Tag » sexual harassment
Whether we have the internet or real life experience to thank, most human beings are aware of the every day existence of cat callers and subway perverts. Less is said however, about the presence of sexual harassment at events like Comic Con. Often, in preparation for these conventions, super fans will spend months planning insanely amazing, elaborate costumes that perfectly and uniquely embody their favorite characters, movies, TV shows, and comic books (this is called cosplay). Read More
Imagine earning the opportunity to go out into the field and explore the world, as a budding young scientist, only to be greeted by predatory superiors.  In a PLOS ONE survey of mostly archaeologists and anthropologists, 64% of field scientists reported having experienced sexual harassment and 22% reported sexual assault in the field.  The academic article also noted that “73% percent of female [medical trainees] had experienced workplace sexual harassment during their residency," meaning that this problem is not unique to scientists working in the field. Read More
Justum Mateen, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of the company behind the popular dating app Tinder, has been suspended pending further investigation of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed on Monday by Whitney Wolfe, the former vice president of marketing for the app.  Wolfe states that she endured more than a year of inappropriate comments from Mateen and CEO Sean Rad before they finally drove her from the company.  According to the suit, Wolfe and Mateen began dating soon after he joined the company, but all too soon he became jealous and sexually controlling. Read More
I like nothing more than to start off my day with a cup of coffee and the news of a well-known misogynist being ousted from his retail-throne, so this morning's news was especially exciting for m American Apparel’s Dov Charney has been unceremoniously booted from the company he started due to misconduct - finally!     Charney long been known for his grody sexual deviancy, revealed by  a 2004 Jane article written by Claudine Ko (which totally explains why many of the revealing ads are constantly referred to as “softcore porn”. Read More

Unpacking Terry Richardson

BY Caelan in General

NY Mag recently asked the question is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator? UGHHHHHH. Lets all join together to let out the biggest collective sigh over how OVER Terry Richardson we all are.  *Breathe in* *breathe out* Now lets unpack this issue.  First thing’s first, we all KNOW he’s the world’s biggest creep, so none of this recent news should surprise any of us. Secondly, this subject is hella triggering so be warned. Read More
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who notoriously has one of the most talked about lady-butts on the Internet, has to tone-down her fan interaction due to pervy finger-banging attempts. Azalea released her debut album The New Classic yesterday and appeared on the Hot 97 morning show to promote it. The bros of the show were evidently more interested in her behavior in the bedroom then her music… but that’s another story. Azalea revealed that she had to stop crowd surfing because people of multiple attempts of sexual assault, and she is so not okay with it. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. Online dating and matchmaking apps, though helpful for many, are unfortunately a breeding ground for harassment. Shielded by a computer and a username, people are often emboldened to say some pretty degrading things, and sexual interest is converted into straight-out internet malice. Improper sentences (both in structure and in content) like “Bet your tight” are tossed out into the viral stratosphere, without any consideration for the target. Read More
  I once met a female construction worker. When discussing her job, she actually teared up. Not only is she paid less than her male peers because she physically cannot lift as much as many of them can, but she also faces sexual harassment on a daily basis; she is called “weak” and “a little girl,” and she hid the fact that she was gay for fear of bullying. Read More
  According to the New York legal firm Clifford Chance, female lawyers and staffers need to tone down their feminine “quirks.” In a memo addressed only to female employees, the firm instructed women on everything from speech patterns to proper attire.    Much of the advice might be helpful to any young associate; for example, they advise “[projecting] power,” not using the word “like,” or “[dropping] your volume at the end of a sentence,” and not “[raising] your pitch at the end of a statement if it’s not a question. Read More
  Women’s position in Egyptian society has become so dire that they are disappearing from the public sphere just so they don’t have to deal with men. The sexual harassment and assault that occurs everyday has dramatically increased within the past year, most likely due to interior instability. After the Arab Spring, Egypt has really been in political and social limbo, and the women are suffering most of all - an environment with an undercurrent of indecision and ambivalence has made it socially acceptable to accost them. Read More