The masculine mystique is institutionalized in work structures, according to three new studies forthcoming in the Journal of Social Issues. Just as women who display “masculine” ambitions or behaviors on the job are often penalized, so are men who engage in traditionally female behaviors, like prioritizing family involvement. Men who take an active role in child care and housework at home are more likely than other men to be harassed at work. Men who request family leave are often viewed as weak or uncompetitive and face a greater risk of being demoted or downsized. And men who have ever quit work for family reasons end up earning significantly less than other male employees, even when controlling for the effects of age, race, education, occupation, seniority and work hours. Now men need to liberate themselves from the pressure to prove their masculinity. Contrary to the fears of some pundits, the ascent of women does not portend the end of men. It offers a new beginning for both. But women’s progress by itself is not a panacea for America’s inequities. The closer we get to achieving equality of opportunity between the sexes, the more clearly we can see that the next major obstacle to improving the well-being of most men and women is the growing socioeconomic inequality within each sex. — The Myth of Male Decline - NYTimes.com (via aminatou)
Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions -
All girls continue to be taught when they are young, if not by their parents then by the culture around them, that they must earn the right to be loved — that “femaleness” is not good enough. This is a female’s first lesson in the school of patriarchal thinking and values. She must earn love. She is not entitled. She must be good enough to be loved. And good is always defined by someone else, someone on the outside. — Bell Hooks (via loserchildhotpants)
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wagingpeace: Here are books for you to be a decent person. -
Enjoy this list, I’ am not your educator but these people have taken the time to write about their personal experiences/lives/poetry/statics/facts on racism and sexism and intersectionality that is often times ignored. But simultaneously all happening at the same time in the same…
Whether you like someone can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Most of the time, watching someone else move causes a “mirroring” effect — that is, the parts of our brains responsible for motor skills are activated by watching someone else in action.
But a study by USC researchers appearing in PLOS ONE shows that whether you like the person you’re watching can actually have an effect on brain activity related to motor actions and lead to “differential processing” — for example, thinking the person you dislike is moving more slowly than they actually are.
“We address the basic question of whether social factors influence our perception of simple actions,” said Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor with the Brain and Creativity Institute and the Division of Occupational Science. “These results indicate that an abstract sense of group membership, and not only differences in physical appearance, can affect basic sensory-motor processing.”
New study: Anti-abortion laws inspire abuse -
ORIGINAL SALON.COM ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE:
“They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” said the letter to the abortion provider. “You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.”
Mila Means hadn’t even begun to actually provide abortions in Wichita, Kan., when Angel Dillard sent her that letter last year, claiming in court that its writing was both “divinely inspired” and protected by the First Amendment. But according to a new study in Contraception co-authored by an abortion provider in California, Kansas’ draconian state laws around reproductive rights may have encouraged Dillard.
Dr. Jen Russo, a fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, co-authored a study with the University of Colorado’s Kristin Schumacher and the University of California’s Dr. Mitchell Creinin crunching the numbers on the states that have the most onerous restrictions on abortion access and those where abortion providers report the greatest amount of harassment. (They stuck to nonviolent harassment — glued locks, vandalism and intimidation of patients and the like – since in 2011, the sample year, incidents of violence were relatively isolated and would skew the math.) They found a statistically significant relationship between the two, though they could only speculate on causation.
One possibility: When state legislatures pass laws around abortion, the added attention to the issue fuels the obsessions of volatile people. Another, Russo told Salon, could be that the targeting of providers’ state governments “probably in some way sanctions targeting us for harassment.”
Irin Carmon is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @irincarmon or email her at email@example.com.
Cookies for Breakfast: So a Girl Walks into a Comedy Club.... -
This is something that happened to a friend of mine in her own words.
“So, on Friday night my friend and I were at her house and wanted to get out and do something for the evening. We brainstormed ideas and she brought up the idea of seeing a show at the Laugh Factory. I’d never been, I thought…
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited. — Sylvia Plath
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The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back. — Howard Zinn
Chris Hedges: Occupy Wall Street is ‘where the hope of America lies’ | Raw Replay -
Great video interview on “Occupy Wall Street”