Ending the empathy apartheid: musing on the nature of gender dynamics

MISANDRY – Expelling a Gay Kid for Defending Himself.


Here’s a depressing story out of Indianapolis. This high school kid, Dynasty Young, was getting bullied and harassed at school because he was dressing and acting queeny. His mother gave him a stun gun for protection and he used it one some kids. The school expelled him, initially for a year, and then relented and let him re-enroll, but only if he went to some other…..…

DOUBLE STANDARDS – Female Gamers and Men’s Spaces


I am looking for help from people who know gaming and know the gaming community on this. From the way it looks to me, when a female gamer makes this kind of complaint, it looks for all the world to me like an insistence on special treatment. It looks like they have entered a men’s space, apparently without any invitation, and now demand that it fit their requirements and preferences.…

HOT LINK ROUND-UP – School Bullying, Women in Combat and Reproductive Constraints as an Evolutionary Strategy


Bullying in School: This first link is to a really disturbing story from a middle school in a suburban area of Pierce County in Washington, across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. About six months ago in an eighth grade classroom a dozen students “drag[ged] a smaller boy around the room, holding him like a hammock, peeling off his socks, writing on his feet, stuffing a sock in his mouth, holding a...

APEXUALITY – Women can do it too


Here’s an autobiographical article from a women who has succeeded in the advertising industry. What she is describing – women not helping women, not acting in solidarity with women, no longer feeling as if they are in the culture of women, is plain old apexuality.…

IN CELEBRATION – Thankful For the Life of Phyllis Diller


A piece of my childhood just died and I and everyone else are going to miss her.
Phyllis Diller came out of the Mad Men era and her humor has to be appreciated in that context. She subverted the whole sleek, sophisticated model of womanhood that Demi Moore captures so well in Flawless, and she did it in a way that was revolutionary in American comedy at the time, by mocking herself.…