Posts tagged "sexism"

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 cause…

By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

Are We Really Surprised That James Franco Has No Space On His Bookshelf For Women Writers?

James Franco, in addition to being an actor, performance artist, director and avid Instagrammer, is a writer of both fiction and poetry. He’s a big reader too — he’s currently starring on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men” — and one of his many upcoming projects includes a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2014

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has No Time For Sexism


“There is sexism – I’m not denying its existence. But I’m saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, ‘Get out of my way.’”
“Veep”‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus is stark naked with the Constitution written across her back on the cover of the latest issue…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2014

Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times]
President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women. [New York Times, White House]
The number of women choosing to…

By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

What Double Standard Drives You Crazy?

Oh, good ol’ double standards! Reddit asked its users yesterday which double standard they hate most in modern society and commenters, both male and female, had some pretty sobering (and funny) observations to share. Do these ring true in your own life?

By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesso…

By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

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 men who act similarly. But is banning the word really the answer,…

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 them…

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 thing…

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 past five…

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 husband during their…

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 —…

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 Scouts aged 5 to…

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 Putin and…

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. [TimeScience Direct, CNN]
Why do TED and its spinoff TEDwomen refuse…

By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2014
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