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Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

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  • Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees “white” and “male,” you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, three percent are Hispanic, and two percent are Black. “[W]e’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” they wrote in the post. While I agree there is much to be improved, I commend Google about their transparency. [Google Official Blog] Keep reading »

#AllMenCan Crowdsources How Men Can Be Good Allies

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#YesAllWomen: Women Tweets Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated
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Elliot Rodger's Fury
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Not all men are dangerous, but yes, all women do live in fear of it. Read More »
Elliot Rodger Reading List
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Thoughts on misogyny in the wake of the UCSB massacre. Read More »
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“Hashtag activism” gets a bad rap. My thoughts? Hey, it can’t hurt. And I like the idea behind the hashtag #AllMenCan, especially since I think it’s a natural reaction for any human to feel defensive (hence the all-too-common refrain “Not all men!”). It looks to have generated yesterday from the Twitter user @PenguinGalaxy. #AllMenCan crowdsources ideas on how men can be good allies in a world where violence against women runs rampant. It pains me that we live in a society where we have to say things like “all men can talk to their sons and daughters about what consent means” and “all men can nurture the boys in our lives, reassure them and *show* them that men and boys can and do cry and show emotion.” But that’s the world we live in, sadly. Anyway, PolicyMic has a particularly good roundup of guys who participated in the hashtag holding signs, such as this gentleman above. Frisky readers who are men, perhaps you might think about participating yourselves? [PolicyMic]

The Soapbox: Misogynists Hate Men, Too

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#YesAllWomen: Women Tweets Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated
Women tweet stories of their personhood being violated. Read More »
Elliot Rodger's Fury
Elliot Rodger
Not all men are dangerous, but yes, all women do live in fear of it. Read More »
Elliot Rodger Reading List
todays lady news
Thoughts on misogyny in the wake of the UCSB massacre. Read More »
Elliot Rodger

The absolute dumbest argument I’ve heard in response to Elliot Rodger’s killing spree last weekend was this: Rodger killed more men than women, so this had nothing to do with misogyny (subtext: So shut your feminist pie-hole).

It takes a lot of logical leaps to make that conclusion when you look at the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, not least of all the fact that Rodger himself explicitly stated that he hated women, that his purpose was to kill as many women as he could, that he felt that women were less than human, that his motivation was that he felt spurned by women.  To wit, from Rodger himself: “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.”

It’s not important what the numbers are, to me.  The ratio of men to women killed or injured is largely circumstantial, and they don’t mean anything anyway, because — despite what a fair number of people apparently believe — misogynists hate men, too. Keep reading »

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

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  • Lexie Brackenridge, a former student at Williams College in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the school newspaper about the school’s conduct after  she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2012. Williams College officials discouraged her from going to the police about her assault and instead asked her to handle it internally. The school suspended her assailant, a 21-year-old who played for the school’s hockey team, but allowed him to re-enroll after three semesters. Meanwhile, Brackenridge, who has since transferred to Columbia, was harassed by his teammates from the hockey team; when she informed the deans of the harassment, they brushed it off. In response to Brackenridge’s piece, some Williams alumni have announced they are are withholding their donations from the school. [f Higher Ed; Boston Globe]
  • A Change.org petition is asking the Doubletree Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, not to host the first-ever international men’s rights activist conference. [Change.org] Keep reading »

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

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Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and James Baldwin. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for a book of poetry in 1971, read a poem at President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2011, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2013. In her later life, Angelou was an educator at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her death was confirmed by her literary agent  this morning. [Charlotte.TWCnews.com; New York Times]

A Reading List On Elliot Rodger, Misogyny & Toxic Masculinity

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There have been so many pieces analyzing UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger and his extreme misogyny towards women. Here are a few must-read pieces:

Today’s Lady News will return to its normal news-roundup column tomorrow. 

Family Stones Pakistani Woman To Death In So-Called “Honor Killing” For Marrying Man She Loved [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE, 5/28:] The New York Times reports that Farazana Parveen was three months pregnant when she was killed. [New York Times]

A 25-year-old woman was murdered by nearly 20 family members in Pakistan today because she “dishonored” the family by marrying the man she loved.

Faranza Bibi was stoned to death in a so-called “honor killing” in broad daylight while waiting outside of a Lahore court with her husband. Faranza had intended to challenge a kidnapping charge filed by her family. She intended to tell the court she willingly married the man of her own choosing, Muhammad Iqbal, and did not want an arranged marriage to her cousin. Before the court opened, her father, brothers and former fiance descended upon her with bricks and sticks. Faranza was pronounced dead at a hospital from severe head injuries. Iqbal managed to escape the attack. Keep reading »

“Duke Porn Star” Belle Knox Pens An Open Letter To Alyssa Funke

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Iran Freaks Out Over Actress’ Kiss On The Cheek At Cannes

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  • Iranian actress Leila Hatami got a kiss on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, and all hell broke loose. Iran’s deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance chastised Hatami, saying that the Iranian woman should be “a symbol of chastity and innocence.” [The National AE]
  • Louisiana’s state legislature advanced a bill yesterday that would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which would force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close. [New York Times] Keep reading »

80 U.S. Troops Will Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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