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Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Sexist Hate Mail

Sexist Math Shirt
The-Childrens-Place-Sexist-Shirts
The Children's Place knows girls are bad at math but good at shopping. Read More »
Sexed Up Science PSA
This sexed up PSA was intended to attract women to the science field. Read More »
"Urban Whore"
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Science blog editor calls Black female writer an "urban whore." Read More »
"I'd Still Totally Do Her"

Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies.  Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.

In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It
Why Funny Women Rule
Mind of Man
John DeVore on why funny women are a natural resource. Read More »

Dear Variety Columnist Brian Lowry,

You wrote a negative review of Sarah Silverman’s new comedy special, “We Are Miracles,” which aired on HBO Saturday night.

And I get it.

The special felt stale, pointlessly antagonistic, and lacked actual jokes. But worse than the program itself was the bizarrely-gendered language you used to smash it.

The title of your piece, which I can only assume was approved by a Victorian-era ghost, was “Sarah Silverman’s Bad Career Choice: Being as Dirty as the Guys.” In the review, you claim Silverman appeared, “determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys.” Keep reading »

Debate This: Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Equal Work, Equal Pay
But not if you're an insurance agent or any of these other careers. Read More »
On The "Office Mom"
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The WSJ thinks offices have their own "moms." Read More »
"Seduce" the Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To "Seduce" The Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch advises female employees to "seduce" the men. Read More »
Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Global law firm Clifford Chance is under fire for distributing a five-page memo to female employees with specific dress code critiques and advice for how to conduct themselves professionally.  Not surprisingly, the firm is now being criticized for a “sexist” focus on only their female employees.

I don’t disagree that a focus soley on the behavior and appearance of only female employees is sexist. Specific pieces of the advice are problematic.

But taken all together, is the advice Clifford Chance gave to its female employees wrong or bad? Nope. Keep reading »

Texas Brewery Advertises Blonde Ale That “Goes Down Easy,” Offers Eyeroll-Inducing Defense Of How Funny It Is

blonde beer

Sex jokes and beer go together like bros and cluelessness. Case in point: Deep Ellum Brewery’s  Blonde Ale, which is features a blonde Kewpie doll on the can with the slogan “Goes Down Easy.” The slogan and image is also featured on the side of a hot pink company van. It’s a sexual innuendo about blowjobs — get it?  Clearly that’s what the Texas craft brewery intended when they advertised their smoother alcoholic beverage, with little regard for women who find the suggestion they “go down easy” offensive. Keep reading »

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

Slap Hillary Clinton?
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Republicans put out "game" about slapping Hillary Clinton. Read More »
Small Breasts, Huge Thighs
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Australian PM Julia Gillard humiliated by sexist menu. Read More »
Shut Up, Tony Abbott
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Australian PM calls female colleagues "feisty," with "sex appeal." Read More »
french politician fined for making chicken noises

What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about pension reform when Le Ray began loudly clucking. (In France, the word for “chicken” is used as a slur against women.)  Massonneau stopped speaking and addressed him: “That’s enough! I’m not a chicken.” The leader of the National Assembly then temporarily suspended the parliamentary session and publicly chastised Le Ray when they returned. I guess it’s sort of a relief that politicians are juvenile sexist douchebags the world over? [Guardian UK, Belfast Telegraph UK] [Image of a chicken via Shutterstock]

Frisky Rant: Don’t Assume I’m Taking My Husband’s Name

I Took Her Last Name
Bucking tradition, this husband took his wife's last name. Read More »
Combined Last Names
Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter
Chris O'Dowd's new wife combined their last names together. Read More »
No Maiden Names
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Japanese court rules against keeping one's maiden name. Read More »
keeping maiden name and not taking husband's name

I got married on Friday. It is still all so very new that the wedding band on my finger distracts me every five seconds. It feels weird  — a blissfully happy weird — to hear the words “my husband” come out of my own mouth.

But it’s never too early, apparently, for people to just go ahead and assume that I took my husband’s last name.  Keep reading »

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