Posts tagged "sexist"

Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To “Seduce” The Boys’ Club

I'm continually shocked by the amount of totally egregious sexist/racist/classist bullshit that people and companies are trying to pull. I understand that this is a tale as old as time, but it's like come the fuck on already. Case in point, the baby geniuses at Merrill Lynch who felt it necessary to offer up a…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 27, 2013

This 1962 Letter From NASA Says That No Girls Are Allowed In Space

Apparently in 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (that's NASA) had no interest in sending women into space. They were also pretty sure that they would never need such a ridiculous program. Ladies! In space! LOL!  Check out this letter, which says, “We have no existing program concerning woman astronauts nor do we contemplate…

By: Mary Odell / July 10, 2013

Not This Crap Again: London Mayor Boris Johnson Thinks Educated Women Need Still To Find Husbands

During the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, spoke with Malaysian Prime Minister about the role of women in education. After the the PM  noted that 68 percent of college graduates in Malaysia are now women, Johnson just had to add that “they’ve got to find men to…

By: Mary Odell / July 9, 2013

Scottish Politician Boycotts Golf Tournament Because Club Doesn’t Admit Women

Last week, Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, announced that he will be sending a junior minister to the British Open, a prestigious golf tournament,  instead of attending it himself. He's an avid golfer and is not forgoing the event out of disinterest. Rather on a matter of principle: the club hosting the event doe…

By: Mary Odell / July 5, 2013

Iowa Court To Reconsider Fired-For-Flirting Sexual Discrimination Case

The Iowa Supreme Court will reconsider the sexual discrimination case of  Melissa Nelson, who was fired by her male boss James Knight. Knight was caught flirting with Nelson by his wife and eventually fired Nelson because he claimed he found her too sexually attractive to not be a distraction to his marriage. Back in December, a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2013

Danish Show “Blachman” Offers Unkempt Men’s Opinions On Naked Women

Take a good look at the picture of the two men posted here. Would you want the two of them to judge your naked body? On national television? Because that's exactly what's happening on a new show in Denmark. TV host Thomas Blachman (the bald, pot-bellied one) and a rotating male guest (in this episode, a…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 3, 2013

“Vaginas” Is An Appropriate Euphemism For “Women,” According To New Hampshire Republican Politician

I'm tempted to respond like a fourth-grader and refer to New Hampshire State Representative Peter Hansen as "penis" for the rest of this post.  But unlike this "fairly well-educated" man, I'm not of the mind that genitalia are acceptable substitutes for gender.  In an email sent to the New Hampshire House of Representatives list-serv Rep. Hansen wrote…

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

Sexy Shoe Shines: Because Everything Has To Be Sexy Now

Men! Why get a shoe shine when you can get a seXXXy shoe shine? That seems to be the theory behind Star Shine NYC, a new New York City shoe shine shop in the Financial District. At the "Hooters" of shoe shines, as some have called it, for $7, a buxom woman in shorts and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Marvel Sells “I Need A Hero” T Just For Women

It's rad when women are into comics, a sphere that suffers under the stereotype of being just for the Kevin Smith set. So you'd think Marvel might want to encourage to women and girls to dig their comics, right? Sometimes they do a good job, but sometimes it's just an epic fail.  Whoever made thi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Leave It To Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Find The Bright Side Of Discrimination

"Every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs." -- This is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reflecting on his childhood in New York City for New York magazine's "Childhood…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2013

No, Selena Gomez Is Not “To Blame For Justin Bieber’s Behavior”

Celebrity gossip is not the place to look for nuance or thoughtfulness. A lot of it is downright sexist. Take, for example, today's headline on New York Post gossip page's Page Six column, "Selena Gomez 'To Blame For Justin Bieber's Behavior'." You're probably aware that pop stars Gomez and Bieber were, for a time, a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

Guy Talk: On Being A Dude In A Sexist Society

Late last month, in the midst of several recent and prominent examples in the steady stream of stories about the challenges that women in the tech industry face, Complex.com published its list of "The 40 Hottest Women In Tech." Tone deaf move, fellas! People were understandably upset. Maybe if it had been published a month…

By: Dan Solomon / April 4, 2013

Saudi Women Allowed To Ride Bikes, But Only While Wearing An Abaya & Accompanied By A Male Relative

Guess what everyone?! Saudi Arabia will reportedly now permit women to ride a bicycle in public ... but only in parks ... and only while accompanied by a male relative ... and only while dressed in a body-covering abaya veil. Um ... that sounds  ... leisurely. [Think Progress, Huffington Post] Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Sexism Fail: NY Times Remembers NASA Jet Propulsion Scientist As “World’s Best Mom”

Yvonne Brill, 88, died last week in New Jersey. According to her New York Times obituary, which ran on Saturday, her standout accomplishments were the eight years she took off from work to raise her three children, the way she followed her husband from job to job, and her "mean beef stroganoff" recipe. Oh, yeah,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Sexist Job Listing Only Wants You If You’re Female, Attractive & Under 25

Sexism in the workplace is manifested in a slew of ways: pay inequality, dress code regulations, getting hit on by your boss. In this case, on the site Australia InfoMine, sexism reared its ugly head before the job even started! According to News.Com.Au, the first requirement on a posting for the Korean coal company Pt.

By: Sarah Gray / March 22, 2013

Developer Evangelist Adria Richards Fired After Tweeting About Sexual Jokes At Tech Conference

Developer evangelist Adria Richards has been fired from her job at SendGrid after she tweeted a picture of a developer cracking sexual innuendo-filled jokes behind her at a recent tech conference. "Not cool. Jokes about forking repo's in a sexual way and 'big dongles,' #pycon" Richards tweeted, referring to PyCon, a conference for the Pytho…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2013

Taylor Swift Isn’t “Clingy, Insane, Desperate”

"For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated—a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way—that’s taking it and turning it and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2013

Mexican Town Bans Slutty, Slutty Miniskirts & Gay, Gay Cross-Dressing

Because no man in the history of the world has ever been able to control his rape-alicious sexual urges, a Mexican town has banned women from wearing slutty, slutty miniskirts. And they've also banned crossdressing. Because, you know, gays.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2013

“Feminist” Ex-Politician Louise Mensch Now Runs Fashion Site “Unfashionista” With Tips On “Man-Pleasing”

Once upon a time, a woman named Louise Mensch was an MP for Britain's Tory political party. Last summer, Mensch suddenly resigned [last item], saying she could not juggle her young family and being a politician at the same time. Since then, Mensch has taken up a somewhat ... surprising ... pursuit: she now runs a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013

Why Are People Shocked That A Pretty, Blonde, 16-Year-Old Girl Is A Genius?

There's a plot for a romantic comedy in here somewhere: a 16-year-old British girl named Lauren Marbe has scored 161 on a MENSA test, ranking her intelligence higher than Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. But people are shocked -- shocked! -- at Lauren Marbe's genius intelligence because she's a blonde girl from Essex (which i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013
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