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Hello! I'm Meg, writer/musician type. I'll be posting about music, with occasional fandom and miscellaneous social equality reblogging. <3
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Asker nicko330 Asks:
Why do you think that it's ok for women to assume a man is a rapist, but not ok for a man to assume a woman is a slut?
megwilhoite megwilhoite Said:




The worst thing that can happen if a woman fails to think of men as Schrodinger’s Rapist? She’s raped and killed.

The worst thing that can happen if a man fails to think of women as people? People think he’s an asshole.

Like right now. I now think you’re an asshole.


There’s also the part where ‘slut’ is, at best, a matter of perspective and at worst, a completely invented term that really has no relevance. Whether or not you think some woman has slept with ‘too many’ other people doesn’t make it true or even meaningful.

But a rapist is something you can actually be. There’s a lot less ambiguity.

Besides, aren’t all you jerkoff misogynists going on about how women should know better and keep themselves safe instead of just making sure men don’t rape women? Well, when they take your advice (because there’s basically no other option for now) they assume guys are rapists until proven otherwise. You brought this on yourself. When 1 in 6 women will be the victim of sexual assault or rape in her lifetime, it seems prudent to be safe first and sort things out later.





After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.



The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

This is terrifying

I’ve been talking a lot about engaging in popular culture with awareness and consuming media critically the last day or two. And I wanted to reblog this because in the United States, the term “culture wars” is often used as a metaphor, but it’s becoming all too accurate.

Writers and bloggers, academics and activists, are not only being openly attacked, but their attackers are being portrayed in the media as having “a difference of opinion”. The fact is, no one is willing to step up and defend our right to speak and be still remain physically safe. Social media and topical websites (by which I mean the people who run them and write for them) are complicit in this kind of silencing and abuse. The police are complicit when they refuse to provide safety. Anyone who does not push back, who does not say, “Wait, this is NOT okay!” is complicit.

Every woman I know who engages in any kind of critique of poplar culture has been subjected to threats, harassment, stalking, and attempts to slander or discredit their work. I’ve been subjected to this, especially when I’ve said anything whatsoever about video games. Where does it end? When do we say “no more”?

(via catsncats)

The central philosophical point is that, to an extent that we rarely recognize, our capacity to find value in our activities depends on an implicit assumption that life will go on after we ourselves are gone. Or, to put it more generally, that we are part of an ongoing historical chain of lives and generations. And if you cut that chain short in thought, it suddenly begins to seem that lots of things that we regard as worth doing no longer seem so clearly worth doing.
Samuel Scheffler on The Afterlife, p. 279, Philosophy Bites Again (via oupacademic)



With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.


34 years later and this is STILL relevant

new found respect for these guys. wow.

(via thegazingeyewontlie)



People look down on McDonald’s employees but fail to realize that if all these folks left McDonald’s and pursued “better careers”  your ass wouldn’t be able to get a McDouble with an Oreo McFlurry at 3am. 

You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you. 

You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you. 

(via mildlyamused)

After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.

Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.

This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.

Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy

Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.

(via scientific-women)

(via medievalpoc)