GENERAL – You Don’t Know Me

In the discussions around gender we have gotten used to feminists making sweeping statements about men and men’s proclivities and tendencies – essentially claims to understand men’s psychology. You’ll see statements about how porn makes men rape, or how men commit DV as a means of maintaining patriarchy, or how men only want equal custody of their kids to get out of paying child support (although somehow that doesn’t explain why women want custody), how men cannot possibly ever have anything like real post-partum depression, on and on and on.

Gendered Sentencing Discount: Can We Collect Some Evidence?

I was having a conversation with someone not too long ago about the “female sentencing discount”, and I realized that I didn’t personally have a whole lot of evidence on hand with which to back it up. I have some anecdotes, of course, but those are flimsy evidence because weird things happen in life.…

Harassment in Gaming: Too Much Focus On Women?

JDCyran made a thoughtful and long comment on the “Tropes vs Women” thread that I thought was worth lifting as a post unto itself. Please forgive any proofreading errors, as it was originally just a comment after all. Here is JDCyran’s comment in full:

Speaking of women in gaming, The NY Times printed (digitized?) an article today on harassment in the gaming community and directed it fairly specifically at women (though it does mention other things as well), even mentioning Sarkeesian’s kick starter.

RAPE CULTURE – Rape Culture on Steroids and Sociopathic Self-Excusals

Want a look into the mind of a rapist waiting to happen? Here she is.

This article is not about one particular rapist-to-be and sociopath. Those we will always have with us. This article is about the structures in the culture that enable and license this particular rape culture.…

GYNOCENTRISM – Hearth and Home

This entire post by GirlWritesWhat is good, excellent point after excellent point and all flowing in a clear sequence from one point to the next, but there’s one litle point I don’t quite agree with. The whole rest of the post is loaded with good points, enough to write ten posts here exploring, but there’s just this one litle point I want to address, because it’s important in gender relations.

META – Now Here’s What a Thread Should Look Like

Here’s a great old thread at Languagehat that the blogger has resurrected. (Languagehat is a old and cherished linguistics blog.) Take a look. People disagree there but are not only almost always civil with each other, but more is more important, and what makes the civility possible, they hold themselves to fairly rigorous standards of data, analysis and discussion.…

MISANDRY – Encouraging Sign – Noted Feminist Demolishes Pro-circumcision Arguments

Catherine Bennett, a well-known British feminist, has an op/ed at the Guardian that is to date the sanest, calmest, most complete and most unaswerable treatment of the circumcision question.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that a feminist is saying these things.…

MISANDRY – And False Flag Operations

Jack Donovan has a good discussion of The Good Man Project and what went wrong with it. Basically it had a birth defect – it was started and formed by feminists assuming they had some special insight into gender issues and thus able to speak on men’s issues – who have tried to preach to men on how to be good, imagining that they were engaging with men’s issues.…