5156397109_8778abc8ae_bTaped to anything “tapable” where Montgomery hits Market in SF, are tiny strips of paper advertising the “The Straight Liberation Movement.” We were not aware that straight people needed liberating, with all their attention in the media, over-abundance of marriages (so many that half our wasted on divorce) and what not. But, as the sign leads us to believe, they are still feeling suppressed. Intrigued by the sign, we decided to do some internet research. According to the very lowly research material on the internet, “Straight Liberation” is the fight against the stereotypes placed on heterosexual men and women. Although they may be straight they may not be “super-straight.”

Lets clarify through example. Even though you are a straight man, you may occasionally feel the need to get a pedicure. Clean feet are important to you, and maybe you even add some sheen to your toes with the help of a little clear nail polish. But, whoa, whoa, whoa you are NOT gay. read more »


A typical male researcher when exposed to IT.

A new study authored in part by Haas School of Business’ Waverly Ding seems to suggest that “access to information technology benefits female research scientists more than their male counterparts.”

Apparently, female researchers with access to IT saw an 18 percent boost in publications in certain institutions. “I’m not saying IT isn’t helping men; it’s positive for both,” says Ding. “However, women gain more from IT advancement in universities than men do.”

The study surveyed more than 4,000 researchers from the past 25 years. To account for the years prior to the mid-1990s, when the Internet not yet in wide use, Ding studied access to a prototypical informational technology called “BITNET.” The technology lacked email and search engines, but it did allow for researchers to connect and share information among one another. Historically, after a university installed a BITNET system, “women’s publications increased 19 percent.” There was no significant gain for men.

It begs the question: what could those male researchers possibly have been using IT for, if not strictly for research purposes? Hmm…

Closing the Gender Gap in Scientific Publishing [Haas Newsroom]
Image Source: praziquantel under Creative Commons


The Clog has just gotten wind of an event perfect for anyone still bitter about Hillary’s performance in the primaries. Tonight, March 11, at 7 p.m. in 234 Dwinelle there will be a talk held entitled “Why America Hasn’t Elected a Woman President.” (Our guess: because women only got the vote ninety years ago, and no one wants to rush things?)

Ruth Rosen, a professor emerita from UC Davis and visiting Berkeley history professor, will be speaking. The event is being sponsored by read more »

cal bears celebration

Eighty percent, motherf*ckers!

Football team’s 2002 freshmen graduated at a rate of 71 percent, up from 53 percent the year before. Keep reading for more teams and numbers. Derive from this what you will: read more »

The Clog loves women, so we’re all really excited that March, Women’s History Month, has finally arrived. Presently, the campus seems to be a flurry of activity, organizing around women’s and feminist issues.

The celebration of women’s history was originally just a week long, beginning in Sonoma County, California in 1978. But that was not enough woman for the States. (Mind you, there’s never enough woman.) By 1987, it had evolved to an entire month through Congress’s love of T&A. Feminism. We mean feminism.

The Pacific Film Archive is hosting a Women of Color film festival for the next weekish. The artists will be present at all screenings.
Saturday, March 3
7:30 – Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena
9:00 – The Devil Never Sleeps
Thursday March 8
7:30 – Gathering Strands
Saturday March 10
7:30 – Sidestepping the Eternal Repetition

Luna Fest is another film festival featuring shorts by, for and about women. The event will be held at Clark Kerr’s Krutch Theatre. It starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Admission is $4 for students.

Is that enough woman for you yet? No? We didn’t think so.

Did you read the Chron’s masterful piece “Diary of a Sex Slave”? Intrigued, perhaps? A panel has come together on campus to discuss more on sex trafficking. STOP (Sex Trafficking Obliteration Petition) starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. It will be held in Heller Lounge.

Or, you know, you could always stay home with your “girlfriend” Betsy. Just don’t get too rough with her this time. It sucks having to blow her back up.

Women of Color Film Festival 2007 [UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive]
Luna Fest 2007 [UC Berkeley Events]
STOP Panel Discussion [Facebook Event]