“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it! Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be … [Democrats] think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication.”
This is former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, finding new and creative ways to insult women. Uncle Sam as sugar daddy? Women who use birth control can’t keep their legs together? What about women impregnated by rape***? I guess us ladies should be controlling our reproductive systems with our God-loving minds and the power of prayer, not with contraception and medicine and SCIENCE. Just keep talking, old white Republican men! Keep talking all the way up until the 2016 election. (***They’re probably sluts who were asking for it.) [Talking Points Memo]
On Monday, 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal became the first Canadian tennis player in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. That’s pretty cool, right? But what inquiring minds really want to know is what celebrity this teenager would like to date. Keep reading »
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time ever that women’s ski jumping will be a sport. Previously, women were only allowed to test the courses for the men. The International Olympic Committee has long said women were excluded from competition because the category does not have enough elite female competitors, a charge actual women ski jumpers disputed. So it is with great “Ugh”-ing and eyerolling that I point out the actual fucked-up, sexist, medically inaccurate belief that was (not officially, but still) holding women back: ski jumping is bad for the uterus. Keep reading »
Queen Forever And High Priestress Of The Universe Meryl Streep has pissed off some people. Some powerful people. You see, Meryl Streep is on Walt Disney family’s bad side about she told the audience at an awards gala that Walt Disney was a “gender bigot” who, at the very least, told a woman animator only men could do the job and also supported an anti-Semitic lobbying group.
Jesus, Meryl. Next you’re going to tell us that Tom Hanks runs a puppy mill in his basement. Keep reading »
I am a woman who is engaged to be married. But unlike lots of your friends who are busy posting photographs of their diamond engagement rings on Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my left hand.
This is because I told my fiancée many times before we got engaged that I wasn’t interested in getting an engagement ring at all, diamonds or no. There are a lot of reasons I feel this way, including my particular indifference to jewelry. “Honestly, I’d rather have an iPad,” I told him.
Diamond engagement rings are a translation of a much older sexist tradition of putting a down payment on one’s bride. This is, incidentally, still legally the case. In many states a bride-to-be can still sue her fiancée for breach of contract if he breaks off the engagement, as a Georgia woman did last year. After all, it is only women who are marked with an engagement ring as taken, suggesting that the balance of power doesn’t lie with the one who wears it. Keep reading »
“It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: ‘How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I have black girl dancers, then I’m racist.’ We know we’re not racist, and I know I’m not putting down women. People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist, but I am. I’m telling women be whoever you want to be.”
Oh Miley, Miley, Miley. Here she is in the New York Times this weekend proving she, still, so doesn’t get why people were offended that she spanked a Black woman onstage at the VMAs. I’m not entirely surprised that an ex-Disney star doesn’t have the a developed sense of racism and intersectional feminism, but I would have hoped she’d be slightly more intellectual than to think than employing black backup dancers makes her not racist.
Here’s what Miley had to say when she was asked by the Times whether her personal thinking about race changed this year: Keep reading »
Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century?
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to create workplace equality. The pay gap is narrowing and women have a better shot at high-level employment than they once did, but that doesn’t mean the playing field is level just yet. Not surprisingly, lots of young women are just as skeptical about workplace equality as their moms and grandmothers were. Keep reading »
Whoever is responsible for conceptualizing Pantene advertisements in the Philippines got it really, really right in this minute-long spot. Given that this is a commercial intended to sell haircare products, the clip almost seems out of left field in its simple, but powerful, social commentary. Consider this: Facebook COO and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg gave the commercial, which parallels a man in the workplace (“persuasive,” “boss,” “smooth”) with a woman in the same position (“pushy,” “bossy,” “show-off”), her own thumbs-up. Granted, it doesn’t do much in the way of selling consumers on haircare, but I’m willing to bet Procter & Gamble enjoys more than enough cash to put out this ad plus 10 others schilling 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. [via Fashionista]
All year long, The Frisky has blogged about representations of women and girls in the media. And what a year it was! The Onion tweeting Quvenzhane Wallis a “cunt.” The “slap Hillary Clinton” game. The music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Miley Cyrus’ everything. I could go on and on and on. Or you could watch this supercut from the folks behind the documentary “Miss Representation” of the highs and lows of women’s representations in the media in 2013. To be honest, it is reeeeally depressing when the sexism over the course of an entire year is condensed into two-second clips and presented all at once. And that’s even with me disagreeing with every single example used in this supercut. You know that ladyblogger cliche, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”? The truth is, we really haven’t. [YouTube.com/MissRepresentation]