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Watch Nikki DeLoach of “Awkward” And “Talk Nerdy” Host Cara Santa Maria Talk About Sexism In Hollywood

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It's Grim Out There For Actresses

Nikki DeLoach, who plays Lacey on MTV’s “Awkward,” and Cara Santa Maria of the podcast “Talk Nerdy” paid a visit to “The Rubin Report” to talk about sexism in Hollywood. The names of the highest-paid actors and actresses in the industry have been released, and even though both genders on the list are swimming in millions, there’s still a significant gap between what male and female film stars rake in. Both ladies had some pretty interesting thoughts on the matter, and Cara weighed in with this commentary:

“I worked in the sciences for a long time before I came into production and started working in front of and behind the camera, and people talk about sexism in STEM all the time – science, technology, engineering, math – and how women don’t have the opportunities that men have and how we’re really working really to push through the glass ceiling. When I got into production I thought it would be a relief…it’s almost worse in Hollywood than it is in the sciences. Women don’t have as many opportunities available to them.”

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Ladies, Get A Pap Smear To Become A Teacher In Sao Paulo, Brazil

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What does a woman’s past sexual experience have to do with her teaching skills? Just about everything! That’s why the education department in Sao Paolo, Brazil gets all up in the ladybusiness of potential female employees. According to women’s rights activists in Brazil, as cited by The Washington Post, women are required to prove their virginity via a doctor’s note or undergo a gynecological exam to test for cancer. At the direction of the Health Ministry, the education department says they want to ensure that female hires won’t be taking any longterm leaves due to health matters, because the cervix is the only place on a woman’s body where she can get sick. Stay on top of it, Sao Paolo! We wouldn’t anyone with carnal knowledge teaching our children.[Washington Post] [Image of gynecologist's office via Shutterstock]

Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lucy Coffey Is The Oldest Living Female Army Veteran

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lucy Coffey Is The Oldest Living Female Army Veteran

At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey is the United States’ oldest living female military veteran. Coffey was an accountant-statistician and served in the procurement office through the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. With 150,000 members during the war, the WAC was the first group of women besides nurses to be members of the Army. When she enlisted in 1943 around age 37, Coffey had already been turned away from the military several times for being too short or slim. Throughout the war, she served in Australia, Dutch New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Keep reading »

Baseball Player Mo’Ne Davis Led Her All-Male Little League Team To The World Series

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"They See My Fastball And They Get Kind Of Scared"

Mo’Ne Davis, a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, led her Little League baseball team to the World Series by striking out six batters on Sunday with her amazing pitching skills. Her fellow players are male, and she’ll be only the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series, which will take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Davis, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association, can pitch a 70-mph fastball.

Girls have only been allowed to participate in the Little League World Series since 1974. Just one other girl will play in this year’s Series, Emma March of Canada’s South Vancouver league. This is the third time two girls have played in the Series at once, and both March and Davis will make their first showing at the World Series this Friday on ESPN. Keep reading »

Lesbian City Council Member Gets Harassed By Her Constituents

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  • “I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.” That’s a man speaking to Jovanka Beckles, the vice mayor of the Richmond City Council in California’s Bay Area. She’s the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman and damn, does she put up with some shit. A fellow councilman (who also says that Beckles is not really Black) said none of the weekly harassment is meant to be homophobic, but that she “takes [the harassment] in a homophobic way.” It’s really her own fault, you see. [San Francisco Gate via Queerty]

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