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Dec 3
Really interesting podcast entitled “Stereotype Threat and Performance”, from “How to Think Like a Psychologist”The picture above shows the results of a test in which college students were given a GRE verbal. The study compared students scores by race according to whether they were asked about their race before or after the test was taken.
Basically, the studies show that social expectations of a person’s identity (race, gender, occupation, etc.) affect a person’s abilities in particular situations:

"The stereotype that white men can’t jump can undermine white men’s athletic performance," Walton said. "A normal feature of how we work as humans is that we are affected by how other people may perceive us. It’s disturbing to think that, if you perform badly, other people could think negatively about your group. It’s distracting, and it undermines performance."

Here’s an article relating some of their findings: 
"Stereotype threat harms female, minority performance"

Really interesting podcast entitled “Stereotype Threat and Performance”, from “How to Think Like a Psychologist”

The picture above shows the results of a test in which college students were given a GRE verbal. The study compared students scores by race according to whether they were asked about their race before or after the test was taken.

Basically, the studies show that social expectations of a person’s identity (race, gender, occupation, etc.) affect a person’s abilities in particular situations:

"The stereotype that white men can’t jump can undermine white men’s athletic performance," Walton said. "A normal feature of how we work as humans is that we are affected by how other people may perceive us. It’s disturbing to think that, if you perform badly, other people could think negatively about your group. It’s distracting, and it undermines performance."

Here’s an article relating some of their findings: 

"Stereotype threat harms female, minority performance"


Oct 28
“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.”

Karl Marx (via man-of-prose)

I wondered where this one came from, so I did some digging. A little different from the commonly quoted version

Via marxists.org, Marx-Engels Correspondence 1868, Marx To Ludwig Kugelmann In Hanover:

Tell your dear wife that I never ‘suspected’ her of serving under Madame General Geck. I queried only in jest. Incidentally, the ladies cannot complain about the ‘International’, since it has appointed a lady, Madame Law, as a member of the General Council. Joking aside, very great progress was demonstrated at the last congress of the American ‘Labor Union’, inter alia, by the fact that it treated the women workers with full parity; by contrast, the English, and to an even greater extent the gallant French, are displaying a marked narrowness of spirit in this respect. Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included).

Perhaps not quite as strong as one might hope when in context, but there it is. It makes one think what exactly is meant by “progress” or what might be a broader view of Marx’s position on women. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions, as some might out of defense of Marx, to say that he was a saint in this department or a champion of women’s rights, but it’s definitely worth investigating. Perhaps one could start with this one by Hal Draper. Then again, it would be good to find more critical perspective. Recommendations please! 

(via socialism-or-barbarism)


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Sep 27

think-progress:

Ms. Magazine’s inaugural 1972 cover vs. its 40th anniversary cover

What this says about the state of feminism, other than that we have a long way to go.

:( so sad… What happened?

I detect in me a suspicion that 3rd wave feminism and post-modern projects have part of the bare part of the responsibility… Thoughts? Books and papers on the subject? Please help!


Sep 22

Sarah Silverman explains voter ID: ‘Lawmakers are trying to fu*k you’


…but forgets about one key demographic: WOMEN 

Check out what the President of League of Women Voters, Elizabeth MacNamara, has to say:

"Women in general and elderly women in particular are being disproportionately harmed by the new laws. In some instances citizens who have been voting for decades are being required to obtain birth certificates (which some elderly people do not have since they were born at home) and their wedding certificates in order to prove who they are. In some states they are faced with a catch 22 – you must have a photo ID in order to obtain a birth certificate and you can’t get a birth certificate without a photo ID. In most cases there are costs associated with getting a birth certificate and marriage license. This becomes more complicated if you were born or married in a state in which you are not currently living. Birth certificates cost between $7 and $30 dollars, depending on the state, and can take up to eight weeks to obtain.”


Sep 15

jcoleknowsbest:

Hey White Guys intro 

This video actually highlights my frustrations with white folks that see the injustice done to POC but only feel the need to fight it when white folks are on the receiving end(NEVER).. Instead of fighting it you would rather just tell those who benefit to stop complaining.. Saved from getting down here in the muck with us, you would rather ignore us and tell your complaining comrades to stop reminding you of why white people have no reason to complain.. That “having no reason to complain” is us wallowing in poverty, death and tragedy while you can sit your lily ass in your racially secure bubble…

Boom. Glad he added that last part about focusing on the people who are really oppressing us (most of whom are white guys too). Acknowledging one’s relative privilege while standing up against the oppression and exploitation of an entire class. Sounds good to me…

(via peopleofcolor)


Aug 29

Demanding state wages for household work

"Those who demanded state wages for housework sought two things. First, to make wifely love visible as productive work. Second, to uncover for women the leverage that workers have in their potential to strike. ‘To say that we want money for housework is the first step towards refusing to do it,’ wrote Italian feminist Silvia Federici, ‘because the demand for a wage makes our work visible … both in its immediate aspect as housework and its more insidious character as femininity.’ This was feminism designed not to increase individual compensation, but to reveal and create power while undoing sex roles in all realms of life."

, “The Fairer Sex”, Jacobin magazine


“Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression.” , “Fairer Sex”, Jacobian magazine

About all the questioning: “Is this feminist?” and “what is feminism?”
Can be big questions, but can also be just this succinct 

Check out the article 

Aug 28
apparenze:

Rosa Luxemburg, Simone De Beauvoir and Emma Goldman  (1930’s)  

Wait, just checked around, and checked the facts… These ladies don’t seem to fit the ages of these three wonderful women. Damn damn. Who ARE they?

apparenze:

Rosa Luxemburg, Simone De Beauvoir and Emma Goldman  (1930’s)  

Wait, just checked around, and checked the facts… These ladies don’t seem to fit the ages of these three wonderful women. Damn damn. Who ARE they?

(via vlmy-deactivated20130123)


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