For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal‘s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a senior editor at the technology blog TechCrunch, wrote a somewhat-snippy response called “Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men” that revealed both his frustration and defensiveness. Arrington’s position? If women aren’t becoming entreprenuers, it’s their own fault. In fact, women may have it easier launching startups, Arrington wrote, because everyone is so aware of the gender imbalance that the women may get preferential treatment. Keep reading »
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One great thing about the end of summer is that it’s US Open time! Fans are getting stoked for the tennis tournament that starts today, particularly here in New York City, where the games are just a train ride away. As part of a larger feature on women’s tennis, and to get everyone revved up, The New York Times Magazine put together a video slideshow, “The Beauty of the Power Game,” which turned out to be quite a sexy representation of the tourney’s hardest-hitting female players, including Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams … Keep reading »
- Tennis legend John McEnroe said in a CBS conference call that female tennis players just might not be up to the challenges of the game: “I think that it’s asking too much of the women. They shouldn’t be playing as many events as the men. … You shouldn’t push them to play more than they’re capable of,” McEnroe said. “They should be required to be in less events, there should be less events for the women. It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there’s a need to change the schedule.” Um, I think that’s what people used to say about female doctors and lawyers, too. [Salon]
- Is Helen Mirren really sparking a trend of over-50s ladies in bikinis? We doubt it. But yay for body acceptance at all ages? [Daily Mail]
- I love this Bitch magazine video, “The Huffington Post’s Sexist Link Bait Strategy,” by Anita Sarkeesian — and not just because my study for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting about the lack of female bloggers on HuffPost’s front page is quoted in it. She asks why the site calls itself liberal and progressive when so much of its internet traffic comes from viewers looking at slideshows of celebrity nip slips. [Bitch]
- Walmart is appealing an April ruling to authorize a class action lawsuit against the company for sex discrimination. Female employees past and present claim they received lower pay and were passed over for promotions. [Reuters]
- Yesterday, Alaskan voters approved a law that requires a parent to be notified by a doctor if a teen girl, age 17 or younger, is seeking an abortion. The teen girl can skirt the law if she provides the doctor a notarized statement that she is being abused at home. Already 34 other states require that a parent be notified or give consent in order for an abortion to be performed. [Anchorage Daily News]
On feminist blog Jezebel, contributor and former model Jenna Sauers has made criticizing American Apparel one of her key beats. Yesterday, another American Apparel post by Sauers popped up on the site, but this time with a different, more defensive angle: “The Reason We Keep Showing American Apparel Softcore.” See, most of the time Jezebel posts about American Apparel, they run one of American Apparel’s raunchy ads with it. And since Jezebel finds the sexuality in those ads offensive, it looks a little hypocritical to keep running them. So, what gives? Keep reading »
Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures — and more — apparently have tiny little yellow LEGO penises. (OK, not really. But they are all boy LEGOs.) The only two that are women are a cheerleader and a nurse.
Geez Louise. I’m actually shocked there’s no secretary or waitress. Keep reading »
Perez Hilton is on the shortlist of awful human beings that I don’t want exposed to my future children. So why, oh why would the kids’ channel Nickelodeon invite the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media to guest star on one of its shows? Perez announced that on Friday, August 27th, at 8 p.m., he’ll have a cameo on “Victorious,” the channel’s highest rated new TV show starring teen actress Victoria Justice. Excellent idea! Let’s expose all the tweens to the most sexist, nastiest gossip blogger out there and make him look “cool.” Keep reading »
So what do we think of this Daddy’s Little Project Diaper Bag? It is designed to look like a tool belt, with a ton of pockets, and comes with blueprints on how to change a diaper.
Now, a diaper bag is just a bag you put diapers in, so clearly this is all about marketing. Some people — like Amelia, whose guy friend owns one — think the toolkit diaper bag is totally cute. [Cute enough that, made for "men" or not, I would want one for myself. -- Editor] Others — like me — see how it’s a cute product, but also think it’s as annoying/offensive as the pink-ification of products to signify they’re “for women.” I mean, diaper-changing blueprints? Men aren’t stupid. Keep reading »
“I don’t think we’ve come very far. At least they were gentlemen back then. They might say something s**ty behind your back, but at least they opened the door.”