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Fox News Host Megyn Kelly Believes In (White) Santa Claus

Fox News Host Megyn Kelly Believes In (White) Santa Claus
"Santa just is white."

Earlier this week, Slate.com columnist Aisha Harris wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece arguing that Santa Claus needed a makeover. Instead of always being depicted as a jolly, fat, white man, Santa Claus should be a penguin. Harris wrote about growing up as a Black child and seeing two versions of Santa — on TV and at school, Santa was white, but at home, the Santa who decorated her house (and delivered presents) at Christmastime was Black, just like her. Harris described how this omnipresent white figure made her feel as a child:

I remember feeling slightly ashamed that our black Santa wasn’t the “real thing.” Because when you’re a kid and you’re inundated with the imagery of a pale seasonal visitor—and you notice that even some black families decorate their houses with white Santas—you’re likely to accept the consensus view, despite your parents’ noble intentions.

Depicting Santa as an animal, Harris argued, “could spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood.” She continued: Keep reading »

Pool Accommodates Muslim Women, Fox News Frets About Sharia Law

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  • Fox News has predictably idiotic things to say about a Midwestern swimming facility that will accommodate Muslim women by closing the pool to men for one-hour per day. SHARIA LAW IS COMING FOR US ALL! [Think Progress]
  • MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote up the consummate readers’ syllabus on Black feminism. [MSNBC]
  • Also, this weekend, Harris-Perry read an open letter to Angela Corey, the Florida State Attorney responsible for putting Marissa Alexander in jail. Alexander fired a gun into the air when she was being attacked by her abusive ex-husband — for this, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alexander was released on bond in time for Thanksgiving and is awaiting a new trial. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Fox News Guest On Maryville Rape Victim: “There Are Telltale Signs This Girl Is Actually Lying”

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“There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up. But when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught by her mom, she’s embarrassed and the easy way out here is, ‘Mom, someone took advantage of me.’ But what did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out? I’m not saying — assuming that these facts are accurate and this did happen — I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but knowing the facts as we do here including what the prosecutor has set forth, this case is going nowhere and it’s going nowhere quick.”

This is Fox News (of course) guest Joseph DiBenedetto, an attorney, sharing his totally reasonable opinion that the Maryville rape victim Daisy Coleman  — and presumably her friend Paige Pankhurst, too — are going on national news shows like CNN and Al-Jazeera claiming they were “raped” because they don’t want to get grounded for drinking and sneaking out one night. That’s the same thing that I used to do when I got caught sneaking out! Cry rape and do interviews with Erin Burnett! Lying outside on the front lawn overnight in the January freeze for added effect? Good one, Daisy. You sure pulled the wool over my eyes. Injuring herself around the genitalia was another pro move for authenticity.

SIGH. [Raw Story]

Fox News Outdoes Itself With Crappiness, Uses “Dude Looks Like A Lady” For Chelsea Manning Story

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Fox News Outdoes Itself With Crappiness, Uses "Dude Looks Like A Lady" For Chelsea Manning Story
Rally Fox News? Really?

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised when Fox News does something terrible. And indeed, my general response to their ridiculous antics and rightwing pandering is to just sigh and roll my eyes. But this? The network using Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady” as the background and outro music for a story on Bradley Manning’s transformation into Chelsea Manning? Well, that’s so blatantly juvenile, the kind of move a bratty middle-schooler would make in order to assuage his own uncomfortable feelings about his sexuality, that we had to call them out on it.

This isn’t the first time the “fair and balanced” network has flubbed up its coverage of trans issues. Earlier this year, they used a photo of Mrs. Doubtfire to illustrate a story on transgender health coverage. Stay classy, Fox News. Stay classy. [Mediaite]

Megyn Kelly Opens A Can Of Whoop-Ass On Judgy-Wudgy Fox News Guest

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Preach It, Sister
  • Watch Fox News’ Megyn Kelly decimate her pompous blowhard guest, who is judgmentally arguing that stay-at-home-moms are “better” for all kids. Erick Erickson is the editor of a conservative website who wrote a piece — in response to a Pew report this week that 40 percent of moms are family breadwinners [second item] — which Kelly rightfully found “offensive.” Erickson argued that moms working outside the home are against science and harmful to kids; a full report on the sexist drivel is here at Media Matters.  The way Kelly hands him his classist, sexist ass on a silver platter is glorious. [Huffington Post]
  • Three US Navy football players are under investigation for alleged sexual assault. [US News & World Reports]
  • NYMag.com’s Ann Friedman on why powerful women make the greatest friends. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Feministing’s Zerlina Maxwell Challenges Sean Hannity About Teaching Men Not To Rape

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Zerlina Speaks Out!

Feministing blogger Zerlina Maxwell is a survivor of rape. Last week, Maxwell appeared with Sean Hannity on Fox News and what she said on the show generated some racist, misogynist comments and both rape threats and death threats. Her “controversial” comment? She said, “I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there with prevention.”

That’s not OK to say, apparently: it poked the hornet’s nest of our society’s long held, deeply flawed ideas about rape as well as squeamish attitudes when it comes to discussing it.

Zerlina Maxwell, we at The Frisky stand with you.  Men should be taught not to rape. Here are three misconceptions about rape that she schooled Sean Hannity and his viewers on in the exchange: Keep reading »

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