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Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

  • Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed “program,” if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it’s not expected to be made into law. Um, will someone tell the Brits that abstinence-only education is not working out too well for us? Do they have “16 & Pregnant” on MTV over there? [Guardian UK]
  • North Carolina’s House judiciary committee debated a bill yesterday that would further restrict reproductive rights in the state by requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion and requiring doctors to describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the woman. [ABC News]
  • Legislation that would make it more difficult for young women to obtain abortions without their parents knowledge is headed to Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it. [Palm Beach Post]

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Klondike Sells Ice Cream, Sexist Gender Stereotypes

“What color shall we paint the foyer?” is a boring conversation, no doubt. But does Klondike really have to portray listening to one’s wife talk for five whole seconds as a trial for a man? I get it: the game is on, he doesn’t care about the color, he’s trying to be polite. He deserves an ice cream! I guess portraying adult men as overgrown toddlers with no attention span pushes products?

After the jump, another Klondike commercial in which men — gasp! — are affectionate towards one another: Keep reading »

Lara Logan Speaks Out On “60 Minutes” About Her Sexual Assault In Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Last night on “60 Minutes,” reporter Lara Logan shared with the world the horrific beating and sexual assault she suffered in Egypt‘s Tahrir Square while reporting on the country’s revolution. Since the incident on February 11, the world knew Logan had been separated from her producer, cameramen and bodyguards and assaulted by a mob of angry men. Logan was eventually rescued first by Egyptian women who protected her until Egyptian soldiers plucked her from the angry mob. In a 13-minute long segment on “60 Minutes,” Logan gave a firsthand account of being at first molested and then raped “with their hands” by hordes of men for approximately half an hour; her clothing was torn from her body, some of her hair was ripped out, and her limbs were pulled with such force so that her muscles were sore for days. Logan said she is speaking out now to put a public face and a story to the sexual assaults and rapes endured by women (and surely some men) in the news media while reporting. Many are reluctant to speak up about their assaults, lest it be used against them in advancing their careers — but not Lara Logan. She is a hero and a survivor. [CBS News] Keep reading »

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern: “Women Don’t Want To Work As Hard As A Man”

“Women usually don’t want to work as hard as a man. Women tend to think a little bit more about their family, wanting to be at home more time, wanting to have a little more leisure time. I’m not saying women don’t work hard. Women like … to have a moderate work life with plenty of time for spouse and children and other things like that. They work very hard, but sometimes they aren’t willing to commit their whole life to their job like a lot of men do.”

Wow. These are the comments made by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern during a debate on affirmative action. I would love for Kern to have the ovaries to say this in the face of a single mom who is working three jobs to keep herself and her kids housed, clothed and fed.

Oh, but wait! There’s more! Rep. Kern also had the racist idiocy to explain why black people deserve be on unequal footing in society, too. Keep reading »

Lara Logan Opens Up About Sexual Assault In Egypt: “They Raped Me With Their Hands”

In February, the world held its breath when CBS’s “60 Minutes” reporter Lara Logan was badly beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the political uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. After being rescued by civilians and a group of soldiers, Logan abruptly left her coverage and flew home to the U.S., where she was hospitalized for four days. Logan and CBS then released a statement.

Now, in an interview with The New York Times, Lara Logan has opened up publicly for the first time about the brutal assault. Keep reading »

Guy Talk: How To Check Out Women

It’s been over 30 years, but I still remember the day Jenny Talbot caught me staring at her boobs.

Jenny and I sat next to each other in a couple of classes. We weren’t exactly friends, but friendly; she helped me in math, I helped her in social studies. One day, Jenny and I were working together on a project, our desks and bodies facing. Though she usually wore sweaters, this spring day she wore just a V-neck T-shirt. When she bent over, I could see her breasts encased in her white, frilly bra. I was not quite 14, and in a near constant state of arousal; the sight of a bra strap was, frequently, enough to produce an erection. With Jenny distracted by her work, I had a free close-up view of the kind I’d rarely had. So I stared. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend’s Friends Act Like I Don’t Exist”

My boyfriend is awesome, supportive, and ultimately even more of a feminist than I am. The problem is that I can’t help but feel like I get treated differently (by others) for being the woman in the relationship. Most of the men we mutually know treat me as if I don’t exist when they’re around my boyfriend and me. For example, my boyfriend and I used to throw house shows for local bands, many of whom we are friends with. Frequently, I would plan these shows on my own, and personally direct correspondence with the bands. As soon as they arrived to our house, though, they would direct all of their questions to my boyfriend instead of me, even though they knew I was the one who planned it. Another instance is one of our male roommates, who will speak to me one-on-one, but as soon as the three of us are together, he will not address me, and I’m given a strange look and am immediately brushed off if I try to contribute anything. I don’t feel as if I’ve done anything to make these men see me as incompetent, and my boyfriend and I certainly don’t advertise him as “the boss” or something. It’s starting to kill my self-esteem and causing me to resent my relationship. Could I possibly be doing something wrong that causes men to treat me this way, or is this really just a hazard of being “the girlfriend”? Is there anything I can do to change things? — Hear Me Roar

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School Superintendent Says “Our Worst Enemy Is The Young Ladies”

“Our worst enemy is the young ladies. The young girls are bad. I don’t know what they’re drinking today, but they’re bad.”

That’s Jersey City, New Jersey’s Schools Superintendent Charles T. Epps Jr. speaking to a group of Jersey City pastors last Wednesday. Epps was speaking about his efforts to recruit more mentors in the city’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Do I even need to tell you how f**ked up it is that these words came out of the school superintendent‘s mouth? This is what sexism looks like, people. Facepalm. [NJ.com via Clutch Mag] Keep reading »

Katie Couric On Being Called “Perky”

“["Perky"] used to bother me because I thought there was a sexist undertone to that word. It meant shallow and cute, but not somebody who had any depth. It did become a pejorative word, but listen, it’s better than ‘bitchy.’”

— “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric on the “perky” label she earned while co-hosting “Today” for 15 years. I don’t recall anyone calling Matt Lauer “perky,” do you? If I had to host “Today” starting at 7 a.m. every day, “bitchy” would totally be the word they’d use to describe me. [NY Times Magazine] Keep reading »

“The Boyfriend Trainer” Video Game Teaches Tweens To Slap Their Boyfriends

Given all the video games that depict women in sexist and degrading roles, it’s about time someone made a video game offensive to men. (Sarcasm, people.) Meet “The Boyfriend Trainer,” in which a chick “trains” her boyfriend to behave by slapping and tasing him, is wholly inappropriate to be marketed to impressionable tween girls.

And impressionable tween girls, of course, are exactly who “The Boyfriend Trainer” is marketed to. Domestic violence is fun, kids! Keep reading »

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