For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal‘s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a senior editor at the technology blog TechCrunch, wrote a somewhat-snippy response called “Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men” that revealed both his frustration and defensiveness. Arrington’s position? If women aren’t becoming entreprenuers, it’s their own fault. In fact, women may have it easier launching startups, Arrington wrote, because everyone is so aware of the gender imbalance that the women may get preferential treatment. Keep reading »
You can thank the “Mad Men” episode about Pond’s Cold Cream for reminding us of an era when advertising appealed directly to a stereotyped female psyche. As Freddy says about Pond’s: “If young girls started using it, maybe they’d find a husband and they wouldn’t be so angry … if you use Pond’s you’ll get married.” We’re thinking the folks at Lanvin drew inspiration from Sterling Cooper Draper Price, as their new fragrance “Marry Me!” is anything but subtle, cutting right to the chase with its white dress-clad model and company. Ladies, buy this perfume, and your guy will propose. Gag. [Fragrantica] Keep reading »
The Cut picks this Cosmopolitan image as its “Best Story Illustration” from the August fashion magazines, but we beg to differ. Sure, the piglets are cute, but a girl eating like a pig is the message, and that doesn’t sound right. The caption on the left reads: “Keep eating like that and no one will be calling you Babe.” Agreed, no one needs to pack away an entire pizza, but all being equated to pigs makes us want to do is squeal. [The Cut] Keep reading »
On feminist blog Jezebel, contributor and former model Jenna Sauers has made criticizing American Apparel one of her key beats. Yesterday, another American Apparel post by Sauers popped up on the site, but this time with a different, more defensive angle: “The Reason We Keep Showing American Apparel Softcore.” See, most of the time Jezebel posts about American Apparel, they run one of American Apparel’s raunchy ads with it. And since Jezebel finds the sexuality in those ads offensive, it looks a little hypocritical to keep running them. So, what gives? Keep reading »
AskMen really thinks of everything. Its latest tip of the hat to womankind: a column devoted to helping men navigate the murky waters around “angry feminists.” The helpful article — written by a woman! — gives guys four simple tips for dialoguing with feminists of the pissed-off kind. Among the helpful hints: don’t claim to also be a feminist; don’t talk about sex; don’t prove her right (by being a jerk); and simply just don’t bother. Keep reading »
Sometimes I like to write in a dry style. When I do this, it’s amusing to read comments by commenters who don’t understand that I’m being sarcastic. So I hoped this op-ed which popped up in my Google alerts, “Skinny Jeans, John Wayne, And The Feminization Of America,” was also being very dry. But in fact this author, Jane Gilvary, is quite serious that men in skinny jeans are the downfall of America. How about this gem?
“… real men don’t wear skinny jeans. Real men also don’t wear V-neck tees, or accessorized scarves, and they avoid purple and pink like the plague. The mere idea of a pedicure or waxing makes a real man nauseous. If a woman hangs out with this kind of girly-man routinely, it’s only because she wants to share his wardrobe and his non-fat caramel macchiato.”
Well, menswear-as-womenswear is hot right now. Keep reading »