By: SheWired Editors
“Tomboys Likelier to Turn Into Lesbians” was the headline that caught our attention here at SheWired earlier this week. The provocative, if not ‘duh’ inducing, and not exactly accurate headline published in The Times of India was crafted for a story about the results of a study by the Queen Mary University in London that essentially found that genes may be a factor in the number of gender non-conforming girls – or tomboys – who grow up to be lesbians.
The study essentially found that of 4,000 female twins who were interviewed genetic influences on sexual orientation were at 31 percent and genes played about a 25 percent role in gender non-conformity. Although, prior studies had the number of tomboys who grow up to be lesbians pinned at about one third.
While we thought the number of tomboys to lesbians ratio must surely be higher – at least that’s what our own experiences have dictated – the headline did have us pondering, “where have all the good pop culture tomboys gone?” And, did any of those smart-ass, gum-smacking, tough-girl characters grow up to be lesbians? If so, was it about a third who grew up to go gay?
Continue reading at: http://www.shewired.com/box-office/tomboys-tv-film-they-might-be-gay-today?page=0,0
I’ve recently come across two online sources that take issue with what is basically the infantization of women and women’s media. There’s The Daily Beast’s “OMG! Women’s Sites Need to Grow Up” by Tricia Romano and there’s a blog post by Julie Klausner.
Both Jane Pratt’s highly anticipated site, xoJane.com, and Zooey Deschanel’s new collaborative site, HelloGiggles, are aimed at young women about ages 16-35. As sites that call themselves the place for “strong voices, identities and opinions” and the place for “smart, independent, and creative females,” they are bound to come under criticism, which is what Tracia Romano’s article certainly does. It criticizes the sites for more or less talking down to its audience or essentially lacking in smart content for grown-up women. I understand where they’re coming from, but it seems like there apparently needs to be a distinction on how fluffy content can be before it is turned away by smart women.
I took rhetorical issue with the fact that The Daily Beast compares HelloGiggles and xoJane (along with Cosmopolitan.com thrown in) to GQ at one point in the article. The writer, Romano says, “With such tickle-me-hormonal content online, it makes one wonder, where is the content for women who want the equivalent of GQ, with sharp articles about powerful women and fascinating trend stories, written by writers as good as Tom Wolfe or Joan Didion? Where are the fashion spreads that make you feel aspirational, not inadequate?”
In terms of publications, isn’t Vanity Fair or Vogue the equivalent to GQ? If we’re just talking smart writing in general, BUST for that matter? Are there guy websites that write like GQ? It just seems like a rhetorically strange comparison. If she actually meant GQ Online instead of the publication, the website seems to have just as much “fluff” as most women’s site with headlines like, “The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide,” “12 Killer Summer Grooming Tips,” and “When is it Ok To Send A Girl A Picture of My Penis?” (uh..apparently when she asks for one).
Another thing I took issue with was the idea of the exclamation point. They quote Jezebel’s founder, Anna Holmes, who says, “Let’s stop using exclamation points. By design, when you read them, the voice in your head, as you’re reading them, goes up a couple of registers. It’s hard to take it seriously and it sounds kind of ditsy. Why can’t we just talk like grownups?” Whoa, I didn’t know exclamation points were such a big deal. I get that there can be too many in one place, over excitement is not appealing to read, but it doesn’t necessarily equal ditsy sounding. That, to me, is kind of a jump. Personally, I think that some things are just plain exciting and deserve an exclamation. What do you guys think?
From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/19-0
Nikos Milonas, a member of the Greek Green Party, said that Germany, France and the United States have been the biggest purveyors of weapons, weapons that have only benefited foreign corporations. “If we had slashed our military spending years ago, we wouldn’t be in this crisis,” he said. Military spending over the past 30 years accounts for over 1/3 of Greece’s current debt.
Much of the equipment comes from Germany, the country most responsible for bailing out Greece and the loudest in condemning Greeks for living beyond their means. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel scolded the Greek government “to do its homework” on debt reduction, she wasn’t talking about revisiting the over one billion dollars that Greece had spent on two submarines from Germany or the more than two dozen F16 fighter jets it bought from the United States at a cost of more than 2 billion dollars.
Continue reading at: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/19-0
Perhaps the Greeks should just return the war toys to the manufacturers with a note saying, sorry but we can’t afford these weapons of mass destruction.
