Posts tagged "sexual harassment"

Tinder Exec Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Settlement

Tinder CMO Justin Mateen has resigned from the company after the company and its owner IAC settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee and romantic interest. Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder, said she was pressured to resign after she complained about sexist and inappropriate messages from Mateen. The amount of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2014

How To Flirt Without Being Predatory

Dudes the world over (I feel like until people stop saying “but I’m not like that!” I have to keep amending statements like this by saying OK GUYS #NOTALLMEN, WE GET IT, MOVING ON) claim that no, they’re not harassing women, they’re just flirting! Can’t they flirt? Is flirting illegal now? Why can’t we flirt…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 8, 2014

On “The Fappening” & 4chan’s Violent Attitude Towards Women

Here’s what I’ve learned about men on the internet who are annoying at best and abusive at worst: They think they know the women they harass. They have access to our ideas and our creative output (i.e. writing, videos, etc.), to our faces, to basic information about us, to a few scant personal details, and…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 2, 2014

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in "revenge porn" photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali's head photoshopped onto pornographic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Buzzfeed’s Street Harassment Video Is Cathartic but Incorrect

I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t watch Buzzfeed’s What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women video (above). Like, a good 20 times. Earlier in the day I’d written on my Tumblr about being catcalled six times in an hour while I was trying to run errands, and it wa…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 13, 2014

Man Assaulted, Knocked Unconscious After Defending Women From Catcallers

It's not just women who are at risk of being hurt if they stand up to street harassment: a man in Philadelphia was attacked and knocked unconscious when he tried to stop a car full of men from catcalling a group of women. NBC Philadelphia reported that a 39-year-old man visiting from Texas saw several…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2014

7 Responses To Mansplanations About Street Harassment

The current furor over street harassment is hard to miss. Everything from Internet message boards to Facebook pages are littered with gender driven discussions on an issue that has become a hot-button topic the world over. There are countless voices in the mix, but sadly, many of the loudest male opinions serve to dismiss any…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / August 12, 2014

“Smile!” With The Smile Bitch Training Camp

You wouldn't want to ruin a strange man's day by not giving him a big toothy grin when he calls at you on the street, "SMILE!" With the Smile Bitch Training Camp, you, too, can be ready to look happy for absolute strangers no matter how shitty your day has been.  [Twitter.com/JancelleJComic]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

Because Street Harassment Is Hilarious, Dude Asks 200 Random Women For Sex

This is so RIP Society that it deserves the RIP Society crown: Whatever, a site devoted to "pranks/social experiments/randomness," filmed an American bro wilking around Europe sexually harassing 200 different women by asking them to have sex. That's it — hey, you're cute, want to have sex? Most women laugh, but you can tell their…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

This Short Documentary Provides An Emotional, Frustrating Look At Street Harassment

This short documentary from Vocativ takes a look at just how widespread and dangerous street harassment is. In the film, hidden cameras show us the nauseating frustration of simply walking down a city street as a woman. Jen Corey, a Miss America finalist, talks in the film about being assaulted on the Washington, D.C.,…
By: Claire Hannum / August 3, 2014

Make It Stop: “Strange Men Won’t Stop Calling Me ‘Baby’!”

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh.
By: Anna Goldfarb / July 31, 2014

Sometimes I Wish I Hadn’t Written So Much About Sex

A few months ago, Amelia and I were talking about rape threats against women who write online. It seems like it happens to feminist writers Zerlina Maxwell, Amanda Hess and Jessica Valenti every day. Amelia asked if any readers have threatened to rape or otherwise harm me. The honest…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2014

Study: Women In STEM Careers Are Facing Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork

As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women's interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper…
By: Claire Hannum / July 17, 2014

Ex-Tinder Executive Sues Company For Alleged Sexual Harassment

Whitney Wolfe, Tinder's former VP of marketing, is suing the hookup/dating app for sexual harassment, alleging that the startup's CMO, Justin Mateen, in particular subjected her to ongoing demeaning behavior. Wolfe's lawsuit is startling in its detail, accusing Mateen of, among many other things, calling her a "whore" in front of Tinder CEO…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2014

Creepster Dov Charney Fired From American Apparel

Dov Charney is out at American Apparel (finally). The board of directors voted last night to oust him as CEO and president of the clothing line that he himself founded. Much like the photographer Terry Richardson, Charney has been dogged for years with sexual harassment allegations by employees and models. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a "Girl Power" art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many wome…
By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

4 Counterarguments To The Most Common Excuses For Workplace Sexual Harassment

I find myself talking to people about workplace sexual harassment a lot.  We live in a society that sees itself ideally as merit-based - you get what you earn.  My argument about sexual harassment is, if you’re being treated or viewed as a sexual object in your place of work, you’re not being given a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 4, 2014

Kirsten Dunst Implies That Actresses Ask To Be Sexually Harassed

Sofia Coppola: I feel like you and I are so on the same page about how to approach things. Have you ever worked with a director you didn't agree with? And if so, what did you do? Kirsten Dunst: I have, and it takes all the fun out of what you do. You just get through…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 18, 2014

What Double Standard Drives You Crazy?

Oh, good ol' double standards! Reddit asked its users yesterday which double standard they hate most in modern society and commenters, both male and female, had some pretty sobering (and funny) observations to share. Do these ring true in your own life?
By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

Interns Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment, Too

Unpaid interns in New York City are now protected from sexual harassment and racial/religious/sexual discrimination, following the passage of a bill that protects them on the job even if they are not earning a wage or salary. [Think Progress] A Pakistani politician introduced a bill to increase the punishment on any adult who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2014
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