How should a woman try to get ahead in a male-dominated workplace? Perhaps the answer lies less on women “manning up” and more in how businesses value their employees.
Many women confront this tension as they navigate their own upward trajectories in fields where men fill the upper ranks. For some, attempts to convey a vision yet avoid perceptions they are “bossy” or “bitchy” are all too familiar. With only 14.6 percent of executive officer positions belonging to American women, there’s no question the workplace could be doing more to extend a welcoming hand to their female workers.
So argues Dana Theus, the founder of InPower Women and InPower Consulting, Inc., who told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that offices are in need of “moving from an either-or kind of culture to a both-and culture” in order to best foster all types of female leadership.
On Tuesday, Gen Con, the United States’ largest annual gaming convention, issued a political challenge to the governor of Indiana, where the con is currently hosted, over a bill passed by that state’s House of Representatives the same day. The open letter ended by threatening to seek a new home should the bill pass.
The language of the bill, SB 101, resembles that of recent bills passed in other states in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Hobby Lobby corporation. The bill’s critics have argued that it would allow Indiana corporations to openly discriminate against anybody they deemed out of favor with their religious beliefs, particularly members of the LGBTQ community.
In the letter, posted to Gen Con’s Twitter account, Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout spoke of the event’s “diverse attendee base” made up of visitors from around the world, and he made clear that such diversity included factors like cultures, religious beliefs, and sexual preferences. After pointing out the event’s economic benefit to the state, Swartout argued that the legislation “could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees,” which would ultimately “factor into our decision-making” on returning to the Indiana Convention Center “in future years.”
Right-wing parasites, misogynist Men’s Rights activists, and opportunistic grifters who so desperately latched onto Gamergate are on the prowl again. As the culture war within the video game community continues to lose steam from its peak at the end of 2014, the conservative heroes of the anti-feminist movement are desperately looking to continue their fight against the so-called social justice warriors. And they’ll gladly suck the life out of any geek culture they find viable, if it means battling progressives. Their new target? Comic books.
Comic books are in the midst of a bit of a renaissance. Yes, the struggling industry is certainly helped by a never-ending parade of box office smash superhero franchises, but the comic book medium itself is working toward sustained survival through diversity. Black heroes, Latino heroes, Muslim heroes, women heroes — the new face of comics don’t only appeal to the aging, primarily-white male comic book base.
As we’re now seeing, these diverse heroes’ ability to attract new audiences are quite literally helping save the comic book industry for everyone. But conservative vultures don’t care about that — they smell blood in the water. As the culture wars seep further into geek subcultures, they circle a loud subset of geeks, those ignorant fanboys who feel that merely introducing diverse characters into their video games or comic books declares an all-out war on their whiteness and manhood. And these leeches care not about the art of comic books or video games, but what they need to say and do in order to transform angry nerds into brainwashed angry conservative nerds that deliver page views to their websites.
In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: “You gotta have a baby!” We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know when you’ll procreate, and why you haven’t done so yet?
Even as more millennials choose to delay children or remain child-free altogether, the demand on women to have babies is still high. Media has doubled down on celebrity “baby bump” coverage, and young women report feeling real pressure thanks to society’s strong link between femininity and motherhood.
Many women indeed long for children, while others are firmly against it and still more are undecided. But regardless of a woman’s feelings on childbearing, the decision to have kids is hers alone, to be decided for her own reasons. And no woman should have to submit to society’s relentless questioning on the matter.
What struck me about most of the responses is the sense of responsibility women feel. Children aren’t a rite of passage, they are people who deserve mother’s truly want them.
Women know what that means. Trust Women.
Last week, sandwiched between a row of shops and apartments, you may have noticed that a store hawking firearms miraculously opened for two days on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
Had you ventured inside and asked the gruff-sounding owner whether you could take a closer look at, say, a revolver, you probably would have encountered the following sales pitch:
“…this revolver, it’s the easiest gun we have to use. It’s our most popular one. It’s a 22-caliber, six-inch revolver,” the clerk begins. “It’s also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents’ bedroom, went down and shot his nine-month-old baby brother with it.”
If that sounds a lot like the least effective sales pitch of all time, there’s a reason for that.
With a nod to my fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim. Or thought to be. Or were ever targeted by hate… We need to care. All of us. Please retweet. The writer said it much better than I could have. Does he go further than I might? Maybe. But this is necessary food for thought.
Yesterday I put up a Page about a suspicion about a couple photographers taking pictures of Synagogues. The first concern was their complexion,. Then assumptions were made about their origin, religion and dark suspicions about intent. Then the car plate was questioned. Wut? Photography is not a crime in public. Being Muslim, wearing a Hijab, a Burka or olive toned skin isn’t either. **RESOLVED these people were perfectly innocent of any harmful intent. HT to the inestimable Curious Lurker.
But here’s what I will say: If a Muslim is “randomly” killed in America in this current climate of anti-Muslim bigotry, I’m assuming it’s a hate crime until evidence has been produced to prove otherwise.
And, yes, I know that a hate crime requires evidence that a person was targeted for his race, religion, etc. I’m a former trial attorney, so I’m fully familiar with the evidentiary requirements to prove this crime in a court of law.
But we don’t live in a courtroom. We live in a country where anti-Muslim bigotry is thriving and going unchecked. We live in a country where Muslim hate is so palpably alarming that when I met President Obama a month ago along with 13 other Muslim Americans, this was the only issue I raised to him. And that was six days before we saw three young Muslim American college students, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, murdered execution-style in their Chapel Hill apartment.
We live in a country, as Salem explained, where the uptick in anti-Muslim incidents in Dallas alone has reached levels never seen before. She noted that the local Muslim community is truly frightened and on edge.
Note there was a typo from the source in the headline and link that CL pointed out.
Dare I say it? Well why not? More white people behaving badly. If that seems a stretch, just try to imagine the berserk meltdown if this had been a mob of black teenagers at a US national monument.
Stonehenge was damaged during the Winter Solstice, with chewing gum stuck to the ancient monument, it has been diclosed.
A report The Heritage Journal also revealed graffiti was sprayed on the stones, people tried to light fires on them and someone dripped a line of oil on several of them in December.
Conservationists are calling for a ban to be put in place preventing people from walking among the stones on both the longest and shortest days of the year.
It comes as it emerged volunteers and staff at the site were “left in tears” following the last summer solstice as they were forced to clear up vomit and faeces.
Following a long battle, pagan leader King Arthur Pendragon won his fight for open access to the stones in 2000.
But staff at the iconic landmark say it should once again remain closed off during the annual events due to damage to the site.
Many memories of my youth are those black and white kinda fuzzy evening news reports. Once while I was young I was watching from inside my grandmothers home, and the events were unfolding right out front. It was the Watts riots. Grandma lived at 3rd avenue near Slauson. Across the street was a school that became a staging area for the guard. We were there to take grandma and pop out to the valley away from the riots. They would not go. We went home and mom worried. In the end all were safe. My grandparents had lived in that home since it was a white neighborhood and were friendly with all the neighbors. That moment in my life as a little kid made a huge impression on me. Weeks later I was back playing with the kids like nothing had happened.
Formative impressions, especially since i already had Latino friends as well that lived around a babysitters home. I’d stay with her after school until mom got off work.
I reflect deeply now. Selma today is a celebration of change and a remembrance of some heroes. Our black President will speak. But likely of Ferguson. Yin and Yang. Change has come and yet not all for the better. posting this now with the intent to drop in a video feed of Obamas speech today. i’ll be listening closely. During and after.
We have it in the main Page as the new topic so linked right here.
Nothing says love like two skeletons hugging.
Here’s an interesting article on the roots of Tea Party ‘conservatism’.
It argues that they represent a far older conservatism, one from Europe where the ‘individual’ is assigned a place by God and nature and any attempts to change that imperils both society and the individual’s soul.
It ties in with my frequent observation that to Tea Party ‘conservatives’ that America is not a nation but a faith. They oppose modern society because modernism is, they believe, antithetical to faith.