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Yes, The Workplace Is Still Kinda Sexist — But We’re Getting There!

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Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century?

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to create workplace equality. The pay gap is narrowing and women have a better shot at high-level employment than they once did, but that doesn’t mean the playing field is level just yet. Not surprisingly, lots of young women are just as skeptical about workplace equality as their moms and grandmothers were. Keep reading »

Pantene Takes Down Sexist Stereotypes In One-Minute Commercial

And With "Mad World" As Its Soundtrack, To Boot!

Whoever is responsible for conceptualizing Pantene advertisements in the Philippines got it really, really right in this minute-long spot. Given that this is a commercial intended to sell haircare products, the clip almost seems out of left field in its simple, but powerful, social commentary. Consider this: Facebook COO and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg gave the commercial, which parallels a man in the workplace (“persuasive,” “boss,” “smooth”) with a woman in the same position (“pushy,” “bossy,” “show-off”), her own thumbs-up. Granted, it doesn’t do much in the way of selling consumers on haircare, but I’m willing to bet Procter & Gamble enjoys more than enough cash to put out this ad plus 10 others schilling 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. [via Fashionista]

The Year Of Women In Media: A (Depressing) Supercut

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Burgers, Booty & "Blurred Lines"

All year long, The Frisky has blogged about representations of women and girls in the media. And what a year it was! The Onion tweeting Quvenzhane Wallis a “cunt.” The “slap Hillary Clinton” game. The music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”  Miley Cyrus’ everything. I could go on and on and on. Or you could watch this supercut from the folks behind the documentary “Miss Representation” of the highs and lows of women’s representations in the media in 2013. To be honest, it is reeeeally depressing when the sexism over the course of an entire year is condensed into two-second clips and presented all at once. And that’s even with me disagreeing with every single example used in this supercut. You know that ladyblogger cliche, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”? The truth is, we really haven’t. [YouTube.com/MissRepresentation]

Today’s Lady News: Why, Yes, This Is An Actual Ad For The D.C. Metro

  • Seriously, D.C. Metro? “Can’t we just talk about shoes?” [DCist via The Wire]
  • After Sasha Fleischman, a genderqueer/agender student in Oakland, California, was set on fire on a city bus by an attacker, other teens wore non-genderconforming clothing in solidarity. [Queerty]
  • These anti-drinking rape PSAs from the UK are cringeworthy. [Jezebel]
  • Police in Nigeria freed 16 pregnant teen girls being held captive in a “baby factory.”  The girls were between the ages of 14 and 19 and were forced to carry babies which would then be sold. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

She-Beast Zooey Deschanel Is A ‘Mean Girl’ Because She Acts Like A Boss And Makes Rules As “New Girl” Producer

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The producer of a hit TV show makes rules that other people have to follow so filming doesn’t run behind. Running behind irritates this person. Time, after all, is money.

That sounds like professionalism to me.

But what if I told you that producer is a woman and she also is the star of the show? Then would you think that Zooey Deschanel is a diva? Because the gossip rag RadarOnline called her a “nasty boss.” Keep reading »

Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Sexist Hate Mail

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Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies.  Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.

In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It

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Dear Variety Columnist Brian Lowry,

You wrote a negative review of Sarah Silverman’s new comedy special, “We Are Miracles,” which aired on HBO Saturday night.

And I get it.

The special felt stale, pointlessly antagonistic, and lacked actual jokes. But worse than the program itself was the bizarrely-gendered language you used to smash it.

The title of your piece, which I can only assume was approved by a Victorian-era ghost, was “Sarah Silverman’s Bad Career Choice: Being as Dirty as the Guys.” In the review, you claim Silverman appeared, “determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys.” Keep reading »

Sarah Silverman Makes Too Many Pottymouth Jokes For A Lady, Says Variety Reviewer

  • A Variety reviewer of Sarah Silverman’s upcoming HBO comedy special objected to the amount of dirty jokes she tells. Gasp! Dirty jokes, you say! Brian Lowry mentioned Silverman’s “looks” as a “career-friendly gift” and then lamented the comedian feels she needs to “prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys.” When did the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey start writing etiquette tips for gentle young ladies in Variety?   [The Wire]
  • “Orange Is The New Black” actress Uzo Aduba has spoken out about Julianne Hough’s blackface Halloween costume as her character Crazy Eyes. “I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on,” said Aduba. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Beastie Boys’ “Girls” Gets Remade By Little Girls For Kickass Goldie Blox Commercial

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No Princess Tea Parties Necessary!

We are obsessed with this brilliant commercial by toy company Goldie Blox, which aims to inspire and educate future female engineers. Their goal is to “disrupt the pink aisle,” as little girls are interested in lots of cool toys but primarily targeted with princess dresses and pop star dreams. The company’s creator, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineering graduate disappointed with how few female classmates she had. Only 11 percent of engineers are female and Sterling believes that encouraging girls to be inventive at an early age with construction toys that come from “a female perspective” is a step in the right direction. The video takes the notoriously sexist “Girls” by the Beastie Boys and revamps it as something of a feminist anthem as the girls in the commercial get creative with household items — and those silly feather boas and tea sets they’re “supposed” to be sashaying around in. Anyone else want to adopt these three? [GoldieBlox]

4 Bigots Using ‘Science’ to Further Their Dumb Theories

Bigots use 'science' to prove theories

For centuries, science and intolerance have been natural enemies, as ideas like “everyone who isn’t me is a subpar crap smear” don’t really stand up to scrutiny.

But nowadays, some of the most backward-thinking people on the planet are finally embracing the wonderful world of science, only to twist it beyond recognition in order to prove their prejudice. Because no one can argue if you yell “SCIENCE!” loud enough, right?  Read more on Cracked…

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