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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I wish I was making this up. I really do. But no. This is real (emphasis mine):
“Dear Mrs. Cain Don’t pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one. They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, ‘Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.’ We want you to be our First Lady Mrs. Cain!”
That, my friends, is a “testimonial” from “Barbara of Nipomo, California” on the brand-spanking-new Women For Herman Cain website that launched this morning.
Just makes you want to go right out and vote for Herman Cain, doesn’t it, ladies? Keep reading »
“Nicholas Stoller, director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘ and ‘Get Him To The Greek,’ says, “There’s a misogyny in audiences, a much higher bar of required likability for women stars. You need to make the actress completely adorable, or else she’ll be thought of as the straight man or the bummer — which is why I focus so carefully on trying to write fully fleshed out roles for women in my movies.” To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says “you have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do — abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry 15 minutes into the movie.”
— A profile of actress Anna Faris in The New Yorker by journalist Tad Friend became a larger thinkpiece about the “required likability for women stars,” as one director put it put it. There’s a requirement that women on film are not too threatening to male — and one would assume, as well, female — audiences. You have to wonder why that is. I’ve always said that sexism still exists in 2011, only it is a lot less blatant than in years past. But if you ever needed evidence that sexism is alive and well, there you go. (If you’re curious, I wrote a post back in 2009 on this same general topic.) [The New Yorker via AnnaHolmes.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »