Take a good look at the picture of the two men posted here. Would you want the two of them to judge your naked body? On national television? Because that’s exactly what’s happening on a new show in Denmark. TV host Thomas Blachman (the bald, pot-bellied one) and a rotating male guest (in this episode, an unkempt hairy one), openly ridicule, judge and comment on women’s naked bodies. And yes, that’s the entire point of the show. Called simply “Blachman,” the show is intended to helpfully give women an honest earful about what men truly think about their bodies.
Women, says Blachman, “‘thirst for the words of a man.” You’re thirsty right now, right? Keep reading »
Thanks, but no thanks. Yesterday, Jezebel posted an article by resident man feminist Hugo Schwyzer (who, full disclosure, contributed to The Frisky in 2010-2011 ), exalting five ways men are fighting sexism these days. Titled “Thanks, Guys: Five Ways Men Are Fighting Sexism,” Schwyzer, who teaches women’s studies classes at Pasadena City College, notes that men are undoing sexism, really! He includes the following examples: A rant video from Jay Smooth, calling out men who were bullying videogame blogger Anita Sarkeesian; the creation of a Tumblr called MenAgainstAssholesAndMisogyny; the work of performance artist Carlos Andres Gomez, who wrote a love poem called “You Are Everything,” full of ’80s references; an article in The Atlantic calling for an end to “violent masculinity”; and the movement to end the “bro hug.” While I laud any man who recognizes his internal privilege and wants to address the social and historical oppression of women, this is not what I had in mind. Keep reading »
It seems like every day another Republican politician is bloviating about the definition of rape as if he, a middle-aged man, is the true authority on the subject. As Tina Fey said so perfectly in her speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights, “If I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m going to lose my mind.” I mean, we currently live in a culture where a chart is required to keep track of which male politicians claim rape cannot cause pregnancy and which ones believe it is simply part of God’s comprehensive plan to inflict devastating sexual violence on women and populate the earth with the fruits of their rapists’ loins.
Instead of patiently explaining to these men why they have no reason, no right, and no qualifications to mansplain these serious issues to me, I’m going to take a page from their playbook and blindly, confidently, and erroneously explain a few things to them. Because obviously, as a 27-year-old woman, I am an expert on the following things… Keep reading »
Sampat Pal Devi is a mother of five and former government worker who was fed up with the high numbers of domestic violence and abuse cases in her native India. So she started a girl gang. Called the Gulabi Gang, Devi and her crew help avenge women who have been victims of violence by beating known abusers with bamboo sticks — until they repent. Keep reading »
Today In People Are Terrible, a reverend named Jesse Lee Peterson has claimed women “can’t handle stress,” “go nuts,” and “freak out” and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
In a speech for his organization, BOND, a conservative African-American group which claims to promote “Men, Families and Faith,” Rev. Peterson longed for “the good old days” when “men were tougher” and “in charge.” (Are we shocked to learn this gentleman is also a frequent guest of Sean Hannity’s on Fox News?) Why, he even calls his own grandma “crazy” — and is nostalgic for the days when men like his grandfather would “deal with it.”
You can watch Rev. Peterson’s speech, or I’ve transcribed most of his misogyny-spewing speech after the jump (with the most WTF-iest WTF parts in bold!): Keep reading »
I’ve never watched “Tosh.O,” the Comedy Central show in which Daniel Tosh offers “Soup”-style commentary on the week’s most entertaining viral videos. But I’m even less interested in watching after seeing a clip of a new segment Tosh introduced called “lightly touching women’s stomachs while they’re sitting down.” Tosh encouraged viewers to film these purposefully non-consensual gropings and post them to YouTube. “Make sure she’s aware that you are in fact feeling a roll,” Tosh explained, just incase it wasn’t abundantly clear that the purpose of this gag was to shame the woman being groped. Tosh aired a couple of his own videos as examples and, sure enough, his audience — which is mostly male — followed suit, groping, filming and uploading their own videos to YouTube. All of the videos submitted were from men, surprise, surprise.
This whole thing has gotten Tosh quite a bit of flack from the blogosphere for being, well, sexist, offensive, body-shaming, cruel, and revolting, but he’s yet to respond. Speaking of responses, any dude who tries to touch my stomach without my permission — and film it for a crappy douche like Tosh to jerk off to — is going to get a kick to the nuts. [Huffington Post]
Most everyone thinks life-sharing web platform Pinterest is primarily a tool for the ladies. But not so! Men, too, are jumping on the Pinterest wagon. But they’ve found innovative ways of using the visually-oriented tool … to objectify women. That’s right, dude-focused Pinterest categories are cropping up from male users who’ve found that the site is a great way to catalog all the women they’d like to bang.
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