This is a very interesting video compilation of high- and low-points of how women have been represented in mass media in 2013. Worth watching!
Kenya, the Philippines, Columbia, Saudia Arabia… not necessarily countries you might associate with “progressive” views of gender. Yet all these country’s governments provide paid paternity leave.
This is a great resource from Psychology Today that contains links to numerous articles about how student’s experiences in school are influenced by gendered norms and sexuality.
All you gamers out there will be interested in this article. This article talks about how the way female characters are created (e.g., consistently dressed in revealing clothing & very sexualized) promotes a sexist gaming culture. Emboldened after reading Lean In, one executive spoke out against this and resigned from a high-profile position in protest.
In better news, Halo 4 developers have stated they will start banning players who make “gender-specific slanderous comments” and are working to promote a less sexist online player’s community (which is important from a moral grounds and business perspective too if they want to expand their customer base).
In this interview with activist and artist Jes Baker, she explains what motivated her to write a public letter to the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch after he had been quoted saying that they did not offer women’s sizes over a size 10 because “We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” This is an example of how institutions (in this case business) influences gendered norms because while there are XL and XXL men’s sizes at Abercrombie, you won’t find larger women’s sizes.
Baker has prompted a change.org petition and created a Abercrombie ad parody to “challenge the separation of attractive and fat.” Check it out!