The 40% rule has paved the way for women to influence corporate decision-making
Your report notes optimistically that female membership on British corporate boards now “edges up to 13.3%” (Number of women appointed to boards doubles since Lord Davies set 25% target, 2 July). Alongside this is a feature on Norway‘s quota system, in which “the state said at least 40% of the board members of listed companies should be women” (Norway’s 40% rule proves mixed blessing for ‘golden skirts’, 2 July).
The article reported comments that the policy is somehow not benefiting women in business, and not actually supporting equality. “The figure is now 42% and a prominent group of Norwegian women, nicknamed the golden skirts, have turned themselves into multiple board directors,” it states. It is unfortunate that the derogatory term “golden skirts” was used. The impact on company profits can be debated, but the effect on gender equality is clearly positive in the Norwegian case.
In a research project on gender in the boardroom I have led – funded by the Norwegian Research Council – we have interviewed board members about their experiences since the quota was introduced. We found that the new make-up did influence the decision-making process. Greater female representation seems to make meetings a little more pleasant, the preparation material is tidier and more comprehensive, and the processes more formal. Our respondents call it professionalisation.
This is in line with results from other research projects. It is very hard to analyse the impact on profitability, and research on the economic effect of more women on boards is inconclusive. What is beyond doubt, however, is that the policy has paved the way for women to influence corporate decision making.
The article implies that the quota has not created more female managers: “In fact, most golden skirts are non-executive directors,” it says. And it points out the discrepancy between women’s board representation “and their single-digit share of executive positions”.
I took a cross-country road trip in late June that became a race to outrun the triple-digit heat waves that have literally buckled highways between the Midwest and the East Coast.
The record-breaking scorcher was an apt send-off. As I weaved my way across the United States, I found the consequences of extreme weather everywhere I looked.
After the heat, the first sign of something unusual came in Iowa. There, every creek I crossed seemed to overflow its banks. Water pooled in cornfields.
By the time I reached Nebraska, radio advisories warning about bridges closed due to swollen waterways seemed routine.
Late one night, I pulled under an overpass between Sydney and Potter, Nebraska to find refuge from hail big enough that it cracked my windshield. There, I met an off-duty police officer who said he’s spending more and more time cleaning up after an increasing number of tornados and micro-bursts like the one we were trapped in.
Meanwhile, the drought-wracked southwest was blazing. New Mexico was experiencing the largest wildfire in state history, and an all-out battle was being waged by firefighters to steer the flames away from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where radioactive material for making nuclear weapons is housed. Now the concern is contaminated soil being washed into the Rio Grande by flash floods in deforested canyons. Fires in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Colorado are adding up to a record-setting wildfire season.
Continue reading at: http://www.otherwords.org/articles/connecting_extreme_weather_dots_across_the_map
by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada
Sh.. Just Got Real
As we’ve written about previously, tuna’s in trouble, and it’s not just limited to one species and/or one geographical region. A new study conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and published in the prestigious journal Science found that 5 out of the 8 tuna species are at “risk of extinction”.
The problem in good part lies with the commercial appeal of these species. There is little interest in stopping over-fishing because it’s so profitable. And when there are regulations, they are hard to enforce because of the logistical difficulties of monitoring fishing, and because of a lack of political will. Basically, money talks.
IUCN experts warned that all three bluefin tuna species – southern, Atlantic and Pacific – were susceptible to collapse because of pressure from fishing for the high-value fish.Southern bluefin tuna are already critically endangered, the highest category of risk, and Atlantic bluefin are endangered, the assessment for the IUCN red list of threatened species found.
Bigeye tuna are vulnerable to extinction, while yellowfin and albacore tuna are close to being under threat, or will be threatened with extinction if conservation measures are not put in place to turn their fortunes around. (source)
From The Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/yeas-nays/2011/07/geena-davis-says-no-women-only-eye-candy
By: Nikki Schwab
Actress Geena Davis is not a fan of how women and girls are portrayed throughout the media. But she’s not calling out any of her Hollywood colleagues. “I’m in the industry and I want to keep working,” she said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “We are kind of like Switzerland, we don’t put down specific movies, we don’t single out anybody.”
Instead of pointing fingers, she engaged lawmakers like Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and put her celebrity behind a bill called the “Healthy Media for Youth Act,” that uses a three-prong approach to encourage healthier images of women in the media. “We know that the more hours of television a girl watches the fewer options she believes she has in life, so clearly girls are not seeing girls doing a wealth of things,” Davis explained.
