Chart: Movies that pass the Bechdel test have a better return on investment

http://feministing.com/2014/04/02/charts-movies-that-pass-the-bechdel-test-have-a-better-return-on-investment/

…even when crippled by small budgets, female-driven films tend to outperform expectations. The total median gross return on investment for a film that passed the Bechdel test was $2.68 for each dollar spent, compared to only $2.45 for films that failed. And despite the claims of some within the industry that films with strong female leads don’t do well internationally, they hold their own abroad as well.

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Image source and full article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/02/charts-movies-that-pass-the-bechdel-test-have-a-better-return-on-investment/

An Open Letter to Feminist Trolls [VIDEO]

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2:33 …because when you say, “bitch,” what I hear is “strong” what I hear is “opinionated, outspoken, daring, confident,” because it’s actually what you mean. What you mean is that I’m performing womanhood in a way that goes against the status quo, that calls into question your conformity to hegemonic masculinity, that criticizes your entitlement complex.

H/T: http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/10/letter-to-feminist-trolls/

Why We Love Angry Men, But Hate Impassioned Women

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-plank/angry-men-hate-impassioned-women_b_4114999.html

As Neffinger and Kohut point out, men who are angry don’t only get more respect, status and better job titles — they also get higher pay Despite the fact that men can use anger to achieve status, women may need to be calm in order to come off as rational. You know, so that people don’t think they’re PMS-ing, or whatever.

Nominee Hearing

Image source and full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-plank/angry-men-hate-impassioned-women_b_4114999.html

Feminist F*#K Yeah: Men Got Us Into The Shutdown, Women Got Us Out

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/shutdown-women_n_4110268.html

Following weeks of stagnation, The New York Times reported on Monday that a bipartisan group of women senators was playing a crucial role in opening discussions between Republicans and Democrats over how to move forward and reopen the government. Out of the 14 senators on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal, six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) took part in negotiations.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate,” Collins told The New York Times. “Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.”

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Read full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/shutdown-women_n_4110268.html

“…I wonder if my lineage is one of women shrinking” [VIDEO]

Highly recommended!

1:40 you have been taught to grow out, I have been taught to grow in; you learn from our father how to emit, how to produce, how to roll each thought off your tongue with confidence – you used to lose your voice every other week from shouting so much.
I learned to absorb. I took lessons from my mother in creating space around myself. I learned to read the knots in her forehead while the guys went out for oysters…

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H/T: http://www.upworthy.com/watch-a-student-totally-nail-something-about-women-that-ive-been-trying-to-articulate-for-37-years-6?g=3&c=ufb1

silence and selfhood

http://purelybeloved.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/silence-and-selfhood/

Previously, my struggle, tears, sadnesses had been viewed with a kind of courageous vulnerability. One woman told me, that first semester, that she wanted to sit at my table to see when I cry, because that would signal to her that she should be feeling more than she is. When even my emotions, my falling-apart-ness, were viewed as leadership, I was always on display. When I pointed out that such pedestals are tall and shaky and easy to fall off, people thought that even the falling was beautiful and taught them about themselves, so I was never allowed to fully crash off the pedestal. When I cried that it’s lonely on a pedestal, people said they were there for me, but it was clear that they were there to keep me on the pedestal. Now, students are finally starting to see that my struggle is real and the cost is deep. They still come to me with problems and questions, but more quietly. Most no longer approach me as a rockstar sage, but come to me as a person. They ask how I’m doing, too.

Marginalia

Read full article here – highly recommended: http://purelybeloved.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/silence-and-selfhood/

God, Gender, and Discomfort

Discomfort Part 1: Gender and Other Discomforting Topics

http://sebailey.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/discomfort-part-1-gender-and-other-discomforting-topics/

And, since I never want to make anyone uncomfortable, I know that it’s better to just stay silent.

Except that it isn’t. What’s better is to say something that isn’t quite right and then talk about the ways in which it is wrong. I hate the discomfort of being wrong, but the fact of the matter is that language can never get it fully right and so to think and explore necessitates risking some measure of wrong-ness. But just because it is some wrong doesn’t mean it isn’t also some right. To challenge the status quo and to create a new imagination I must risk the discomfort of wrong in order to also experience the joy and renewal of right.

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Image source and article: http://sebailey.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/discomfort-part-1-gender-and-other-discomforting-topics/