As my 68-year-old, Fox News-watching, Republican-voting father tells it, once upon a time you could compliment a woman in the workplace. You were allowed say “nice dress” or “you look nice today” and it was not a big deal. Everyone would smile pleasantly and go back to clacking on their typewriters. Then the ’70s came along. Hairy-pitted fists were raised and all of a sudden you were afraid to say “nice earrings” out of fear you’d be thrown in the pokey. Or, as the tone of his voice insinuated, you’d be accused of “sexual harassment.”
I wish I were exaggerating this narrative, but I am not: it’s a real conversation I had with my dad last weekend when we chatted about the accusations against Herman Cain. I also wish that the New York Times op-ed written by Katie Roiphe had not misrepresented sexual harassment as boneheaded-ly as my nearly-septugenarian father does. But, sadly, that really happened also. Keep reading »
Pat Lynch, the head football coach of Buffalo High School in Wyoming, resigned recently after handing out homophobic and sexist “hurt feelings reports” to players asking them if they were a “pussy,” “a queer,” “a little bitch,” have “woman like hormones” (sic) and a litany of other puerile options. The report reads:
“We, as a company, take hurt feelings very seriously. If you don’t have a mommy that can give you a hug and make it all better, please let your supervisor know and we can provide you with a surrogate. If you need them, diapers, midol (sic) and a ‘blanky’ can also be supplied.”
At the very bottom of the report are three places for signatures which read “Name little sissy filing report,” “Girly-man signature,” and “real-man (sic) signature (person being accused).”
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Poor Herman Cain just can’t catch a break, can he? Why, he can’t even make a joke about Anita Hill without those screeching harpies telling him it’s inappropriate to joke about sexual harassment when you’ve been publicly accused of sexual harassment yourself! Just because at least five women have accused the wannabe GOP presidential candidate of getting handsy doesn’t mean he still can’t crack jokes about getting an endorsement from Anita Hill, the professor who famously accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. What a victim! Keep reading »
I admit, I used to subscribe to The Economist. I let the issues pile up, promising I’d get to them eventually, whenever I felt like reading pretentious, dry and humorless reading on world affairs. But that day never really came. And so after about a year, my subscription ran out, and I traded it in for a sub to The New Yorker, which I happily devour each week. When I saw this delightful little pamphlet put out by the mag’s clearly-misguided marketing team, it only further confirmed my decision to get the eff away from the First World Order boy’s club that seems to be running the place. “Why should women be reading The Economist?” it queries, and answers, “They shouldn’t.” Instead! “Accomplished, influential people should read us. People like you.” Which of course, assumes that women couldn’tpossibly be accomplished or influential. (Ladies! I know, right?) Oh, old guard, you really got us there. A better question might be ,”Why should anyone be readingThe Economist?” Because obviously, they really, really shouldn’t.
With seemingly a new woman coming forward every day detailing sexual harassment by Herman Cain, you might think the GOP wannabe presidential candidate would try not to look like a jerk. But during last night’s GOP debate, Cain referred to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” while grousing about Congress. The audience chuckled and clapped; the (all white) dudes flanking Cain on either side looked uncomfortable. “Princess” is a disrespectful way to refer to a powerful, take-no-prisoners woman without calling her a “bitch” and suggests she doesn’t do what she does in Congress because it’s her job but because, oh, she’s such a princess!
Herman Cain is a sexist pig. It’s time for him to drop out of the race already. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Yesterday we learned, courtesy of a New York Post columnist, that Herman Cain‘s sexual harassment accuser Sharon Bialek is too pretty to be credible as a victim because she must have been “asking for it.” I mean, she was wearing lipstick at her press conference, the hussy!
Today we learn, courtesy of a web site called Herman Cain PAC , that another sexual harassment accuser, newly identified on Tuesday as government official Karen Kraushaar, is too ugly to be a victim. She’s an “ugly bitch,” in fact, and a photograph of the competitive equestrian posing with a horse required the caption, “Just to be clear, Karen Kraushaar is the one on the left.” Keep reading »
Nine-and-a-half-times out of 10 I completely agree with other feminists about what they identify as sexism. But sometimes I really do disagree and the lingerie shop in Sweden that asks employees to display their bra size on their name tags is one of those times. The chain store, Change, has asked their female sales clerks for the past three years to wear tags because it will help customers see what is right for their body type.
One employee, however, is not happy about it. She has contacted Sweden’s Commercial Employee’s Union, which found the bra size reveals “a clear case of discrimination” and could possibly be breaking Swedish law, although it’s unclear from the article in Sweden’s Local newspaper what law that would be. Keep reading »
Tomorrow, Election Day, voters in Mississippi will vote on a fetal personhood amendment to define a fetus as a person in the state constitution, thereby criminalizing all abortion. Initiative 26 would define a “person” as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.” If it passes, surgical abortions would be banned, the abortion pill would be banned, and, according to a Personhood USA spokesman who spoke to NPR, even birth control pills would be banned. Keep reading »
Romance?! Who wants romance?! Feh! Yuck! Pa-tooey! Bring on scantily-clad strippers in public bathrooms! All men need an ass grinding against their crotch after the appetizer — and not their girlfriend’s, silly, but a stranger. They need fresh poontang constantly! That’s just the way men are.
Axe, you’ve outdone yourself with this Spanish-language ad. The transcript for this train wreck — which aired in Argentina, a country that apparently has a holiday called Boyfriend’s Day — after the jump. Keep reading »