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Nicki Minaj On The Word “Bitch”

“When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He [is] bossed up. No negative connotation behind ‘bossed up.’ But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch. Donald Trump can say, ‘You’re fired.’ Let Martha Stewart run her company the same way and be the same way. [People will say] ‘f**king old evil bitch!’ But Donald Trump, he gets to hang out with young bitches and have 50 different wives and just be cool. ‘Oh, Donald, we love you, Donald Trump!’ … When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super sweet and you have to be sexy and you have to be this, you have to be that, and you have to be nice. It’s like, ‘I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being.’”

Nicki Minaj sounds off on the sexual double standard in her MTV special, “My Time Now.” [MTV] Keep reading »

Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Having Cell Phones

Unmarried boys, of course, are free to dial away as much as they please. Keep reading »

Writer Tawni O’Dell Comes Out Swinging Against Sexist Publishing Industry

A few months ago the author Jonathan Franzen published his novel, Freedom, and among bookworms, it was like a new “Star Wars” movie being released or Angelina Jolie popping out another baby. Not only did President Obama make headlines for snagging an advanced copy to read on vacation, but Franzen made the prestigious New York Times book review not once, but twice, in a single week. That was all too much for author Jodi Picoult. “Is anyone shocked?” she tweeted, no doubt rolling her eyes. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Everyone weighed in with their opinion — sexism? sour grapes? — including here on The Frisky. The matter was settled, at least for moi, when the blog Slate.com did an old-fashioned author byline count of The New York Times Book Review. That publication does, in fact, review more books written by men than women.

For us lady writers at The Frisky, it was all pretty disheartening. (Kate may be the only one who has published a book thus far, but there are several of us on staff who go home and peck on our laptops some more.) Now there’s more “ugh”-ness to “ugh!” deep in our bellies: Author Tawni O’Dell penned an essay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her experiences navigating the publishing industry and book-reviewing culture as a female writer and they’re utterly fascinating.

I just have four words for you: “wood nymph” and “biker chick.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: May The Force Be With You, Katie!

  • A first grader named Katie was made fun of by the boys at her school for owning a “Star Wars” water bottle. Now there’s a Twitter hashtag for #MayTheForceBeWithKatie and, one would hope, a squad of Storm Troopers showing up at those boys’ front doors. (Thanks, commenter Vivster, for the heads-up!) [StarWars.com]
  • “Real Housewives” Bethenny Frankel is hawking a pink “Future SkinnyGirl” onesie for babies on CafePress. I get that “SkinnyGirl” is her brand. But, seriously, encouraging your baby girl to stay skinny?! What happens if Bethanny’s baby Bryn grows up naturally thicker than her famously svelte mommy? [Styleite]
  • A passage of Sarah Palin’s latest book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, criticizes Michelle Obama for saying she hadn’t felt proud of her country, but then goes on to drag racial tensions into it. “In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church listening to his rants against America and white people,” Palin wrote. Holy race-baiting! [Huffington Post]

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Big-Breasted Woman Told She Was “Too Sensual” For A Promotion

Uh oh. We’ve heard this story before. Amy-Erin Blakely of Orlando, Florida, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming she was fired from her job at The Devereux Foundation for complaining that managers made comments about her big breasts. Blakely also said she was told that her co-workers couldn’t concentrate in meetings because her boobs were such a distraction and that someone in management “talked about how large her breasts were and that she needed to ‘hide them,’” said her lawyer, Gloria Allred. Worst of all, she alleged that she was told by a manager she would not be promoted above her position as assistant executive director because she was “too sensual”! Keep reading »

Yet Another Disappointing Harassment Case In The Finance World

Oh look, it’s another sex scandal rocking the finance world. A group of 17 Irish accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers are under fire after passing around a document which ranked the top 10 most attractive women in the office. As these things go, the original email made its way out of the office and into the papers, and is now a national scandal in Ireland. The emails list each woman’s full name, department and contact information, and repeatedly treat the women as (no surprise) objects. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: The Comediennes Behind The Web Series “Vag Magazine”

Even those of us who proudly call ourselves feminists can admit that sometimes other feminists can be a wee bit extreme. That’s why “Vag Magazine,” a new webisode series about a cabal of young feminist hipsters who buy out fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds of their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag, had me peeing my pants laughing. (Pants, of course, being what I wear, as skirts and dresses are tools of the patriarchy.) Staff members Sylvie, Fennell, Bethany, Heavy Flo, and Reba have big dreams for Vag, but Meghan, the lone holdover from Gemma, is increasingly terrified at how little sense these ladies make.

I watched five episodes of “Vag Magazine” — you can watch a couple more after the jump — and I knew I just had to talk to its creators, Upright Citizens Brigade alums/comediennes Caitlin Tegart and Leila Cohan-Miccio. After the jump, read my chat with Caitlin and Leila about third-wave feminists, their hilarious cast of improv stars-to-be, the MarieClaire.com piece about “fatties,” and what it’s like for ladies in comedy. Oh, I’m sorry, womyn in comedy. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Apprentice” Contestants Accuse Donald Trump Of Inappropriate Comments

  • Two contestants on “The Apprentice” have accused host Donald Trump of making sexist and inappropriate comments in the boardroom. “So much of the boardroom discussion concerned the appearance of the female contestants — discussing the female contestants’ looks — who he found to be hot,” said Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, the woman whom Trump “fired” last week. “[Trump] asked the men to rate the women — he went down the line and asked the guys, ‘Who’s the most beautiful on the women’s team?’” Added contestant Gene Folkes, “I think it was most uncomfortable when he had one [female] contestant come around the board table and twirl around.” I am shocked — shocked! — that the man who owns the Miss Universe organization would be accused of this behavior. [New York Post]
  • A record number of female candidates ran for Congress this Election Day, with 152 female candidates winning their primaries, according to Women’s Policy, Inc. However, only 87 women will be in the Senate and House of Representatives when Congress does its business after January — three less than before. This ends a 30+ year run of more and more women in the two chambers each session. Depressing! [Politics Daily, CNN Opinion]
  • Jeanne Ruby, the French woman who ripped off a Muslim woman’s veil in a so-called “burqa rage,” has been ordered to pay $1,140 to the Muslim lady she attacked at store in Paris. [Washington Post]

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Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Insistent That I Take His Name If We Marry”

I have been dating a wonderful man for two years and we have been talking about getting married. The only problem is that it’s very important to him that I take his last name. He thinks it would make us feel more like a family and serve as a sign of my devotion to him. If I decided not to take his name, he said it wouldn’t change him wanting to marry me, but it would really hurt him. Prior to this, I had had no intention of changing my name when I got married for a number of reasons, one being that I work in a field (music) where name recognition and networking are very important, another being that I have a strong connection to my father’s family. I feel my last name is a part of my identity and I’m scared to lose that. I don’t want to hurt him since I love him and it’s so important to him, but I also don’t want to make a decision I’d regret for the rest of my life. Is there a way to make both of us happy? Please help! — Mrs. Maiden Name

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NC Campaign Ad Shows Female Candidate Applying Mascara And Lipstick Like A Whore

Campaign commercials are getting dirty down south. North Carolina politician Wesley Meredith is challenging State Senator Margaret Dickson for her seat and ran an ad depicting a cash-carrying woman making herself up with lipstick and mascara. You know, like whores do. Keep reading »

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