Tag Archives: Pledge for Parity

Eloisa James’ interview on Freedom

26 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

I love it when my interests intersect, don’t you?

Here’s a very interesting, and long, interview with a very successful, very well known, historical romance author. Eloisa James has written a fair number of my ‘keeper’ romances (those books you’d take with you, if you had to flee something like, say, the zombie apocalypse).

She also happens to be a graduate of Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and a tenured Shakespeare professor (sorry, Maturin!) at Fordham University.

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Online abuse and gender: comments on The Guardian

23 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Over at my blog, on posts that are not network-tv safe, I have discussed the prevalence of violence against women who dare express their opinions in public, and particularly online.

At The Guardian, where comment threads are often turned into cesspools, someone finally decided to examine how online abuse falls on the gender divide. Not surprisingly (for anyone who’s been paying attention), the results confirm a prevalence of misogyny fueled by anonymity:
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The unacknowledged ‘motherhood penalty’

22 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

The unacknowledged, but pretty damned real, ‘motherhood penalty,’ in an article on a major news outlet:

Taking median earnings of women and men who worked full time, year-round, government data from 2014 show that women make $0.79 for every dollar a man earns. The average earnings for working mothers come out to even less — $0.71 for every dollar a father makes, according to a 2014 study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Children.

In a 2013 study, Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center for Economics & Family Security at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, revealed some alarming outcomes for women in academia: Women graduate students who are pregnant or mothers with young children are 132 percent more likely to be working in a contingent position, while men with a young child are 36 percent less likely to be in a contingent position. Contingent positions are non-tenured, adjunct, or temporary jobs that are not secure.

This is why women keep asking for equality and parity–because, despite all the bloviating by (mostly white men) who are in positions of power, there is no parity, in salary or in how women are treated in the work place.

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Gender (im)parity in Hollywood

18 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Do you like graphs and statistical analysis based on data you can gather independently, and thus replicate the study and corroborate or debunk its results?

Then check out this wonderfully thorough analysis of the gender imbalance in the movie industry:
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Yes, we still need feminism.

9 Apr

I became aware only recently of author Sarah Gailey‘s twitter, but I’m making a point, from now on, to check it often–and to check out her work.

Why? Well, a couple of reasons…:

First, the springboard for yesterday’s post:

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Bro code: bros before hos

28 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Some of you reading this may know I read a lot of genre romance (that means, there’s a happy ending–and not the one that lasts a few seconds, either).

Like all other genre fiction, there are certain tropes that appear frequently in my reading. As an example, in mysteries, we’ll have the honest cop going against the corrupt powers-that-be; in science fiction, we’ll have the ragtag band of outsiders saving the universe; in fantasy, we have the naive, honorable lad of humble origins who, natch, just happens to be a king…and so on and so forth.

In romance, a recurring trope is that of the hero being in love (or falling in love) with his best friend’s little sister, which creates all sorts of issues–from repressed feelings to a rift between the erstwhile bros.

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The quintessential Nice Guy (TM)

25 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

This one is slightly tongue-in-cheek in its approach, but the author really captures the misogyny inherent on so much of our culture: not a good guy, but the quintessential Nice Guy (TM):
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