Posts tagged "sexism"

What Do We Think Of Hot Men Undressing To Sell Maxi Pads?

We ladies don’t get too much eye candy in TV commercials. The advertising motto “sex sells” seems only to apply to fake breasts selling body spray and beer. But all that is changed by Stayfree’s new series of YouTube commercials, “A Date With …” Three hunks who take off their shirts, three dream…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2010

Where Are The Ladies At? 18 Reasons Your Company Might Be A Sausagefest

For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal’s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2010

US Open Tennis Players Get Goddess-Like For The NY Times

One great thing about the end of summer is that it’s US Open time! Fans are getting stoked for the tennis tournament that starts today, particularly here in New York City, where the games are just a train ride away. As part of a larger feature on women’s tennis, and to get everyone revved up,…

By: Joanne Hinkel / August 30, 2010

Today’s Lady News: McEnroe Makes A Bad Call On Female Tennis Players

Tennis legend John McEnroe said in a CBS conference call that female tennis players just might not be up to the challenges of the game: “I think that it’s asking too much of the women. They shouldn’t be playing as many events as the men. … You shouldn’t push them to play more tha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Huffington Post Taken To Task For Sexist Content

I love this Bitch magazine video, “The Huffington Post’s Sexist Link Bait Strategy,” by Anita Sarkeesian — and not just because my study for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting about the lack of female bloggers on HuffPost’s front page is quoted in it. She asks why the site calls itself liberal and progressive…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 25, 2010

If Jezebel Finds American Apparel Ads So Offensive, Why Does It Keep Publishing Them?

On feminist blog Jezebel, contributor and former model Jenna Sauers has made criticizing American Apparel one of her key beats. Yesterday, another American Apparel post by Sauers popped up on the site, but this time with a different, more defensive angle: “The Reason We Keep Showing American Apparel Softcore.” See, most of the time Jezebel…

By: Susannah Breslin / August 25, 2010

Girls In LEGO-land Are Either A Cheerleader Or A Nurse

Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures &#8212…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2010

Why Perez Hilton Should Not Be On Nickelodeon

Perez Hilton is on the shortlist of awful human beings that I don’t want exposed to my future children. So why, oh why would the kids’ channel Nickelodeon invite the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media to guest star on one of its shows? Perez announced that on Friday, August 27th, at 8 p.m., he’ll have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2010

Cute Or Offensive? Tool Belt Diaper Bag For New Dads

So what do we think of this Daddy’s Little Project Diaper Bag? It is designed to look like a tool belt, with a ton of pockets, and comes with blueprints on how to change a diaper.

Now, a diaper bag is just a bag you put diapers in, so clearly this is all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2010

Democratic Women Will Raise Your Taxes AND They’re Ugly

This is pretty terrible: The Republican Party’s website for a state Senate race in Minnesota published this YouTube video of “hot” GOP women like Sarah Palin set to the song “She’s A Lady” and then “ugly” liberal women like Hillary Clinton set to “Who Let The Dogs Out?”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2010

Quotable: January Jones Thinks Sexism Is Just Less “Gentlemanly” Now

“I don’t think we’ve come very far. At least they were gentlemen back then. They might say something s**ty behind your back, but at least they opened the door.”January Jones on the sexism depicted in her show, “Mad Men,” and whether men of today are really any different in Tatler magazine. Do you agree?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 12, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Xbox Support Assumes Woman’s Game System Is Her Son’s

A woman recently contacted Xbox support about downgrading her account and the customer support sent a reply which read, “As I understand, when your son tries to sign in to Xbox LIVE, [redacted] … I know how disappointing it is when your son cannot enjoy the Xbox Live service due to this matter.” Trouble…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2010

Leaving The Country? Saudi Arabia May Text Message Your Male Guardian

Imagine if every time you left the country — for a vacation, for college, for a new job — you needed permission from your father, brother or husband.

That’s the story of Saudi Arabian women’s lives: women have male guardians (“mahrams”) who must go through a bureaucratic process to grant them permission to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2010

Here She Comes, Italy’s 375-Pound “Miss Chubby” Beauty Pageant Winner

Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.

But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Mi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 3, 2010

Frisky Rant: “Mad Men” Is Making Advertisers Comfortable With Sexism Again

Maybe it was because last night’s episode of “Mad Men” was a little slow—my brain couldn’t process that it was Christmas time—but I found myself actually paying attention to the commercials. Yes, commercials are always annoying, but last night’s were particularly so. I couldn’t help but be especially irked by the blatant sexism in the…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 2, 2010

Today’s Lady News: California Voters Polled On Female Politicians’ Hair

Pollster firm Public Policy Polling actually asked registered California voters whose hair they prefer more, Senator Barbara Boxer or her challenger, Carly Fiorina. Ugh. [Gawker]
Riot police in Cambodia beat female sweatshop workers when 3,000 of them went on strike yesterday. At least nine women were injured in the melee. The women work at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2010

Colorado Candidate Says Vote For Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

Politicians and stupid remarks go together like 90-degree days and Frappucinos. But you’d hope that in 2010, politicians would know better than to sling mud about each other’s gender. Recently, Jane Norton, a U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, made the sexist comment that her opponent, Ken Buck, was not “man enough” to criticize her himself…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2010

What The Hell Is “Breast Ironing”?

Hold on to your girls before you read this, ladies.

There is a practice called “breast ironing” in the African country of Cameroon, a practice which involves flattening a girl’s growing breasts with hot stones to prevent her nipples from being firm and “enticing men.” The news network CurrentTV filmed a short documentary

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2010

Big Boobs Will Get You Raped, And Other Lessons From The Mel Gibson Playbook

We know Mel Gibson likes beavers. But the star has a terribly sexist attitude towards other ladyparts — breasts, to be exact.

A week ago we were all shocked and appalled by an audiotape in which Mel allegedly screamed at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, “You look like a f**king pig in heat and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2010

Quotable: Jon Hamm Reflects On Sexism Now Versus In The ’60s

“There’s a cordialness that men had when dealing with the opposite sex, even when they were being blatantly sexist. It’s a weird conundrum. But that’s been replaced with men treating women like absolute garbage.”

Jon Hamm once again proves that he is one of the greatest specimens on planet earth and calls out me…

By: Kelli Bender / July 21, 2010
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