Saturday, April 23, 2022

Airlines Finding They Must Diversify from White Male Pilots

Piloting is stubbornly monolithic: About 95 percent of airline pilots in the U.S. today are male. Nearly as many are white.

As air travel became more popular in the 1970s and 1980s, airline advertisements almost exclusively depicted pilots as white men, implying technical competence being only found with that type of person.

Historically, the armed forces offered a less-expensive path into the field. But the military has long struggled with pilot diversity and shortages, too.  

Airlines have started to do more to diversify. United recently launched a flight school with the aim of hiring thousands of pilots in the years ahead, at least half of them women or people of color. Other carriers have launched similar initiatives, too. The goal is to staff up to meet the industry’s aspirations.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Right Wing Preying on Insecure Men

In his article "The Fascist Culture of Masculinity," Jason Sexton discusses that the Right has a history of weaponizing insecure men.

"There is no question what Tucker Carlson believes or what he wants. This 'End of Men' special is part of a larger worldview that is being peddled by the Right in order to lay the foundation for a drastic change. It is about preying upon insecure, white men and weaponizing them in order to claim power. "

In hierarchies, people on top expect to remain on top, and so is the case with many men in the United States and world. They will use any control tactics, such as violence, to stay in power.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Oregon State Professor Identifies Harmful Names at National Parks

An Oregon State University professor helped develop a new way to identify and possibly change nearly1,000 racist or derogatory names in national parks across the county.

Researchers studied 2,241 place names in 16 national parks across the United States, stretching from Acadia in Maine to volcanoes in Hawaii.

A total of 960 place names were deemed to be racist or derogatory.

Researcher Natchee Barnd pointed out that the suggested changes can be compared to ones we have seen recently amongst sports teams. 

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Monday, April 11, 2022

White Men and Their Anger

Here is a cartoon showing how the people on top feel they have the right to be angry when they don't get EVERYTHING they want, and think they deserve, from being on top of our country's hierarchies.

Disney Heir Comes Out as Trangender

Disney family member Charlee Disney has revealed to news media that they are transgender. They made this announcement at a time when the Disney company response to Florida's Parental Rights in Education law has been widely criticized. 

Charlee and their family have pledged to match Human Rights Campaign donations up to $500,000 after that organization refused a $5 million donation from Disney CEO Bob Chapek. 

Disney family member Roy P. Disney — the grandson of the company’s co-founder and great-nephew to Walt Disney — wrote, “Equality matters deeply to us, especially because our child, Charlee, is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Friday, March 11, 2022

"Don't Say Gay" Bill Harms LGBTQ and Everyone Else

 In impassioned and tearful testimony this week, Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones pleaded with his colleagues to vote against the state legislature’s controversial Parental Rights in Education bill, known to its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Like other LGBTQ+ advocates, Jones, who is the state Senate’s first openly gay member, argued that the bill, which prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity that is not “age appropriate or developmentally appropriate” for children, would likely force LGBTQ+ students further into the closet and stigmatize the experiences of people who are not heterosexual or cisgender.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

120 Women in STEM Commemorated with Statues

The Smithsonian is commemorating Women's History Month by honoring more than a hundred women who are changing the future.

The Smithsonian has unveiled a new historic exhibit featuring 120 life-size 3D statues of women who have excelled in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. 

The exhibit, at the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C., will be on display there and in select Smithsonian museums from March 5 to 27.