“Men at Work” signs are even more outdated then Men At Work’s (the band) hits. Okay, we still get down to their 80′s party tunes, but the biased signs are finally out in Atlanta! It’s all thanks to Cynthia Good, one of the founding editors of PINK and Atlanta Woman magazines. Angered that women working alongside men were being ignored by the sexist signage, Good decided to take matters into her own hands. After politely sending letters to the Mayor Shirley Franklin and Governor Sonny Perdue, she got nowhere. Then, not so politely, she was accused of spray painting a “wo” before one of the the signs, but luckily the police stood by her. Despite the hot water, last week, she decided to turn up the heat on her public campaign. She huffed and puffed at the Public Works Commissioner, Joe Basista, and she blew those signs clear outta town. Now, new ones, which will read “Workers Ahead”, have been ordered. The estimated $166 cost to replace the signs is money well spent! [Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Fark]
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Now that the Presidential primary race is over and the general election is underway, members of the media are looking back on their coverage of Hillary Clinton and trying to decide if they were sexist or not. Clark Hoyt, a writer for The New York Times takes his own employer to task and places a large amount of blame on Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the paper. Dowd was also named on the National Organization for Women’s Hall Of Shame list for her coverage of Clinton, which Hoyt describing as “loaded with language painting [Clinton] as a 50-foot woman with a suffocating embrace, a conniving film noir dame and a victim dependent on her husband.” Keep reading »
I am amazed by the rise of the slogan t-shirt. You know, “Everybody Loves An Italian Girl”, “Barack ‘N’ Roll”, “More Cowbell”, “What Would Jesus Do”…I blame Urban Outfitters. But anyway, the most annoying aspect of this clothing phenomenon is that it’s given people the false impression that it’s okay to wear their stupidity, sexist attitudes, and sexual habits on their chests. After the jump, five t-shirts that are total dealbreakers.
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“I am furious that [producers] think I’m too old to play the love interest of guys like Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. Why should I play sisters and mothers while guys like Jack and Clint, who are older than me, have on-screen lovers half their age?” — Faye Dunaway Keep reading »
Grand Theft Auto IV came out on Tuesday and made bajillions of dollars in sales. However, some people are up in arms because the video game allows you to have sex with prostitutes and then kill them afterwards. Boinkology has an excellent post up about the line between video game fantasy and real, live misogyny. But we want to know how you feel — does this video game in particular bother you? Video games have always featured violence, but is this one too over-the-top? Keep reading »
You know what makes me want to drink away my sorrows? Rabidly sexist and misogynistic ads for Belvedere Vodka in my subway station. One more, after the jump. Keep reading »
With power women dominating the workplace, being a lady lately means balancing in more than high heels. In America, we have the WACâ€™s and WOWâ€™s, who went to work in WWII, to thank profusely for truly being on the front lines for us. Although Rosie the Riveter gave womanhood a strong image, the way those new workers were treated was weak. In an issue of Mass Transportation magazine from 1943 that just resurfaced, there was an interesting article with Eleven Tips on How To Get More Efficiency Out of Women Employees. And there are some real gems, from tip #4 which insists the employer get their women inspected by a physician for any “female weaknesses” before they are hired, to #6 which encourages a tight daily schedule so the women arenâ€™t â€œbothering the management every few minutes for instructionsâ€ because “women lack initiative in finding work for themselves.” Although, #3 really takes the cake: “General experience indicates that husky girls — those who are just a little on the heavy side — are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.” So, fat chicks put out? Now thatâ€™s heavy! Click the image to read all 11 of the tips and then make sure you hug a grandma today — she earned more than her wage. [I Heart Chaos via Jezebel]
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At a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire a man heckled Senator Hillary Clinton saying, “Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt!” We love it when it’s hard to tell the difference between real life sexist pigs and satirical ones! Also, we’re pretty sure Clinton has someone who irons her shirts — hopefully a man! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
We’ve got an itty-bitty secret hate of Katherine Heigl in our heart, so imagine our dismay when we discovered that she kinda, sorta agrees with one half of our opinion on her last movie Knocked Up. In the new issue of Vanity Fair, the Grey’s Anatomy actress [Seriously, is there a worse TV show on right now? We know it's targeted at...well, us, but it seriously sucks.] confesses that she doesn’t think so highly of the film that made her pay scale go from $300,000 per picture (what she was paid for Knocked Up to $6 million (her paycheck for January’s 27 Dresses).
“It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys…I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
We totally agree with her assessment, but it’s kind hard to pat on the back for it — after all, she did read the script before accepting the project and she had no problem promoting the film she’s suddenly now not so proud of. The check must have cleared! [E! Online and Vanity Fair] Keep reading »