Posts tagged "sexism"

The Womansplainer Will Explain Feminism To Sexist Dudes

Sick of explaining misogyny to dismissive, confused dudes? For a fee, The Womansplainer will explain feminism to you in varying levels of detail. Artist Elizabeth Simins launched the site to provide “consulting for men who have better things to do than educate themselves about feminism.” She came up with the idea when she grew sick of…

By: Claire Hannum / October 9, 2014

Man Murders Mother Of Three For Rejecting His Advances

Mary “Unique” Spears, a 27-year-old mother of three, had just left the funeral of a relative on Saturday when a man she’d never met began harassing her under the guise of wanting to ask her out. She was on her way to the Joe Louis Post rental hall in Detroit to continue memorial services with…

By: Claire Hannum / October 8, 2014

10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

Politically and socially, the most powerful demographic, with the exception of White men, is White women. Though still underrepresented in key economic and power positions, White women enjoy numerous social benefits, maintain political power as a “majority” voting body, are still allowed access to the resources provided by White men through marriage or other familial…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 6, 2014

“The Daily Show” Solves Catcalling With A Few Simple Suggestions

“The Daily Show”’s Jessica Williams has figured out how to stop catcallers from harassing you on the street and had a few suggestions for women, including changing our route to work, acting “like a psycho,” and these three rules: “Rule number one: Always wear oversized headphones. Rule number two: Master the fake phone call. Rule number

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 3, 2014

On Sexism, Sexual Assault & The Threat Of The “Non-Bro”

When I was just a little bitty budding activist just starting to get involved in organizing and protesting more heavily than I had in high school, I remember this conversation I had with my mom. I excitedly told her that I had found “my people” — people who cared about the same sort of idealistic thing…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / October 3, 2014

Tao Lin, Ed Champion & Stephen Tully Dierks: The Literary World’s F**ked Up Treatment Of Women

Everything going on with women in the literary world right now is fucked. You might have heard about Ed Champion, the now apparently abandoned book reviewer/sexist Twitter troll, sure. But have you heard about Janey Smith and Tao Lin and peterbd? Have you heard about Stephen Tully Dierks? Short version of the story: The alt…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

How Publishing’s Biggest Troll Kept Harassing Women For So Long

There’s a strange, magical little corner of Twitter and the rest of the Internet you may not have heard of unless you’re an author or an enthusiastic reader: the world of book bloggers. It’s where people get together for Twitter parties, hold cover reveals on their favorite blogs, and connect with readers on Tumblr. It’…

By: s.e. smith / October 1, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Staffers Allegedly Circulated Pornographic Emails

Last week, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office released a slew of sexually explicit emails, pictures and videos that had been discovered in email exchanges between eight staffers of Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The imagery was allegedly circulated when Corbett still served as the state’s attorney general, a position he left in January 2011 whe…

By: Claire Hannum / September 29, 2014

The Soapbox: “Smug” Is Just A More Polite Way To Say “Bitch”

Gwyneth Paltrow, who loves juice cleanses and is responsible for bringing the term “conscious uncoupling” to the mainstream, is no stranger to insults. The skinny, rich, blonde Hollywood star gets plenty of flak for her lifestyle brand GOOP, where she sells eco-friendly nail polish and monogrammable reclaimed-wood skateboards while sharing stories from her fabulous life…

By: Lilit Marcus / September 26, 2014

FSU Suspends Jameis Winston For Half A Game For Yelling “Fuck Her Right In The Pussy” On Campus

Florida State University suspended star quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of an upcoming game on Saturday after he stood up on a table on campus and yelled “Fuck her right in the pussy!” The school called his behavior — which is apparently part of some dumb meme — “offensive and vulgar.” [New York Times; Deadspin]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2014

Miss America Pageant Has Platform To Educate On Domestic Violence, Chooses Victim-Blaming Instead

Given the dismal state of international headlines these past few weeks, the Miss America pageant had a whole host of issues to draw from when putting together the question and answer portion of the competition. The question judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida during the Sunday night competition started off with an impactful topic –…

By: Claire Hannum / September 16, 2014

The Soapbox: I’m A Feminist Who Loves Miss America And That’s OK

This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion” rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise…

By: EJ Dickson / September 16, 2014

Malala Yousafzai’s Taliban Attackers Arrested

Ten members of the Taliban responsible for shooting Pakistani girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai in the head in a 2012 attack have been arrested, according to the Pakistan army. [Huffington Post]
A doctor who performed abortions in southern Texas explains why recent restrictions on reproductive rights will be devastating for low-income, rural women.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2014

“Women Draw Penises” Reverses The Male Gaze In The Best Book You Never Knew You Needed

Remember when a bunch of gay men started drawing vaginas as they see them and it kind of blew people’s minds? Philadelphia writer and artist Alex Millard remembers too, and she was struck by the fact that the project exists on the notion that lots of people have no idea what vaginas really look like, wherea…

By: Claire Hannum / September 12, 2014

Megachurch To Close After Pastor Calls Women “Penis Homes”

“The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may see, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.

While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 12, 2014

The Soapbox: Why I Cannot Be Friends With People Who Don’t Share My Politics

Some years ago, a young man that I was casually dating invited me to a birthday party with some of his friends who all moved to New York City, from Florida, to go to college. It was a scenario I had long grown accustomed to: I was the only Black girl amongst a group of…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 11, 2014

Scientist Says Men And Women’s Brains Aren’t Hardwired Differently

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are Venus,” which implies men’s and women’s brains are hardwired differently, has pit people against each other for decades — some see at as sexist drivel while others see at as a groundbreaking truth. Gina Rippon, a neuroscientist and “gender difference denier” (yes, people actually call her this) who will speak…

By: Claire Hannum / September 7, 2014

Watch “The Daily Show” Take Down Catcalling

This week, “The Daily Show” continued its crusade against political bullshittery by delving into the rampant sexism in Congress. After a bunch of creepy dudes weigh in how to properly “compliment” a lady, correspondent Jessica Williams (in a second video after the jump) shuts down catcalling like a boss. [The Mary Sue]…

By: Claire Hannum / September 5, 2014

“Hey! Listen!” Women Have Been Gaming For Decades

I was raised to play games. I was no good at being on teams and I wasn’t about to submit myself to voluntary cardiovascular activity, so it became clear early in my childhood that I wasn’t going to gain any skill for rule-following, cooperation, collaboration, brainstorming, problem-solving, or focus (much less any pleasure) from sports.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 2, 2014

On “The Fappening” & 4chan’s Violent Attitude Towards Women

Here’s what I’ve learned about men on the internet who are annoying at best and abusive at worst: They think they know the women they harass. They have access to our ideas and our creative output (i.e. writing, videos, etc.), to our faces, to basic information about us, to a few scant personal details, and…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 2, 2014
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