A few years ago, I felt very pleased with myself when I emailed a group of activists and addressed them as “ladies.” I knew they were primarily women, specifically LGBTQ and feminist-minded, so I made a point not to say “guys.” Most group emails I address as “hey guys!” or the slightly-less-formal “hey, y’all.” “Hello, ladies,” I typed.
Throughout the rest of the day I fielded emails from folks saying they objected to being addressed as “ladies” — some said it had 1940s white glove church hat connotations, while others said it made them uncomfortable because of their genderqueer identity. Ooof, I thought to myself, I guess I should have gone with “y’all.” Keep reading »
Brad Kolb owns Hornet Signs in Waco, Texas. Baby genius that he is, Brad got the idea to make non-traditional truck tailgate decals as a means of advertising his company. One features a soldier sniper aiming a gun, another is a zombie, and yet another is an image of a woman hogtied and lying down, her hair covering her face, in the back of a truck. In a segment on Waco’s local Fox affiliate, Kolb says he’s not trying to say he “condones” violence against women, but just wanted to see as, like, an experiment, if the gruesome image would bring in new business. And according to Kolb, one of Hornet’s female employees volunteered to be the kidnapping victim. “It was an experiment for us, and I was really shocked by how much traffic it did drive,” said Kolb, who seems to think that the violent decal was a success — he claims he’s seen an influx in orders. But we tend to think that profiting off of violent imagery that degrades women is a major, major fail. Keep reading »