From Politicus USA: http://www.politicususa.com/en/alec-puppetmaster-palin-bachmann-walker
By Sarah Jones
July 18, 2011
You just knew these three hate clowns were connected, didn’t you?
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Scott Walker are all Dominionist Christians who share a disdain for education and intelligence, which makes them the perfect puppets for an insidious, evil organization designed to steal democracy from a free country. Think George W Bush and then take away his intelligence and double down on the gut emotions. Yes, take away even what little evidence of intelligence the man may have ever given even the most remote hint of possessing and then strip away any soul he may have given a brief nod to and strip away his breeding until you have a crass, moronic, hate-filled smugster who tells America that God is on their side.
The ALEC puppet, also known as the American Legislative Exchange Council stooge.
Karoli at Crooks and Liars wrote of ALEC earlier this week:
ALEC stands for the American Legislative Executive Council, but what it really stands for is corporate conservatives corrupting democracy. As I wrote awhile back, ALEC creates turnkey legislation which is then disseminated to elected officials who are also members via their very secretive organization after it has been approved by corporate members. Only, we really never knew who those corporate members were or who the lawmakers were, either.
According to The Nation, was ALEC, not lame Democrats, who killed the public option.
Reviewing ALEC’s healthcare-related bills and resolutions from the past few years makes it clear that insurers realized early on that the best way to block the profit-threatening provisions of any federal reform would be to attack them at the state level through ALEC. With Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the White House in 2009, insurers assumed some kind of healthcare reform was inevitable, so they adopted a strategy to shape rather than stop reform. Its top five goals became:
§ Keeping single-payer proposals off the table;
Continue reading at: http://www.politicususa.com/en/alec-puppetmaster-palin-bachmann-walkerBy Sarah Jones
As though the mountains upon mountains of ideological bullshit weren’t enough.
As though listening to male privileged people whine about how oppressed they are while reducing women and the word woman to a social role weren’t enough.
As though listening to Transgender Borg call my pussy an inverted penis weren’t enough.
As though I am never supposed to get tired of explaining to penis people why I find being called a gender variant highly offensive. Or that I find being called transgender equally offensive.
How do you explain to someone that you can not separate from a cult you never joined?
How many times do you have to tell someone who has colonized your life that you do not appreciate their colonization?
Why should some one who is nearly forty years post-op and almost as long post-transsexual be expected to look at a transvestite and self-proclaimed gender queer for expertise?
Enough is enough!
How many times am I expected to read bullshit like the following and then allow people to mis-characterize me as having something in common with this person other than our shared humanity?
Even more fucked up is the prick privilege of this academic. Oh did I mention that he is, “Not Gay.”
Fuck him and fuck queer theory…
A Real Trans Story
Gender identity is the focus of a new book and a very personal story
From Philly Mag: http://blogs.phillymag.com/gphilly/2011/07/14/real-trans-story/
Posted by Natalie Hope McDonald
Alex Drummond is not gay. And he thinks it’s important for people to know that. As someone who considers himself to be a straight man, but who enjoys wearing women’s clothing and make up, Drummond has shared his story in a new book Queering the Tranny: New Perspectives on Male Transvestism & Transsexualism. A dry title perhaps for what promises to be a compelling personal story about one man’s experience in the trans world – a complex place both within and outside the LGBT community.
“I wrote this book in essence to clarify that I am a transgendered person who had dealt with all of the confusing emotions that came about trying to figure out who I was,” admits Drummond. “I am not a transvestite or a cross dresser. I am a transgendered person who blends male and female, and mostly feels more comfortable, confident and sexy in a skirt, boots and makeup. I dress to express and communicate that female aspect of who I am.”
As a scholar, Drummond also considers psychological issues associated with his identity. The book began as a master’s thesis that led to a PhD about transgender issues.
Drummond now lives an openly transgender life. ———-> “Sexuality and gender are very different, but there are also many crossovers. I think the main similarity is that we’re oppressed minorities.”
He added, “What we ought to be doing is getting less hung up on genitals.”
Complete article at: http://blogs.phillymag.com/gphilly/2011/07/14/real-trans-story/
What an arrogant prick.
Do people still wonder why I want nothing to do with Transgender? Even if I support their having equal protections and hate crimes laws.
Their world is not my world.