Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch.
She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, ... Read More
We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I've heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee's chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment?
23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line. The ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 02, 2012
I love soccer. Like, love soccer. I’m an avid supporter of clubs Liverpool FC and the New York Red Bulls, and of the US national teams (men and women) as well. I can’t say why I love soccer – maybe it’s the fast pace, maybe it’s the beautiful passing, maybe it’s the thrill of knowing that a well-fought game can end in a scoreless tie – but I love my teams and I love the sport. I’ve never felt the need to justify ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Mar 12, 2012
Sexist jokes are seldom legitimately funny, but they do get attention, as is proven by these chinos from Madhouse, a British discount clothing chain. Their pants' labels provide detailed washing and drying instructions, and under them, in bold letters, state, “OR GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN IT’S HER JOB”. As our girlfriend Amy Poehler would say: "Really???"
Not only is this label rude, but it's unclear. What if a straight lady or a gay man ... Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Feb 10, 2012
Yesterday the Pentagon announced new measures that will bring women serving in the military closer to combat than ever before. With the new policy implemented, women will be able to fill thousands of jobs, including medics, intelligence officers, and helicopter pilots, previously reserved for men only. Women have been allowed to serve in these positions at the brigade level since 1994, but this new policy assigns women to the battalion level, which is much smaller ... Read More
on Aug 12, 2011
Oh for F's sake! Yet another post comes out of the woodwork with the same-old same-old, tired-old tired-old idiotic hypothesis. Peg Aloi's HuffPo post, published yesterday, titled "Tough Gals: Do They Still Exist?" basically boils down to the same thing old Henry Higgins asks in My Fair Lady:" Why can't a woman be more like a man?"
Aloi is unhappy that women are "girly" again. Her evidence of contemporary women's girliness is that some of us like cupcakes, ... Read More
on May 21, 2011
I have not been around much lately. (Although you can read my cover story with SECRET PERSON in next month's Bust!) But I wanted to post about this show and say some things about Japanther, and women, and the music scene.
As you know, if you are in a band or go to shows, rock and roll sexism is alive and well! Brooklyn Vegan and other music sites regularly feature disparaging comments about the appearance of female musicians. Bands with women in ... Read More
BY Intern Julie
on Feb 24, 2011
Dr Pepper is market testing a new diet soda: Pepper 10. The name refers to the ten (manly) calories packed into the diet drink. Pepper 10 and Diet Dr Pepper are almost identical on the inside, with Pepper 10 containing a blend of sweeteners including high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame potassium and aspartame and has 10 calories. Diet Dr Pepper is made with aspartame and has 0 calories.
There's really one only key difference between the traditional Diet Dr and ... Read More
Want to know why you are sitting on your 'fortune'? Then I will share with you a little bit of what has been published, just two days ago, on Italy's major newspaper, the Corriere della Sera. I'm an Italian girl and I happen to find the article quite sexist...maybe you can tell me what you think!
Mr Piero Ostellino wrote an editorial about the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, and his most recent prosecution. A brief overview: Berlusconi is accused of ... Read More
BY Larissa Dzegar
on Nov 29, 2010
PETA has released a new ad in response to the controversy surrounding TSA screenings, causing a rumble of its own by displaying (yet another) picture of a close-to-naked woman promoting their cause with her (thin) body. PETA's staff is not new to accusations of being sexist with their ads, and issued a thoughtful response last year to a reader of feministsforchoice.com explaining their motivations.
So, what do you think, readers? Is PETA promoting ... Read More