Posts tagged "sexism"

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 at their…

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 fine and we do not need to…

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

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, postpartum depression, the changing face of

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] Malala Yousafzai's book launch for her memoir I Am Malala has been cancelled…

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 on Jezebel's recent Lena Dunham/Vogue untouched images stunt and…

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 actual wome…

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
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