Facts Conveniently Withheld  —The Github Story

Facts Conveniently Withheld  — Medium.

Although this is posted anonymously I have very little trouble believing every word of it.

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Feminist accomplishments, I am so proud…

I saw on tumblr a link to this page that praises “23 Inspiring Feminist Digital Campaigns That Changed the World”.

That, of course, made me curious. What is it, that feminists can be proud of?

Lets sort them into categories, shall we…

1. Ruining the career of or financially harming a man who said something the femosphere does not agree with.
1. Lululemon’s chairman stepped down
3. Reebok to drop Rick Ross
6. kicked Ken Cuccinelli’s butt
9. Rush Limbaugh lost a lot of cash

2. Ordinary Lobbying and Bullying
4. [get] iTunes to get rid of this really creepy app
8. Go Daddy stopped [advertising to their target-market]
10. Wendy Davis’ pro-choice fillibuster
11. Susan G. Komen reversed its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood
17. BareMinerals stopped using [original ideas] to sell products
19. An ethics committee examined a judge [for not sticking to the law]
22. The ACLU is marrying five gay couples in states where same-sex marriage is illegal (see 19.)

3. Promotion of Censorship
18. Facebook was forced to take rape seriously
21. At the request of feminist activists, Twitter brought back the block button

12. Disney pulled t-shirts that assumed girls can’t be heroes
14. Harrods’ pulled sexist children’s books telling boys how to be “clever” and girls how to be “gorgeous”
16. Amazon stopped selling t-shirts

4. Advancing female-only interests and ignoring everyone else’s.
2. ‘SNL’ (finally) hired an African-American woman
7. A crowd-sourcing map now tracks sexual assaults in Syria
13. The president addressed the epidemic of sexual assaults on campuses
23. UN women revealed the alarming rate of sexism left in the world

5. er … so what?
5. GoldieBlox aired one of the first feminist ads in Super Bowl history
15. England’s 10£ note now features feminist hero Jane Austen
20. The fearless women behind Idle No More got indigenous issues on the map

Sigh.

These actions surely and truly will make the world a better place.
For some.
Perhaps.
Probably not.

I am so proud.

Another example for “feminism ruins everything”: Linux

Life in the OpenSource world before and after feminism, as seem by a female:
Girls and Software | Linux Journal.

Most of all, I’m disappointed. I had a haven, a place where no one cared what I looked like, what my body was like or about any ephemera—they cared about what I could do—and this culture shift has robbed me of my haven. At least I had that haven. The girls who follow me missed out on it.

I remember in those early days, in my haven, if someone was rude or tried to bully me, the people around me would pounce with a resounding “How dare you be mean to someone we like!” Now, if a man behaves badly, we’re bogged down with a much more complex thought process: “Did this happen because she’s a woman?” “Am I white knighting if I step in?” “Am I a misogynist if I don’t?” “What does this say about women in technology?” “Do I really want to be part of another gender politics mess?” It was so much simpler when we didn’t analyze so much, and just trounced on mean people for being mean.

Feminism in times of anarchy

OK, not full anarchy. It still gives you an impression, though.

In Philadelphia some robbers target women and their handbags.

A woman is quoted:

Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?

and

Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.

I wonder if these “men” are the same that she needs as much as a fish needs a bicycle, the ones whose relevance in society is vanishing, the ones whose problems, if discussed, are considered garbage.

A ‘political consultant’ is quoted:

When women get pissed, they get things done.

You know what it is that they get done?

urging them to gather with her at 9 a.m. Saturday (…) to call on city officials and also on their communities to protect them

The thing they get done is to nag.

The female contribution to civilization: nagging.

The same ‘political consultant’:

He pointed out that the old code of the streets, that thieves don’t hurt women and children, is no longer honored.

“This new generation, they don’t have a clue,” Glenn said disgustedly.

Don’t these thugs understand the word “Equality”? It means, that it is sort of OK to kill men, but not women!

And Thursday, a man was shot chasing men who snatched his girlfriend’s purse.

The Knight in Shining armour survived. Good for him. I wonder if he’ll try to re-polish it.

Feminism dancing

Oh this is fun…

Background: I started ballroom dancing again.
The attitudes of the men and women (on average) are quite interesting.
Some teachers go so far as to assume that the woman is – of course – the driving force behind the pair’s participation.
The words “Men, you are the ones who must lead.” are a perpetually recurring mantra. Because most men there are not very good at it. In fact, most suck.

Why is this so? It didn’t use to be, did it? My impression always was that the men in my parent’s generation loved to dance.

Might this have to do with – gasp – feminism?

To everyone reading this blog it is probably quite obvious why women are so overwhelmingly fond of ballroom dancing.

Let’s do some googling (all emphases in the following quotes are mine)

This feminist explains:

I never feel so happy as when a gentleman is moving me, gracefully, energetically, across the dance floor, with style, with his own little flair. The men who can manipulate me to do kicks and spins, who, I can just position myself ready to follow and the rest is just dance… nothing is more fun, more amazing, and, I will add, more sexy.

Problems arise, if feminism is deeply rooted.

