Tag » sexism
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case.  A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting photos of themselves in women’s clothing, with the message “Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone. Read More
It's pretty obvious that we adore Canadian electro artist Grimes. Our current cover girl is not only one of today's most exciting musicians, but super politically articulate (and you can hear it in her music-- "Oblivion" is about sexual harrassment). If you read our interview with her, you'll know she's a fiercely independent, outspoken feminist who insists on having "[a] hundred percent" creative control over her work. ("I feel like if I didn't do it, it's not Grimes. Read More
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an infographic speaks for itself.  A new series of graphs demonstrates a point we already knew, but hadn't thought to illustrate: In Hollywood, it's fine and dandy for leading men to grow older, but not leading ladies. There is a huge bias towards older men/younger women in casting. Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, (like Geena Davis and Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise or Katherine Keener and Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin) most of the graphs show a much younger woman being paired with an older man. Read More
We all love to point out the poseurs. But if you're thinking about telling the girl next to you that she doesn't know shit about gaming, just make sure she's not Rae Johnston, the gaming editor at TechLife. Read More

Best (Female) Chef...?

BY Teresa Lu in Feminism

  In response to The World's 50 Best Restaurants' Best Female Chef award this week, Anthony Bourdain bemoaned on twitter: "Why — at this point in history — do we need a 'Best Female Chef' special designation? As if they are curiosities?"   Best Female Chef of 2013, Nadia Santini Good point. And who better to respond to this question than a distinguished female chef? Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy promptly tweeted back, "As long as women are under recognized by most mainstream awards, they need their own awards. Read More
  Yesterday, protesters in various cities joined the Ukrainian feminist group Femen for an international "topless jihad" to combat oppressive sexism in Muslim communities. The protest was inspired by Amina, the young Tunisian woman who was condemned by her country for posting topless photos of herself on the internet."Our boobs will be stronger than their stones" says a protester. Participants have posted photos from Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Montreal, and more.  Check out the Femen blog for updates on the movement. via news.com.au, Femen. Read More
19-year-old Tunisian feminist Amina, who posted the following photos of herself on the internet, has recently been delivered by her family to psychiatric care. The photos were first posted to the Femen-Tunisia webpage. The first photo displays the words "Fuck your morals" written in ink across her torso. The second one shows her smoking a cigarette, adorned with the Arabic words, "My body is my own and not the source of anyone's honor," in an effort to combat sexism in her Islamic community. Read More
Want to learn a foreign language? No? Are you sure these big boobs can’t convince you? Dan Lyons from ReadWrite published an article today about all those tacky, outdated, sexist Facebook ads. You know, the ones that use young women in sexy poses to sell everything from Spanish language classes to solar panels (wut?). Facebook has always presented itself as an ideal forum for companies looking for targeted, one-to-one marketing opportunities. The social media site has created complex algorithms meant to tailor advertisements to each product’s ideal consumer. Read More

Where Was Your Dick?

BY Sholeh Hajmiragha in TV

Though the Oscars happened two weeks ago, critiques over the sexist undertones of the event are still going strong, specifically over Seth MacFarlane’s unnecessarily demeaning song “We Saw Your Boobs.”  This YouTube parody really highlights the issues surrounding MacFarlane’s song, and responds by asking the crucial question – where was your dick?  Check out the video below! Image via: FirstShowing. Read More
Several Christian institutions have notoriously severe punishments for sexual activity, but none seem quite as cruel as the case of San Diego Christian College employee Teri James. After the school discovered she was pregnant with a co-worker's child, they not only fired her, but offered her partner a job. The school claims they fired James for the act of premarital sex, but they were well aware that her now-husband Brandon James was the father when they contacted him. Read More