Posts tagged "sexism"

Mommie Dearest: The “Mommy” Problem

“Mommy!” Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend, Heather Havrilesky (who writes the awesome advice column Dear Polly, BTW) addressed this dichotomy for the New York Times Sunday Review in her piece, “Our

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 11, 2014

The Soapbox: Let’s Cockblock Julien Blanc & The Other PUA Creeps From Real Social Dynamics

Hey losers, I know you have copied my look with the carefully groomed hipster beard and the t-shirt and manufactured rips in my jeans, but you’re not me. You don’t have the balls to be me. You also don’t have what it takes to get as much pussy as I do, so I am going…

By: Pamela Stewart / November 10, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. Thinks Feminism Is “Make Believe”

I don’t know why I’m surprised. This is coming from a guy who became one of the highest paid actors in the world by regularly being rewarded for being a hypocrite. Life’s not going to be fun for his baby daughter, huh? [Crushable]
Gabrielle Union spoke out in the December issue of Cosmopolitan about her…

By: Claire Hannum / November 7, 2014

Female Actors Fight Back: “Some Lady Parts” Tumblr Documents Sexist Casting Calls

Actor Katrina Day has collected a series of sexist casting breakdowns for her not-haha-funny new Tumblr Some Lady Parts. Some of these notices read like Craigslist personal ads: “Seeking: Hot Blonde girl … Blonde hair …. classic hot girl.” Others aim for highbrow, but end up unrealistic and porn-y: “Seeking: Ultimate fantasy woman of a…

By: Leah Prinzivalli / November 7, 2014

Why Dudes Don’t Greet Other Dudes

After that NYC catcalling video went viral online, some men (not all men!) were upset, not because they were trying to defend their right to shout “nice tits” at a random woman, but because even non-sexual comments were being defined as harassment. For instance, Michael Che, co-host of “Saturday Night Live”’s Weekend Update, wrote on Facebook,…

By: Miri Mogilevsky / November 7, 2014

Victoria’s Secret Should Probably Get On Board With Body Positivity One Of These Days

Victoria’s Secret launched an ad campaign in the UK with the words ‘The Perfect “Body”’ plastered over a lineup of the tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, Photoshopped Angels. I shouldn’t have to say so, but I will spell out that the ad implies that the perfect body is tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, and Photoshopped, which is a standard…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 31, 2014

“Talking While Female” Explores Why High-Pitched Female Voices Are Stereotyped

This video by NPR takes a look at the sense of credibility that comes along with a lower, more “solid” sounding voice and where that stereotype leaves women with higher-pitched voices. What about when they try to change the sound of their voice? Is it a lose-lose situation?

By: Claire Hannum / October 31, 2014

An Open Letter About The Racist Undertones Of That Viral Street Harassment Video

Dear Hollaback & Rob Bliss Creative,

I have watched your collaborative video depicting the menacing street harassment of a young, white woman as she casually walked through the streets of New York. You captured dozens of men making unwarranted comments — some more “innocent” than others — as well as the incredibly uncomfortable…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 31, 2014

Gene Simmons Proudly Tells Women To “Stop Depending On Men,” Womankind Collectively Rolls Eyes

In promoting his new book (which I am too irritated to even link to) on Fox News’ “Trending With Tantaros,” KISS frontman Gene Simmons proclaimed that we ladies need to stop leeching off our men because so many dudes walk out anyway, and that we should just actively plan for abandonment instead. Gene, what’s the deal…

By: Claire Hannum / October 27, 2014

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 27, 2014

Frisky Rant: Stop Telling Me Not To Be Rude, Asshole

Yesterday, at the farmer’s market, I encountered a man starring at me all googly-eyed and weird, who then sidled up next to me and said, all breathily, “Excuse me, what’s your name?” My instinct was to say “My name is Fuck Off And Die You Fucking Prick,” but I was so caught off-guard by a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 23, 2014

Fox Anchor: Young Women Serving On Juries Is A Bad Idea Because They “Don’t Get It”

Kimberly Guilfoyle and her co-hosts on “The Five” decided on Tuesday’s edition of the show that young women are just too out of it to be functional members of society. They argued that most people become conservatives as they get older, and that young women start as liberals until they marry and gain enough “life experience”…

By: Claire Hannum / October 23, 2014

New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate]
Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot]
Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic]
A…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 22, 2014

Watch These Little Princesses Fight Sexism With F-Bombs

FCKH8 put together this amazing video of little girls summing up the women’s equality movement more succinctly than any grown-up ever could. After all, it’s their future we’re so worried about, right? The video highlights their T-shirt fundraiser, which goes toward supporting anti-sexism organizations and funding FCKH8 to keep pushing activist causes forward. I am head…

By: Claire Hannum / October 22, 2014

Frisky Rant: STFU About Renee Zellweger’s Face

Judging by the amount of venom I’ve seen being spewed at RZ in the past 24 hours, you would think that her face was the cause of death for 1,000 children. I think I also heard about 1,000 iterations of “SHE RUINED HER FAAAAAAACE.” And this is without even paying attention to much besides social…

By: Katrin Higher / October 22, 2014

Taylor Swift: Criticizing Her For Writing About Exes Is Sexist

“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it. And then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing…

By: Claire Hannum / October 21, 2014

Snoop Dogg Is Dissing Iggy Azalea On Instagram And Neither One Of Them Is Worth Defending

Snoop Dogg (Lion?) has been taking to Instagram this week to rip on Iggy Azalea’s looks, call her a bitch and a cunt, and try to feed into the rumors about a fight between Azalea and Nicki Minaj. Snoop’s been repeatedly comparing her looks to Marlon Wayans’ character in “White Chicks” and put up a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

A #GamerGate Reading List To Catch You Up On The Violent And Deceptive Nature Of The Movement

It’s been two months, and just when it seemed like #GamerGate might be waning off, participants in the movement — essentially a bunch of hardcore gaming “purists” losing their shit over criticisms of rampant misogyny in the gaming community and in games themselves — threatened developer Brianna Wu out of her house and forced writer/critic/vlogger…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

Girl-Powered Toy Company Goldieblox Will Get Its Own Float In The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

GoldieBlox, the kickass toy company that encourages young girls to explore engineering and other STEM fields, will have a float in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. “The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine” float will look like a life-sized GoldieBlox toy and use “kid power” to make pinwheels, parachutes and other components move. Goldie, the company’s girl inventor mascot,…

By: Claire Hannum / October 10, 2014

The Womansplainer Will Explain Feminism To Sexist Dudes

Sick of explaining misogyny to dismissive, confused dudes? For a fee, The Womansplainer will explain feminism to you in varying levels of detail. Artist Elizabeth Simins launched the site to provide “consulting for men who have better things to do than educate themselves about feminism.” She came up with the idea when she grew sick of…

By: Claire Hannum / October 9, 2014
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