Posts tagged "sexist"

Rachel Maddow On Her Sexist Hate Mail

"A constant 14 percent of the feedback I get is hate mail. But a 100 percent of that 14 percent hate mail is about what what I look like: ‘I hate you not because of what you said, or some argument or some position that you have, but I hate you because you’re Rachel MadCOW,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2011

Quotable: Is “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” Star Guy Fieri A Lech & A Bigot?

"Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff. When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts. ... Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners. He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2011

Manly Men Will Only Drink Macho Diet Soda (That’s Dr. Pepper Ten’s Philosophy)

You're probably expecting an avowed feminist like myself to put a diet soda commercial marketed to men with guns, ATVs and snake attacks on blast. It's true, Dr. Pepper Ten's new ad declaring "It's not for women" is dripping with machismo like beads of sweat pour off a gator hunter in the Florida sun. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2011

Sexist Beliefs Are Passed Down From Mom, Study Finds

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.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2011

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 5, 2011

Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2011

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 gue…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2011

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,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2011

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2011

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 woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2011

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. Do we really

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2011

“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]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2011

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 6, 2011

Michele Bachmann: What Sexist BS Can She Expect While Running For President?

Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced on Monday she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The feminist within me says, "Yay, someone with a vagina running for president!" Followed by a vehement, "OH HELL NO." Just because a woman is running for president does not mean all women should support her. Just like Sarah Palin

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 29, 2011

Strippers, Guns & Booty Shaking: Behold, The Most Offensive Political Ad Ever

Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas ... why, it's the most offensive, sexist, racist political ad you've ever seen. This NSFW commercial called "Hahn's Homeboyz" begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use "taxpayer money" to hire former gang members i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2011

Forever 21 Pulls “I’m Too Pretty To Do Math” Magnet From Online Store

Way to perpetuate the myth that girls suck at math, Forever 21. The retailer pulled a dopey magnet that says "I'm too pretty to do math" after complaints. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, who runs a media literacy non-profit for kids, posted on her Facebook page that a friend of hers complained to Forever 21 about the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2011

Yale Suspends Delta Kappa Episilon Frat Over Sexist Chants

Yale University has suspended the Delta Kappa Epsilon frat from campus for five years for an October 13th incident (captured on audio) when pledges marched outside freshman dorms chanting "No means yes! Yes means anal!" According to an email sent by the Yale College Dean on Tuesday afternoon, the school found that the actions of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2011

Glenn Beck Calls “Naked” Meghan McCain Fat, Fake Barfs On Air, Suggests She Wear A Burqa

Glenn Beck's gone on a juvenile, woman-shaming, fat-hating rant against Meghan McCain and it's one of the most hurtful, sexist things I've ever heard in my life. Meghan appeared with a bunch of female celebs in a PSA about skin cancer, talking about being "naked" by not wearing sunscreen. Both of Meghan's parents, John and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2011

Klondike Sells Ice Cream, Sexist Gender Stereotypes

"What color shall we paint the foyer?" is a boring conversation, no doubt. But does Klondike really have to portray listening to one's wife talk for five whole seconds as a trial for a man? I get it: the game is on, he doesn't care about the color, he's trying to be polite. He deserve…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2011

Katie Couric On Being Called “Perky”

"["Perky"] used to bother me because I thought there was a sexist undertone to that word. It meant shallow and cute, but not somebody who had any depth. It did become a pejorative word, but listen, it's better than 'bitchy.'" — "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric on the "perky" label she earned while co-hosting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2011
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