“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.”—(via nmsuwsprof)
First, let it be known that I love most fanboys. When I go to a con, most of the guys there are respectful. They share a passion with me, and that’s awesome. We’re all on a rock floating through space with little connection to most of the people who surround…
“Joe Easterling, who described himself as a devout Christian, voted for the amendment at a polling place in Wake Forest. ’I know that some people may argue that the Bible may not necessarily be applicable, or it should not be applicable, on such policy matters. But even looking at nature itself,…
“A popular exercise among High School creative writing teachers in America is to ask students to imagine they have been transformed, for a day, into someone of the opposite sex, and describe what that day might be like. The results, apparently, are uncannily uniform. The girls all write long and detailed essays that clearly show they have spent a great deal of time thinking about the subject. Half of the boys usually refuse to write the essay entirely. Those who do make it clear they have not the slightest conception what being a teenage girl might be like, and deeply resent having to think about it.”—
David Graeber, “Beyond Power/Knowledge: An Exploration of Power, Ignorance and Stupidity” (pdf)
He also says much the same thing in “Revolutions in Reverse,” an essay included in the book Revolutions in Reverse (which can be read in Scribd at the link). I’d been meaning to post a quote from the second source for a while, thanks to Aaron Brady for the actual excerpt above. That last link is a good essay on the recent Rush Limbaugh BS and how patriarchy works and how male privilege is defended by having men like Limbaugh around to keep women’s opinions out of the allowed discourse on the subject. To keep high school boys forever unable to write essays that could relate to the issue of needing hormonal birth control to control ovarian cysts.
We talked about this a lot this year in English. Girls are taught from a young age that we have to connect to what we read, so when we do excercises in class, everyone talks about how they connect to Huck Finn, or to Jay Gatsby, or to Julius Caesar. We connect to all the characters because we have to, because if we don’t then we won’t survive through the years of school.
Boys don’t deal with this. Practically every book or story they encounter from the time they begin school is full of male characters and written by men. So when confronted with female characters of female authors, they don’t know what to do. They feel as if they can’t connect with these characters because of the gender boundaries. As one woman in my class pointed out, “girls have to connect to male characters, but boys don’t have to connect to female characters.” By the time they’re my age, it’s not even intentional: many honestly think that they won’t understand a female character because they have no shared experiences whatsoever.
Featuring (as always) an eye-popping variety of Vancouver artists, the theme this time is urban fantasy, and I drew one of the comics by writer Shannon Campbell. Giants lives up to its name, with its 7.25x11” size, 150 pages, beautiful black&white comics, an enchanting bestiary of urban fantasy fauna… and an appetite for bread made out of the pulverised bones of humans.
Please share with your indie-comic loving friends or fantasy fiends!
Cloudscape comics, a society of Vancouver comics creators, is ready to go to print with our sixth anthology, “Giants of Main Street”. It’s a collection of urban fantasy comics from a great variety of artists (including me).
Please check out our IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds for printing. You get perks like books and commissions depending on how much you want to donate. You can also pre-order the book there. IndieGoGo Go!
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Nope, these are not Christmas commissions — I really doubt the post would bring these in time! Still, here’s the nitty-gritty:
I’m opening five slots for watercolour commissions. Please reserve a spot by emailing me at rretale(AT)yahoo[DOT]com — “first email, first served!” Open to everyone, dA members or not. This won’t be the last time I do commissions, so no worries. It’s also fine if you just want to send an email to reserve a spot for now, and come up with the actual request later.
These particular commissions will not be extremely detailed, and I use mostly limited colours to do them — but it results in a spo
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you.
Tarantino - you can criticize everything that Quentin does - but nobody writes Tarantino stuff like Tarantino. He is the best Tarantino writer there is, and that was actually the thing that people responded to - they’re going ‘this is an individual writing with his own point of view’.
There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better - there are all those kinds of things, but there’s nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can.
Indie GOGO! If everyone reblogged, and one a few people donate, we might make it?! You get awesome SWAG like pre orders for ghost tales, and hello albertosaurus, other comics, art, trinkets and stuff, and we’ll probably throw in extra goodies…. :) It’s more like shopping than donating! Much appreciated!!
Join Cloudscape in launching the wanderlust-cious comics anthology 21 Journeys (I’m in it …Oh I already told you that? Ok.) at Ayden Gallery (International Village mall), Vancouver, on Saturday September 10th 7PM—10PM. (Fartbook event page)
Party foods, comics, cool attractive people. We supply the former, you the latter.
But I can barely keep up with anything on my dashboard. So if I ever miss your post, sorry. My computer and I both have some stress conniption when I see my creaking Tumblr dash. In the future I will try to be posting more, but correspondingly, because of a stupid set of circumstances, I will be reading WAY LESS Tumbls.
21 Journeys and Exploded View eBooks are now available for your reading pleasure! To celebrate their launch, we’re offering a discount on each book and a special bundle offer. For the next month you will be able to get 21 Journeys and Exploded View together for $3.
21 Journeys is Cloudscape’s latest anthology of short comics about the journeys that mark our everyday lives or take us on extraordinary adventures.
In our fourth anthology, Exploded View, Cloudscape turns from the past to embrace the future with twenty-five science fiction tales by twenty-five artists,all wrapped-up in a cover illustrated by local comics legend Camilla d’Errico. Follow our cartoonists to futures where machines fight men,where commercials can converse,where robots learn love,where planets are fractured by faith. Prepare to have your view exploded.
We are on the far side of the San Diego ComiCon. This is a con where DC’s creators have had their most direct exposure to their current fanbase’s reactions to the New 52. In particular, they’ve heard loud and clear that the ongoing lack of gender parity both in the comics and behind…
The college website got a facelift recently and I happen to think it looks pretty neat, so have a look through if you’re at all interested in European animation schools. If you’re looking to study animation in an English-speaking country, consider this one since it’s pretty affordable and quite good for a BA (Hons) degree (I think it’s safe for me to say that after three years).
They’ve also got all the student films from last year up, on one of which I worked. Now that’s pretty superb, because we weren’t allowed to put up more than 10% of the animation online ourselves. For a fun game at home, try to guess which scenes were animated by me, haha.