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‘Are STEM Syllabi Gendered?’ A Feminist Professor Says Women Can’t Do Science – Hit & Run :

Every now and then I find an article that is so horrifically stupid that I can’t resist blasting it on the Tome. Those familiar with the Tome know that sometimes I refer to this as Real Horror, and boy, does this little gem of stupidity earn the label.

Apparently, the reason why women do not enter STEM fields is because the scientific  method is sexist! A method in which to conduct science, which says nothing about gender, is sexist!? 

Even better, STEM classes are SO sexist that even their syllabi are gendered and insensitive. Well, maybe that one college in the deep south might have a clause about how women should let be in class, but I don’t see how “promoting the idea that knowledge can be ascertained through reason” is sexist unless you’re implying that women can’t reason, and ifor that’s the case then the real sexist is the one making that stupid claim.

I wish I was making this up. This is a direct quote from the article:

The syllabi for college-level STEM courses—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—are “gendered” because they promote the idea that knowledge can be ascertained through reason. This is a masculine concept that hurts women’s feelings and makes it difficult for them to succeed.
In addition, apparently the wording of this phrase in a syllabus is offensive to women:

critical thinker considers all available evidence with an open mind and uses appropriate techniques to analyze that evidence and reach a conclusion.

Now, before you go over to the site to channel your frustration, I should point out that this article is actually referring to a scientific study by the University of North Dekota. But that just makes the claim that STEM and scientific method are inherently sexist even more absurd.

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[Horror Cliche] Woman in Distress Sexist or Tired?

You know the trope. The damsel in distress. A trope so old its in ancient lirurature. A trope so pervasive it’s probably in the first oral story ever told.

 A woman, usually a sexualized hot bodied busty, plump ass, and thunder-thighed sex bomb, running for her life. Horror loves it’s damsels. It loves showing and depicting women as the victim of a murderous rampage, of a relentless serial killer, or even some unfathomable horror from the great beyond. But why?

For sexist thrills? Do we enjoy seeing a woman in a state of panic? It certainly gets our attention, as we shout word of caution at the woman, but if we enjoyed it for some sadistic sexist pleasure why would we even bother with the futile task of screaming at the pages or screen? 

Because it’s not about sexist or sexism. It’s not about patriarchal roles. It’s about tension. It’s about using established and recognized relationships as a plot device. Why would anyone risk their life and face a violent murderer if it wasn’t to protect and\or rescue a loved one?

And in horror, it’s the chase. It’s the build of tension, the overpowering sense of dread as death steadily approaches our young and beautiful peer. We want to see her make it to the end, but we doubt that she’ll make the correct choices. Will the blonde bimbo run up the stairs, restricting her access to exits, or will she wise up and run down and head for a weapon? Kitchens are dangerous places for attackers and defenders.

This trope has been done before and before. A classic staple that is much more than a stereotype, but a product of the human condition. We are driven to protect people we care about. Both men and women tend to take more protective roles of their daughters than their sons. Sons are tough and mental to be strong, right?  That’s why the trope works so well with a male AND female audience.

Yes, it’s a trope and a tired one at that, but it works. Look at the top horror films and books! A female protagonist running and fighting for her life is a common thing. 

I don’t believe that it’s because of some patriarchal sexist agenda. I don’t believe that there horror writers and movie makers conspire to put women down by perpetrating certain stereotypes. But some do. Some would have you think having a female chacsterling fall victim to an onslaught of horrors is wrong an misogynistic. That’s dumb. It”s either going to be a male or a female victim, and people tend to gravitate more compassion for female victims. They just do. Is it wrong? Why? How?

In order for horror to work the protagonisthas to be vulnerable. It’s just a fact.

But others say the tropen is tired. I say bullshit. The trope is only derivative if you put no effort into it. Embrace the trope, write from what you KNOW and don’t worry about the critics. Half the time the critics aren’t even the audience anyway! 

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Interview with Sean Glasheen – Occult, Oujia Boards, and More

Grand Master Seán Glasheen, author of Melissa’s Hobby, joins Mr. Deadman to discuss his short story (a story that has done so wonderfully on the site), the upcoming anthology, and talk about two subjects his story touches on occult and betrayal. Seán Glasheen is a young man, what could he possibly know about the occult and betrayal?


After the interview, there will be a post-show. The Deadman’s Tome post-show is where topics get interesting. Last week Clive Carpenter and I got heated over how people bitch and complain about not finding the time to write their book yet their watching reality TV and Kim Kardashian’s ass. This week, oh boy, do I have something planned. You know for damn sure I’m going to talk about some real scary stuff, the horror that is our reality.

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Dinner Time Commentary

Mr. Deadman offers commentary on Dinner Time by Peter Indianna and asks the tough question just about every man, straight or gay, asks when they find themselves in an unsatisfying relationship.

If you’re easily offended, this is not for you. I think Peter’s story is fantastic and conveys the horror of being in a unsatisfying relationship with a vindictive and jealous partner. I apologize for the audio quality. Other than that, enjoy the video for a few laughs and make sure you check out Mr. Indianna’s story.