Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NPR)
I need to see her TED Talk. She rocks.
In one study, participants were asked to rank the humor in various cartoon captions. Half of the captions had been written by men, and half by women. When not told who wrote what, the participants judged them almost equally funny. In fact, based on the scores given in this experiment, men are just 2.2 percent more likely to be funny than women. Yet 90 percent of the participants agreed with the stereotype that men are funnier. Talk about a mind-bogglingly huge difference in perception versus reality.
And it gets weirder — when the participants were asked which gender they thought wrote a caption, the funnier ones were almost always assumed to be by men and the less funny ones by women. This might be expected, considering their stated bias. Even when told the name and gender of the person who wrote each caption, within a short time the participants started misattributing the funny ones to men. In other words, even when they knew that women had written some of the funniest captions, the bias that men are funnier was so ingrained that it made them misremember who had written what."
This is one of the best articles of all time, and I will always reblog quotes from it.
Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)
Yep, girls are trained by other girls at school that being confident is being “stuck up” or “conceited”, so they quickly start using the self-deprecating method. I remember that well! I know women now that can’t take a compliment without arguing, instead of just saying thanks. And yet boys are usually encouraged to be confident. It’s one of those fundamental double standards.
In 2011, fifteen year old Sahar Gul was brutally assaulted by her mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and husband. She was forced to marry her husband when she was twelve years old and was immediately enslaved. She was imprisoned in the basement of her home for months, starved, beaten regularly, burned throughout her body, and sliced with a knife to the point that she could not walk and was wheel-barreled away to the hospital due to her relatives intervention.
Subsequently, in a secret court hearing, the perpetrators of these unprecedented acts of violence, were released by the Afghan Judiciary.
We demand the immediate transparent prosecution of the perpetrators, in a fair and open trial."