Posts tagged "sexism"

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

Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Ridiculed On Radio By Louisiana Senator

Speaking on a radio show this morning, Louisiana Senator David Vitter made a joke about how MSNBC host Rachel Maddow looked like a woman “a long time ago.” (Maddow is openly lesbian, wears her hair short, and favors a more masculine way of dressing.) Sen. Vitter was on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orlea…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2010

Here’s A Handy-Dandy Guide To Your State’s Wage Gap Between Men And Women

We can vote! We can make decisions about our own reproduction (sort of)! But can we get paid an equal wage for equal work? The New York Times Economix blog has a nifty map depicting the wage gap between men and women state by state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010

The Women Of “The Daily Show” Say It’s Not A Boys’ Club, Jon Stewart Is Not A Sexist Jerk

A few weeks ago, our fellow ladyblog Jezebel.com wrote a post about “The Daily Show,” in which female employees past and present say women correspondents and joke writers aren’t valued as much as men. One past female employee straight-up called it a “boys’ club”; another said the show doesn’t want the jokes and skits to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 6, 2010

Bikini-Clad Stewardesses Scrub Down A Plane In A Russian Airline Commercial

Ugh, put this as Exhibit A in your “Objectification of Women” file: a commercial for Russian airline Avianova where sexy stewardesses strip down to bikinis on the tarmac, scrub down an airplane and suggestively drip soap suds all over their boobs. The kitschy scooby-dee-dooby-doo soundtrack is the only thing that doesn’t make me…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2010

Is “Toy Story 3″ Sexist?

Toy Story 3” has been receiving nothing but praise. It’s topped the box office for two weeks in a row and has pulled in $226 million so far. Not to mention that critics are lauding it as the saving grace in a horribly blah summer movie season. But Ms. magazine is not too happy about…

By: Kelli Bender / June 28, 2010

Lingerie Football Could Be The Most Lucrative Women’s “Sport”

Apparently it’s not enough to play at Wimbledon with your bum hanging out, ladies.

Lingerie football, like puppy football, is not a real sport. But three cable networks are interested in broadcasting titillating tackles, according to Mitchell Mortaza, the Lingerie Football League’s founder. And why wouldn’t they want to broadcast it? According to the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2010
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