BY Kari Belsheim
on Feb 06, 2013
In another idiotic article by Fox News, Suzanne Venker continues to argue that feminism is a scary, evil monster destroying the American familial institution and all the happiness in the world. Discussing feminism’s role in the destruction of pre-1970s perfect marriages, she says, “Feminism didn’t result in equality between the sexes—it resulted in mass confusion. Today, men and women have no idea who’s supposed to do what. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jan 17, 2013
Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Kate Eldridge is probably one of the hardest working musicians in the punk scene right now. Big Eyes started in Brooklyn, NY (although they’ve relocated to Seattle, WA), and has been releasing LPs, EPs, split 7 inches, and touring left and right since 2009. Kate shreds on guitar and writes some catchy-ass lyrics (see “Back From the Moon”). Big Eyes is like rock ’n’ roll but a little heavier. Read More
A recent study by the Yale department of Psychology to determine the relationship between gender and body mass on jurors’ perceptions of guilt has proven that there actually is a correlation, sad as that may be. The study concluded that both weight and gender of a defendant may affect juror perceptions of guilt and responsibility, especially when a male juror is presented with an overweight female defendant. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 08, 2013
2012 was a banner year for misogyny in the geek/nerd subculture. The Web was absolutely flooded with sexist nonsense on the subject of girls and geekdom. The astoundingly dreadful “Idiot Geek Girl” meme debuted (much to the chagrin of just about everyone), while Tony Harris spewed out his now infamous blog post about how “COSPLAY Chiks” should take their slutty costumes and go home. Tara Tiger Brown even barged into the fray on Forbes, decrying how easy it is for girls these days to fly their geek, freak, and nerd flags as high as they damn well please. Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Dec 19, 2012
If you’ve ever had a long mansplanation given to you, you could find yourself needing to vent about it. (“Mansplaining” is when someone gives you a patronizing and often extraneous explanation of something that you already know about, assuming that your pretty little woman brain wouldn’t have this knowledge already because, well, you’re a woman).
Luckily, there is a Tumblr where you can share these special mansplanation moments with the rest of the world! Academic Men Explain Things To Me posts a cornucopia of stories. Read More
BY Genevieve Bleidner
on Dec 17, 2012
2 Chainz has one request in his latest track: dude just wants some “big booty hoes.” But not everyone is okay with this portrayal of women, especially when they see the music video for the popular “Birthday Song,” where the objectification of these women is so incredibly apparent.
In the vid, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, and some male friends are partying it up in the company of beautiful women of color who have—you guessed it—large butts. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Dec 11, 2012
I can’t get behind elaborate touchdown dances or emotionally overwrought ESPN documentaries, but I’ll always appreciate the hard work of the mascots on the sidelines.
One of my earliest sports memories is being nuzzled by the Phillie Phanatic as I played a pre-game show on the field with my elementary school band. (Popularity: I haz it.) And at my alma mater, inflatable mascot (and John McCain doppelganger) Baldwin the Eagle was known for a tricky flip/headstand move that’s sure to bring a nostalgic tear to the heart of any Superfan.
Bringing in the noise and/or funk. Read More
It’s about time that Hasbro began marketing their famous Easy-Bake Oven, which has been aimed towards preteen girls since its conception in the 1960s, in a more gender-neutral manner. Inspired by her little brother, one 13-year-old New Jersey girl has started a petition on Change.org to get the company to make the toy oven more boy-friendly.
McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J. wants the company to drop its all-girl advertising in hopes that boys like her 4-year-old brother will be more comfortable asking for a stereotypically 'girly' toy this holiday season. Read More
Well, this is terrible: two men have been arrested by Afghan police due to allegations of beheading a 15-year-old girl after her father turned down a marriage proposal.
The young girl was allegedly attacked while she was walking home with drinking water for her family. “Our investigation shows those who killed her were people who wanted to marry her,” a Kunduz province police official told the BBC. The two suspects were also her relatives.
The father turned down the offer because “she was too young to be engaged.” That, at least, sounds hopeful to me. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 30, 2012
You probably remember the board game “Guess Who?” — you know, the game where you randomly draw a character and then try to guess who your opponent drew? The game where you narrow down your options by asking questions like, “Is your person wearing a hat?” or “Does your person have blue eyes?”
The game with 5 female characters and 19 male characters?
“Is your person a girl?” “…Yes.” BAM – almost all the cards go down. One question in, and you’ve already lost.
Yeah, that game. Read More