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January 15 2014

05:11

Women And Internet Harassment

Internet aggression toward women. What’s it about? How do we fix it? Plus, a media firestorm around tweeting through cancer.

A woman uses a personal computer. (Ray Smith / Flickr / Creative Commons)

A woman uses a personal computer. (Ray Smith / Flickr / Creative Commons)

Guests

Amanda Hess, freelance writer. Author of “Why Women Aren’t Welcome On the Internet.” (@AmandaHess)

Anna Holmes,  founding editor of Jezebel.com, the online women’s news and culture magazine. Author of “The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things” and “Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters From The End of the Affair.” Columnist at the New York Times Book Review. (AnnaHolmes">@AnnaHolmes)

Danielle Citron, professor of law the University of Maryland, Balitmore. Author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.” (@DANIELLECITRON)

From Tom’s Reading List

Pacific Standard: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet — “A woman doesn’t even need to occupy a professional writing perch at a prominent platform to become a target. According to a 2005 report by the Pew Research Center, which has been tracking the online lives of Americans for more than a decade, women and men have been logging on in equal numbers since 2000, but the vilest communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women. We are more likely to report being stalked and harassed on the Internet—of the 3,787 people who reported harassing incidents from 2000 to 2012 to the volunteer organization Working to Halt Online Abuse, 72.5 percent were female. ”

New York Times: The War on Women — “I don’t think either the left or the right quite understands this worldview: feminists tend to see it simply as a species of reaction, social conservatives as the dark fruit of sexual liberation, when it’s really a combination of the two. And because it channels some legitimate male anxieties alongside its chauvinism and resentment, it probably can’t be shamed or driven underground — or not, at least, without making its side effects for women that much more toxic.”

The Wire: Welcome to the Twisted Age of the Twitter Death Threat — “Enter the age of the online death threat. It’s scary, yeah, because it’s a death threat. Humans rarely like being threatened with an end to their basic essence, no matter the delivery method for that announcement. And yet, on Twitter, this becomes such a weird, surreal concept: It’s deeply impersonal (these people don’t even know each other and probably never will; NONE of them know each other, likely), fueled by a false kind of rage spawned by the way the Internet works (one side gets self-righteously mad, another side self-righteously madder, and repeat). Fortunately, in most cases, the threat is also incredibly unlikely to be fulfilled. ”

The Media-Firestorm Around Tweeting Through Cancer

Lisa Belkin, senior correspondent for The Huffington Post. Author of “Life’s Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom,” Show Me A Hero,” and “First, Do No Harm.”  (@LisaBelkin)

The Huffington Post: Lisa Bonchek Adams And The Problem With Criticizing A Woman Who Documents Her Cancer Treatment Online  – “True we need a national conversation about ‘how much is too much.’ But the reason the lines are blurred in the first place — i.e. the very reason we need that conversation — is because what is one patient’s torture is another’s reassurance that they have done everything they could. Emma’s father was 79 when he died two years ago, with multiple health problems. Lisa Adams was 37 when she was diagnosed seven years ago, with three young children. Yes, her years of treatment have been agonizing at times, and I would not presume to tell any patient that they must choose that painful, possibly fruitless, path. I also would never dream of telling them that they shouldn’t. What Bill sees as extra years of ‘frantic medical trench warfare,’ Adams sees more simply as extra years.”

December 14 2013

19:39

Craig J. Thompson – Marketplace Performativities and the Naturalization of Gender Transgression B | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

  Event Date: 13 December 2013 Torrington Room Senate House University of London Malet St London WC1E 7HU The School of Management at Royal http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/12/craig-j-thompson-marketplace-performativities-and-the-naturalization-of-gender-transgression/
17:02

Craig J. Thompson – Marketplace Performativities and the Naturalization of Gender Transgression A| Backdoor Broadcasting Company

  Event Date: 13 December 2013 Torrington Room Senate House University of London Malet St London WC1E 7HU The School of Management at Royal http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/12/craig-j-thompson-marketplace-performativities-and-the-naturalization-of-gender-transgression/

December 12 2013

00:35

Melissa Atkins Wardy On How To Shop Smart

Our Dec. 11 hour on girls, boys and toys was a fascinating discussion on gender and marketing. Guest Melissa Atkins Wardy, CEO of online clothing and toy company Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, offered a great list of where and how to shop this holiday season. 

With all the talk about gender stereotyped and sexualized toys, families may be wondering where CAN we shop and find healthy, respectful toys? Here’s my list, with my top tip being: your local, independent toy store.

