Posts tagged "sexism"

“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

I guess the good ol' boys of Texas get started early. The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

"Today Show" host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors' CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

#LookADouche Has Been Arrested For Public Intoxication

Justin Lookadoo, also known as #LookADouche, everyone's favorite misogynistic motivational speaker, has been arrested for public intoxication. According to an Indiana news station, he was set to speak to a group of middle school students in Evansville on Tuesday but never showed -- because he was in the county jail. Police found Justi…
By: Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

The Soapbox: Pharrell Curates Women As Objects In Parisian Art Show

Yoko Ono's breasts, a model's ass, and a vagina are front in center at an art show in Paris. It would be just another day in the art world if the person behind it wasn't one of hip hop's greatest assets. Which begs the question: Does Pharrell Williams have a woman problem? The Oscar-nominated musicia…
By: Lyneka Little / June 24, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

“The Feminist Utopia Project” Imagines A World Without Misogyny

What would a feminist world look like? The Feminist Utopia Project anthology, which is currently in the making, aims to help us discover exactly that. Writers Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff are leading the project and are putting together a collection of pieces that will get us thinking about…
By: Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

Study: The Concept Of Trophy Wives Is Pretty Much A Big Fat Lie

Trophy wives may be nothing but a myth perpetuated by sexist research, according to a new study. Researcher Elizabeth Aura McClintock of Notre Dame reviewed the data from a large set of young adult heterosexual couples, looking to find out how people really choose their partners. She looked into two different reasons that drive pairing u…
By: Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

The Soapbox: School Dress Codes Are Vehicles For Body-Shaming And It’s Time To Do Something About It

Remember school dress codes? Did they ever give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as a teenager, or did they stay comfortably off your radar? Peggy Orenstein's opinion piece on the subject in The New York Times brings up some of the more troubling questions about what the real purpose of…
By: Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there's no bun in the oven before they order a beer.
By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a "Girl Power" art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many wome…
By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

I Have A Message For Floyd Mayweather

In my world, how you're addressed lies on your actions and attitudes, and yours are sexist, victim-blaming, archaic, slut-shaming and all around offensive. Ergo, FUCK OFF, Floyd Mayweather.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 15, 2014

On Femininity Vs. Masculinity In The Workplace

Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that's pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren't proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set…
By: Claire Hannum / June 11, 2014

Frisky Rant: On Guys Who Don’t Read Books By Women

It wasn’t long after I started using OK Cupid in late 2012 that I realized I was just looking at the same guy over and over and over. Bearded, goofy, self-effacing, liberal arts major, non-religious, burgeoning career, presents as worldly -- basically, hipsters. But that’s not why I say “the same guy.”  I say “the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 9, 2014

Russian President Vladmir Putin Calls Hillary Clinton “Weak,” Says “It’s Better Not To Argue With Women”

"It’s better not to argue with women. But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

RIP Society: Now There’s A Petition To Classify Feminism As A Terrorist Group

A group of angry wackos are petitioning the United States government to classify feminism as a terrorist group. Yes, you can read that again. The Change.org petition's creator, Janet Wilkinson, included the following statement on its homepage (complete with Wilkinson's typos left in for, ahem, clarity):…
By: Claire Hannum / June 3, 2014

Storm Sexism: People Take Male-Named Hurricanes More Seriously Than Female Ones, And The Death Toll Rises Because Of It

There are a lot of places women don't get taken seriously as seriously as men -- workplaces, sci-fi conventions, the military, politics -- but a new study just proved that our culture's tendency to think of women as weak and inconsequential actually has a measurable death toll, in a surprising form: hurricanes. Weather researchers noticed…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 3, 2014

Frisky Rant: Sorry Kid, You’re Not The Man Of The House

A few months ago, I was having a rough time with my son. This is not unusual, as he is going through a particularly ornery stage and I am stubborn as a mule who is really good at yelling but not much else in the discipline realm. I ended up calling my parents for backup,…
By: Lauren Delaney / June 3, 2014

#YesAllWomen: Women Tweet Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated

Friday night, six people were killed in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, by Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old bent on "retribution" for his lack of success with…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 25, 2014

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man. In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim's Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the…
By: Claire Hannum / May 22, 2014

Customer Asks Restaurant’s Waitresses To “Show Some More Skin,” Owner Has Awesome Response

It's not often that a story about sexism ends with something really wonderful happening. Daniel McCawley, the owner of Atomic Grill in Morgantown, West Virginia, read a comment on the restaurant rating site Urban Spoon saying that his waitresses should "show some more skin." Gross, right? So McCawley actually did it ... sort of.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 20, 2014
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