Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

 - Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)
September 16 2014, 12:32 AM   •   38,567 notes   •   Via: skittlesinthere   •   Source: feministquotes
#yah  

pottergenes:

"What’s a Wheezy?"…"The thing Harry Potter will miss most, sir!” 

i did one for ginny and now finally have done one for ron

this could have been so much longer

 

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feministbatwoman:

gishkishenh:

hojasenblanco:

Dangerous wolf

Big Bad Wolf, indeed.

"WHOSAN APEX PREDATOR? IS IT YOU? IS IT YOU? IT IS YOU!"

feministbatwoman:

gishkishenh:

hojasenblanco:

Dangerous wolf

Big Bad Wolf, indeed.

"WHOSAN APEX PREDATOR? IS IT YOU? IS IT YOU? IT IS YOU!"

crrabs:

*tries to get eight hours sleep in 3 hours*

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ginevvra:


“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard – I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough — I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?” 

hermione granger ⇝  jordan richardson

ginevvra:

“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard – I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough — I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?

hermione granger ⇝  jordan richardson
September 15 2014, 02:57 AM   •   13,511 notes   •   Via: deadjolras   •   Source: ginevvra

She left because you got inside her head.

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#sighs  #xm  #mcu  
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