Femmagic
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions.

Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts. This may sound outrageous, but think about how you react when precocious children dominate the talk at an adult party. As women begin to make inroads into formerly ‘male’ domains such as business and professional contexts, we should not be surprised to find that their contributions are not always perceived positively or even accurately.

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I don’t feel like this is new information but it is still so darn frustrating!

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mechbeth:

Getting real tired of this privilege stuff. 

Primarily because you’re making generalizations. 

And I learned in fucking nursery school that generalizations are bad. 

You can’t tar everyone with the same brush, Every persons life is subjective. 

Because I’m a white, straight male I should be ejaculating winning lottery tickets with how much privilege I have.

But I’ll tell you something, I live on a council estate in a ”Working Class” area of the West Midlands in England. I work 40 hours a week to pay my bills. I can’t afford to live on my own for the foreseeable future because the rent is TOO DAMN HIGH! Oh and last Christmas my parents had to take out a loan to buy Christmas presents. 

So much privilege!

The whole privilege thing isn’t that you HAVE more things or have wealth, it is mainly that you are viewed more favourably by society, as the “norm” you hold “more value”. And compared to somebody of a racial minority, or a woman, you ARE viewed as more valuable by society. It isn’t something you can help, or something that you can change.
You have the ability to deny this, BECAUSE you have privilege. It isn’t just something made up by “rich hipster kids”, it affects all kinds of people. The very fact that you can turn around and say “this is bullshit”… Well, that shows you that you can CHOOSE to acknowledge your privileges. But it doesn’t mean that you don’t have them.


So yes, although you may be from a “working class” area , which means you have less privilege than if you were from an “upper class” or “middle class” area, you still are viewed in a better light than others.
You do not experience racism from the majority of society, you will not have to experience sexism. You will not experience transphobia, or homophobia. You might however experience classism. So you are quite entitled to feel that you are under-privileged in this particular area, nonetheless you still experience male privilege, cis privilege, heterosexual privilege and white privilege etc etc.
Privilege is not so much a generalisation, as people can be more or less privileged than others. For example, a white, gay upper-class person and a black, straight, cis-gendered person would experience different amounts of privilege in different areas.
Again, privilege is NOT about how many ipads you own, or whether you go to a top-class university (although it may be linked to it). Privilege is HOW SOCIETY VALUES YOU AS A PERSON.

I hope this makes slightly more sense to you? 

If you’re a feminist who understands the (apparently not) radical concept that women can have penises and men can have vaginas (and that there are people with either or both of those who may very well identify as neither a man nor a woman), would you mind reblogging this? I could really use a little faith in humanity being restored right about now.
lacigreen: