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Hillary Clinton, Melissa Harris-Perry and the Opposite of Imposter Syndrome

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To fit into male-dominated spaces, women are told to
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Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason

Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Glenn Beck loves them. Tea Partiers court them. Congressmen listen to them. Meet the fast-growing "patriot" group that's recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.
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Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Tiny White Man the Republican Party Has Sent to Live in My Underpants.

Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Tiny White Man the Republican Party Has Sent to Live in My Underpants. | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
[Originally published March 30, 2012.]
- - Dear Tiny White Man In My Underpants,
Hey! How’s it going today? My guess is: verging on ovulation...
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Everything I know about marriage I learned from Terry Miller (Dan Savage's husband)

Everything I know about marriage I learned from Terry Miller (Dan Savage's husband) | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
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Downton Abbey and the Insensitive Portrayal of Rape on TV

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[...] contrary to creator Julian Fellowes' defense that he wanted to "[explore] the mental damage and the emotional damage" that follows sexual assault, I still have very little idea how Anna has been intimately affected by this tragic incident. Anna's rape and her attempt to hide it for the sake of her husband is reminiscent of Mellie's recent sexual assault on Scandal, in which Fitz's father rapes - and possibly impregnates - the first lady, but Mellie doesn't speak up in order to protect her husband's political career. Both shows frame Anna's and Mellie's decisions to stay quiet as noble, portraying them as martyrs for their husbands' livelihoods. Because in the end, their assaults aren't about providing commentary on rape culture or empowering these female characters as they find ways to overcome and heal. There are lots of reasons women don't report their sexual assaults - lack of proof, fear of retaliation by the assailant - but one of them is due to fear of humiliation and hostility from those who are supposed to help. Branson's shame is alleviated, justice is achieved and he moves on as though nothing ever happened. Because that's realistic. Or at the very least, include a trigger warning at the beginning of the episode. Because one out of every six American women and one out of every 33 American men have experienced a sexual assault and chances are that more than a few of them are watching these shows.
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It Happened To Me: I Read An Essay About A White Woman’s Yoga Class/Black Woman Crisis And I Cannot

It Happened To Me: I Read An Essay About A White Woman’s Yoga Class/Black Woman Crisis And I Cannot | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Your experience starts a dialogue; sure. But not every conversation needs to be entertained without you doing some homework on your own first.
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Dear White Friends Who Are Upset By The Way I Write About Race

Dear White Friends Who Are Upset By The Way I Write About Race | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
I can’t undo an experience that left an indelible mark on my racial psyche.
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Barbie Designer Defends Doll's Unrealistic Proportions

Barbie Designer Defends Doll's Unrealistic Proportions | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
It's all for Barbie's clothes.

At least that's what Kim Culmone, vice president of design for Barbie maker Mattel, said in defense of the doll's impossible proportions in a recent interview.

"Barbie’s body was never designed to be ...
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It's all for the clothes? Huh? Right. Just ask any woman who's built like Barbie how good she looks in her clothes. 

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Secret Credit Card Backdoor Numbers To Get Your Credit Increased, APR Changed, Etc!

Secret Credit Card Backdoor Numbers To Get Your Credit Increased, APR Changed, Etc! | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Want your credit line increased, APR lowered, or your declined credit card application approved? Begging and pleading with customer service not getting you anywhere except front row seats to your p...
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Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights

Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein’s activities as a passionate advocate for peace were well-documented during his lifetime. (Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights.
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Why What Women Choose to Wear on Their Feet Is None of Your Business

Why What Women Choose to Wear on Their Feet Is None of Your Business | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
They're just shoes – but these judgments reveal a lot about society's attitudes about women. Can you relate to any of these people?
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Why We'll Miss Jon Stewart, Champion Of Women

Why We'll Miss Jon Stewart, Champion Of Women | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart, how can you leave us? The landscape of late night television continues to be something of a joke itself, a homogenous zone composed mainly of white guys. Yes, Jon Stewart is one of those very white guys, but he’s one of the very few who has used his platform to advocate for change
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While  I would have loved to see more female guests on the show, there's a giant hole in the late night lineup now.

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'I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out'

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A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
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Limbaugh: 12 Years A Slave Won Best Picture Oscar Because "It Had The Magic Word In The Title: Slave"

Limbaugh: 12 Years A Slave Won Best Picture Oscar Because "It Had The Magic Word In The Title: Slave" | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
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It Happened To Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes And I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It

It Happened To Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes And I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my skinny white girl body.
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I Assigned That "Yoga Class" Piece And Here's Why

As the assigning editor, I'd like to respond to some of the criticism.
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Disgraceland: Steven Van Zandt rips on Paul Simon

Disgraceland: Steven Van Zandt  rips on Paul Simon | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Little Steven at a press conference where Coretta Scott King accepted the first $50,000 check (on behalf of The Africa Fund) from Artists United Against Apartheid, 1985   Perhaps one of my least punk predilections is a weakness for Paul Simon, and the album Graceland, specifically. It’s not that I have any compunction about liking “mom rock,” (moms are awesome, and my love for Carole King is also well-documented), but Graceland is steeped in some pretty nasty history. For one, I’m inclined to believe Los Lobos, who appear on the last track, “All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints,” when they say Simon should have given them a writing credit.…
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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person... | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country.
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Well put. As a fellow broke white person, I think she Crosley-Corcoran does a great job breaking it down.

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See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds

See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Reality check! Any woman who feels she's not good enough might understand why after watching this.
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Stop using the word “trolling” when what you really mean is “hate speech”

Stop using the word “trolling” when what you really mean is “hate speech” | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
I take umbrage with the over-reliance of the word “troll.” By grouping the rude with the hateful, we undermine the seriousness of bigotry and hate speech.
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This opinion piece is a good example of choosing a precise and timely issue to address. 

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Of course all men don’t hate women. But all men must know they benefit from sexism

Of course all men don’t hate women. But all men must know they benefit from sexism | Let's talk about -isms | Scoop.it
Anger is an entirely appropriate response to learning that you’re implicated in a system that oppresses women – but the solution isn’t to direct that anger back at women.
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This article does a pretty good job of delineating the nuances of sexism. For too long, if one acknowleged sexism, some people went into defense and reductionist mode, often accusing the person initiating the discussion of being a man-hater, or of reducing all men to "woman haters."

 

One can acknowledge that there are benefits to being male in our society, without having to be defensive about it, much as I acknowledge that being white brings advantages. Sometimes being female does, too.

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