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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 this juniors “I Need A Hero” T — a tight-fitting v-neck available in only girls/young women sizes — for “The Avengers” might want to go back to the drawing board. By way of comparison, an “Iron Man” T for girls sold by the Disney Store reads “Be A Hero.”

Boys, be a hero; girls need a hero. Yup, got it. And I have only one thing to say about that … HULK SMASH. [Huffington Post]

Sexist Beer Marketing
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Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
Sexist Job Listing
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They'll only hire you if you're attractive, female and under age 25. Read More »

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

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasts discrimination against gays. Read More »
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“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 In New York” issue, which was apparently quite lovely because of sexism. Might I remind you this person sits on our nation’s highest court in the land? Wonder how many times Justice Elena Kagan has to stop herself from rolling her eyes. [NYMag.com]

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

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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 couple. They broke up. You’re also probably aware that Bieber has been losing it a little bit lately: arguing with his neighbors, showing up late/canceling concerts, trying to fight paparazzi, running around in gas masks, abandoning his pet monkey.

Apparently, all of that is his ex-girlfriend’s fault! Keep reading »

Guy Talk: On Being A Dude In A Sexist Society

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Why owning a gun doesn't make you even more of a man. Read More »
Sex All The Time?
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Contrary to stereotype, men don't want sex all the time. Read More »
"Hipster Sexism"
Please, can the phrase "hipster sexism" not be a thing? Read More »
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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 or two earlier or later, a big website that caters explicitly to the libidos of straight dudes tossing up a list that ranks accomplished women on a scale of “hotness” would have just been another eye-rolling example of the sort of overt-yet-casual sexism that women in the industry (and many others) have to deal with on a regular basis. But the timing couldn’t have been worse. The author of the piece, Luke Winkie, went to The Daily Beast to explain why he’d taken the assignment and how, after his editors got their hands on it, it didn’t turn out the way that he’d planned.

Luke is my friend, and I know the position he was in: Dude is a young freelancer who got offered almost a month’s rent to write something that he knew was kind of shitty. He thought that he could make that shitty thing a little bit better (he wrote at the Beast that he “got the idea that maybe we could make a list called ‘The Hottest Women In Tech’ sound as earnest and empowering and good-hearted as it could possible be”), and then it didn’t work out. I’m not here to defend the guy – he can do that himself – but I can relate, because I had been in similar positions in the past. When you’re a straight, white, cisgender dude who benefits materially from living and working in a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic society, it’s easy to overestimate the amount of power you have. Keep reading »

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

IKEA Photoshop Airbrush
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Women airbrushed out of Ikea's Saudi Arabian catalog. Read More »
"Tempting" Eyes
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Saudi women with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up. Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
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  • 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 Georgia GOP, warned that if we legalize same-sex marriage straight people will enter into sham gay marriages just to get benefits.  [Talking Points Memo]
  • Some good news for once: nominations for the National Magazine Awards are finally equal between men and women. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

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

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New dinosaur species named after 9yo girl who discovered it. Read More »
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We like cute animals because they remind us of human babies. Read More »
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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, and she was also a pioneering rocket scientist for NASA who invented the jet propulsion system that keeps satellites orbiting properly. In 2011, Brill received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama. You know, no biggie. Keep reading »

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

Sexist Beer Marketing
Lady beer expert pens open letter letter to beer enthusiasts. Read More »
Sexist Parking Spaces
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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
Sexism Vs. Pelosi
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Nancy Pelosi portrayed as the Wicked Witch of the West. Read More »
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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. Karya Bumi Baratama is that receptionist applicants  be “female, single, max 25 years old.”

While the post does ask for appropropriate qualities such as an education “from reputable university” and “good interpersonal and communication skill,” it rounds itself out with the last bullet point asking for the candidate to be “good looking.”  Keep reading »

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

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The self-righteous bullies of Tumblr and their feminist apologists. Read More »
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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 Python programming community. The tweet was accompanied by a TwitPic of the man who’d been making nerdy insider jokes. Richards added in another tweet, “Can someone talk to these guys about their conduct? I’m in lightning talks, top right near stage, 10 rows back #pycon.”

PyCon saw her tweets. “Thank you @AdriaRichards for bringing the inappropriate comments to our attention. We’ve dealt with the situation,” @PyCon tweeted. The man was identified and fired by his employer, PlayHaven. Then, earlier today, SendGrid announced it had fired Adria Richards, too.  Keep reading »

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

Leave Taylor Alone!
She's allowed to have a lot of boyfriends, okay? Read More »
Taylor Gets Goated
"I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In," now with screaming goats! Read More »
Taylor Talks Exes
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Her exes aren't forbidden to write songs about her. Read More »
Taylor's Song "22" Parody
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Taylor Swift gets parodied for a song about crappy male politicians. Read More »

“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 twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

– I would like to pretend that Taylor Swift was inspired to talk sexism in Vanity Fair because read my essay on The Frisky called “Taylor Swift Is Allowed To Have A Lot Of Boyfriends, OK?” It was about about how women like Taylor Swift, Carly Simon, and Nora Ephron who write about their relationships and emotions are just doing the same thing that guys like Woody Allen and Kanye West do. But women get slammed as overly-attached psychos for doing it while for the dudes it is just “art.” She probably didn’t read it (I can dream, can’t I?) but I’m glad Taylor spoke up about this issue herself! [Vanity Fair]

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

Miniskirt Ban
Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
On Slutshaming
It's about controlling women through guilt and shame. Read More »
Another Miniskirt Man
Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
Cops Warn Vs. Skirts
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NYC police warned women not to wear skirts to avoid a serial rapist. Read More »
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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. Keep reading »

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