Posts tagged "sexism"

Adorable Little Girls Explain What “Bossy” Means To Them

LeanIn.org and the Girl Scouts' campaign to ban the word "bossy" certainly has good intentions. The word "bossy" is often used as a negative term to describe girls and women who speak and act with authority, while it's rarely used to describe boys and…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 26, 2014

Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are “Too Distracting For Boys”

Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, has banned female students from wearing leggings, shorts and yoga pants, allegedly because the clothes are "too distracting for boys." Sigh, and body policing and the "Are Leggings Pants?" debate continues. Some grown men can't handle yoga pants, either. Maybe President Obama should issue an executive order banning…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 20, 2014

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up. Yes. That’s right.
By: Katrin Higher / March 20, 2014

Awesome Kickstarter Project Wants To Launch A Line Of Female-Centered Condom Cases

Janice Chan, a Brooklyn lawyer-turned-entrepreneur (read: badass) is tired of the judgment women sometimes receive for carrying condoms. She also didn't like storing her condoms in fancy business card cases or makeup bags when going out, but the only condom cases she found on the market were geared toward men. Now she's created a company called…
By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2014

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott As “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

Nevermind that fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who died today from an apparent suicide, modeled for Chanel, styled Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds campaign, outfitted a number of Hollywood films, and made gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and numerous other celebs. According to The New York Times, the most notable…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

While We Fight For Birth Control Coverage, Medicare Is Spending Millions On Penis Pumps

We know that conservative Republicans go batshit insane over the idea of the Affordable Healthcare Act covering preventative health care like birth control. But thanks to "The Daily Show," we now know that America has bigger problems, literally: Medicare is spending millions on penis pumps. The program has spent $172 million in the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

“Princeton Mom” Appears On “Today,” Offers A Wide Variety Of Archaic Bullshit Advice For Women

Susan Patton gained attention and the moniker "Princeton Mom" nearly a year ago, when the Daily Princetonian published a letter to the editor from the Class of '77 grad called, “Advice For The Young Women Of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had,” in which she advised Princeton's female population to focus on finding a…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2014

Beyonce Leans In, Appears In PSA To Ban The Word “Bossy”

I am decisively "meh" on Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In foundation and its focus on a feminist movement driven by/benefiting capitalism, but I can get behind their latest PSA campaign to ban the word "bossy," as it's frequently used to describe and diminish ambitious women. Beyonce is down with it too, appearing in the PSA above…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 10, 2014

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors. What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially…
By: Emily May and Courtney Young / March 9, 2014

Girl Scouts Has Been Asked To End Its Partnership With Barbie And I Kind Of Hope It Does

The Girl Scouts of the USA is under pressure from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream to end its partnership with Barbie, which it began last summer. The organization teamed up with Mattel to offer a Barbie webpage, activity book and uniform patch for Girl Scout…
By: Claire Hannum / March 8, 2014

Most Of Us Won’t Live Long Enough To See Gender Parity Among Leaders

New findings show that gender parity among professional leadership roles apparently won't happen for 71 years. Progress may be happening ... but it's happening sloooowly. [LA Times] After clashes this week with police, which included being whipped and beaten, feminist punk band Pussy Riot released a new video today criticizing President Vladmir…
By: Claire Hannum / February 20, 2014

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled "Trolls Just Want To Have Fun," details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us "fat" and "stupid" don't deserve another thought. [Time, Science Direct, CNN] Why do TED and…
By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Why Will Ferrell’s New Female-Focused Production Department Isn’t Cause For Celebration

Yesterday, Will Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions, announced that it is launching a female-focused film and television department called Gloria Sanchez Productions. The idea came from Jessica Elbaum, an exec at Gary Sanchez, who will head the division. This is exciting news, but I think they missed a major point. I believe people are…
By: Emily Winter / February 13, 2014

New York Times Magazine Comes Up With World’s Most Creative Cover For An Article About Female Politician

Why does the mainstream media have to ask if politicians who are also mothers can "have it all"? We never ask if dads can "have it all"; instead, we presume someone back at home (wife, nanny, second wife) is taking care of the kids and the kids are…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

This Awesome Recreation Of A 1981 LEGO Ad Says Everything You Need To Know About Sexist Toy Marketing

Maybe you saw this 1981 gender-neutral LEGO ad (left) the first time around. Or maybe you saw it more recently, going viral on the Internet to underscore how advertising for kids could be: the little girl in the picture isn't wearing any pink, and the ad copy is about the pride a child takes i…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Study: Yes, Height Makes A Difference In Dating

A study by Rice University and the University of North Texas has found that for lots of us, height does matter when it comes to choosing a partner. Researchers set out to learn more about height preferences in the heterosexual dating world by conducting a study split into two parts. The first part compiled data from Yahoo!
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Kenyan Politician On Single Women: “If You Are 35 And Don’t Have A Husband, There Is Something Wrong”

"If you are 35 and don't have a husband, there is something wrong. ... We will start demanding that you are married before you are elected.  ... You young ladies: look for husbands and get married. You are the ones causing problems. ... Someone who is able to manage a home is equally able to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2014

Not This Crap Again: GM’s New Female CEO Will Only Make Half Of What Her Male Predecessor Made

Mary Barra, GM's first female CEO, is set to be paid half of what Dan Akerson, her male predecessor, made. Yes, half. Barra will earn $4.4 million as opposed to Akerson's 2012 earnings of $9.1 million (which comprised $1.7 million in salary and $7.3 million in stock awards). As a senior advisor, Akerson is now entitled…
By: Claire Hannum / February 8, 2014

Saudi University Lets Female Student Die Of Heart Attack Rather Than Allow Male Paramedics On Campus

A female student who suffered a heart attack at the all-women's campus of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, died because officials would not allow the male paramedics to reach her. Amna Bawazeer was not "covered," officials said, and men are not permitted on the women's campus. Some students on the campus are extremely…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

So Not Fetch: The MPAA Tried To Give “Mean Girls” An R Rating

"We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, 'Amber D'Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,' which eventually became 'Amber D'Alessio made out with a hot dog.' Which is somehow weirder! That's the thing we found: When you're trying to make a joke obey the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2014
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