BY Jackie Leahy
on Sep 05, 2014
Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has tackled issues like the Damsel in Distress archetype, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and the Smurfette Principle in her series Tropes vs. Women, was driven out of her home last week by violent, sexual threats in which an internet troll named her parents and posted her address.
After publicizing the threats by reposting them in an image on her Twitter feed, @femfreq, she reassured fans by posting the following (again, on her Twitter feed): "I’m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight. Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Aug 29, 2014
This week, did the Emmys put women on a pedestal, or did they knock them off of it?
Thanks to Queen Bey’s VMA performance this past Sunday, feminism is the f-word on everyone’s lips. A word that normally warrants skeptical and dismissive looks, Beyoncé and other celebrities are making it “trendy” through efforts to mainstream it. With that taste still fresh in our mouths, Sofia Vergara being displayed on a rotating pedestal during the Emmys Monday night was just plain unsavory. Read More
Becky Hammon, former WNBA player for the San Antonio Stars, ranked among the league’s 15 best players of 2011, is now the assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs rank number one in the Southwest conference, putting Hammon at the helm of a $660 million powerhouse.
It’s refreshing to see the WNBA taken seriously, especially by the NBA. The lack of attention or praise the WNBA receives is incredibly disproportionate to the talent of its players. The WNBA averaged 80. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 30, 2014
Brand new country duo Maddie & Tae are calling out the crazy-high levels of sexism in the music genre known as “Bro Country”—the hyper-masculine, woman-objectifying trope that has come to dominate modern country music. They use their new song, “Girl in a Country Song” to point out the ridiculousness of portraying every woman as an overly sexual yet faceless being. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 25, 2014
So apparently women are incapable of parking in standard sized parking spaces.
Or, at least, that’s what the owners of a mall in northern China seem to think. They have created special parking spots “respectfully reserved for ladies” which are not only painted bright pink but also nearly a foot wider than a regular spot.
I don’t know how respectful I find this, though. In fact, I’d say that’s pretty damn sexist and patronizing.
Of course, we can rest assured that “Women make up most of our customers. Read More