Posts tagged "sexism"

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

Gloria Steinem (Almost) Drops The S-Bomb Talking Reality TV With Katie Couric

Uh oh. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some choice words — actually, just one four-letter word — for CBS’ Katie Couric about reality TV.

Steinem says dating shows like “The Bachelor” are “incredibly stupid” and “what is most offensive about them is it’s not equal opportunity stupidity.” Couric points out that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2010

Seattle Man Forced His Pregnant Teen Girlfriend To Sign “Abuse Contract”

What kind of nonsense is this? Police in Seattle say Graydon Smith, 31, had an “abuse contract” with his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend, stipulating he could beat her anywhere on her body “except on her pregnant belly.” Sick.

The police were called to Smith’s parents’ home on April 28 after the girlfriend reported he’d…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2010

Quotable: Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Watch Zac Efron Movies For The Acting

“Girls are immediately going to say, ‘Oh, she’s trying to sell sex.’ Well, I love Zac Efron, but what’s he selling? He’s gorgeous, he’s hot, [but] I don’t go see his movie because I’m like, ‘He’s such a fantastic actor.’ He’s a great actor, but he’s hot. He’s just not in a leotard with hi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2010

“Hey Baby”: Women Kill Men Who Sexually Harass Them In New Video Game

Riddle me this: are the people who design video games all messed up and demented? A new video game called “Hey Baby” lets a female avatar run around with a gun, shooting men who sexually harass her with the usual obnoxious crap, like “You know you want it!” and “I love you!” Whe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2010

Why Is Hockey Player Chris Pronger Wearing A Skirt?

This was how Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Chris Pronger appeared in a poster from Tuesday’s print issue of The Chicago Tribune. He was Photoshopped to wear a woman’s skirt (or figure skating outfit?), with the caption “Chrissy Pronger: Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane.”

I guess comparing a manly-man hockey dude to a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2010

Too Sexy For Citibank? Pretty Female Banker Sues

The Village Voice has chronicled the long, depressing tale of Debrahlee Lorenzana, an ex-banker for Citibank who is now suing her former employer. It is the story of a gorgeous woman (a single mother who worked long hours climbing up the corporate ladder) who seems to have been hired by a group of men to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2010

British Sexual Harassment PSA Tells Men To Stop Being Gross

I wish America would show stuff like this on television: the Welsh government in the U.K. has released a PSA about sexual harassment. It outlines all the ways dudes think they’re being really suave when they’re actually being totally douchey. I really like that the message isn’t just a blanket “sexual harassment i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Scientists Ban Women From Mock Mission To Mars

Russian scientists have banned women from a mock mission to Mars. They don’t want the women to create “sexual tension” during the 18 months they are locked in a capsule. Because, you know, an all-male group won’t have any sexual tension at all. [Daily Mail UK]
Constance McMillen, the lesbian Mississippi high schooler who sued…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2010

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of The “I Hate Females Who …” Twitter Trending Topic

As soon as Amelia told me “I hate females who …” had become a trending topic on Twitter, I knew no good could come of this: Yes, let’s list all the things we hate about the way women look and behave, because the mainstream media isn’t doing that enough!

But it was actually a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2010

Urban Outfitters Wants Dads To Protect Sacred Female Virginity

Need a gift for your dad for Father’s Day? Good luck with that, because I’m certainly not going to suggest you buy Pops…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 28, 2010

Quotable: Radio Host Believes “In Keeping Wives Under Control”

Caller: Dr. Williams, how the heck are you? My wife just came in and made me lunch after she was mowing the yard.
Walter E. Williams: “Good, good. You have her under control.”
Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Williams: “I guess you’ve learned a lot from me.”
Caller: “I’ve been listening to you for a long…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Rabbi Bans Women From Running In Local Elections

The chief rabbi of the Elon Moreh settlement in the West Bank has banned women from running in local elections, writing in a newspaper that they can be represented through their husbands. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon wrote his decree in response to a young woman who wished to run for the office of local secretary. [BBC]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 26, 2010

Sex With Older Men For Gifts And Money? Vanity Fair’s Sugar Baby Couldn’t Go Through With It

Writer Melanie Berliet wanted to take the plunge, quit her day job, and pursue freelance writing full-time. No steady paycheck, no health insurance, no safety net. So Berliet joined SeekingArrangements.com, a site which pairs young, female 20-something “sugar babies” with rich, older, male “sugar daddies” for a relationship based on gifts, including luxury items and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 26, 2010

“What Would You Do?” Sees How Strangers React To An Abusive Relationship

Warning: this clip from a new ABC TV show called “What Would You Do?” is hard to watch, even though I know the “abusive boyfriend” and the “abused girlfriend” are only actors.

On four different occasions, “What Would You Do?” filmed diners at a restaurant watching two “couples” — one white,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2010

Bonetown: “The World’s First Action-Adventure Porno Video Game”

OK, makers of “Bonetown,” you win: we will draw more attention to your racist, sexist, morally depraved video game by writing about it.

“Bonetown” touts itself as “the world’s first action adventure porno video game,” but it’s more like thoughts from the internet’s most ignorant trolls set to animation. You know, the troll…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2010
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