Remember when you were younger and you would start a sentence with "No offense, but..." whenever you were about to criticize someone? Yeah, it seems like some people never grow up. News flash: if you have to start out defending what you are going to say, you probably shouldn't be saying it! One Twitter account, Yes, You're Sexist, has started calling out people for their sexist comments that are defended by the preface: "I'm not sexist, but..." Turns out, the people who say that tend to be pretty damn sexist. Read More
As usual, a woman can’t just be celebrated for her achievements, but needs to be scrutinized by the media and the public for her appearance. Today’s example comes from the always-hypocritical world of sports. Women athletes are often over-sexualized and praised for their attractiveness, while male athletes are mostly in the spotlight for their achievements relevant to what they do. It seems that no matter the accomplishment, women can not escape criticism for their appearance, something that Marion Bartoli, the most recent female winner of Wimbledon is experiencing. Read More
Everyone remembers the kick-ass filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis which prevented the vote on SB-5, a Texas bill which would prevent abortions after 20 weeks as well as imposing costly requirements on abortion clinics and providers; essentially, this bill intensely reduces access to abortions on many levels. Even though Davis was able to postpone the vote, the Texas House Affairs committee managed to bring it to the table again after Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to finally vote on it. Read More
  TW: rape, sexual assault. Anyone who has seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU knows that rape cases are complicated and victims/survivors are often the ones put on trial. And we don't need TV to tell us victim blaming happens. Even if you don’t recognize it by that name, women are constantly held accountable for being harassed or assaulted. From street harassment to sexual assault and rape, the victims and survivors are taking the blame more often than the rapists themselves. Read More
Food trends come and go, but sexism seems to always be in. Everyone knows Hooters, the “restaurant” more popular for the waitresses than the food. However, more establishments seem to be applying the Hooters model to their marketing: selling women’s bodies along with the food. One infamous vendor is “CUPS”. Yep, you read that right. “CUPS,” a frozen yogurt shop based in NJ and NY is another place that justifies their marketing techniques by claiming to not be exploiting women. Read More
The Fourth of July is great for many reasons. First, there's the obvious: America! Woo. Then, there's the fact that holidays, especially national holidays that celebrate how great we are, are usually accompanied by parties. And what's better than a party? A party with a theme! And on the Fourth, you can probably guess what the dress code will be.  Still looking to find your reds, whites, and blues to rock? Look no further! We've compiled a list of 10 essentials, including shoes, shorts, tops, and fab gear for you to rock this holiday and all summer long.  1. Read More
'Menstruate with Pride' You know that feeling you get when you listen to a song and you feel like the lyrics were written for you? Or when you read a book and think the words could have been ripped from your journal? Or when you see a bangin’ piece of art and think, “I wish I could express my frustration towards patriarchal systems like that!"  Okay, maybe you haven’t thought that last one yet, but you will after you see artwork by Sarah Maple. Maple works in a variety of mediums, including photography, mixed media, and paintings, to name a few. NSFW-ish pieces ahead... Read More
  Even the trolls can't be bothered with this week! Though the court took a step back with a troublesome ruling on the Voting Rights Act, it can't be denied that finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional was a great step forward for Americans this week. Though many people lashed out at the ruling, including some of the Supreme Court judges (Scalia...ugh), the pure joy, excitement, and happiness of millions of Americans, of all sexualities, could not be dampened. Read More
  Yet another great message cheering on yesterday's marriage equality win! The moment the ruling came back on the unconstitutionality of DOMA the Internet exploded. You’ve probably seen all the awesome signs, or that sassy response from Nancy Pelosi directed toward Michelle Bachmann. But have you seen the most fabulous one yet? RuPaul, queen of queens, released a special video with the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, thanking SCOTUS for their ruling. Read More
You know that sexy, passive, voiceless woman, the one you see daily? She’s always selling something, and you can’t tell if it’s the products she’s surrounded by or herself. Not sure who I’m talking about? She’s in thousands of ads that we see every day; she is nearly every woman in advertising. One of the most extreme cases of female passivity being portrayed in the media is as a dead woman. Women often become objects or sums of their parts: breasts, legs, feet, lips, or any individual body piece. Read More