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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
  Who IS that girl?  We know all about how kids’ toys are divided by gender in really icky ways. Why can’t a boy use an Easy Bake Oven? Why aren’t girls playing with those trucks in the commercials? And the issue goes far beyond surface advertising – “boy products” often encourage building, activity, and adventure, while “girl products” usually emphasize appearance and foster skills like nurturing and cooking. These are all great qualities, but dividing them by gender is bad news for any kid. Read More
  Who else is sick of seeing this sexist bullshit masquerading as tongue-in-cheek comedy all over the internet? Foodie site Bon Appetit has started a food series called Dudes Grilling Things. Grilling as a dude’s domain is nothing new, but the post stated that women couldn't grill with the boys, dig sports, or BE A FREAKING FORTUNE 500 CEO! What in the royal fuck!   Is this really what these dudes think of a lady who tries to grill?   This kind of lazy sexism isn’t edgy. Read More
The fight for gender equality in fiction lives on. For the past year, gendered book covers and the people fighting against them have highlighted the inner workings of sexism in the publishing biz. Who could forget the outcry over The Bell Jar’s 50th anniversary cover?     By the way, that cover is still featured on Google’s results page for the novel. Thanks for listening, publishers. Read More
In today's feature of “How did these people get elected?” news, Governor Phil Bryant from Mississippi is blaming America’s troubled education system on working mothers. Education is a hot topic in today’s political sphere, and while almost everyone can agree that our system needs to be reformed, how to do so and the causes of our failing education system are highly contested. On June 4th, The Washington Post, The Annie E. Read More
Do you own a TV and/or eyeballs? Then chances are, you've seen a commercial for Viagra or some other drug that improves men’s sex drive. You know the kind - couples sitting in separate bathtubs on the beach, a man trying and failing to build a fire, people swing dancing in their kitchens for no reason.  But have you ever seen a commercial for drugs that boost lady libidos? No ma'am. A new pill being developed might change that. Lybrido, a sex drive enhancing drug for women, is expected to enter the market in 2016. Read More
This isn’t the first time we've written about Anita Sarkeesian, of Feminist Frequency and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. And we have a feeling that it won’t be our last. She has some amazing stuff in the works and it's guaranteed to ruffle internet feathers. (Because of the overwhelmingly negative reaction to her videos and the incredible voice of her supporters, she's already become an expert feather rustler. Now anything she does automatically becomes a web war because of this intense polarization. Read More
Is this for real?  Possibly the most sexist TV program in history?  In this Danish chat show, women walk out in a bathrobe and stand in front of two men – host Thomas Blachman and his male guest.  The women then strip as Blachman and his guest assess their naked figures, oftentimes with humiliating comments.  Blachman, a judge of the Danish X-factor, insists that he is doing women a favor since the “female body thirsts for the words of a man.”  Riiiiight. Read More
Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained the list was too long as only American novelists, and needed to be divvied up into subcategories. Read More
We've all heard the news: Washington Wizards basketball star Jason Collins has come out publicly. The interweb is in an uproar about it and his name is being thrown around left and right. I applaud Collins for his courage, as he is now the first openly gay male athlete active in a major American sport. But one name you won't see (and probably haven't seen) in your Twitter or Facebook feeds is that of college basketball player Brittney Griner. Read More