Posts tagged "sexism"

Recently Fired NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Speaks Of Resilience At Wake Forest Commencement

"It meant more to our father to deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes. Show what you are made of, he would say. Graduating from Wake Forest means all of you have experienced success already. And some of you — and now I'm talking to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I've told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the liquor store who sold me the celebratory champagne, the customer service rep from Citibank’s fraud department who called to check on my unusual activity –…
By: Brooke Siegel / May 19, 2014

Jill Abramson, The NYTimes‘ First Female Executive Editor Was Fired — What Does This Mean For The Rest Of Us?

Yesterday afternoon, the news broke that Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and the first-ever woman to hold that position, was leaving her position. Managing editor Dean Baquet would be replacing her, making him the first-ever African-American executive editor at the Times. Jill Abramson had been managing editor at the Times (the number two…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2014

Where Are All The Women Directors At Cannes? An Infographic Shows Just How Bad It Is

The Cannes Film Festival begins today in France. Movie stars along the French Riviera sounds lovely, of course. But Cannes, and every other film festival, is always a reminder of women director's underrepresentation in the movie business. In the past decade at Cannes, there have been several years when ZERO female directors have…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

What Would Tabloid Headlines Look Like Without Sexism?

What would tabloid headlines look like without sexist commentary? For one thing, they'd be totally boring. Vagenda magazine thought it would be funny to prove this by asking Twitter followers to rewrite tabloid headlines without the sexism. The result evokes that weird moment where you laugh so hard that it eventually tur…
By: Claire Hannum / May 12, 2014

The Best & Worst States For Working Moms

When it comes to life as a working mom, not all states are equal. According to a survey by WalletHub, where you live in the United States as a working parent can help determine how much opportunity you have. The survey focused on statistics regarding child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance (I loathe that…
By: Claire Hannum / May 8, 2014

5 Things To Know About Nigeria’s 234 Abducted Schoolgirls

It's been two weeks since 234 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school and they are no closer to being found. The kidnapping is believed to be orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram (whose name translates to "Western Education Is Sine"), though they have yet to claim responsibility for the…
By: Claire Hannum / April 29, 2014

“CodeBabes” Is A Thing That Exists To Teach Internet Coding

Please tell me CodeBabes is a joke. Please. [Washington Post] Fuckin' Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia isn't fucking happy about "ladies" using the fucking "F-word." He probably shouldn't watch this week's episode of Funny Girl Sex Guide... [TIME] Pap smears may…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2014

Gone Girl Author Gillian Flynn Talks Character Hate-ability

"It's remarkable that in this day and age, an unlikeable woman is nasty and awful and an unlikeable man is an anti-hero." Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn spoke in my city last night, so of course I'm finding that out today. Hers has always been a brain that I've wanted to pick, thanks to her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2014

Another Day, Another Mom Kicked Out Of A Store For Breastfeeding

Wioletta Komar, a 25-year-old mom of two, is demanding an apology from the retailer Sports Direct after she was forced from of their stores for breastfeeding her son. Komar was waiting for her father, who was to trying on a t-shirt, when she began to nurse her baby son, Daniel. "My son started crying, so…
By: Claire Hannum / April 25, 2014

Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

Meet 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, the first-ever licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia. So Saudi women can fly airplanes but not drive cars? Oh, that's right, driving ruins women's ovaries. [Arab News] On white supremacy and the suffrage (women's right to vote) movement. [The Toast] Of course Louisiana might force…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2014

The Soapbox: Porn Stars Learn They Can’t Bank On Chase

I've written before about issues around payment processors and the sex industry, how businesses like Paypal, WePay and Google Wallet were shutting anyone they suspected of sex work out of using their services. Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 23, 2014

Dating Don’ts: Is Chivalry Dead? Maybe It Should Be

I’ve never been one for chivalry. I prefer to do things my way, and take pride in my own ability to lift things that are heavy, open doors on my own and find my coat in a sea of bodies and sad down jackets at a crowded…
By: Megan Reynolds / April 22, 2014

The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called "The Confidence Gap" about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Statement On Race, Gender, Genetics & Science Is Yet Another Reason We Love Him

I didn't think it was possible for me to love Neil deGrasse Tyson more than I already do, but then the "Cosmos"' host went dropped some real talk in a discussion about whether…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2014

Of Course The Media Is Wondering Whether Chelsea Clinton’s Pregnancy Will Affect A Hillary Clinton 2016 Run

All of the eyerolls. Funny, no one ever asked how Mitt Romney or George Bush's many, many grandchildren would affect their presidential runs. [The New Republic] If you are a mayor who denied firing a police chief because she's a lesbian, you probably shouldn't get caught on tape in a homophobic rant. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2014

Not This Crap Again: Phyllis Schlafly Says Women Should Be Paid Less So We Find Husbands

It's about time human mothball Phyllis Schlafly got tucked away in the attic of history. But somehow, someway, the anti-feminist and founder of the uber-conservative Eagle Forum is still sharing dumb, archaic ideas that were rejected by society over half a century ago. Her latest batch of craziness is an op-ed in the Christian Post…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2014

RIP Society: Study Finds That Young Girls See Sexual Violence As Normal

Today in Egregious Discoveries About Humanity, a study has found that a big reason women rarely report sexual violence is because they view it as "normal." The study, which will be published in Gender & Society, reviewed forensic interviews with 100 kids who may have been sexually assaulted. The interviews were conducted by the Children's Advocacy…
By: Claire Hannum / April 15, 2014

Jerry Lewis: “Aggression” In Women Comedians Isn’t Nice

"Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they're funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that's going to give birth to a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school. According to one Lumberton father: "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't…
By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014
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