Posts tagged "sexism"

Arizona Teacher Makes Chivalry A Classroom Rule

Teacher Cord Ivanyi, a Latin instructor at Gilbert Classical Academy, was tired of seeing boys physically push aside girls as they rushed through the classroom door. So at the beginning of this school year, Ivanyi told his students the new classroom rules about chivalry: boys would hold doors for girls; boys would ask…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2010

Pepsi Max Commercial Makes Guys Look Sex-Crazed And Desperate

If the new reality show "Married By 30" makes women look desperate to get married, Pepsi Max's "asteroid" commercial makes men look like sad little slaves to their own d**ks. This commercial (posted on YouTube in early February) shows a group of guy friends who fake a newscaster's alert about an asteroid hitting…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Wisconsin Women Say They Were Not “Allowed To Speak” At Church Meeting

Leaders of a church meeting at St. John's Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, have been accused of not allowing women to speak during a discussion about firing the principal of the church's school. The principal, John Hartwig, was fired on Sunday; Hartwig had been vocal about his belief that women should be treated more respectfully…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2010

Study Says Catcalling Makes All Men Look Bad, Not Just The Guy Who Yelled “Great Boobs!”

Men who catcall a woman on the street cause other women bystanders to think negatively of all men in general, according to a small study at the University of Connecticut. Researchers Stephenie Chaudoir and Diane Quinn asked 114 female undergraduate students to watch one of two videos: one in which a ma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2010

Tiger Woods Returns To Golf At A Club That Refuses To Admit Women Members

When Tiger Woods returns to golf this spring in the Masters tournament, he'll be playing at the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia, which has historically discriminated against women by never admitting a female member. Nor did Augusta admit an African-American man as a club member until 19-freaking-90.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2010

What Is “Scooping”? And Why Don’t We Just Call It “Sexual Assault”?

Middle school totally blows for everyone. It's a rule. It's, like, written in the Bible or something. But I'd bet it blows a hell of a lot more when you're a 6th grader who gets groped by her classmate and both your school administrators and the media act like it's just a "schoolboy prank." That'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2010

Behold, The “Control A Woman” Remote Control Toy

Did you hear? Sexism is totally OVER! Women everywhere are paid the same as men, we're treated with the same level of respect, and we're never sexually assaulted or abused, ever. So go ahead, log on to Amazon.com and buy this hilarious "Control A Woman" toy remote control. Its buttons read sophisticated stuff, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2010

Quotable: China Requires Its First Female Astronauts To Be MARRIED

"In the selection [of astronauts], we had almost the same requirements on women candidates as those for men, but the only difference was that they must be married, as we believe married women would be more physically and psychologically mature."— Zhang Jianqi, former deputy commander of China's manned space program. Uh, how exactly? […
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 10, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Woman To Get 300 Lashes For Court Appearance Without A Man

A Saudi Arabian woman named Sawsam Salim has been sentenced to 300 lashes and one and a half years in jail for appearing in court without a male chaperone and filing complaints against government officials who harassed her for doing so. Salim first appeared in court unchaperoned in 2004 requesting to get her husband,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2010

Tonight: “Half The Sky,” NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof’s Film About Women’s Rights

We haven't read Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide yet because we're lazy, though we've heard glowing reviews about the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl Wu Dunn. Fortunately, tonight is a one-night-only film screening of a special "Half The Sky" event at hundreds of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2010

30 Annoying Things Men Assume About Women

I'll admit it's hard to complain when a waiter automatically puts the check in front of your date or when "women and children" are evacuated first from a sinking ship. But sometimes it gets really annoying when men assume certain things about women just because we're women. Sure, these assumptions may apply to some of…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 26, 2010

Why People Make Dumb Blonde Jokes: An Explanation

Researchers do all kinds of dumb studies but the latest dumb study gets kind of meta: it's about why men tell "dumb blonde" jokes. According to the journal Society, men crack wise about "dumb blondes" because they're intimidated by their perceived sexiness. You know, all those mystical, magical sexy-powers blondes keep in their…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 26, 2010

“Cougar” Ad For Air New Zealand Is Equal Parts Funny And Offensive

Off-fun-sive? Hilari-sexist? Don't mind me: I'm just trying to think up a word to describe ads that I know demean women, but I actually think are pretty funny. Take this commercial for Air New Zealand, a faux-nature documentary about "cougars" and their prey. I'd be happy if I never again heard the word…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 20, 2010

Topless Women Skydiving In Danish Commerical = Most Obnoxiously Sexy Ad Ever

Sorry, Burger King! Your esteemed "women wearing bikinis shaped like hamburger buns taking a shower" ad is not the klassiest ad ever—that distinction goes to this 2008 commercial which is truly the most obnoxiously sexy commercial on the planet. Need great online bargains on appliances? I totally get that from the scads of wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2010

Andrew From “Real World D.C.” Likes To Draw Rape-y Cartoons

Cartoonist Andrew Woods, the most irritating cast member on MTV's "Real World: D.C.," is even more unscrewable than originally thought. Amanda Hess at The Sexist ransacked his student newspaper archives and found that a bunch of Woods' cartoons are about date-raping women. Yes, rape, the most giggly of topics! Wannabe-brodawg Andrew'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2010

Are Boyfriend Jeans Another Example Of Heterosexism Running Rampant?

Over at Broadsheet, Kate Harding is irritated by boyfriend jeans. Not because she thinks they're unflattering or too expensive, but because of their "heterosexist" name. "Boyfriend" anything, really -- shirts, sweaters, jackets -- because the idea is that this oversized fashion item is like something straight out of your (male) boo's closet. She…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2010

A Cigar Won’t Bring Out The Caveman In Your Man Anymore

Oh, pervy cigar ad, how fortunate we are that you are old, so we can laugh at you. Red Lipstick And Leopard Print Lady doesn't exactly look like she "needs" to be clubbed over the head and dragged to bed, though. [AdWeek]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2010

Folgers Continues Its Reign As Most Sexist Instant Coffee Brand Ever

Folgers has a long history of creating mega sexist commercials advertising their brand of instant coffee. You can watch a ton of the vintage ads online, most of which have to do with a woman doing her wifely duty by having her husband's coffee ready first thing when he wakes up. Whatever, clearly things have…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2010

This Is An Ad For What Now?

Redtape shoes are for men who like their women the way they like their sodas: "served chilled" from a vending machine. [via Jezebel]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2009

Chinese Shopping Center Creates A Parking Lot Just For Chicks!

China either thinks its women are the crappiest drivers on earth or someone thought up the most obnoxious publicity stunt ever: a women-only parking lot with "special" features for us gals. Parking a car is so hard, guys! A shopping center in the city of Shijiazhuang features parking spaces three feet wider than normal…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2009
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