anottershambles
newsweek:

Since its inception in 1936, the Fields Medal has been awarded to 52 of the most exceptional mathematicians in the world under the age of 40. For the first time, that award has gone to a woman: Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, an Iranian-born mathematician who works at Stanford.
She shared the prize — the highest honor in mathematics — with Martin Hairer, 38, of the University of Warwick, England; Manjul Bhargava, 40, of Princeton; and Arthur Avila, 35, of the National Center for Scientific Research, France.
According to The New York Times, 70% of doctoral degrees in math are awarded to males, making the award to Mirzakhani especially noteworthy. In the related field of physics, only two women have ever won the Nobel Prize. Only one has won in economics.
The Fields was presented by the International Congress of Mathematicians to this year’s four winners in a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.
Mirzakhani’s research focuses on “understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects,” according to a Stanford release. A text provided by the ICM further explains that she works on so-called Riemann surfaces and their deformations. The ICM praised her for “strong geometric intuition.”
A Huge First For Women: Female Mathematician Wins Fields Medal

newsweek:

Since its inception in 1936, the Fields Medal has been awarded to 52 of the most exceptional mathematicians in the world under the age of 40. For the first time, that award has gone to a woman: Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, an Iranian-born mathematician who works at Stanford.

She shared the prize — the highest honor in mathematics — with Martin Hairer, 38, of the University of Warwick, England; Manjul Bhargava, 40, of Princeton; and Arthur Avila, 35, of the National Center for Scientific Research, France.

According to The New York Times, 70% of doctoral degrees in math are awarded to males, making the award to Mirzakhani especially noteworthy. In the related field of physics, only two women have ever won the Nobel Prize. Only one has won in economics.

The Fields was presented by the International Congress of Mathematicians to this year’s four winners in a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.

Mirzakhani’s research focuses on “understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects,” according to a Stanford release. A text provided by the ICM further explains that she works on so-called Riemann surfaces and their deformations. The ICM praised her for “strong geometric intuition.”

A Huge First For Women: Female Mathematician Wins Fields Medal

anottershambles
If you were a computer-loving male child who took a lot of shit from your peers, I suspect you heard something similar from the adults in your life. Maybe it was “Sure, things are bad now, but when you’re a little bit older, women will LOVE guys like you!” Or maybe it was “That kid who makes fun of you now will be working at a gas station when you run a big fancy computer company and marry a supermodel!” If you were once young, nerdy and male, it is not unlikely that your future sense of self-worth was funded with a non-consensual IOU from the world’s women. It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman. It excuses the pain that systems of power exert on children by promising little boys future dominion over little girls. It is deeply and massively fucked.

What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow The Fuck Up. — Medium (via imamandanelson)

oh my god this…

(via beingruth)

Are computer-loving female children fed these same lines? Are they told “SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND POWERS AND MEN WILL FLOCK TO YOU LIKE AUTONOMY-DEPRIVED MAN-ZOMBIES?” If you insist that the presence of enough computers magically transforms the world into a meritocracy, you might want to think about that one for a second.

(via cleolinda)

dorkery

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

15 Trailblazing Women and How They Made the Internet

Another day in the world, another diversity report from a tech company that is overwhelmingly not diverse. In fact, women only make up 12% of computer science graduates in 2012, a massive decline from 37% in 1985. Reasons for this trend abound, but I think a small part of it is the historical erasure and downplaying of outstanding women in the field.

(Autostraddle)

ladysparklefists
ladysparklefists:

Dublin Disney Store, Grafton St.
"So, we’ve got this Guardians of the Galaxy tshirt with five boxes on it. Obviously that’s a box each for our four male protagonists, but we’ve got one box left over!""Well, there are five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, so let’s put the female member in—""Guardians of the Galaxy! Perfect! We’ll put the NAME of the team in the fifth box! Done."
Seriously. This is the ONLY tshirt available in the Dublin shop. I watched a girl go up to look at the GotG merchandise - what’s she supposed to think? This says “Get back over your side of the shop, kid, go play with some Elsa-branded high heels or something.”
I pointed it out to the manager on the floor, and he was very polite and helpful. He said it hadn’t even occurred to him but he’d try to pass it on. If any of you are in the Disney shop, or passing, and you have a moment, you could say it too.
(The same thing happened with Black Widow when the Avengers merchandise was out; I saw stuff that had six characters on it: the five male Avengers, and Nick Fury.)
This is blatant. And it’s wrong.

ladysparklefists:

Dublin Disney Store, Grafton St.

"So, we’ve got this Guardians of the Galaxy tshirt with five boxes on it. Obviously that’s a box each for our four male protagonists, but we’ve got one box left over!"
"Well, there are five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, so let’s put the female member in—"
"Guardians of the Galaxy! Perfect! We’ll put the NAME of the team in the fifth box! Done."

Seriously. This is the ONLY tshirt available in the Dublin shop. I watched a girl go up to look at the GotG merchandise - what’s she supposed to think? This says “Get back over your side of the shop, kid, go play with some Elsa-branded high heels or something.”

I pointed it out to the manager on the floor, and he was very polite and helpful. He said it hadn’t even occurred to him but he’d try to pass it on. If any of you are in the Disney shop, or passing, and you have a moment, you could say it too.

(The same thing happened with Black Widow when the Avengers merchandise was out; I saw stuff that had six characters on it: the five male Avengers, and Nick Fury.)

This is blatant. And it’s wrong.

ismiseangoddamnbatman

mcxi:

anotherboywholived:

feministbackup:

If you haven’t heard about this yet, last night the BBC aired a powerful documentary called Blurred Lines that explored casual misogyny online and rape culture.

I urge EVERYONE to watch it and spread it like fire because it gives real insight into the topic and has inspired both men and women to go to Twitter and had #blurredlines trending for 12 hours on Twitter after it aired.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here (x)

(I genuinely don’t know if those outside the UK can view, so please let me know!)

It includes video footage from the Steubenville cases, it takes a look at the treatment of women in GTA, lads mags and rape jokes, the unapologetic nature of those who perpetrate rape culture etc.

One of the more interesting points of the documentary are the men who oppose rape culture and those that don’t and the societal differences between them.

After you view it please share your views, both on Tumblr and any other social media platforms you have. It’d be great if this abuse against women documentary were the first searches people came across when they search for Blurred lines.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here (x)

For those outside the UK: there’s a nice browser extension called Hola with which you can watch this.

And here’s a link to the whole program on YouTube.  [x]

anottershambles

YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

dorkery

If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.

As reported by Al Jazeera America, colleges across the country are replacing the word “rape” in their sexual assault policies with “non-consensual sex” because schools don’t want label students “rapists”.

anottershambles

International human rights bodies remain flabbergasted by the litany of horror the Irish State has imposed and continues to impose on all of us ovary-bearers. In his closing remarks, committee chair Sir Nigel Rodley stumbled and bumbled over the word “symphysiotomy”, reminding us all on our rocky woman-hating European outpost that carving a woman open to let a baby out without even asking her if it is OK is barbaric and abusive and astounding and absolutely not normal.

Symphysiotomy, Rodley reminded us (not that we needed reminding), is torture. Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. That the survivors of this barbarism have not received an effective remedy or an independent inquiry from a State that is still horse-trading the cash it should just hand over to an ageing cohort of the abused is incomprehensible to most. “There remains the problem of accountability, of assault,” said Rodley. Too right there does.

lesserjoke

isleofapplepies:

One of my least favourite dialogue tropes is when a man tells a woman “you can’t do that” or “I wouldn’t do that if I were you” and she says “why? because I’m a woman and therefore too weak to handle this/can’t take care of myself?” or something to that extent and the guy replies with “no, because everyone who tried that ended up with a bullet in their brain” or something equally reasonable and not gender specific that paints him as the rational not sexist guy and the woman as irrational paranoid feminist who searches for sexism in everything. This whole scenario is built on the idea that sexism is over and women’s fears and suspicions don’t have a leg to stand on. It’s also self-congratulatory pseudofeminism bc it’s supposed to make the viewer/reader/listener feel that in this specific work of fiction women are treated respectfully and as equal with men.

dorkery
saxifraga-x-urbium:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

yousetyourlimits:

If mental illness didn’t make people violent there wouldn’t be institutions that keep them out of the general population. 
There is a difference between a man committing a violent act out of delusions of grander and a man committing a violent act because he can’t control his aggression.
This is a case of a mentally ill man who acted upon his delusions of male entitlement that was fed by our culture. 

Mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the cause.  Mental institutions serve to protect the person from themselves and outside influences. If they are on complete isolation, then they can be perceived as a threat to ALL people.. but most people in mental institutions are mixed in with other patients. Because they’re pretty much only a danger to themselves.  This is the case of a guy who felt so absolutely entitled to his desires that he took lives of people he perceived to say no to him. Quit throwing mentally ill people under the bus to rationalize hatred and misogyny. So gross. 

I hate that the only time American media talk about mental illness it’s when a white dude kills a bunch of people it the perpetrator is Muslim it’s terrorism if he’s a POC it’s gang-related or just ‘because they’re like that’ if it’s a white guy he’s a lone madman even when he has a large network of people cheering him on the world is awful shootings cw (prologi)

saxifraga-x-urbium:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

yousetyourlimits:

If mental illness didn’t make people violent there wouldn’t be institutions that keep them out of the general population. 

There is a difference between a man committing a violent act out of delusions of grander and a man committing a violent act because he can’t control his aggression.

This is a case of a mentally ill man who acted upon his delusions of male entitlement that was fed by our culture. 

Mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the cause.  

M
ental institutions serve to protect the person from themselves and outside influences. If they are on complete isolation, then they can be perceived as a threat to ALL people.. but most people in mental institutions are mixed in with other patients. Because they’re pretty much only a danger to themselves.  

This is the case of a guy who felt so absolutely entitled to his desires that he took lives of people he perceived to say no to him. Quit throwing mentally ill people under the bus to rationalize hatred and misogyny. So gross. 

I hate that the only time American media talk about mental illness it’s when a white dude kills a bunch of people it the perpetrator is Muslim it’s terrorism if he’s a POC it’s gang-related or just ‘because they’re like that’ if it’s a white guy he’s a lone madman even when he has a large network of people cheering him on the world is awful shootings cw (prologi)

ismiseangoddamnbatman

ivaan-ffxiv:

smilesandvials:

thepoliticalengineer:

grrrls-fighting-back:

definitelydope:

"but not all men" are you sure

Disgusting.

Tf is this? This is infuriating.











Comments from video (x)

I think this speaks for itself without commentary. There are many more incredibly nasty responses. 

That piece of shit’s attitude is inexcusable to begin with, and it’s cringe-worthy that other people would agree with his views but HE FUCKING MURDERED PEOPLE! How, HOW can ANYONE defend this piece of subhuman trash?! Certainly not men, or at least, anyone that I would call a man. Worm-ridden pieces of filth is more like it. It sickens and saddens me that guys like this are out there in numbers.

Also, good to see the media is still bathing the scum who commit these crimes in limelight instead of memorializing the victims of this tragic mess.

dorkery
your-lies-ruin-lives:

yousetyourlimits:

If mental illness didn’t make people violent there wouldn’t be institutions that keep them out of the general population. 
There is a difference between a man committing a violent act out of delusions of grander and a man committing a violent act because he can’t control his aggression.
This is a case of a mentally ill man who acted upon his delusions of male entitlement that was fed by our culture. 

Mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the cause.  Mental institutions serve to protect the person from themselves and outside influences. If they are on complete isolation, then they can be perceived as a threat to ALL people.. but most people in mental institutions are mixed in with other patients. Because they’re pretty much only a danger to themselves.  This is the case of a guy who felt so absolutely entitled to his desires that he took lives of people he perceived to say no to him. Quit throwing mentally ill people under the bus to rationalize hatred and misogyny. So gross. 

your-lies-ruin-lives:

yousetyourlimits:

If mental illness didn’t make people violent there wouldn’t be institutions that keep them out of the general population. 

There is a difference between a man committing a violent act out of delusions of grander and a man committing a violent act because he can’t control his aggression.

This is a case of a mentally ill man who acted upon his delusions of male entitlement that was fed by our culture. 

Mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the cause.  

M
ental institutions serve to protect the person from themselves and outside influences. If they are on complete isolation, then they can be perceived as a threat to ALL people.. but most people in mental institutions are mixed in with other patients. Because they’re pretty much only a danger to themselves.  

This is the case of a guy who felt so absolutely entitled to his desires that he took lives of people he perceived to say no to him. Quit throwing mentally ill people under the bus to rationalize hatred and misogyny. So gross. 

ismiseangoddamnbatman

soulrevision:

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TRIGGER WARNING …

So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.

About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.

Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.

Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.

For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo

Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA

Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC

Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP

Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX