that I don't think it's worthwhile - it absolutely is. But I am just highly pessimistic on this issue.
  7. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    So... what was the point of the ad? That people who are alive wish to remain alive? What? Edit: But you know what? It really doesn't matter. Call the developing fetuses "adults" if you want. I would still support legal abortions with minimum regulation. If there's an adult human being whose life depends on his/her feeding tube attached to my stomach, I get to decide when or if I pull the feeding tube out.
  8. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    I am sure someone more intelligent has already coined the term and defined it, but it is something you see in almost all movements. Like in the gay movement, the "mainstream" gays look down on the fem bois, the drag queens, the butch dykes, and they are blamed for the hostility of the straight people against us. They would say "we would be treated more equally if it weren't for you freaks," all the while ignoring that there would be no movement to speak of without those "freaks." Similarly in feminism, if there weren't angry women upset at the unfairness, there'd be no galvanizing force to organize around. It is so much bullshit to turn around and blame them for, essentially, contributing to the difficulty. The bottom line is that backlashes and anger from the dominant cultural group is not a sign of failure. It is a sign of success. When they are pissed and angry, that means we're doing something right. No social justice has ever been earned by being polite. So, all of this is to say that when we encounter those things, let's just adopt a "fuck'em" attitude. :-)
  9. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    [mod hat] Derailment obliterated. Please continue with discussions that are actually useful. [/mod hat]
  10. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    It's new, and it's not easy to understand for those who live and breathe binary gender. I confess that it takes me conscientious effort still to not default to binary gender/sex thinking. I hope the visibility of this issue will continue to increase. *hugs*
  11. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    You think the Sanger info is news to people? Do you read the internet? And sure, you have no opinion on the issue. You're just a fair-minded non-partisan pointing out flaws on both sides, except you only comment on one side. I get it.
  12. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Ahahahaha. One of those. Fortunately, on my campus we only have fuckwit admins who are clueless about diversity and inclusion pretending to be experts on it, and my faculty colleagues are all pretty kickass.
  13. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    Fetuses are not children. But do continue on with your deliberate obfuscation. It's most scintillating to read.
  14. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Re: Lily I recommend your first entry to the topic be the book called "Whistling Vivaldi." It is a book written by the researcher who pioneered the study on stereotype threat. The book is intended for general audience so it's easier to digest than following the paper trail yourself. It's a good starting point. To distill karadin's explanation further, if you're a woman taking a math test, and if during or before the test, you are reminded of your status as a woman, and/or that women in general do more poorly at math, then your performance will be suppressed. This means that sometimes, well-intended prompts can actually backfire. As for classroom interactions, there are so many variables to account for that it is very daunting to set up the "ideal." I think you're already doing a lot to address the issue, so the following is just sort of my brainstorming, not meant in any way to imply that you're somehow deficient in your classroom. ;-) Assuming that the ratio is a bit lop-sided in your physics classes, I think directed group-membership like you're doing is critical. Try to even out the groups so that female students aren't segregated away. I would also suggest providing structure to talk about cooperation and collaboration. Shockingly, most college students don't know how to collaborate. I do assign group projects, and so I spend half a lecture talking about productive team work, and offering them guidelines on how to get the most out of collaborations. This way, I forestall most of the calamities of group work. When the group doesn't function well, I can easily see resentment being built up, and race, gender, and national origins are easy fault lines to absorb those types of resentment. In other words, if a group performs well, your students will be more likely to walk away with a positive view of working with a minority member. If the group doesn't perform well, then the white/male students will find it easy to blame the black student, the female student, the foreign student. So, I think fostering productive group work is a proactive step to enhance people's appreciation of diversity. Another thing I try to do is to not be afraid to talk about minority issues in science openly in class. I think it models a behavior where we are not politely ignoring a problem for fear of stepping out of line. I think sometimes, some professors veer too strongly away from the possibility of being perceived to be a leftist indoctrinating their students. This means that they avoid talking about diversity and inclusiveness even when the time and opportunity are right. In my discipline, there are so many historical examples that I can use to talk about gender and science, and I pick them when the time is right. For instance, I talk about Rosalind Franklin and Barbara McClintock, not just for their scientific achievement, but also the ways in which their sex led their work to be sidelined. I also talk about the sexist remarks from Watson and why that's not helpful. Finally, if your campus has a group that promotes diversity and inclusiveness, I'd recommend being a part of it if you're not already. There are 3 different groups on my campus that work on diversity issues and I am on one of them. It's good to be amongst friends sometimes, like in this thread, where you are not constantly defending your premise and you can actually work out remedies. Re: karadin That's an interesting bit of new info on erasing negative associations. I can see how you can operationalize it into an experimental design. Hope you can develop the idea into a thesis! :-)
  15. Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    It is a fascinating phenomenon. The part that bothers me about it is that they don't have a good framework to explain it, yet, imo. The explanation is still heavily hand-waving at this stage. My exposure to it is from "Whistling Vivaldi." I did follow up on about half a dozen of the original research articles cited, but I didn't look further to discover any dissenting views. Now that I read your comment, I am wondering how that maps onto the trans experience. Is that where you're thinking of going with your thesis? I think it's very interesting. :-)