- How Science-Geek Culture Discourages Female Science-Geeks | Geek Feminism Blog
Last week I ran into my Grade 11 biology teacher and he lamented that only one of his former students went on to be a scientist. This article reminded me that of all my high school science teachers, only my female physics teacher encouraged me to pursue science courses beyond the ones that were course requirements. I am not shocked by this.
- Stewart Lee on the German sense of humour | The Guardian
"The Brits often assume that Germans have no sense of humour. In truth, writes comedian Stewart Lee, it's a language problem. The peculiarities of German sentence construction simply rule out the lazy set-ups that British comics rely on."
Language nerd alert!
- Shakesville: Today in Rape Culture
"One could probably guess from the event name that the Skirt Chaser 5k this Saturday in Denver is going to be problematic. [...] The premise of the race is that the women start ahead of the men, the men "wait in anticipation for three LONG minutes", and then the women are chased down over the course of 3 miles. [...] The race is described as fun and flirty, rather than as a terrifying reenactment of street harassment and the threat of sexual assault or rape."
- Conflict Kitchen
"Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out-style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country. Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country."
- Body Language: How Nicknames Objectify Minority Women And Why I Don’t Care “How You Meant It” | Racialicious
"Spanish is a language that contains many slurs and derogatory terms, both overt and subtle, that aim to keep those with less power down. But the fault is not squarely on the Spanish-speaking and/or Latino community. This extends to all groups that are disenfranchised or minorities. At some point, historical and cultural contexts cannot be used to excuse self-inflicted harm and misogyny, racism, xenophobia and homophobia within groups. The Black community, both Hispanic and not, is subject to the same “assault by language.” It’s a phenomenon that exists within these groups, but whose origins have a long and complicated history which, ultimately, comes down to the use of language as a means of oppression, implemented by those in power – more often that not, the White patriarchy."