Posts tagged "sexism"

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 hair!

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…

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’s oeuvre damn near entirely…

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 writes:Never mind…

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 thing…

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 tha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas, Here Are Nude Photos Of Sarah Palin

There’s nothing I hate more than when Sarah Palin has a point. So thank you, Zazzle.com, for validating her complaints about sexism with these belittling Christmas cards.

One has a little boy telling Santa he wants “Peace on Earth, an end to war and some nude pics of Palin” (after the jump); the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2009

Kudos To Burger King, For That Whopper Of A Creepy Ad!

Burger King in the UK just debuted the creepiest new ad—it’s called “Shower Cam” and it’s a bizarre union of voyeurism and breakfast sandwiches. Any guy who certifies his age as 18+ can watch a sexy young woman disrobe and “shake her bits to the hits,” i.e. take a shower while warbling off-key to a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 10, 2009

“Cheetahs,” The New Dumbass Label For “Older” Women Who Date

Apparently unaware that women of all ages have always enjoyed robust sex lives, The New York Observer introduces us to “cheetahs.” What’s a cheetah, you ask? They are 30-something single women — the younger nieces of the 40-something-and-up “cougars” — who are so desperate for sex and affection that they’ll prowl the bars, waiting to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2009

Why Women Should Be Concerned About Men’s Rights Groups

We write often about domestic abuse issues here on The Frisky and the discussions get quite heated. Those of you readers who get very passionate about the subject absolutely must read the story “Men’s Rights’ Groups Have Become Frighteningly Effective” by journalist Kathryn Joyce on Double X, about the rise of the “men’s movement.” Many…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 6, 2009

Today’s Lady News: 2009 Best Books List Has Zero Women Authors On It

The magazine Publisher’s Weekly compiled its annual list of the year’s best books and it has zero women on it. Zilch! WTF? Tell us the names of incredible books written by women in 2009 that you’ve read in the comments. [New York Times]
Meet Margarita Vargas, an 18-year-old girl and the one decent human being…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2009

Woman Who Wrote For Letterman’s Show Says Workplace Flirting Was “Hostile”

David Letterman, we haven’t forgotten about you and your staff member-diddling ways! Nell Scovell, the second female ever hired to write for “Late Night with David Letterman” recently penned a piece for Vanity Fair‘s website alleging that sex between high-level male and lower-level female staffers led to a “hostile” work environment:

“Without naming name…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2009

Abercrombie & Fitch T-Shirts Shock And Offend — Again!

Hey, big news! Abercrombie & Fitch has a few T-shirts in its “New College” line that are, like, way sexual and sexist and not particularly funny. (The shirts above say “Show the Twins,” “Female Students Wanted for Sexual Research,”and “Female streaking encouraged.”) And people are mad about it! The American Family Association (AFA), a religiou…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 11, 2009

Film Version Of Tucker Max’s “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” Does Not Thrill College Women’s Center

You’ve probably heard of Tucker Max, blogger and author of the memoir I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, who regaled the bestseller list with stories of sex with many, many women and excessive drinking. (The charming cover illustration is of a man holding a beer bottle and pointing to a blonde chick,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 26, 2009

No Sex For The Husband? No Food For The Wife, Says Afghan Law

A new law in Afghanistan permits men who are Shia Muslims to deny food for their wives if she won’t satisfy his sexual longings. According to the Guardian, the law states:”Tamkeen is the readiness of the wife to submit to her husband’s reasonable sexual enjoyment, and her prohibition from going out of the house, except…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2009

“Save The Whales” PETA Billboard Tells Women “Lose The Blubber: Go Vegetarian”

A PETA billboard in Jacksonville, FL, calls larger women “whales” and urges them to “lose the blubber” by going vegetarian.

PETA’s press release on the billboard says “going vegetarian can be an effective way to shed those extra pounds that keep [women] from looking good in a bikini.” Oh, God, now even billboard…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2009

Porn Mag For Women Has One Big Problem

We love the idea, in theory, of a porn magazine for women. Unfortunately, Filament, a British for-women-by-women porn mag, is having a lot of troubles. First, the above-the-waist photos of “feminine” male models, which Filament‘s editors said academic research proved women are attracted to, were not pornographic enough for us. Sorry, but Rufus Wainwright clone…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2009
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