Another feminist says:

Once I began to be o.k. with being touched by a stranger (really it’s just holding hands…), I fought for every ounce of control I could muster. “What do you mean the guy leads? What about what I want?” my feminist beliefs would shout inside.

So I resisted – he wanted to turn left, I struggled to go right. He steered me to the side, I would attempt a turn instead.

Truth be told, we danced like crap – not because of him, but because I kept wanting “control” of us.

This is one as well who would not survive long on my dance list…

[Question]:
People must have said to you well you can’t call yourself much of a feminist if you’re doing ballroom dancing you’re walking backwards all the time being led around by a man – was that there within it because your piece of research – at the heart of it – is quite a bit about gender roles?

[Answer]:
There is sometimes an underlying current of can you be a feminist and a ballroom dancer. I mean for me personally you can be both and a sociologist as well because I don’t think walking backwards, following a man’s lead necessarily means that you’re not an active person, thinking for yourself and that it has a bearing on your kind of life outside of the dance floor.

But of course it is – it’s part of the standardisation that the woman is the follower and the man is the leader. There were quite a few women who’d learnt to both lead and follow, they had experience of both roles.

When they were following arguably that gave them an advantage over men who generally can only lead. There are examples of quite feisty women that wouldn’t be told what to do, that demanded being treated with respect, that would say I’m not going to follow you if you’re dancing off time, if you’re dancing the wrong steps in the wrong place.

Yes, the feisty woman. Dreampartner of avery competent male dancer there ever was.

The obvious incompatibility of ballroom dancing and feminism is a common strain upon the feminist mind.

“As a feminist and a ballroom dancer, I’ve had trouble assimilating my personal views with my passion for this sexist sport, where the man always leads and the woman always follows,”

Sadly the article does not elaborate how exactly she brings these opposites together. Only an example how her rationalization hamster every now and then can take a breather:

She said the highlight of her evening was when two women, dancing together, placed first in the merengue among 42 entrants

Brilliant this answer on yahoo:

I’m a feminist and I enjoy watching and dancing, ballroom. If I could lead I would but that’s not the way it is. I could do it better than many of the men I dance with. They don’t seem to know you can put your hand firmly on a women’s back to lead without being accused of harrassment.

Now, where on earth could a man have gotten the impression that touching a woman firmly might get him a harrassment trial?

The hamster at Stanford U is also quite strong. The roles, they claim, actually aren’t opposed to feminist ideals:

The main reason I don’t care for the term “following” is that it doesn’t accurately describe the role.

Women do not “follow.” They interpret signals they’re given, with a keen responsiveness that is not at all passive.

As with a language interpreter at the United Nations, a dancer’s ability to interpret signals benefits from intelligence and experience. Leads, if you want to make a good impression on your partner, show her that you respect this intelligence and experience. How? If she does something that you didn’t intend, recognize that she still made a valid alternate interpretation of the signals you gave her. She didn’t make a “mistake”.

No, don’t just recognize it. Show her that you know she didn’t make a mistake, by flowing along with her during her valid alternate interpretation. She’s dancing — try to keep up with her.

In other words: “Man, it’s your job to lead but only when you actually lead the way she wants to follow. Otherwise follow her. Comprende?”

Genius.

Summing up so far: women love love love to be in Alpha’s arm, as long as he’s capable of fulfilling that role. If not they give the man hell.

Things get slightly more weird when you are nearing Pro-level, as Jezebel reports:

Annetts paints a Halloween-scary picture of the competitive ballroom dancing scene: Snotty comments about her outfits, physical attacks, and heated competition over coveted male partners have led her to take a “keeps to herself” approach toward the social aspects of her profession. “Sisterly it certainly isn’t and sabotage is rife,” she writes. “I’ve been left battered and bruised as rival dancers have ‘accidentally’ pressed their stiletto heel into my foot or jabbed me in the ribs with their elbows.”

Yes, the Female, the gentle sex. Unless you have some competition in general or – even worse – over some alpha male.

The possessiveness of the silverback is also not quite to her liking:

… one even said he would not dance with me if he heard that I had a boyfriend as he should be the only man in my life

Ah well. If only one could pick and choose from the consequences of gender roles…

But why doesn’t the average man like to dance any more?

Captain Capitalism complains about the lack of leadership on the dance floor.

It is the men I’m seeing deteriorating in their role of leading.

Be it the fact they plain don’t want to be there, they’re tired or even their wife won’t let them lead, the trend I’m noticing goes beyond that. There is a noticeable decline in men’s ability to take command on the dance floor and lead. And I cannot help but wonder if it isn’t the sociological and economic environment that has led to it.

I see more and more men, who just plain have that defeated, domesticated look on their faces. I provide all the instruction, explain step by step what has to happen, and above all else explain to them they MUST pull their wife this way, send her out that way, they MUST LEAD. But when the time comes and the music plays, instead of a Steve McQueen like fashion, they look sheepishly at their wife or girlfriend and barely produce a slight tug on the girl’s hand, all the while looking at her for constant confirmation and approval they’re doing it correctly.

