Today, The Washington Post ran a column praising 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as a tenacious athlete. In fact, you could describe columinist Sally Jenkins’ piece as gushing. So it’s unfortunate in an otherwise awe-filled piece that Jenkins’ made a poor choice of words (emphasis mine):
This was her first Olympic gold medal attempt in a grueling program of seven planned events — and on top of that, she had had to swim a semifinal heat in the 200 freestyle less than 15 minutes earlier. But with about 25 meters to go in the backstroke, a mean girl took possession of her.
Whoa, hold up. Why does winning have anything to do with being a “mean girl”? Keep reading »
“With ‘The Daily Show,’ I felt like [people criticizing her] were only satisfied when everyone fit into a certain box. “Pretty and stupid” — one box. “Smart and funny” — another box. I believe they fit into this other box, which is, ‘hates women who are pretty and smart and funny.’
The only thing I can do is look at the people who have supported me. Tina Fey is the one who recommended me to the creators of [Munn’s short-lived sitcom] ‘Perfect Couples’ on NBC, and she wasn’t thinking about my breasts. And Jon Stewart would not jeopardize his show to cast some girl based on her looks. I think a lot of women should realize that when we’re putting each other down, you’re putting the same glass ceiling over you that you are on me. The only difference is that I will find a way to go around that. I refuse to live in a world where somebody’s gonna tell me who I am.”
– Olivia Munn addresses that long-ago criticism of her appointment to “The Daily Show,” which rankled some ladybloggers, including me. At the time, what bothered me was that of all the funny women in all the land that Jon Stewart could have cast on his show, he chose a funny lady who was also young and beautiful who had also taken her clothes off a lot in magazines. It seemed … annoying. I don’t believe I personally was trying to put her in a box, just that I felt annoyed by how she wasn’t owning up to using her sexuality to get ahead — which is fine, just own up to it. In retrospect, it seems like criticizing her personally may have done more harm than good. She makes good points here and actually sounds pretty rad. So, I’m sorry, Olivia. (Not that you care what I think, but hey.) [NY Post]
Great publicity stunt, Westside Market NYC! You’ve launched a thousand feminist blogs into a tizzy about the “man aisle” in your grovery store, which is stocked with everything a dudely dude would need on a grocery trip. All the food groups: booze, barbecue sauce, chips, and razors. The store’s CEO George Joskowitz told New York Post he was inspired to create a “man aisle” after reading an ESPN study that found 31 percent of men are grocery shopping for their families, up from 14 percent in the 1980s. (Thirty-one percent? That’s all? I dunno, those numbers sound really off.) And you know what families need: booze, barbecue sauce, chips, and razors. Joskowitz bragged that “you can pretty much stand here [and] not move two feet” to get all your shopping done. Unless you need things like milk, eggs and cereal. Or diapers. Or go on a tampon run for your hormonal girlfriend who is back at the house sobbing into her stuffed animals. Because let’s face it, guys. That’s the only reason you’d be a woman’s domain in the first place, amirite? [New York Post]
A theme park in Guilin, China is giving a discount to women if they wear a skirt shorter than 38 centimeters. Merryland Resort’s Love Miniskirts discount runs for the next two months and is the sixth year it has thrown the event. “The stipulation aims to encourage female visitors to showcase their beauty in summer,” the deputy manager of the park, told Shanghai Daily newspaper. As you can see in the video above, women actually get their skirts measured with rulers before entering the park. Seems reminiscent of Catholic school rules to me, but in a completely opposite, exploitative way. Anyway, that theme park must be a creep’s paradise! Do you think discounts for miniskirts are gross or would you happily don a miniskirt if it got you in the gates with a cheaper ticket? [Telegraph UK]
Today in Stuff I Almost Don’t Want To Write About Because It Just Gives Them More Attention news:
Eric Golub, a “neoconservative comedian” and blogger for the conservative newspaper Washington Times, wants everyone to know he is writing a list of the 10 Ugliest Women in Politics. But don’t get your panties in a bunch, you oversensitive prisses with silly concerns about women being judged only on their looks — Eric Golub’s list of the 10 Ugliest Women will only include women whose character is ugly. Keep reading »
Today in BS: female Republican House staffers make a whopping $10,093.09 less than the male Republican House staff. Yes, you should read that number again: $10,093.09!
The Democrats aren’t innocent either: female staffers on the Democratic side earn $1,473.65 less, on average, annually than their male counterparts. While the difference is not insignificant, my mind is completely blown looking at the difference that female and male Republican House staffers annually earn. Keep reading »
sexist asshat German mayor has designated the “more challenging” parking spaces in the municipal garage for male drivers, because parking a car is so haaaard for us little-wittle-ladies. The mayor, Gallus Strobel, has decreed that certain parking spaces will be designated with a male or female symbol to show who is permitted to park in each spot. Strobel told a German newspaper, “Men are, as a rule, a little better at such challengers.” Well then! He sounds like such a lovely man to work for. According to Sweden’s The Local, the women’s 12 spaces are wider, more well-lit, farther away from pillars and closer to the exit.
Wait. Hold up. No manicures? No shoes? No pictures of fuzzy kittens and bunnies? What kind of women’s parking spaces are these?! [Female First UK; The Local DE]
Recently fired from MSNBC due to his blatant racism, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan whipped out another sexist comment during an episode of “The McLaughlin Group” on Sunday, saying that he hopes a female will not be elected president during his lifetime. Roll eyes.
With over 20 countries boasting female leaders, and Hillary Clinton having run for the American presidency in 2008, I can see Mr. Buchanan being very disappointed in the near future. Or, at least, so I hope. [Think Progress]
Update: 4p.m. Well, that was quick. State Senator
Mary Marty Golden’s website has canceled the event. I guess you’ll have to learn your feminine wiles elsewhere. [New York Observer]
Please tell me this is a joke. This is a joke, right?
The office of a Republican politician in Brooklyn, New York, will be offering a class for women in his district about “Posture, Deportment, and Feminine Presence.” Ostensibly this is a career development event about etiquette, but the packaging is really, really WTF. Keep reading »