Why women talk less

language: a feminist guide

This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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Why women talk less

Josh Duggar and Josh Komisarjevsky: A Tale of Two Joshes

Homeschoolers Anonymous

By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator

Two Joshes. Both ATI alumni. Both perpretrators of serious crimes.

But each one received very different reactions from the conservative Christian milieu in which they grew up. And those reactions are worth taking a closer look at.

Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar was homeschooled by his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, with the Advanced Training Institute — the homeschooling curriculum developed by Inge Cannon (the former Director of HSLDA’s National Center for Home Education) for Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles. According to a police report released last week, Josh molested at least five young girls. Josh began molesting these girls around the age of 14, despite him claiming that he “accepted Christ at the age of seven.” Josh’s crimes were not reported for at least a year, and only then they were reported to a police officer who himself was later convicted…

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Josh Duggar and Josh Komisarjevsky: A Tale of Two Joshes

On Evaluative Criticism


Imagine yourself wearing a pair of latex gloves, scraping some dust off the surface of your favourite book or movie with a scalpel and tapping it into a glass vial of clear fluid. Now seal the vial and shake it, stare into its contents. When little Venus symbols to start floating in the solution you can declare to all willing to hear, “This! This is a feminist text!”

A lot of effort goes into arguing whether something is or isn’t feminist. In fairness, this is as tricky a question as people make it out to be. If we are to accept that an author’s intentions don’t always reach the text and that the reader reads themselves in a text than it follows that some amount of, say, feminism, may exist in anything. It also may be that in reaching for something to identify with, audiences may nominate a toothless champion for their defence. This might be the case with Mad Max:…

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On Evaluative Criticism

the storm flew in by E.H.Sturgill


CAM02098the storm flew inwards today,

Within the blaze of glory and

A shotguns aim.

Michigan multiple seasonal personality disorders,

Well they are on the news~

Its raining torrents of amino

Pails plumment the earth

Until the sidewalk cries its eyes out,

Oh god it hurts!!!

Torrents of weeping streets

Muddy hoofbeats of detroits down,

Torned town cars.

The traffics messy ugly and

A tad bit bloody.

Summer Spring winter

Like a seasonal kung fu

Chop suey,

The streets wept beneath my bare

Feet.Feeling the earth move its tail,again,

Like a battered bitch dog in heat.

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the storm flew in by E.H.Sturgill