(…)

The women of course get frustrated (not only because viscerally women like strong men), but because the dance is structurally failing. They don’t know where to turn. The lead is so limp and the man so unsure, the women is forced to take over and turn herself.

I myself am pondering this explanation:
Imagine a man from lower working class, or even a slave.
This man is invited to play king for an hour every week. He can give commands for an hour and order everyone around.
But.
He has to give his commands in latin (which he of course would have to learn first) and no command of any real consequence is allowed. Only orders like “Bring me a drink” or “You, stand over there”.
If his posture is not quite regal or his pronunciation of those latin words is off, he will be chided.

How much fun, would you think, will this man have in being a king?
For an hour?
Every week?
But not really?

Funny Finding: Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair)

I stumbled across this: Funny Finding: Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair). It’s relevance is related to this one

The setup:

The study team ran two separate but related experiments. The first experiment had 16 undergraduate males and 16 undergraduate females writing captions alone in a quiet room for 20 New Yorker cartoons in 45 minutes, for a total of 640 captions. All were instructed to be as funny as they could be.

In other words: They try to establish how funny men and women are on average

And the result is “men are only slightly more funny than women”. Surprise, surprise.

So humour apparently follows the same distribution as almost everything in “Can men do X better than women?” The answer as usual is “On average hardly or not at all, but among the human beings that are best and worst at X you will find a lot more men than women.”

Just as an example: on this list of the all-time 50 best UK comedians there are 3 women. I would argue that perhaps two or three more (Sara Millican, Jo Brand e.g.) would be justified, but hardly more than that.

What kind of “scientist” does not know that?

Girls can do all that boys can do, if only… Episode 431

A comment on the page for the fantastic feminist programming language mentions this study, claiming

[it] found that gender does not affect programming performance

The abstract of the study:

In this study, we analyzed (…) a CSCL environment over a period of five years. (…) we found that girls spend significantly more time than boys communicating with others in the CSCL environment. Analyzing the children’s level of programming achievement, we found that gender does not affect programming performance. Regression analysis shows that performance is correlated with prior programming experience and time on task. Boys are more likely than girls to have prior programming experience, and spend more time programming on average. (…) These results suggest that educators wishing to increase gender equity in technical skill should focus on strategies for fostering interest among girls.

In other words: gender equity in technical skills is easily achieved. Just find a way to motivate girls to spend less time “communicating” and a lot more time actually coding. Like: 8 hours at a time for 6 days a week.

I see no problems at all.

Most of the times a cigar is just a cigar

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this scene is even more creepy when you realize Spirited Away was a metaphor for the sex industry in Japan

OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE!

NO IT WASN’T, YOU JACKASSES!

“Totoro’s about dead girls!”

“Spirited Away is about sex!”

You know what I hear?

“Maybe if I make up something that sounds smart, people will think I’m smart, even if it’s a complete fucking lie!”

Go and read the entire post for an explanation. Go and watch “Chihiro” if you haven’t yet. Quite a magical film.

And if in future I hear some words I will try to translate accordingly.
Patriarchy – People of all sexes trying to find a place in the world that fits them
Objectification – Lust
Rape Culture – Desperate need for an Out-Group
Women are oppressed – Women can’t do anything they want

Two razors that help in coping with the world:
Occam’s razor: “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”
Practically all buzzwords of any ideology fail that one, certainly all feminist ones.

Hanlon’s razor: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
I know of no person who, at some or several points in his life, didn’t deserve the reaction: “Ah well, he doesn’t know any better.”
With some it’s just more obvious than with others.

Film about the woman who wanted to know what it’s like to be a man

▶ Self Made Man: Norah Vincent chooses Female Privilege over Male Privilege – YouTube.

Final words in the film:

I like it (being a woman) more now because I think it’s a privilege.

What would it take to get girls to want to do that?

This is an amazing demonstration:

These machines have been built by six guys and their prof.

Of course they are male.

Feminists would claim the reason for this is that girls are discouraged or even actively hindered to achieve something like this.

Let’s for the sake of argument assume that on a level needed for a project like this you could in theory find as many girls as boys with the needed mathematical, physical and logical capabilities.

But is this, the number of people with the theoretical capability, all there is to it?

Consider this: These guys spent hundreds, more likely thousands of hours to build and perfect something with no immediately apparent use.
None.
It’s just cool.

To achieve brilliance in science and technology you do not only need mental capability. You also need attitude. The attitude that lets you waste zillions of hours on something just because it’s cool.
And occasionally you hit gold.

How many girls do you, personally, know who are willing to do that? Who are not bored very soon by this kind of useless plaything?
I, personally, do not know a single one. Plenty of boys. Not one girl.

This kind of play begins very early. It begins with the first piece of Lego you put on top of another. It doesn’t need expensive grants or a lot of encouragement to develop. No girl is actively hindered to play with Lego. It just needs the attitude to prefer building things to interacting with people.

Find a way to let girls appreciate the beauty of tinkering (instead of socialising) and you’ll have gender-parity in the sciences in about two generations.

Everything else, every political scheme to get equal outcome, is wasted effort.