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Sexist Beliefs Are Passed Down From Mom, Study Finds

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Children learn more than just ABCs at their mother’s breast: a new study of 1,455 adolescents and their parents in Spain finds that mothers are the parent most likely to socialize traditional gender roles and therefore pass along sexist beliefs.

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“The Playboy Club” Gets Cancelled: Why Did It Suck So Much?

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A Playboy Club opens in London and feminists are pissed. Read More »
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Feminist Gloria Steinem urges a boycott of "The Playboy Club." Read More »
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Gloria Steinem, rejoice: “The Playboy Club” has been cancelled after only three episodes. Viewership dropped from 5 million to 3.2 million, which spooked NBC enough to give it the axe. While we are sorry the lovely and talented Amber Heard is out of a job, honestly that show sucked.

Let’s parse just why “The Playboy Club” failed to catch on with viewers after the jump: Keep reading »

Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

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Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country’s ban on women driving.  The woman, Shaima Jastaina, was found guilty of driving without a license (as Saudi Arabia only issues such licenses to men) and sentenced to 10 lashes. Geez Louise, hold onto your testicles, boys, because it is like the office of Ms. magazine over there!  Just kidding: the official speaking to the AP declined to elaborate about the amnesty, which may signify the king is trying not to draw attention to it and risking angering Saudis who oppose the expansion of women’s rights. But two grand, pro-women gestures in one week is still something to celebrate. [Al-Jazeera]

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Is This Olympus Camera Ad Sexist?

One of the things that comes up in a gender studies class is the concept of the “male gaze.” Generally speaking, it’s the idea that men have a particular and at-times oppressive way of envisioning women (innocent, helpless, submissive, dumb, etc.) which is reflected through the media. The excellent blog Sociological Images hazards a guess that this Olympus camera ad, which appeared in an Australian graphic design magazine, is the very definition of the male gaze. But it’s not the pictures of the attractive women in different colors/tones that are the problem — it’s the caption, which reads “Never get bored of how your girlfriend looks again.” Personally, I think the ad is clever, not especially sexist, although I do understand how it could be read as privileging men to control womens’ appearances. What do Frisky readers think? [Sociological Images] Keep reading »

Douchebags Can Be Explained By Science

Science can explain everything, including that bro in the Red Sox hat chugging Amstel Lights. A study of 363 college students published in the online edition of the journal Sex Roles found that men with sexist attitudes towards women think more favorably of casual sex and tend to pursue “aggressive courtship strategies.” Lucky for them, women who also favor casual sex share these guys’ negative, sexist views towards women. Women with sexist views are also are more likely to respond to “aggressive courtship strategies.” The study’s authors, Jeffrey Hall and Melanie Canterberry of the University of Kansas, concluded this means sexist men and sexist women prefer partners who are like them, which I suppose is a way of saying that men with a low opinion of women have an easier time scoring with women who have low opinions of themselves. I find this sad, but it’s better these two groups date each other than sexist dudes try and pursue me. [USA Today] Keep reading »

That’s Not Sexism: Christine O’Donnell Claims Piers Morgan’s Interview Was Sexist

Accusing the courtly British interviewer Piers Morgan of being rude did not seem to work for Christine O’Donnell, so now she is claiming sexism is to blame. “If he was sitting there talking to Barack Obama or Joe Biden or any other male Senate candidates, talking about masturbation and all of this stuff, it would’ve been creepy,” she told the conservative website The Daily Caller. “He kept pressing and pressing and pressing.” Morgan was referring to her publicly-known views about masturbation being sinful, which she compared to adultery on a 1996 MTV special about sex. One would assume the president and vice president have never had to answer questions about masturbation because they have each been discreet enough to keep their opinions on the topic to themselves. If either man had crusaded against masturbation at any point in their careers, I’d bet my firstborn child that the mainstream media would be all over it. Keep reading »

Andy Richter Prescribes “Two Solid Weeks Of Orgasms” For Michele Bachmann

Andy Richter is one of those comics who is so “whatever,” that when he occasionally surfaces, I’m like, “Oh, yeah, he still exists.” Case in point: last night Richter dispatched this charming tweet to Twitter, “There’s nothing wrong with Michele Bachmann two solid weeks of orgasms won’t cure.” Ah, yes, the old self-congratulatory ‘this woman sucks because she hasn’t been f**ked properly’ narrative. Bow down to the phallus! The penis cures aaaaaall! Keep reading »

The Corndog Bitten ‘Round The World: A Photo Of Michele Bachmann Mid-Chomp

Over the week weekend, the UK’s Telegraph‘s blog published a post about Rep. Michele Bachmann and illustrated it with a picture of her chomping down on a corndog at the Iowa State Fair. Bachmann’s eyes are mid-blink, her lipsticked mouth is wide open, and well, she’s shoving a corndog into her face.

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“When A Woman’s At The Wheel” = The Most Sexist Car Commercial Ever!

You know what’s so confusing and hard? Driving. All those signs! And lights! And potholes! And other cars you have to avoid crashing into! How do you ever wrap your pretty little head around it?

Boy, this Goodyear Polyglass commercial about “when a woman’s at the wheel” is a gem. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Fox News Commenter Makes Crack About Palin And Bachmann “Jell-O Wrestling”

Hells bells. The campaign season has barely started and already sexist comments are being made about the women running for office. Fox News commenter Cal Thomas has made a crack about Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin “Jell-O wrestling.” The roundtable was discussing Bachmann’s comment over the weekend that the media wants to see a catfight between her and Palin, which she called a “mud-wrestling fight.” Then Thomas joked about how “Jell-O wrestling” might be more preferable. Oh, what a card. A woman on the panel noted that when Bachmann mentioned mud-wrestling, “that’s where the mind goes.” True, and that’s where a professional pundit should keep his sexist asshat-ery. I’m no fan of either woman, but female politicians deserve better than this. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

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