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1 In 3 Women Has Been Sexually Harassed At Work

I was sitting in a closed-door meeting at one of my former places of employment. Out of the five people in the conference room, I was the only woman. I remember because I felt invisible—the only reason I was invited was to take notes. I sat there silently as the guys began to make jokes about landing a new account by “performing oral sex on the hot, 60-year-old woman” who managed the account. I won’t share the details but believe me, they were graphic, gross, and offensive. When I got up and walked out of the conference room, I hardly think they noticed. They were laughing hysterically and slapping each other high-fives. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Houston Might Elect A Lesbian Mayor!

  • Who would have thought the largest American city to (hopefully) elect an openly gay woman as mayor would be Houston, Texas? Cross your fingers for Annise Parker, a Democratic Houston City Controller and a lesbian, in the election this weekend. Parker has a small lead in the polls but is struggling against homophobia. One anti-gay activist sent out 35,000 mailers with a photo of Parker that says, “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?” [The Daily Beast]
  • Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick has appointed the state’s first-ever female Superintendent of State Police. Hopefully, Marian J. McGovern can keep those Ma**-holes in line! [The Boston Globe]

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Kudos To Burger King, For That Whopper Of A Creepy Ad!

Burger King in the UK just debuted the creepiest new ad—it’s called “Shower Cam” and it’s a bizarre union of voyeurism and breakfast sandwiches. Any guy who certifies his age as 18+ can watch a sexy young woman disrobe and “shake her bits to the hits,” i.e. take a shower while warbling off-key to a song like “Love Machine.” It’s tag line is “The World’s First Guilt Free Shower Cam”—a rather creepy headline if you consider all the videos that were taped of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews naked, without her knowledge. The only thing that’s remotely funny about it all is how the woman’s bikini top is shaped like hamburger buns. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Scenes From A Sarah Palin Book Signing

  • Blogger Amanda Hess at The Sexist braved the snow outside at Sarah Palin‘s Going Rogue book signing in Fairfax, Virginia, to ask all the ladies waiting in line what the ex-guv means for women and feminism. Typical quotes? “[Palin] presents herself feminine…The impression is that feminists are women who don’t like to value their feminine qualities, and they like to put it down and be like a man, and I don’t think that’s appropriate for women. I kind of like her in that regard, that she’s sort of celebrating her womanhood as well.” [The Sexist]
  • Jon Stewart called out “Fox & Friends” co-host, Gretchen Carlson, for pretending to be a dumb blonde on-air by looking up the definition of difficult polysyllabic words like “ignoramus,” “recession” and “czar.” Carlson’s not an ignoramus, though, because she was actually valedictorian of her high school and attended Stanford, though. Ugh, I hate when women play the ditz card. [Jezebel]

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Today’s Lady News: Method’s Sexual Harassment Soap Suds Commercial Gets Pulled

  • Remember that skeevy soap commercial for Method where a woman gets cat-called in the shower by a bunch of bubbles? Well, Method allegedly pulled it offline after viewers complained, although it’s obviously still here. Anyway, this angered some advertising blogger who insists sexual harassment jokes are hilarious. Steve Hall, a blogger for AdRants, penned a post in which he said, ” … feminist blogging should be outlawed.” Banging my head against the wall. [AdRants] Strategy here? Notice the opposite sex’s outrage over something you yourself have never experienced, counter the outrage with a preposterous and attention-getting statement! Mix well and serve.

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Today’s Lady News: Cops Come To Target Over A Breastfeeding Mom

  • Boobs splashed on the cover of Cosmo? Check! Boobs flopping around in shows like “The Girls Next Door” or movies like “The House Bunny”? Boobs feeding a hungry infant? OUTRAGE! Cops in Harper Woods, Michigan, responded to the scene of a ghastly breastfeeding-mother incident at a local Target. New mom Mary Martinez had been stopped by a security guard while feeding her 4-week-old girl. The security guard said breastfeeding in public was against the law; Martinez and her husband said (correctly) that it wasn’t. The police were called and set the security guard straight. Still, Martinez and her husband left the store embarrassed. “They just made a spectacle and a scene,” Martinez complained. [My Fox Detroit]—Thankfully, Target spoke out to say that nursing moms are, of course, welcome at their stores. Here’s hoping this dumb security guard got fired.

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Girls Can Be Electricians Too, At Rosie The Riveter High

Here’s a new idea for boosting women in the workplace: teach them to do traditionally male jobs. That’s exactly what’s happening at Rosie the Riveter High School in Long Beach, California, the first trade school geared toward women. The founder of the school, Lynn Shaw, a former miner, steelworker and longshoreman with a doctorate in electrical engineering, was tired of being the only woman in all of her traditionally male jobs. This imbalance in the workplace inspired her to try to make a change, especially when she did some research and discovered that “women in nontraditional jobs earn 20 per cent to 40 percent more than women in what are considered ‘traditional’ women’s jobs.” Wow. So lady plumbers are making bank these days, huh? Keep reading »

Female Bloggers Ask, Is Taylor Swift Bad For Women?

Let me start off by saying a few things: I’m a feminist; I love Taylor Swift; and I also respect the minds of bloggers Kate Harding of Broadsheet and Amanda Hess of The Sexist.

But I really disagree with both of them, as well as with Sady Doyle on Bitch magazine’s She Pop blog, about Taylor Swift, specifically how detrimental it supposedly is that Swift’s songs “reinforce some not-so-woman-friendly stereotypes in extremely annoying ways,” as Harding wrote.

I know. Heavy stuff for a Monday. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: France Suggests Forcing Quotas For Women In The Board Room

  • France has introduced legislation to bring 50/50 gender parity to French board rooms by 2015. All companies listed on the French stock exchange would be required to stock their boards with 50 percent women. The affirmative action-like plan would begin with women on 20 percent of board seats in 18 months and 40 percent of board seats within four years. Presently, women comprise only 10.5 percent of board members in companies listed on the French stock exchange. Norway enacted similar legislation in 2003. [Guardian UK]—I love this idea of diversifying talent by overcoming institutional obstacles with quotas. And by way of comparison, the percentage of female board members on U.S. Fortune 500 companies—considering it is the year 2009—is a paltry 15.2 percent. What do you think?
  • Hooray! There are lots of women on The New York Times‘ “Best Books of 2009″ list! Do you think the diverse offerings are helped by the fact that two of the Times‘ three daily book reviewers, Janet Maslin and Michiko Kakutani, are women? [New York Times]

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Doctors Without Borders Gives Voice To Congo War Survivors


Doctors without Borders, the organization that goes to war zones and the forgotten ends of the earth to treat anyone who needs care, is bringing good of a different kind to the people they serve. A few years ago, NBC’s “ER” gave voices to fictional doctors and patients in Darfur, and now the real doctors are offering a voice to the people of the Congo. War has ravaged that country for nearly a decade, bringing with it poverty, cruelty, and disease. It’s been especially brutal for women, because child soldiers and career soldiers alike used rape as a weapon against the women. It was an event so big and awful, it’s been hard to see. That’s why Doctors Without Borders started Condition: Critical, a website which allows people to speak out about their experiences and for the rest of us to communicate back with our support. Keep reading »

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