Game of Thrones’ Brienne

Brienne

Awesome interview with the actor who plays Brienne in Game of Thrones:

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE DISCUSSES GENDER ROLES & FIGHTING FOR GAME OF THRONES’ BRIENNE

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Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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In a new book,  Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji and University of Washington social psychologist Anthony Greenwald assert that in modern day America, prejudice comes NOT from a hatred of certain groups, but of a preference of one’s own personal in-groups.

“Discrimination today is less about treating people from other groups badly, DiTomaso writes, and more about giving preferential treatment to people who are part of our “in-groups.”

In theory that sounds very nice:  people don’t really hate other people; they just like some people more!

Which is all fine and dandy until you recognize that an “in-group” includes people of one’s own race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.   Continue reading

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”

By this point, everyone has seen it.  The “powerful” and “inspiring” new commercial from Dove.

I saw it and–like everyone else–was moved.  But not in the direction Dove wanted me to be.

Since someone has already summed up exactly how I feel about this, here is her article on the subject:

Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry

See Jane

SeeJane.org

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

I am especially in love with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, because growing up A League of Their Own was one of my absolute favorite movies (still is, actually).  Dottie Henson was everything I wanted to be.  So was Mae, Kit, and Doris.

My Supreme Court Marriage Rally Transphobic Experience From Hell

TransPride Flag

TransPride Flag

Last week during the United For Marriage rally at the Supreme Court, an HRC staffer attempted to remove a trans pride flag from being displayed, and another attempted to prohibit several undocumented speakers from identifying their status.

Guest author Bryan Ellicott, an openly identified transman, became a target of several Human Rights Campaign staff members who repeatedly asked him to remove the trans flag he was holding near the rally stage. Ellicott’s essay painfully outlines the deep animus broadly directed toward transgender people in America.

Please read his piece here:

Op-Ed: My Supreme Court Marriage Rally Transphobic Experience From Hell