Posts tagged "sexism"

This French Short Film “Oppressed Majority” Shows Men What It’s Really Like To Be A Woman In A Sexist Society

We don't live in a world where men experience the same day-to-day sexist micro-aggressions that women do. But "Oppressed Majority," a short French film by Elénore Pourriat, does a pretty good job illustrating it. Pierre is a father and husband who lives in France. Going about his day, he's catcalled on the street by wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Avital Norman Nathman, Editor Of The Good Mother Myth

You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the "mom" of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality. The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

Study: White Men Are Still The Preferred Guest For Sunday Morning Talk Shows

Just in case you were under the assumption "we don't need feminism anymore": today brings us an analysis study by Media Matters For America about the demographics of the Sunday morning talk shows during 2013. You'll be shocked, shocked to know that white men are still the most common guests for seven of the show…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2014

Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

When a woman attempts to find some semblance of "having it all," she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question. The latest female politician in the hot…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 29, 2014

Fox News Gathers 4 Men For Panel Discussion About “War On Women”

Presented without comment. [Media Matters For America] On the lyrics of Beyoncé and Jay Z's song "Drunk In Love" that make reference to domestic violence ("Eat the cake, Anna-Mae") and one radio station's decision to censor those lyrics from the song. [Racialicious]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2014

“ANITA” Documentary Explores Anita Hill’s Sexual Harassment Nightmare

Many Frisky readers are too young to remember the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas, then a federal circuit judge. One name you might recall is Anita Hill. She was the Black woman who came forward to publicly testify that Thomas, her boss at the Department of Education and the EEOC, had sexually…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2014

“Girls” Star Jemima Kirke Presents A Short Film On The History Of Women In Art

Any "Girls" fan worth her battery-operated boyfriend knows that Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa, is first-and-foremost an artist. In this new short film presented by the Tate galleries and Le Méridien hotels, Jemima takes us back through Western civilization's long history of ignoring female artists. (Obviously such a conversation could not exist without the feminist activist…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014

Ladies: Mike Huckabee Says If You Use Contraception, You Can’t Control Your Libido

"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it! Let u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 23, 2014

19-Year-Old Tennis Champ Eugenie Bouchard Asked Stupid/Sexist Question About Her Celebrity Dream Date

On Monday, 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal became the first Canadian tennis player in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. That's pretty cool, right? But what inquiring minds really want to know is what celebrity this teenager would like to date.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

Female Oscar Nominees In 2014 Remains Dismally Low Yet Again

Zero female directors, zero cinematographers, zero female editors, and only two screenwriters. A grand total of seven categories don't even have one woman nominated! That's the female nominees at the Academy Awards in 2014. Yes, I said 2014. [Womens Media Center] Amelia had a good take…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 17, 2014

The Olympics Thought Ski Jumping Was Bad For Your Delicate Lady Uterus

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time ever that women's ski jumping will be a sport. Previously, women were only allowed to test the courses for the men. The International Olympic Committee has long said women were excluded from competition because the category does not have enough elite female competitors, a charge…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2014

Disney Family Is Mad At Meryl Streep For Pointing Out That Walt Disney Was A Bigot

Queen Forever And High Priestress Of The Universe Meryl Streep has pissed off some people. Some powerful people. You see, Meryl Streep is on Walt Disney family's bad side about she told the audience at an awards gala that Walt Disney was a "gender bigot" who, at the very least, told a woman animator only…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

Girl Talk: An Engagement Ring? No, Thanks!

I am a woman who is engaged to be married. But unlike lots of your friends who are busy posting photographs of their diamond engagement rings on Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my left hand. This is because I told my fiancée many times before we got…
By: Kay Steiger / January 7, 2014

Miley Cyrus Still Doesn’t Get Why Her VMAs Performance Was Racially Problematic

"It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: 'How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

The Beastie Boys Suing GoldieBox Toy Company Of Use Of “Girls”

The Beastie Boys filed a lawsuit yesterday against girls' toy company GoldieBlox for acting with "oppression, fraud and malice" over unauthorized use of the band's song, "Girls," in their popular commercial. The band insisted that they have never wanted to have their music to promote products and would not have approved…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2013

Yes, The Workplace Is Still Kinda Sexist — But We’re Getting There!

Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century? According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to…
By: Claire Hannum / December 11, 2013

Pantene Takes Down Sexist Stereotypes In One-Minute Commercial

Whoever is responsible for conceptualizing Pantene advertisements in the Philippines got it really, really right in this minute-long spot. Given that this is a commercial intended to sell haircare products, the clip almost seems out of left field in its simple, but powerful, social commentary. Consider this: Facebook COO and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg…
By: Rachel Krause / December 10, 2013

The Year Of Women In Media: A (Depressing) Supercut

All year long, The Frisky has blogged about representations of women and girls in the media. And what a year it was! The Onion tweeting Quvenzhane Wallis a "cunt." The "slap Hillary Clinton" game. The music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."  Miley Cyrus' everything. I could…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2013

Today’s Lady News: Why, Yes, This Is An Actual Ad For The D.C. Metro

Seriously, D.C. Metro? "Can't we just talk about shoes?" [DCist via The Wire] After Sasha Fleischman, a genderqueer/agender student in Oakland, California, was set on fire on a city bus by an attacker, other teens wore non-genderconforming clothing in solidarity. [Queerty] These anti-drinking rape PSA…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2013

She-Beast Zooey Deschanel Is A ‘Mean Girl’ Because She Acts Like A Boss And Makes Rules As “New Girl” Producer

The producer of a hit TV show makes rules that other people have to follow so filming doesn't run behind. Running behind irritates this person. Time, after all, is money. That sounds like professionalism to me. But what if I told you that producer is a woman and she also is the star of the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013
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