Here are the highlights from our Facebook coverage this week:
“I want my brother to know that it’s not “wrong” for him to want to be a chef, that it’s okay to go against what society believes to be appropriate. There are, as a matter of fact, a multitude of very talented and successful male culinary geniuses…Unfortunately, Hasbro has made going against the societal norm that girls are the ones in the kitchen even more difficult.”
– 13-year-old McKenna Pope who started a petition to get Hasbro to include boys on its packaging and to offer it in more gender-neutral colors (The Mary Sue)
-“For the first time in Barbie’s more than 50-year history, Mattel is introducing a Barbie construction set that underscores a huge shift in the marketplace. Fathers are doing more of the family shopping just as girls are being encouraged more than ever by hypervigilant parents to play with toys (as boys already do) that develop math and science skills early on.” – New York Times
-Spencer’s launches a line of sexist T-Shirts, and we’re #NotBuyingIt. Full blog here.
-“The Hawkeye Initiative takes one basic premise, that you can fix every “Strong Female Character” pose in comics by replacing that character with Hawkeye doing the same pose, and applies it to actual comic book panels and covers” – Upworthy
-“It’s not that your life has been easy, per se, it’s just that certain hardships have been absent—hardships that affect other groups in ways that are most likely invisible to you. You’re not personally being blamed for anything, nor is anyone asking you to abandon your own interests and concerns. You’re simply being asked to acknowledge and help dismantle a system that is rigged in your favor, because it’s the right thing to do. Opportunity is not a limited resource—other people having stuff does not mean you don’t get to have stuff. It’ll be okay. In fact, it’ll be better.” – Jezebel speaks to white males feeling victimized
-An inspiring Ted Talk from Feminist Frequency‘s Anita Sarkeesian: