Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world actually believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The beliefs that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the belief that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously are in support of a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to call themselves a “feminist” because of negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Keep reading »
Before this weekend, perhaps only Miss Universe Pageant fans or sports fans in Mexico had heard of Ines Sainz. But today, we know her as a beautiful sports reporter who was sexually harassed by members and staff of the New York Jets football team. Or wasn’t sexually harassed at all. Or is skeptical about whether to label what happened to her. In any case, Ines Sainz may not call what happened to her “sexual harassment,” but she did say this to The New York Post last night: “I felt very uncomfortable … Women should be treated professionally, and they deserve to be treated with respect.” Keep reading »
We’ve come a long way, baby — but if you ask Gloria Steinem, the de facto mother of modern feminism, we still have a really long way to go. Last week, Steinem, speaking to a crowd at Franklin and Marshall College, said, “I don’t know how to break it to you, but it will take another century and a half” for women to gain equality with men.
While women have made many gains, argued Steinem, the fight isn’t over — and is actually in “the second stage.” “That’s when people tell you [feminism] used to be necessary, but it’s not anymore,” she said. Keep reading »
We ladies are just all butterfingers in the workplace! Thankfully, Citi has created a helpful list of things we women are doing wrong in the office. Transgressions include: “being naive,” “smiling inappropriately” and giving “limp handshakes.” So that’s why we get paid so much less than men! It’s not the institutionalized sexism or anything! Thanks for clearing that up, guys. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
You may recognize the name Amanda Hess because she used to write The Sexist column for Washington City Paper. Not long ago, though, a new Washington, D.C.-based site, TBD, stole her away, and today Hess launched her new blog: “Amanda Hess: Sex and gender at work, in bed, and on the street.” Hess has a unique way of combining the sexual and the political, the feminist and the politically incorrect, the racy and the insightful. We recommend this lady blogger as one to keep on reading. [Amanda Hess] Keep reading »