In a news conference held yesterday, Debrahlee Lorenzana, the former banker who claims she was sexually harassed, called for a state investigation into her claims against Citibank. Earlier this month, The Village Voice published an exposè on Lorenzana’s claims, including that her two male managers “starting making offhanded comments about her appearance,” specifically on her makeup, hair and clothes, and that she was instructed how to dress so as not to draw attention to herself. Lorenzana was eventually fired. Keep reading »
“Toy Story 3” has been receiving nothing but praise. It’s topped the box office for two weeks in a row and has pulled in $226 million so far. Not to mention that critics are lauding it as the saving grace in a horribly blah summer movie season. But Ms. magazine is not too happy about the movie’s success. The feminist publication recently posted an article on their blog about the sexism and negative stereotypes in the film. Natalie Wilson, who wrote the piece, admits that the kids’ movie is “fresh” and “clever,” but she also claims that it contains a few too many misogynistic and homophobic jokes for comfort. Keep reading »
According to a new study, way fewer women are having kids these days. The percentage of American women in their 40s who have never popped one out is up to 18 percent. That stat is double what it was in the ’70s. Whoa, that’s a lot of non-breeders. So what’s going on? Researchers say that this jump is caused by an easing of social pressure for women to be mothers and an increase in the quality and availability of education for women in the last 40 years. But interestingly, even though woman who are more educated are less likely to have children, the study showed that women with a master’s degree or higher are more likely to have children then they were 20 years ago. Are we thinking that this means that the work/motherhood balance is getting easier? [Newser] Keep reading »
Apparently it’s not enough to play at Wimbledon with your bum hanging out, ladies.
Lingerie football, like puppy football, is not a real sport. But three cable networks are interested in broadcasting titillating tackles, according to Mitchell Mortaza, the Lingerie Football League’s founder. And why wouldn’t they want to broadcast it? According to the Orlando Sentinel, the games have the potential, from a business perspective, to be the most lucrative women’s sport — er, “sport.” The fact the women submit head shots for the pleasure of playing in bras, panties and garter belts apparently is negligible. “The women are comfortable once they understand how they’re positioned as athletes,” Mortaza told the Orlando Sentinel. “We don’t see it being an issue.” Yeah, I bet it’s really empowering, too! [Orlando Sentinel] Keep reading »