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REDDIT can really be a sexist hellhole sometimes

HIVE MIND | Gin and Tacos
A male Redditor posted a picture of himself lying in a bed with the comment, "This is me the being dope sick when i quit heroin. 6 months and counting of being clean." The post was up-voted by other users 1150 times, and here are the first five comments, also in order of votes received: 1. Congratulations man. Thats no easy feat. Heroin has taken many a life. Good to see somone beat it 2. "6 months and counting of being clean Datestamp 3/16/11" Was there a relapse in there? 3. I know that look. I've made it myself…I am consumed with respect and admiration for you. keep going. 4. Awesome job! I have 4.5 months clean. Just remember: that"s the last time you have to be dopesick. Ever. 5. I don"t know you, but I love you for staying clean. It gives me hope for my brother. Aww! Look how nice and supportive people can be, even in an environment where people are usually pretty heartless. More recently, a different, female user posted a picture of herself with the comment: "Been clean from heroin for 2 months and this is me today". After receiving about half as many up-votes as the male's post, here are the top five comments: 1. I've never done heroin, here is a picture of a pair of old shoes. 2. Reddit just upvoted some girl's mirror shot to the front page Holy fuck, guys 3. I've been clean from heroin for 24 years, nobody upvotes my mirror pics. 4. I don't get it. This is just a picture of a person. What is interesting about this picture? 5. 9 outta 10 would bang. With protection. Go ahead, attempt to explain how this stark difference has nothing to with gender. I could use the giggles. Here's the kicker. While the second post itself received less than half the up-votes of the first (male) one, the asshole comments on the woman's post received more up-votes (2200 for the #1 comment) than either the post itself (650) or the first post (1150). So users appeared far more interested in being a dick to the woman for posting a picture of herself (Reddit Law states that this is attention-seeking behavior when women do it) than in either of the posts themselves.

May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to prevent cancer

She's talking about it now to help fight the shame and stigma some women find when they undergo the process. My Medical Choice - NYTimes.com
MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex. . . .

May 10, 2013

Snip, Burn, Solder Blog: Too Many Mundane Secrets: The Problem of Redaction

Snip, Burn, Solder Blog: Too Many Mundane Secrets: The Problem...

May 09, 2013

Ideas of female purity are bullshit

This is well said. Female 'Purity' Is Bullshit
Men can't actually care whether or not women are "pure," because there is no way for "purity" to be verified. It's just not a real thing, and chasing some phantom virtue for your entire life is a great way to ensure that you waste your goddamn life. By Professor Unicorn's own admission, above, even if you claim to be "pure" he will probably just assume you're lying, and even if you can somehow prove your purity he will get bored with you eventually anyway, because boner. This entire "conversation" is just an effort to rig a system in which men get to determine female worthlessness no matter the input. There is nothing you can do to be pure. Meanwhile, they get to do literally whatever they want with anyone, to anyone, at any time. The double standard is so blatant it's almost too boring to point out. . . . A catcall is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The purity myth is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The fetishization of female purity in a world where catcalls are an acceptable form of communication telegraphs one thing very clearly: "Women, stop sexualizing yourselves—that's our job, and you're taking all the fun out of it." The sexualization of women is only appealing if it's nonconsensual. Otherwise it's "sluttiness," and sluttiness is agency and agency is threatening and so, therefore, sluttiness must equal disposability.