Posts Tagged sexism

Transphobia and sexism – Jenni Murray & Sarah Dittum

I’m commenting on the article linked here written by the journalist Sarah Dittum about another journalist / presenter Jenni Murray.  At the weekend, Jenni Murray published a piece about transwomen not being actual women.  There have been calls for her to be fired from the BBC over the article (Jenni Murray present BBC Radio 4’s Women Hour).  I don’t believe that she should be fired though.  I don’t agree with her on the piece she wrote, and wished she’d never written it / had it published, but it’s done now, and there’s nothing can be done to stop it.  What this blog post is about is about more than one article I disagree with.  Sarah Dittum writes defending Jenni Murrays piece and goes so far as to say calls for Jenni Murray to be fired as “institutional sexism”.  I’m sorry Sarah, Jenni wrote a transpohobic article, there’s calls for her be disciplined, and you’re saying the people calling for her disciplining are being sexist?  What planet do you live on?  If the article had been about race or religion, she’d have been fired in a heartbeat by now, but because it’s only about transpeople, say what you want, that’s fine.

By the way Sarah, I’d have posted this in the comments section of your blog, but it appears that you’ve disabled any feedback to it.   A blog is for discussion and debate, yet you seem scared by any opposing voices.  Shame.

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Shocking video shows lesbian unable to prove gender being FORCIBLY REMOVED from women’s bathroom

Shocking video shows lesbian unable to prove gender being FORCIBLY REMOVED from women’s bathroom

Anyone with half a brain (so that rules out Republican politicians) could see that this is what would happen under these so called bathroom laws.  One commentator on the Pink News article said that if you’re a girl and you dress like a man then you should expect this.  Bull Shit!  She’s a teenager for fucks sake!  You should think yourself lucky that her response was audible and not just a grunt.

I also think the voice of the person presumably holding the camera sounds like someone O know.  Is that you Cathy Brennan?

What we see of this video is the girl being asked to leave as she didn’t have id, but we don’t see what lead upto the police arriving to question her.  Did someone call the toilet police, was someone causing trouble, we’re the police already there.  Hopefully more facts about this will come out in time.

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Transgender woman Vicky Thompson found dead at Armley jail

Transgender woman Vicky Thompson found dead at Armley jail

How many more is it going to take before the government will make the right changes?  This was only reported 2 hours ago on the 19th November yet she was found on the 13th.  I know there was the Paris terrorist attacks and Children in Need on Friday, but a week for this to be reported?

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Sexism in games

I got my xbox 360 back late last week from having the cd drive be repaired / replaced, so treated myself to a new game in town yesterday. Ok when I say new, I mean Fifa2013 which is actually 3 years old, but when you consider it cost me £1.50 and the latest version Fifa2015 is selling for £45.00, I think I got a bargain.

So I finally got round to playing last night before bed. Chose career mode, picked my home team of Sunderland (that’s where I come from btw), put in my name and details and went on to buy the players I wanted. I managed to buy D’Gibreal Cisse for £6,000,000 (I’ve spelt that wrong I know), Thiery Henry for £3,000,000 and David Beckham for £300,000 but couldn’t sign an old wear side favourite Kevin Phillips as he was due to retire at the end of the season (super Kevin Phillips was a Sunderland legend in his time scoring 30 goals in a season).

So I carry on happily playing my game, but notice that all the references to me as the manager assumed I was a man.  Now I know this game is 2-3 years old now, but still, EA should know that both male and female players have games consoles, and it’s just bad coding to do these kinds of things. Even Codemasters do it in their F1 series, and that’s with an actual female driver driving for Williams occasionally on the Friday (Suzie Wolf).

So come on games makers. Lots of other games have the choice to make your character male or female, even going back as far as Streetfighter 2 in the early 90’s, so you’ve really no excuse. Release a patch or make changes to your next release, but it’s about time their was gender equality in games.

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What are we going to do tonight Cathy?

“What are we going to do tonight Cathy?”

“The same thing we do every night Gallus, complain about patriarchy and offer no positive solutions.”

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What Happened When One Woman Had Her Picture Photoshopped In 25 Different Countries

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Some of these are really nice, not as dramatic a change as I was expecting, but I think her original image is deliberately a “blank canvass”, and you can see in the photo how uneven / imperfect her complexion is. That’s not me being nasty or anything just commenting, in fact she says that herself. I think my favourites are India, Ukraine, the UK, Romania & Chile although the UK one looks very aurbrushed. My least favourite are Argentina, United States, Australia & Germany. What did the USA think she is??? They’ve made her look so unhealthily skinny. The German photo is just badly done and I think they let a 7 year old do her make up in Australia.
A lot of the rest are very neutral, and have gone for a more natural look which I like, but you can’t really tell what they’ve done, I suppose that’s kinda the point though. I wonder if her image was used in an ad campaign how different the images would be again? I think it would all depend on what was been advertised I guess.

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Parenting done right

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