Posts tagged "sexual harassment"

NYPD Sued By Woman For Sexual Assault, Harassment By Cop

The New York City Police Department is infamous for the controversial "stop and frisk" program, critiqued for how it is used for racial profiling.  This story, however, is more like stop and grope. According to NYMag.com, a Brooklyn woman, Latonya Ratcliff, 39, is suing the city after Officer Joseph Jette entered an apartment, where Ratcliff work…

By: Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013

#IAskedPolitely And Was Told I Was Overreacting To Sexual Harassment

There's a new Twitter hashtag #IAskedPolitely chronicling all the times that women have spoken up about sexual harassment/sexual situations in the workplace and not a single thing changed. It's come about following "Donglegate," the incident I wrote about earlier this week in which former SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards tweeted a picture of a guy

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2013

Today’s Gross Politician: New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez Has A Thing For Underaged Girls

It wouldn't be a day at The Frisky if I didn't get to write about a sleazy politician! Today's subject: New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn. According to The New York Daily News, the 71-year-old complained to a fellow staff members about statutory rape laws in New York, because he thought hi…

By: Sarah Gray / March 12, 2013

Creepy Politician “Doesn’t Want” Female Interns Because Sexism Keeps Him “Good”

Last week Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) creeped out America with his lewd and inappropriate comment to a 17-year-old girl about the "snake" under his desk. (He meant his dick.)  Now Hewett has explained to the Hartford Courant that this was not his typical behavior.  How has he kept his record clean?

By: Sarah Gray / March 7, 2013

Man Gropes Woman, Promptly Falls Into A Manhole

Karma's a bitch. Last night outside my apartment in New York City, the street was flooded with lights, sirens and a cherry-picker? Yes.  A cherry-picker, along with a host of emergency personnel, surrounded a gaping hole familiar (and clearly marked, for the record) to this stretch of sidewalk. Firefighters kept gawkers at bay and I asked…

By: Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013

Connecticut Lawmaker Stripped Of Title Over Lewd “Snake” Comment To Teen Girl

Rep. Ernest Hewett of Connecticut, a Democrat, was caught on audiotape making a lewd sexual comment regarding a 17-year-old girl who testified to the state legislature about her internship. The unnamed girl. who interned at the Connecticut Science Center, said the experience helped her overcome her fear of snakes: "I am usually a very shy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2013

Beware: Your Boss Can Fire Your Flirty Ass

I will never so much as smile at my boss Amelia again. Why? Because the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that an employer can fire an employee that he or see finds sexually "irresistable." The case in question was dentist James Knight who fired his attractive assistant Melissa Nelson because both he and his wife…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 22, 2012

Woman Says Boss Sexually Harassed Her With His “Flabby” Torso

Long Island woman Christina Ianntielli is suing her former employer for harassing her with his "flabby" moobs and torso. The 24-year-old former Comptroller says the that 33-year-old President of Empire Digital, Scott Brodsky, would sniff her hair, strip off his shirt, jiggle his "flabby" bits and say, "Who would want to date this?" As if…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 19, 2012

Sienna Miller Describes Her Creepy Casting Couch Experience

"[A director] had an actor in to read opposite me. We hadn't even been introduced. And the director told this guy to start seducing me and kissing my neck while we read. It was so weird. Eventually I just said: 'I can't do this.' And, of course, I was told I was difficult and all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2012

The Soapbox: I’m On Twitter Strike Until The Men I Know Get Loud

Jen Kirkman is a comedian on "Chelsea Lately" and "After Lately." This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr.  I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me…

By: Jen Kirkman / November 30, 2012

Woman Pulls Gun On Flasher, Flasher Puts Penis Away And Runs

I'm never really sure how I feel about concealed weapons, but in this case, I have to just laugh: A woman in Longview, Washington, was walking at Lake Sacajawea on Wednesday evening when a man "aggressively"came up to her while masturbating and "suggested she should watch him," the Seattle Times reports. That's when this woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2012

Men Explain Why They Think Catcalling Works

"Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" is a show I keep meaning to start watching, especially because of skits like this. Kamau hit the streets to talk to talk about street harassment, asking women how it makes them feel and asking men why they do it. Surprise, surprise, boys: Yelling "Check out that ass!" at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2012

The Soapbox: Does Street Harassment Keep You From Exercising?

When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women's existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participants in India'…

By: Lilit Marcus / October 12, 2012

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the best way…

By: Lilit Marcus / August 8, 2012

How To Laugh About Getting Flashed

I will never for the life of me understand why men whip their dick out in front of strange women. Especially when it is flaccid. What woman in the world has ever said, "Oh my god, you know what I need right now?! Your penis! Your flaccid penis! Thank God you are here!" Comedian Sasheer…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2012

Waitress Sues L.A. Bar Over Short Skirt Dress Code, Fans Blowing Up Skirt

A woman claims she was fired from O'Hara's, a bar near UCLA, for complaining about a new dress code for women that required wait staff to wear short, plaid school girl skirts  and place fans around the restaurant to blow their skirts up! Ew. Creepy. The woman wrote a letter to her boss registering her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2012

Some Creep Is Filming Videos Of Your Legs On The Subway And Posting Them On YouTube

The good news is that YouTube has pulled an account belonging to "John Zippy," a man who was surreptiously filming women's legs on the subway through a camera placed inside a Starbucks cup and posting the videos online. The bad news is the YouTube channel "New York Subway Girls" had 35 videos posted on it…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012

The Dumbest Anti-Sexual Harassment Stock Photos

Sexual harassment in the workplace is wrong, and some companies use pictures to illustrate what constitutes inappropriate behavior on the job. Unfortunately, when you search for "sexual harassment" in any stock photo website, some images take it to a new level -- one that makes you feel like the photo is sexually harassing YOU. Here…

By: TruTV / June 21, 2012

Jay Smooth Calls On Men To Challenge Anti-Feminist Internet Trolls

All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games," would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representation in video game…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2012

Chescaleigh Gets “Cat Called”

You remember Chescaleigh from the "Shit White Girls Say To Black Girls" videos? Of course you do. She's back, this time with a new video about street harassment in which she plays both the loser with no game "hssssss"-ing her on the street and the woman minding-her-own business who has to deal with his catcalls.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2012
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