Someone accused the US president of rape. The media shrugged | Arwa Mahdawi

Why the relative quiet around E Jean Carrolls allegation? Is it sexism? Outrage fatigue? Journalistic cowardice? All of the above? Donald Trump once boasted he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone without losing any votes. While this thesis hasnt been tested yet I suspect hes probably right. Just look at the muted reaction to the allegations the president once sexually assaulted a woman on Fifth Avenue. Just look at the depressing and predictable way the E Jean Carroll story is fizzling out. On Friday, New York magazine published an alleges that Trump violently forced himself upon her in a dressing room after asking for advice on a present he was getting for a female friend. …

Mentrification: how men appropriated computers, beer and the Beatles | Van Badham

Throughout history, women have been written out of cultural moments they helped shape. And now we have a new word for it Star Trek fandom has already made legendary contributions to popular culture, but its latest sweet encapsulation deserves special recording: in the dictionary. Earlier this month, a fan post on Tumblr from user @obstinatecondolement mourned the lack of acknowledgment given to women as the source of the series original popularity. They wanted to know when Star Trek stopped being perceived as light, fluffy, not-really-legitimate sci-fi that ~housewives~ liked and started being seen as serious nerd business that girls had to keep their gross cooties off? A reply repeated the question, but in regards to the Beatles. When did the …

I tried to sexually harass Siri, but all she did was give me a polite brush-off | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Virtual assistants are millennial Stepford Wives. But perhaps theres an upside for real women, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Hey Siri, show me your tits, is not something I ever thought Id say, especially not while sitting in an empty kitchen while wearing fluffy slippers. I have many hobbies, but sexually harassing disembodied digital entities is not one of them, even in the interests of journalistic research. But having read that a coded female by default (i.e. most of them) were reinforcing gender stereotypes that portray women as subservient for example, by responding to sexual harassment in a tolerant, even coquettish, manner I thought I had better conduct an experiment. Hey Siri, wanna fuck? I was trying to do …

‘You get used to the gunfire’ filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libyas guttsiest football squad Just what our country needs! rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. A womens football team! And whats more, they chose tall, young beautiful girls for the team and for months their legs will be exposed. Womens football may be getting its moment in the spotlight with the World Cup about to kick off. But, as the absorbing new documentary revolution that brought Muammar Gaddafis reign to an end. It seemed to promise a new era of democracy and freedom including womens freedom to play football. That period was really joyous, says …

How a viral image of breasts exposes science’s obsession with the male body | Jill Filipovic

An image of female anatomy has highlighted the far-reaching effects of treating the male of the species as the default It has taken a viral Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. April 21, 2019 Just think about the images of skeletal, nervous and muscular systems youve seen before. Without skin (and a face) its not immediately obvious that youre looking at a man. And yet its also clear that the default is a man. Even without milk ducts, the scientific images of human bodies that we typically see have male builds and musculature. Troublingly, we dont …

A Muslim womans place? In Casablanca, it could be burning rubber on a Harley

On the streets of Morocco, an all-female club is defying western stereotypes of oppression and breaking down barriers Night has just fallen over the busy Moroccan city of Casablanca as a loud swarm of motorbikes rolls up the main street in the central district of Racine. The leather-clad riders come to a stop outside the terrace of a popular cafe and remove their helmets before dismounting from their powerful machines. Silhouetted against a backdrop of moving traffic, its easy to make out lots of long hair being flicked, shaken and ruffled back into place. None of which would be surprising but for fact that this group is made up entirely of women, something that has also caught the attention of …