Here is what I recommend:
1. Shop at your local, independent toy store. They are more likely to carry items made by small businesses and most importantly they put a ton of research and care into toys that will stimulate and entertain the young child. There are never pink aisles or blue aisles. Toys are grouped by category or interest and many toys are award winners and eco-friendly. The staff is usually knowledgeable and friendly and knows what to do when  you say, “I’m looking for a gift for an eight year old who likes science and moths.” Everybody wins!
2. Hunt down specific toys on Craigslist or Ebay. If you are someone who plans ahead, rummage sales in the summer are great places to find toys at great prices. Your kids won’t notice it didn’t come in a box.
3. Shop at your nearest museum or children’s museum gift shop. These can be gendered, but for the most part are focused on learning.
4. Books. Done.
5. Scientific Explorer makes some cute science kits. You’ll see these in stores and some are gendered, but online there is a great selection.
6. What about an experience gift — like a membership to a museum or trip to the aquarium? We’re headed to the Shedd and the Field Museum after Christmas.
7. I like toys that get kids active, like bikes, stomp rockets, sports equipment, and seasonal toys like snow shoes, sleds, and igloo block makers.
8. I babysat for a family who once gave their kids a series of cardboard boxes nestled in each other like matryoshka dolls and in the smallest box was tape, box cutters, string, markers, and scraps from the crafting drawer.
9. Tool box, with real tools. Every kid needs one.
10. Here is a list of some of my favorite places to shop at:
- Melissa Atkins Wardy

December 11 2013

09:22

Girls, Boys, Toys — And Gender

Just in time for the holidays, we’ll look at boys, girls, gender identity – and the way we make and market toys. Plus, we look at new GM CEO Mary Barra, the first female leader of a major American auto company.

Guests

Abha Bhattarai, Retail, hospitality and banking reporter for The Washington Post. (@abhabhattarai)

Melissa Atkins Wardy, CEO of the online clothing and toy company Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies. Author of the forthcoming “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight The Stereotyping and Sexualization of Girlhood, from Birth To Tween.” Executive director of the Brave Girls Alliance. (@PigtailPals)

Elizabeth Sweet, PhD candidate in sociology at UC Davis, where she focused on gender and children’s toys. (@ElizabethVSweet)

From Tom’s Reading List

TIME: The War on Pink: GoldieBlox Toys Ignite Debate Over What’s Good For Girls — “True, as toy stores have gotten pinker, women have made more progress in the workplace. All those cute little vacuum cleaners and mini baby bottles haven’t discouraged girls from going to college or excelling in academic fields other than science. Women make up the majority of undergrads and are entering law school in equal numbers to men. So it’s clear that gendered toys aren’t entirely to blame for the dearth of female engineers—a myriad of reasons from lack or mentors to childhood development contribute as well.”

New York Times: Guys and Dolls No More? – “If toys were marketed solely according to racial and ethnic stereotypes, customers would be outraged, and rightfully so. Yet every day, people encounter toy departments that are rigidly segregated — not by race, but by gender. There are pink aisles, where toys revolve around beauty and domesticity, and blue aisles filled with toys related to building, action and aggression.”

G.M.’s New CEO Mary Barra

Jerome Vaughn, news director at WDET-FM in Detroit. (@jvdet)

September 27 2013

08:35

Politics and Journalism: WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?

In the aftermath of the 2013 federal election and the demise of the Labor government, there are serious issues to be discussed about the performance and calibre of the journalism, from the Parliamentary Press Gallery through to the tabloids and shock jocks. This public forum discussed three of the most contentious issues in both the politics and the journalism: gender, climate change and asylum-seekers. ## Speakers + Kerry-Anne Walsh, author of ‘The Stalking of Julia Gillard’ + Professor Sharon Pickering, Director of the Border Crossing Observatory, Monash University + Professor Wendy Bacon, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, UTS

July 03 2013

22:18

Coed (Unisex?) Strip Club w/ Avery Edison & Chase Nordengren | Pre-Recorded | Funny videos, improv and sketch comedy podcast

Meet two pioneers who are opening up the world of exotic dance to simultaneous performances by men and women, dancers and customers alike, goth or not goth. Featuring Avery Edison (on Twitter @aedison) and Chase Nordengren (follow his podcast on Twitter @DearBlankShow). http://www.pre-recorded.com/2013/07/coed-unisex-strip-club-w-avery-edison-chase-nordengren/

December 21 2011

22:50

The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality

'Victorian' came in the twentieth century to stand for sexual repression and social convention. Personal life was governed by complex and rigid rules of behaviour. Like other aspects of Victorian culture this began to break down in the fin-de-siécle. Yet recent research, discussed in this lecture, has undermined this rather simplistic picture and begun to explore some of the contradictions and complexities of Victorian attitudes to marriage and sexuality. The place of women in Victorian culture was by no means as passive or subordinate as conventional images of the era suggest. This lecture by Professor Richard J Evans, FBA is part of the series The Victorians: Culture and Experience in Britain, Europe and the World 1815-1914 More info: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-victorians-gender-and-sexuality

February 18 2011

16:37

Taking Stock of Tech: Reflections on Law, Technology and Society Panel 3: "Doing Girl Online: How Social Networking is Transforming Gender, Equality and Privacy"

Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professsor, McGill University Shayla Thiel-Stern, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Jane Bailey, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa March 5, 2010 http://www.techlaw.uottawa.ca/en/list/programs/technology-law-podcast-website/

August 31 2010

19:35

Eve Ensler on Global Girlhood

"Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler is now looking at the lives of teenage girls, from American suburbia to the Congo.
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