BY Kari Belsheim
on Dec 06, 2012
A study at Northwestern University looks at the way we judge politicians to help explain the gender gap in politics. The study denies that people rationally consider candidates, and instead states, “research indicates that people use shallow decision heuristics, such as impressions of competence made solely from facial appearance when deciding whom to vote for. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 03, 2012
A press release featuring a new line of lingerie in the style of Victoria’s Secret made its way onto the web this week, featuring a slew of slogans and phrases heralding the importance of communication and consent between sexual partners. And while it would be lovely to imagine that this is evidence of Victoria’s Secret responding to recent criticism by making an effort to push a consent-based message, the phantom line of panties appears to be an unaffiliated knockoff. Read More
It’s about time that Hasbro began marketing their famous Easy-Bake Oven, which has been aimed towards preteen girls since its conception in the 1960s, in a more gender-neutral manner. Inspired by her little brother, one 13-year-old New Jersey girl has started a petition on Change.org to get the company to make the toy oven more boy-friendly.
McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J. wants the company to drop its all-girl advertising in hopes that boys like her 4-year-old brother will be more comfortable asking for a stereotypically 'girly' toy this holiday season. Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Nov 28, 2012
Employee of the Month, a podcast hosted by comedienne extraordinaire, Catie Lazarus, is having a Holiday Office Party show at UCB East and we want to be there—not only to hear her banter and possibly meet her dog, but because she is having a few very special guests.
Hari Kunzru, a renowned novelist (and free-thinking badass), can tell us about how he almost got arrested for fighting censorship. Lazarus is also hosting the fiercely intelligent Rachel Maddow—one of the first openly queer women in primetime. Thirdly, GLORIA STEINEM WILL BE SPEAKING. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 26, 2012
One of two members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot jailed in August for an anti-Putin performance has been moved to solitary confinement.
Prison officials stated that Maria Alekhina, 24, requested the move for her own safety; Russian site Lifenews specified that other inmates threatened Alekhina following a heated discussion about religion.
Band mate Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal in October, but Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova continue to serve their two-year sentences in remote labor camps. Read More