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Women In Science Screwed By Sexism

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  • Men applying to science positions at research universities were deemed more competent than women applicants, according to a new study. Or as blogger Kay Steiger put it, “Science documents discrimination against women in science.” I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who’ve studied or are currently studying science. Care to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments? [Inside Higher Ed, Kay Steiger] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Choosing Your Baby’s Sex Is Gambling On Gender Stereotypes

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There are many in Western society that seem to band together anytime the subject of sex-selective abortion in foreign countries comes up. It’s a tricky topic, especially for those of us who favor unfettered abortion access. Outrage and incomprehension over aborting female fetuses in favor of males is usually the default response, with many claiming the practice is misogynistic, and rightfully pointing out the negative impact it has on many countries, specifically in Asia.

But despite our alarm and discomfort surrounding sex-selective abortion, many in Western society have no issue doing all they can to conceive a specific sex. And while pregnancy screenings to rule out female fetuses abound outside the U.S., there has recently been a surge in the number of parents looking to do exactly the opposite within this country: going to great — and expensive — lengths to ensure that their newborn is a girl. Keep reading »

Vogue Excludes Women Novelists From Edith Wharton Spread

  • Why were there no women novelists in Vogue‘s Edith Wharton spread? [Slate] [Photo: Slate/Vogue]
  • Female voters nationwide favor President Obama by 10 points, according to a poll released yesterday by NBC/Wall Street Journal. [Feminist.org]
  • New Mexico briefly suggested women prove they were victimized by “forcible rape” in applications for childcare assistance. This piece by Reproductive Health Reality Check does a really fantastic job explaining why phrases like “forcible rape” and “legitimate rape” hurt victims and don’t help people who need care. [Huffington PostRH Reality Check]
  • Native American students are protesting racist anti-abortion posters in New Mexico. [Feministing] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
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I was horrified to read this week that a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

Read that again, let it sink in: a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

According to news reports, the woman goes to Central Park every day and sits on a bench, birdwatching. Last week she witnessed a man in the bushes masturbating, so she took his picture — presumably to show to police. He came up to her after being photographed and demanded she hand over the film, but she refused.

Then Tuesday around noon, she was back in the park and the same man confronted her, asked “You remember me?” and then savagely beat and raped her, vaginally and rectally. He ran off with her bag, which contained her camera, and tried to steal her watch, too.  The elderly victim was discovered lying in the ground  by a fellow birdwatcher, who called 911. (He was arrested yesterday.) Keep reading »

Michelle Malkin “Probably Needs To Get Laid,” Says Fox News Commentator

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  • I am not Michelle Malkin fan, either, but the Fox News commentator who said the conservative wackjob is angry because she’s “probably needs to get laid” was inappropriate. You know us ladies: totally cray-cray when we’re not getting booty on the regular. Ugh.  Sexism is sexism, no matter what political party a woman we don’t like is in. [Mediaite]
  • Labor rights activists are demanding the Phillippines consulate in New York City start an anti-trafficking task force to look into abusive working conditions held by Filipina maids who work here as housekeepers and in other low-wage jobs. The call comes after a Filipina woman came forward about working 20 hours a day in a Kuwaiti diplomat’s house in Manhattan who finally escaped after eight months of abusive labor. [New York Daily News]
  • A new study has found that black women in positions of power face harsher criticism than others do. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Volkwagen India Put A Vibrator Inside A Newspaper, Then Tweeted Women Are Dumb And Can’t Drive

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Putting vibrators in the pages is a clever way to get more horny women reading the papers and perhaps save the dying newspaper industry. But when Volkswagen India put a “tiny Chinese buzzing device … inserted gently between the folds of newsprint,” according to Jalopnik, it was meant to draw reader’s attention to their product. The tag line of the ad, which ran in Times of India and The Hindu, read “Feel the shiver of excitement?” and a light-sensitive box started buzzing when the page opened.

Instead, Indian readers took to Twitter to mock the ad — which, if I’m not mistaken, was probably what VW wanted to happen on some level? But someone at Volkswagen India HQ was not amused and responded with a tweet that epitomizes bad PR:

Women would be dumb to call it a vibrator. Or may they do not understand real driving experience. #Punintended #Volkswagen Keep reading »

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