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How To Get On The Front Page Of UK Newspapers: Be A Male Writer Or One Of The Middleton Sisters

Men Quoted In Media
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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
Book Review Sexism
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Author Jodi Picoult says book reviewers favor white men. Read More »
NYT Appoints Woman Editor
The NYTimes has appointed it's first-ever woman executive editor. Read More »
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A British watchdog group called Women In Journalism has carried out a four-week study of UK newspapers and had these dismayingly sexist findings about who ends up on the front page:

  • Male writers
  • Photographs of Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, or missing child Madeline McCann
Hmm. Not very good options.

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Silly Women Need Soooo Much Help

Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »
Is This Sexist?
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Some say this ad is sexist and offensive, some say it's not. Read More »
Sexist Beer Marketing
Lady beer expert pens open letter letter to beer enthusiasts. Read More »
"Do You Have A Gut Problem!?"

Oh women, we have so many problems. We can’t keep it together, which is why advertisers helpfully offer us a slew of products to make taking care of ourselves and our children easier. Brit comedy show “That Mitchell And Webb Look” present an all-too-real spoof on the silly sexism in advertising. [YouTube]

IKEA Photoshops Women Out Of Saudi Arabian Catalog

Women-Only Cities
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Saudi Arabia plans women-only cities so they can be "separate but equal." 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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Photoshop, you beast! Look at all the problems you cause.

I kid, I kid. The real problem here is Saudi Arabia’s backwards attitude towards women, which is the reason why IKEA airbrushed all the women out of its Saudi catalog. As you can see from these side-by-side photos which landed on the cover of Stockholm’s Metro newspaper, a charming domestic scene lost the female model so as to be deemed acceptable.

It’s just like the time an Orthodox Jewish newspaper Photoshopped Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of a photo taken inside the Situation Room … only with a frykantig and a dagstorp. [Al-Jazeera]

Hyundai Netherlands’ “Upskirt” Commercial Is Very Lazy/European

Sex Dolls Sell Coffee
Cumberland Farms hired some sex dolls to shill their coffee drinks. Read More »
Husband Stealers
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Ukrainian women will steal your husbands, according to this ad. Read More »
India Vibe Ad
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Indian newspapers ran a Volkswagen ad that vibrated! Read More »
NSFW: Hyundai Netherlands' "Upskirt" Commercial

Oh, Europeans. Here’s a new commercial from Hyundai Netherlands for their Sante Fe vehicle. The ad is creepily called “Upskirt” and definitely pushes the boundaries of what you can do to sell cars here in the United States. The premise is about as unoriginal as any other car commercial: sexy ladies swooning over a new car. But in this ad, it’s an ice cream-meltingly hot day, the ladies are sexily dampened with sweat and not wearing a bra under an opaque blouse (because we do that — right, ladies?).  Sex sells here too, but it’s oftentimes sold in innuendo or pun form. Hyundai Netherlands, however, goes whole (horny) hog with gratuitous hard nipples and a blowing-in-the-wind upskirt panties shot. Keep reading »

Michelle Malkin “Probably Needs To Get Laid,” Says Fox News Commentator

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Is Hollywood still colorstruck? The search for Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
  • I am not Michelle Malkin fan, either, but the Fox News commentator who said the conservative wackjob is angry because she’s “probably needs to get laid” was inappropriate. You know us ladies: totally cray-cray when we’re not getting booty on the regular. Ugh.  Sexism is sexism, no matter what political party a woman we don’t like is in. [Mediaite]
  • Labor rights activists are demanding the Phillippines consulate in New York City start an anti-trafficking task force to look into abusive working conditions held by Filipina maids who work here as housekeepers and in other low-wage jobs. The call comes after a Filipina woman came forward about working 20 hours a day in a Kuwaiti diplomat’s house in Manhattan who finally escaped after eight months of abusive labor. [New York Daily News]
  • A new study has found that black women in positions of power face harsher criticism than others do. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Volkwagen India Put A Vibrator Inside A Newspaper, Then Tweeted Women Are Dumb And Can’t Drive

Free Vibrators!
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Why did NYC officials shut down Trojan's free vibe giveaway? Read More »
Vibrators And God
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Religious web sites are selling sex toys to the faithful. Read More »
Hide Your Vibe
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13 places at home to stash your pocket rocket. Read More »
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Putting vibrators in the pages is a clever way to get more horny women reading the papers and perhaps save the dying newspaper industry. But when Volkswagen India put a “tiny Chinese buzzing device … inserted gently between the folds of newsprint,” according to Jalopnik, it was meant to draw reader’s attention to their product. The tag line of the ad, which ran in Times of India and The Hindu, read “Feel the shiver of excitement?” and a light-sensitive box started buzzing when the page opened.

Instead, Indian readers took to Twitter to mock the ad — which, if I’m not mistaken, was probably what VW wanted to happen on some level? But someone at Volkswagen India HQ was not amused and responded with a tweet that epitomizes bad PR:

Women would be dumb to call it a vibrator. Or may they do not understand real driving experience. #Punintended #Volkswagen Keep reading »

“Don’t Get Raped”: New Tumblr Collects Handy Dandy Victim-Blaming Tips

Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »
Decapitated Rapist
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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
Victim Blaming
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Rape victims are never to blame for their assault. Read More »
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Don’t go near football players. Don’t trust police officers. Don’t be in or around your own home. Don’t go to Harvard. Don’t drink or go to school dances. And never, never change your mind about having sex if you’ve already said you want to bone.  All these and many other victim-blaming tips every woman needs are helpfully collected by the writer Kate Harding on Don’t Get Raped, which is filled with links to news articles about our shitty blame-the-victim-not-the-assailant rape culture. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to learn to how do my own Pap smear because I apparently can’t go to the gynecologist without getting raped. [VictimBlaming.Tumblr.com]

Facepalm Republican Tom Smith Assumes Women Are Talking About Shoes

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Republican Tom Smith compares rape to a child out of wedlock. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
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2012 Election
All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »
WTF?!
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Ladies Be Talkin' About Shoes

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Tom Smith, the Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who last week compared pregnancy from rape to having a baby out of wedlock, has verbal diarrhea again. Last week, Smith introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a campaign event in PA and was filmed working the crowd. As you can see in this video of his greatest sexist hits (it’s the second item), Smith walked up to Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones two women and asks them, “What are we talking about here? Two girls together talking!” One of the women answers, “We’re talking about the power of petite women.” And then Smith replies, “My guess would have been you were talking about shoes.” You know ladies: always talking about shoes! I guess we should be grateful he didn’t say “nail polish,” though, right? [Huffington Post]

“BIC For Her” Pens Are A Product That Actually Exists

Sexist Axe Ad
axe boobs
A headless pair of boobs stars in Axe's new commercial. Read More »
Man Aisle At Store
man grocery store
Grocery store launches a "man aisle" in a dopey publicity stunt. Read More »
Discount For Miniskirts
A theme park has found a creepy way to get women customers. Read More »
BIC For Her pens
  • Girls need girlish “BIC For Her” pens for girly girls, amirite? (Yes, I wrote the word “pens.” PENS!) You have to read some of the snarky comments that reviewers posted on Amazon.com for these things.  [Gizmodo UK]
  • Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti on the “fantasy women” of the GOP. [The Nation]
  • On Hasidic women and communicating your faithfulness by the color of your pantyhose. [Forward]
  • Google gets it when it comes to maternity leave: the company increased the length of the leave and retained more of their female employees. [Slate]
  • Happy Women Reading Comics In Public Day! [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

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This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women” — as in, women are becoming too educated at the (scare quotes!) “expense” of men.

This is scary stuff. Keep reading »

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