I just can’t with some of these stories this week. The Cleveland abduction is feminism’s fault? BeyoncÃ© puts girls at risk of becoming sex slaves? Women have to work an extra 12 years to earn the same amount as men? Seriously?? (Trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)
According to MRAs, feminism is to blame for the abduction of three women in Cleveland and the kidnapping somehow disproves the existence of the patriarchy. Really, bros? Really?
Dear Douchebags: If you’re going to post sexist drivel about how women have become immoral and don’t respect themselves anymore and shouldn’t wear skimpy clothes and all kinds of other crap, maybe you should realize that it’s just the teensiest bit hypocritical to include extremely large pictures of scantily women. Also, go fuck yourself.
BeyoncÃ© is apparently not a role model because she wears outfits onstage that “can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts” and that somehow contributes to sex trafficking? I don’t even know.
The officer in charge of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program was arrested this week on sexual battery charges. He has been removed from the position, but one wonders how the fuck he got the job in the first place.
A vendor at last weekend’s NRA convention that sells life-size target dummies has a female version called “The Ex” that bleeds when shot. There are pictures of it at the link and they’re awful, so tread carefully.
Why the tips on the Ending Rape twitter feed are completely full of shit and put the burden solely on women not to get raped.
The U.S. is the most dangerous industrialized nation for newborns, with about 11,300 American babies dying on the same day they were born. Overall, we rank a pretty dismal 69th place globally. Many of the babies could be saved if the mothers had better access to prenatal care.
British retailer Boots has agreed to stop labeling toys by gender after an uproar arose because all of the products from the Science Museum brand were put in the boys’ section.
School dress codes are generally much more restrictive for girls than boys, and in many cases turn into slut-shaming. As someone who was removed from class in 6th grade because her skirt was ¼” too short and was thereby unacceptable and distracting, I wholeheartedly agree that they can be completely ridiculous and unfair.
Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO says that his stores won’t carry women’s clothing above a size 10 because he only wants “cool” people to be seen in his brand. I say he can go fuck himself.
Meanwhile, some fashion lines don’t even bother trying to hide their sexism, but consumer backlash means a lot of the T-shirts with offensive “jokes” eventually get pulled from shelves. Next step: stop them from getting there in the first place.
Holly Baxter at The Guardian talks about sexism in science journalism, especially when it comes to reporting on evolutionary psychology (which is a field that has an unfortunate tendency to try to justify sexism and traditional gender roles in the name of “science”).
Another great piece from Emily Bell at The Guardian dissects why Jill Abramson from the New York Times is analyzed differently than men at the same level. “When was the last time the approachability of a male editor made for copy?”
More on how readers expect female characters to be more likeable than male characters.
On Hollywood’s tendency to cast women to play the mothers of actors who are only a few years younger than them, because god forbid they actually hire older women.
The gender wage gap means that over the course of an average 40-year career, women earn $443,360 less than men and would have to work an extra 12 years to break even.
Are feminist bloggers guilty of “groupthink” because we largely agree on many issues? Martha Gill thinks so, and also thinks we all write with the same voice. Nope.