Today, blogging has been outsourced to a couple different bloggers, because finals and also depression.
1) Is This Feminist? is my new favorite Tumblr. (The answer is always no.)
Most people have the capacity to be wonderful, non-violent, nurturing and loving. Most people also have the capacity to be competitive, driven, aggressive and ruthless. Most people are capable of great kindness; most people are capable of being total assholes… Those things are certainly influenced by gender, but our gender does not in fact hard-wire us to be nice or awful.
Please note, also, the misogynistic history of “women are so much better than men.” Protip: if your feminist opinion was used to justify women not voting (“they’re too good to sully themselves with politics!”) and not working outside the home (“a woman is an angel of the home who is too pure for the workaday world; she has to provide a place of comfort and goodness for her man”), it’s not really feminist.
3) Scalzi writes an interesting post explaining privilege through the metaphor of video game difficulties. Also check up the followup and the mockery of deleted comments.