Even though Facebook apologized for deactivating drag queens’ accounts after realizing that one person had been on a personal crusade to troll the queens, the site is still continuing to suspend the accounts. Facebook’s Chief Products Officer Chris Cox noted in his apology that the legal-name policy was intended to increase accountability for people who were trolling other Facebook users, which is a nice idea that has ultimately come with more than a little bit of irony.
Facebook is providing measures by which the drag queens can get their accounts reinstated, but it requires them to tell Facebook why their accounts were suspended and why their drag names are, in fact, their authentic names. It’s a lot of trouble to go through for people who haven’t violated Facebook’s policies. Keep reading »
Jenny McCarthy isn’t actually dumb, she just says dumb shit, like that she’s trans on the inside. There’s a sort of Matryoshka-doll logic there that defies the boundaries of normal conversation — if we understand trans people to be, in the very most basic, bottom line terms, people who were born with a gender identity that does not match their birth gender, or to be x on the inside and y on the outside, then Jenny McCarthy is saying that on the inside, she feels like someone who is different on the inside … My head hurts. Keep reading »
This map from real estate blog Movoto shows who the richest woman in each state is, most of whom I’m sure, like me, you’ve never heard of. You know what? Eighteen of these women are richer than Donald Trump, and they don’t do tacky shit like putting their names in giant letters on buildings overlooking major rivers. Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie, male friendship is a mystifying thing to me. Whenever I overhear dude friends having really personal conversations, I feel like I’m hiding behind a bush observing a unicorn. Most of my best friends have been guys, and specifically straight guys, but our friendships have always taken on a different tenor than their friendships with each other. Like, I know that guys can be kind of vulnerable with each other, but again, only because I’ve overheard it, not because they’re publicly open about it in the way that women are — really, are allowed to be. Keep reading »
Contrary to oh-so-popular beliefs, there is still no conclusive evidence that women actually talk more than men. Different studies have found varying results on the issue over the years — some have even found that men talk more! A recent scientific foray into the subject has found that men and women actually talk about the same amount.
According to New York magazine, a paper called “A Meta-Analytic Review of Gender Variations in Adults’ Language Use” details the work of two researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz [Banana Slugs represent! -- Amelia, Class of 2001], who used sociometers to gauge the speech habits of both genders. Sociometers are small sound recorders that get more candid results because they capture conversations in more natural settings than, say, a research lab. The researchers found that results depended heavily on the environment and situation the speakers were in. Keep reading »
Remember Pad Gardner, the guy who is trying to become a pink, disposable maxi pad? Pad is obviously a unique individual and his desire to be something that is, according to his Facebook About Me section, “pressed against a soft vulva for a woman’s period” seems fairly harmless. (Although maybe I just think that because I use tampons and/or a Diva Cup, and no pads of any kind ever go near my vulva.) But according to a Facebook status update posted last night, Pad has become a target of Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs). Pad’s post explains:
Today I went to my math class at the college, and upon leaving class I was being followed around by two guys. After leaving the college they continued to follow me downtown as I walked. I realized I was being followed, and hid inside a bathroom downtown. They came into the bathroom, and jumped me. They said I didn’t belong in the Men’s Room. They hit me in the stomach and ran. Keep reading »