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Invisible Women - What’s that got to do with my knob?

Invisible Women
Invisible Women - What’s that got to do with my knob?
By Caroline Criado Perez • Issue #35 • View online
Good morning GFPs! just a couple of items to mentions before we get going this week.
First up: I am in the running for two panels in this year’s SXSW, but first I have to get past the dreaded public vote 😱 – btw I read an interesting paper this week looking in part at how women avoid competitive environments more than men, and it certainly holds true for me, I HATE this. I have some THOUGHTS about the extent to which this correlates with women knowing the game is often rigged against them, meaning they prefer not to take part, which, again, I think is true for me. But anyway, here I am, so, GFPs, please vote – and before the 20th November as that’s when voting closes. So vote now before you forget!
I’ll include full details on the two panels below, but in brief, one is about changing regulations so manufacturers have to actually make cars safe for women, and the other is about designing products that don’t exclude the female half of the population – I know right, it’ll never catch on.
On the 27th November 2014, Claire Moore stood outside Downing Street in London and read out a list of 149 names: the names of the women who had been murdered by men in the past year. She had marched through London with a group of about 100 women, many of them survivors of domestic violence, to ask the government to step up and prevent these preventable deaths by investing in the women’s sector and making domestic violence training mandatory across all sectors.
Since then, women have come together every year on the Sunday closest to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, for the Dead Women Walking march.
In Claire’s words:
Time and time again we see that the woman killed have been failed – that the warning signs were missed, they were not believed, in essence that their murders could have been prevented. I hear the same statement I have heard too many times to count – ‘Lessons will be learned’ and my heart sinks. I cry WHEN? We women are more likely to be raped, beaten and/or murdered by men we know than by a stranger – one in three of us will experience domestic violence and so just as the dead man walking phrase means someone who is about to die – we are all dead women walking – because until those lessons are learned and women’s lives valued statistically we will be joining this too long list. We walk in protest that our sisters are dying at the hands of men and in memory of the women killed.
This year, the march has been denied permission to go ahead, but as regular GFPs will know, while Covid can stop a march, it certainly hasn’t stopped domestic violence. In fact this pandemic has made addressing domestic violence more urgent than ever, as levels of domestic violence have risen dramatically around the world.
And so while the march cannot go ahead as planned, Claire has decided to march on her own, to raise money for money for AAFDA, a registered charity founded by Frank Mullane in memory of his sister Julia Pemberton and her son Will who were both killed by her partner. AAFDA helps families who have lost a loved one due to domestic violence and their work is more important now than ever. If you can, please donate here.

Gender data gap of the week
What happens to your body when you binge on pizza? Surprisingly good things
OK, I’m listening…after all, “people” includes women last time I checked.
“We all know the long-term risks of overindulgence with food when it comes to obesity, Type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” says lead researcher Aaron Hengist, a Ph.D. student at the University of Bath. “Our findings show that the body actually copes remarkably well when faced with a massive and sudden calorie excess.” Blood sugar levels stayed steady, while insulin levels doubled (to control the blood sugar levels). Blood lipids (triglycerides and fatty acids) were only slightly higher. Other research has shown that in moderate eating, blood lipids rise in proportion to the amount eaten, indicating that there may be a bodily “cap” that kicks in when too much fat is consumed.
Indeed. We also know that there are sex differences when it comes to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and, indeed, fat metabolism, so now I’m even more sure that they definitely included women in the study!
(This research was conducted on men ages 22-37.)
Like Rachel here, I particularly enjoyed the parenthesis.
Like Rachel here, I particularly enjoyed the parenthesis.
Default male of the week
Toronto says it won't be clearing snow from downtown sidewalks this winter
Who wants to send Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee a copy of Invisible Women, available from all good Canadian bookstores? 😇
GFP corner
A GFP writes with an interesting addition to last week’s Default Male of the Week reveal that not all big game hunting was done by men. The bigger default male may in fact be the emphasis on the hunting itself as the main source of nutrition. From the paper abstract:
Since early on in our history, women of our species gave birth to relatively large-brained offspring with considerable cognitive potential compared to that of other animals. Key to this development is the consumption of specific foods, which contain brain-selective nutrients such as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and trace elements including iron, iodine, copper, selenium, and zinc. Such nutrients are important for all peoples past and present. Ethnohistorical and nutritional evidence shows that edible plants and small animals, most often gathered by women, represent an abundant and accessible source of “brain foods.” This is in contrast to the “man the hunter” hypothesis where big-game hunting and meat-eating are seen as prime movers in the development of biological and behavioral traits that distinguish humans from other primates.
Or not in this case. Clearly, M&S hasn’t yet looked into the results of our YouGov poll
God bless this man who is now an adoptive GFP
And now for the other side of manhood…
Woman on internet: *talks about pockets in dresses*
Man on internet:
Haven’t been able to stop cracking up at this all week
Vote for ME!
More info on those panels…
For many years US government data has shown that women are 73% more at risk of injury and 17% more at risk of dying in an accident than men. Regulations only require cars pass safety tests that use a male crash test dummy in the driver’s seat. Car makers promote their 5 star safety ratings, but fail to say these ratings apply to the average man, not the average women. It is time to make car safety equitable for all occupants. The brilliant feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez (author of Invisible Women) will talk with Chris O'Connor, renowned crash safety technology expert, and ex US Congresswoman Susan Molinari, moderated by Kris van Cleave, CBS Transportation correspondent, about how to change the regulations that favor men, and leave 1,352 women dead and 51,071 permanently injured each year because of inequity in car safety in the US alone.
Voting ends November 20th!
  1. Go to the SXSW Panelpicker to vote:
  2. Register with your name and email
  3. Vote for our panel:
  4. Comment on WHY you think this is important.
I’m really excited about this fireside chat with Ti Chang, as she has been working in industrial design for 18 years and so has a wealth of insight into how and why male bias gets baked into the design process. Here’s the blurb for that one:
Despite representing half of the population, women are not at the table when it comes to designing products for their own experience. The industrial design industry is overwhelmingly male which results in decades of products designed without women in mind. Perhaps no one knows this better than the author of “Invisible Women,” Caroline Criado Perez.
And you can vote for it HERE! Again, make sure you vote by the 20th November and make sure you say WHY you want to see this panel!
Thanks, GFPs, you’re the best! ❤️
Win of the Week
Congratulations to Dr Sophie Mullins who managed to kill off a default male!
Dr Sophie Mullins
Look what @StravaEng did! YES! Thank you! Women no longer a sub category AND listed first if faster than the fastest man. @strava @CCriadoPerez #Kudos
Poppy pic of the week
Poor Poppy has had her nose put firmly out of joint by the appearance of a new puppy in the house – not mine, my mum’s as we are still staying with her at the moment.
Poppy in happier pre-puppy times
Poppy in happier pre-puppy times
If anyone has any advice for how to get Poppy to get on with the puppy, it would be much appreciated!
That’s it, GFPs! Until next time…don’t forget to VOTE! xoxoxo
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