Category: Equality


It was while awaiting auditions along with her boyfriend, a fellow actor, that she began to notice stark comparisons in the briefing notes for male and female actors, echoing the sentiments of high-profile actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Maisie Williams.

“He would get these chunky, long casting breakdowns like ‘this character is an architect, he’s quite sensitive, this is the relationship he’d have with his parents, this is what has happened in his past that has made him this way and so on.’ I would get casting breakdowns that would say ’32 DD’ and just nothing else. There are some I’ve quoted in the book that are just real-life examples like ‘sexy, curvaceous nun must have great cleavage’ or sometimes there’d be really contradictory like ‘she’s naive but f**kable’, ‘She’s a vixen but virginal’.”

Source: Laura Bates: Everyday Sexism Project founder on feminism, porn, sex and the internet | People | News | The Independent


It’s a wide story of how an ordinary nightlife – of love, romance, fun, banter, rough and tumble, sometimes wires crossed, hearts broken, lessons learned, egos bruised – can also conceal a culture of cold, premeditated sexual contempt. And how this can be practised in a quite ordinary way by people who would never class themselves as predatory and who would hate to be perceived in that way.

There are variations of this, but when it’s about men doing it to women, it invariably becomes a spin on the age-old madonna/whore divide. Not all men by any means, but those with a particular mind-set who divide women into those they treat respectfully and others. These they don’t need to treat that way, or so they feel, because she’s already demonstrated that “she has no respect for herself”.

This is where things quickly get complicated, because these encounters are rarely accidents. All too often, these women are selected for that very reason – that they’ve somehow compromised themselves before any sex occurs. They could be incredibly drunk, have taken drugs or both. They could have a reputation for partying or for promiscuity. Or maybe they’re just giving an impression of some or all of the above. Drunk, druggy, slutty, lairy, incoherent, stumbling – anything that says: “I’m not totally in control.”

Source: Cold sexual contempt drives too many men | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian

Why is it okay for women who have cancer to be kept alive long enough to have more children, despite knowing cancer is a genetic illness passed by women to their female children? Isn’t that infanticide?

but if a man with HIV has children he can be charged with murder?

Civil rights activist Harriet Tubman will replace slaveholding former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, becoming the first African-American woman to be featured on the face of U.S. paper currency in more than a century.

The U.S. Treasury will announce the changes on Wednesday, spokesman Rob Runyan said in a phone interview. He declined to elaborate.

The decision to replace Jackson, a slaveowner, with Tubman, who was born a slave and went on to become an anti-slavery crusader, follows months of public outreach by the Treasury Department regarding which woman should be featured on a bill.

The department had announced in June that it would feature a woman on the $10 bill in place of former U.S. president Alexander Hamilton. But Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill while a group of women will grace the back of it, media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Changes will also be made to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders, reports said.

Source: Harriet Tubman to be featured on U.S. $20 bill | Reuters


The BBC has refused to deny that they continue to hide the Anti-Government/Anti-Austerity marches under the stories of pictures of lovely kittens..

No-one wants to know what is really happening, the BBC didn’t say ‘they want to feel good about kittens and stuff happening in Peru…

We will continue to publish pictures of peoples dinners until these Demonstrations – which are not happening- stop happening…’

President Putin was not described as ‘Laughing his fucking arse off’ at the media white-out…

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