BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 22, 2012
Name-calling has always been unfortunately common in elementary, middle, and high schools, but in recent years, people have begun to realize that it’s not just part of growing up, but a serious problem. The Backbone Zone, an anti-bullying project that “helps students find theirs,” has released a poster campaign that gives students tools to confront sexist and homophobic language when they hear and see it.
The posters juxtapose literal ... Read More
By now, everyone and their grandmother has seen or at least heard of the “binders full of women” jokes stemming from a comment made during the second debate by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. What few people have talked about, however, is the young woman who asked the question that prompted his reply.
Katherine Fenton, a 24-year-old schoolteacher who doesn’t belong to a particular party, got up and asked the candidates a question that seemed ... Read More
In a debate earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called out opposition leader Tony Abbott on his sexism and misogyny. In what could be considered an important moment for Australian women and women all over the world, Gillard excellently declared her feelings about Abbott while standing up for women.
The debate was held because of some recent remarks by Speaker of the House Peter Slipper, who sent texts demeaning women. ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 11, 2012
Sick of people assuming that successful women must have slept their way to the top? You’re not alone.
Freelance writer Andrew Goldman, who writes the “Talk” Q&A column in The New York Times Magazine, recently asked The Birds star Tippi Hedren if she considered sleeping her way to the top. In any context, this is a pretty offensive question, but it may be especially so here. Goldman was interviewing Hedren about an upcoming biopic based on her ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 10, 2012
IKEA has been under fire this past week after it was revealed that they had airbrushed all the women out of the images in their annual catalog for IKEA Saudi Arabia.
They have since apologized and expressed their “regret” for the situation, telling the Associated Press, "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values."
The company’s home ... Read More
A Reddit user recently posted a surreptitious photo of a woman tagged under "/r/funny". Apparently, the reason that user european_douchebag (yep) found the woman, Balpreet Kaur, Reddit-worthy was that she gasp! has facial hair--and, as it turns out, isn’t ashamed by it in the slightest.
When Balpreet’s friends found the photograph, under a post titled “I’m not sure what to conclude from this,” she reacted to the negative ... Read More
BY Intern Scarlet
on Oct 03, 2012
Halloween happens to be one of the best holidays ever, but it also can be one of the most upsetting. Whether it’s sexist, historically inaccurate, a shameless rip-off of something in pop culture (A “Ticktock Orange Juice”, anyone?), or just plain stupid, there's a cheap, offensive costume for everyone out there. As a Halloween enthusiast I thought I was pretty well acquainted with the dark underbelly of cheap mass produced costumes. Turns out, not ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 17, 2012
We know that discrimination against women still exists, but sometimes we forget the fact that discrimination is not distributed equally to each woman. A recent Forbes article by political strategist Atima Omara-Alwala revealed some horrifying facts about health care discrimination among black women.
African American women, as just one example of many, are three times more likely to experience unwanted pregnancy and four times more likely to die of ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 06, 2012
During the Democratic National Convention, double-named CNN contributor Erick Erickson tweeted, "First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected." Apparently this guy doesn’t know the difference between Eve Ensler's blockbuster play and a convention full of well-spoken female politicians. (Here's a hint: the former involves a lot more mentions of clitoris and labia). To give you more evidence of this guy’s distaste for women ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Aug 21, 2012
The Augusta National Golf Club, aka the Masters Tournament course, has decided to allow women (albeit only two) into their prestigious club in Georgia. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore are the two first female members.
Some are praising the club for this move, and noting that it represents a milestone for women in business. However, I can’t understand why any woman would even want to be part of a club that has only ... Read More