"it’s just a bit galling that Hollywood has taken one of the greatest stories of feminist triumph in the last century and made it about a dude."

Dear Will Ferrell: Depicting Sexism Isn’t Enough | Women and Hollywood

L'Wren Scott Was Remembered As a ‘Girlfriend’ - The Cut

In 2008, in a profile in New York, Scott said, “I just want to be known for what I do, not who I know.” And again in a 2013 interview with the London Times, she said: “I don’t court that life. I’d rather be a worker bee. I’m a fashion designer. I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend. You always wonder if people will pay attention to the hard work that goes into what you do. And when you’re taking on something on your own, it’s your company, your investment — your life.”

Overall, the media failed her.

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

no matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment—and the sheer volume of it—has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet. Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower our emotional bandwidth, take up our time, and cost us money through legal fees, online protection services, and missed wages. I’ve spent countless hours over the past four years logging the online activity of one particularly committed cyberstalker, just in case. And as the Internet becomes increasingly central to the human experience, the ability of women to live and work freely online will be shaped, and too often limited, by the technology companies that host these threats, the constellation of local and federal law enforcement officers who investigate them, and the popular commentators who dismiss them—all arenas that remain dominated by men, many of whom have little personal understanding of what women face online every day.

GOTY 2013: Badass Girls Need Not Apply — The Magazine on Medium — Medium

I have gone to buy a computer, and had the salesperson speak to my husband and not to me, even though I am a professional game developer and my husband has trouble using a printer. I have had men in my department throw a Halo launch party and not invite me, assuming that as a woman I have no interest in games. I have had my professional opinion on server purchases overruled by men that were talking over me in meetings, and then watched those men be fired when the systems they purchased didn’t work.

Those life events inform my experiences and opinion. And, they inform my perspective on 2013 Tomb Raider. And, with respect, if you only have people voting on game of the year from a very singular opinion — generally white, straight and male — it’s missing so much information that it loses its validity.


Charli XCX: I’ve experienced more the side of things where people think I don’t write my own songs because I’m a girl. You co-write, and that’s a problem because you are a girl. Tons of credible, Pitchfork-friendly bands co-write and don’t get shit, but because I’m a woman.
Interviewer: Or people assume that because you are a girl, the co-writer does more than on a boy’s record.
Charli XCX: Yeah. I just wrote one of the biggest songs in the world. So, fuck you.

[The Day Room: Charli XCX and Pop as Art]
Photo by Philip Cosores

Charli XCX: I’ve experienced more the side of things where people think I don’t write my own songs because I’m a girl. You co-write, and that’s a problem because you are a girl. Tons of credible, Pitchfork-friendly bands co-write and don’t get shit, but because I’m a woman.

Interviewer: Or people assume that because you are a girl, the co-writer does more than on a boy’s record.

Charli XCX: Yeah. I just wrote one of the biggest songs in the world. So, fuck you.

[The Day Room: Charli XCX and Pop as Art]

Photo by Philip Cosores

To People on Twitter calling me a whore:

jessicavalenti:

Being called a ‘slut’ as a young person is part of the reason I became an activist. So keep it up, assholes: every time you call a girl a whore, a feminist gets her wings.