While I might have dropped the ball on the digital dozen this weekend, I did find myself with a few good tabs open that all sort of tie in to each other after my catchup on social media over breakfast. And I wanted to share them with all of you!
First of all, this slightly old but always 110% relevant clip from Ellen, where she gives a good burn to Bic for their ‘For Her’ pen products. Every time I see strongly gendered products it makes me think of this flowchart. (On the upside, changes are starting to be made regarding gendered marketing – for instance, Toys “R” Us in the UK is removing specifically labelled “for boys” and “for girls” signage in their stores! Wonderful.)
Moving toward the “but it’s for guys” category, have a read of this amazingly articulate breakdown of why it’s not okay to say “video games are aimed at dudes, so don’t complain if you don’t like it and you’re a lady”, and more: “Sex Sells. Deal with it.” It’s one of the best articles I’ve read in a while that plainly states what the troubles of speaking up as a feminist can be, especially when a lot of the response you’ll be getting is from dudebros who miss the point. (I saw this article linked by the MESSAGE – Men Ending Slurs and Sexist Attitudes in the Gaming Environment – which you should all check out!)
And for a little more sprinkling of the double standards category, this video imploring HBO to show us some wiener is a marvelous exercise in fantastic feminist humour. More please!
Go forth into your week with your brain all fired up!