The Short Skirt Police: Feminist Fundamentalism At PAX
Like puritanical religions, PAX -- the gaming festival -- has a dress code for women, and, uh, anyone dressed as a woman.
How far we haven't come.
Oh, and, after I tweeted the link, @Yeyoza snickered to me on Twitter about "female intrasexual competition." As I wrote in a column:
Social psychologists Roy Baumeister and Jean Twenge report that it's widely believed that men drive the "cultural suppression of female sexuality" -- which could include shaming women for how they dress. However, in reviewing the research, they make a persuasive case that it's primarily women (often without awareness of their motives) who work to "stifle each other's sexuality."
This is right in keeping with research on female competition. While men fight openly -- "Bring it! I will ruin you!" -- women take a sneakier approach. As female competition researcher Tracy Vaillancourt explains it, women fight for their interests using "indirect aggression," like gossip, mean looks, disparaging remarks, and other underhanded tactics to "reduce the mate value of a rival." Underhanded tactics? You know -- like suggesting you're selling out womankind if you wear a skirt or winged eyeliner.