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UN Women Campaign Shows Real, Scary Google Autocomplete Answers When You Search “Women”

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We may be living in the Internet age, but too many people in this age are still Cro-Mags. A new campaign by UN Women illustrates this beautifully: the various images of multiracial women show the autocomplete results of actual Google searches for phrases like “women need to” and “women shouldn’t.” The results are stuff like “women need to be controlled,” “women cannot be trusted,” “women shouldn’t work,” and “women should not speak in church.” On each image is a time stamp of the date, 09/03/13 these actual Google results were found. Powerful. And disgusting. [AdWeek]

The Best Responses To Slate’s Troll-y Piece On Young Women & Drinking

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I wrote my own response to “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk,” the Slate piece by Emily Yoffe that put the onus on young women to stop getting drunk so they are less susceptible to sexual assault. But here are some other kickass responses on the Internet:

  • “How To Write About Rape Prevention Without Sounding Like An Asshole,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel
  • “No. 1 Surefire Rape Prevention Tip For Ladies: Don’t Exist,” Katie Baker, Newsweek
  • “College Men: Stop Getting Drunk,” Ann Friedman, AnnFriedman.com
  • “Slate Forgot That The One Common Factor In Rapes Are Rapists,” Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire
  • “‘Dear Prudence’ Columnist Publishes Rape Denialism Manifesto Advising Women To ‘Stop Getting Drunk’,” Lori Adelman, Feministing Keep reading »

Science Blog Editor Calls Black Female Science Writer An “Urban Whore” For Turning Down Unpaid Gig

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  • A blog editor called Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D., a black female science writer, an “urban whore” after she declined an unpaid blogging gig for Biology-Online.org, a partner site of Scientific American. When Lee blogged about the incident for her Scientific American blog, the post was removed by her editors without warning, though bloggers for the site are reportedly usually given the freedom to blog about anything of their choosing. [Raw Story]
  • Does your daughter want to dress up as Spider-man for Halloween? Good news! There’s a costume just for her — but it’s all pink and frilly because girls. Ugh. [Jezebel]
  • Here’s Jezebel’s Lindy West on how Jessie Kahnweiler’s short film “Meet My Rapist” is rape comedy done right. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

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What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about pension reform when Le Ray began loudly clucking. (In France, the word for “chicken” is used as a slur against women.)  Massonneau stopped speaking and addressed him: “That’s enough! I’m not a chicken.” The leader of the National Assembly then temporarily suspended the parliamentary session and publicly chastised Le Ray when they returned. I guess it’s sort of a relief that politicians are juvenile sexist douchebags the world over? [Guardian UK, Belfast Telegraph UK] [Image of a chicken via Shutterstock]

This Sexist Flier Was Spotted In The Ladies’ Bathroom At Twitter’s Headquarters

Despite Twitter CEO Dick Costolo‘s best efforts to convince us that the company’s all-male, all-white board (and mostly all-male management team) isn’t an issue, this flier appeared in the women’s restroom at the Twitter’s offices in San Francisco today. Engineering Manager Jill Wetzler tweeted, what is most likely an invitation for some kind of Oktoberfest happy hour, with the caption: “Seen on a sign in the @twoffice. In the women’s bathroom no less. Think this is directed at me? #facepalm.” As Alanis Morissette would say, “Isn’t it ironic?” [Business Insider]

Frisky Rant: Don’t Assume I’m Taking My Husband’s Name

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I got married on Friday. It is still all so very new that the wedding band on my finger distracts me every five seconds. It feels weird  — a blissfully happy weird — to hear the words “my husband” come out of my own mouth.

But it’s never too early, apparently, for people to just go ahead and assume that I took my husband’s last name.  Keep reading »

These Anti-Hillary Clinton Buttons Were Spotted At A California GOP Convention

These Anti-Hillary Clinton Buttons Were Spotted At A California GOP Convention

And they are, heh, foul. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Carla Marinucci tweeted the following image Saturday, saying, “Popular buttons at @CAGOP convention already take on @hillaryclinton #2016 in a big way… Ouch!!” As far as I’m concerned, these buttons burn no one but the Republican Party, which clearly has to stoop to lame, offensive new lows because they can’t take on Clinton in the ways that truly matter. Fail! [Huffington Post]

Little Girls Sing About “Disrupting The Pink Aisle” In Toy Stores To The Tune Of “We Are The Champions”

Little Girls Sing About "Disrupting The Pink Aisle" In Toy Stores To The Tune Of "We Are The Champions"
Disrupt The Pink Aisle!

Late last year, Debbie, a woman in the male-dominated field of engineering, became frustrated with what she saw as the link between the gender disparity in her field and the toys children play with. Specifically, that toys which encourage inventiveness are typically marketed towards boys and therefore lead boys to become more interested in subjects like math, science and engineering as they grow up. So she decided to do something about it. She started a toy company called GoldieBlox, with the goal of encouraging girls to love engineering as much as she does. You can watch her introductory video here. But the next step is actually bringing these engineering toys for girls in stores nationwide, especially a major chain like Toys R Us. While the store has stocked some of GoldieBlox’s toys, it’s been in small quantities, dwarfed by the sea of Barbies around them. “We’ve been told that GoldieBlox can’t survive in mass stores next to Barbie,” the company writes on their YouTube page. “Convention says that engineering toys for girls are a “niche” for the affluent, and for the internet. Together, we must prove convention wrong.” You can help them do that in one small way — sharing this awesome video, featuring a bunch of adorable girls singing to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” about “disrupting the pink aisle” with your Facebook and Twitter followers. Want to do more? Check out more suggestions for how to help at the link! [YouTube via Upworthy]

Driving Ruins Women’s Ovaries, Warns Saudi Cleric

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Listen up, women of childbearing age! Do you ever want to have kids some day? Are you concerned about your fertility? Then never, ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is bad for your ovaries. A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive, explained that only men should be allowed to drive cars because:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards. That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

Saudi Arabian activists who are fighting to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.” That must be a joke, though. Reason? Women? Ha! Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan did not cite actual medical research to support his claims about the affect driving has on the women’s reproductive system, probably because it does not exist. [MSN] [Image of woman rolling eyes via Shutterstock]

Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

“I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. … [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said ‘real heterosexual guys’ I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald [and] Scott Fitzgerald was not what you’d call a real guy’s guy, a real heterosexual guy. Part of Scott Fitzgerald’s charm is in his feminine sensibility. But then this noise happened. … Quite frankly, I was speaking to a Frenchman, so I was more concerned with my French than I was with what I was saying to this young woman.”

Are you following this? Professor David Gilmour of the University of Toronto isn’t sexist for refusing to teach women writers in his classes (except for one short story by Virginia Woolf) — you see,  he was just busy speaking in French to someone else. It’s so hard to not be sexist and speak French at the same time. Also, the female journalist who printed the words that came out of his mouth is just trying to “make a little name” for herself. Also-also, women writers still aren’t very good at writing, but F. Scott Fitzgerald has a “feminine sensibility” so he’s still OK as the type of “serious heterosexual guys” that Gilmour will only teach. Cool story, bro. [National Post]

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