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“BIC For Her” Pens Are A Product That Actually Exists

Sexist Axe Ad
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A headless pair of boobs stars in Axe's new commercial. Read More »
Man Aisle At Store
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Grocery store launches a "man aisle" in a dopey publicity stunt. Read More »
Discount For Miniskirts
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  • Girls need girlish “BIC For Her” pens for girly girls, amirite? (Yes, I wrote the word “pens.” PENS!) You have to read some of the snarky comments that reviewers posted on Amazon.com for these things.  [Gizmodo UK]
  • Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti on the “fantasy women” of the GOP. [The Nation]
  • On Hasidic women and communicating your faithfulness by the color of your pantyhose. [Forward]
  • Google gets it when it comes to maternity leave: the company increased the length of the leave and retained more of their female employees. [Slate]
  • Happy Women Reading Comics In Public Day! [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Republican Tom Smith Compares Rape To Sex Out Of Wedlock

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Huckabee On Rape
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He found the silver lining -- rape can result in some awesome people! Read More »
Akin Wants Forgiveness
Lemme think ... nope! Not gonna get it! Read More »
  • Alright, Republicans, you can go home now. Tom Smith of Pennsylvania wins for the most absurdly offensive thing that could be said about rape and ladies who be havin’ promiscuous sex. The Tea Party-endorsed Smith, who is challenging Democratic Senator Bob Casey, actually compared rape to having a child out of wedlockin some misguided attempt to appear empathetic. He was asked by an Associated Press reporter, “How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?” And the conversation went on as follows:

    Tom Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

    AP: Similar how?

    Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.

    AP:  That’s similar to rape?

    Smith: No, no, no, but … put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.

    So, basically, getting pregnant from consensual sex on our wedlock is as bad as rape ... for their fathers. Of course. Who will think of the dads when a woman is raped?! Not only is this gravely offensive to rape victims, but it’s the very definition of the word paternalism. [Think Progress]

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Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

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This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women” — as in, women are becoming too educated at the (scare quotes!) “expense” of men.

This is scary stuff. Keep reading »

Headless Pair Of Boobs Romanced By Cousin Itt: An Axe Commercial

Is This Sexist?
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Some say this ad is sexist and offensive, some say it's not. Read More »
Rapey Ad
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Whoa, that's hella inappropriate, Belvedere vodka. Read More »
Order Up A Soul Mate
This old ad for Bill Blass implies you can order a GF like a burger. Read More »
WTF?!
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Axe Hits A New Low

Axe hits a new low in advertising with this commercial starring a headless pair of boobs on legs, supposedly representing the office crush. Yup, the love interest in this commercial is just a pair of tits. A Cousin Itt-inspired walking head of hair — meant to represent, ha ha, “what girls see first” on a man — pines over the headless boobs throughout the ad only to finally get her at the end. More creepy than funny, I think.  If I were a dude, I’d be offended 1) that advertisers think I’ll buy their hair gel because they showed me (silicone? paper mache?) boobies, 2) that men are one-dimensional: Grunt. Grunt. Boobs. Buy hair gel. Boooooobs.

And I’m not just saying that because this commercial thoughtlessly ignores all the ass men out there. Think of the poor, neglected ass men, Axe! [Ad Week]

Double Standard Central: Everyone Needs To Stop Freaking Out About The Kristen Stewart Thing

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I don’t really need to tell you what’s going on with Kristen Stewart right now. If you have an Internet connection, you know. She cheated on “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, the married director of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” The scandal has given birth to a plethora of gossip rag covers, a few awkward TV interviews and speculation on how the final film in the “Twilight” franchise might be affected by the breakup of its stars.

I don’t want to talk about any of those things.

With everybody—from gossip hubs like Perez Hilton and TMZ to legitimate bastions of entertainment journalism like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter—keeping the public informed about the (possibly career-ruining, if reports can be believed) scandal, what gets me most curious about this whole thing is why people care so much. Read more…

Condi Rice Invited To Join All-Male Augusta National Golf Club

Discrimination
But Tiger Woods plays at Augusta National Golf Club anyway. Read More »
Condi On Crying
Dick Cheney says Condi cried, but Condi thinks he should STFU. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

Breaking news! The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club has finally realized girls do not have cooties.

Okay, I am being glib. But it’s friggin’ 2012, Augusta National Golf Club — it took you long enough to admit your first-ever female members, i.e. stop discriminating against over 50 perent of the population. Women have always been allowed to play golf at Augusta as guests but it took the formerly mens-only club over 80 years to finally issue their iconic green jackets to two women: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore. ”It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family,” said new chairman Billy Payne in a statement. Women’s rights activists have been putting firm pressure on Augusta since 2002, especially since it got rather embarrassing that the club wouldn’t even admit a female CEO whose company was a corporate sponsor of the Masters, a golf tournament being held at the club.

Welcome to the 21st century! (Well … sort of.)  [Wall Street Journal]

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