(The first person said "Genders are like cars, everyone keeps telling me I abso need one and I keep going "I LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO"". The response was "Genders are like cars; I've had several, but I still don't know how they work.")
I've been watching a particular TV show[1] on Netflix. At one point, the father of the monster-hunter family tells his daughter, "Our sons are trained to be soldiers. Our daughters, to be leaders."

There are ways to argue this away -- maybe most of the daughters choose to become accountants and plumbers and bakery owners instead -- but it really sounds like un-self-aware normalization of a 10:1 gender ratio.

(Admittedly, said daughter shows a strong interest in short- and medium-distance combat, and she's not nearly as weaselly or pushy as any of her male relatives that we've met. We see them maneuvering her in "leadership", boy-king-style. Maybe her father's just spinning her a line for weaselly convenience.)

[1] The quote I'm about to give is a mild spoiler, so I'm not giving the name of the show directly.
And I say this as someone who has trouble with photographic two-dimensional images -- drawn or moving images are much easier for me to take in, and written words and hand gestures are easier yet.

Still, the second half of today's Sociological Images is a very well-done argument done in pictures.

(The blog is generally a good read, although they don't moderate comments strongly enough to make the comments worth reading. I think it's also good passive training in how to make a concise, interesting, and lay-accessible argument in an area where you have enough depth to get arbitrarily jargon-y.)
Every time I see a big online sexism discussion that includes men, there's at least one man who takes it on himself to explain to the women that, see, sometimes men are just shy / socially awkward / not very observant / insecure. This is always presented as some fascinating revelation that will be completely alien to all the women in the discussion.

I want every woman who has never felt shy / socially awkward / not very observant / insecure to raise her hand. Right here, right now.

Okay, Galinda, put your hand down.

Newsflash: everyone who is past adolescence has felt that way at some point. It is not some unique male emotion.



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