This Week in Misogyny

If you’re a furloughed government employee, have I got some good news for you at the end of this post! The rest of the news… not so good. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)

The government shutdown misogyny hits just keep on coming.

  • When CNN host Carol Costello interviewed Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) about the wisdom of shutting down the government over Obamacare, he dismissed her questions by saying she’s “part of the problem” and “beautiful” but dishonest.
  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) said that Obama’s unwillingness to negotiate is just like when his high school girlfriend gave him the silent treatment. Ew, he fights like a girl! Eye roll.
  • WIC benefits are running out for pregnant women and new moms across the US. North Carolina has had to stop issuing vouchers, though people can still redeem the ones they have. Kansas is withholding benefits for November and December. About 19,000 residents of Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati) and 38,000 in King County, Washington (Seattle) will lose benefits at the end of the month. And these are hardly isolated cases.

At the California Republican party’s state convention last weekend, someone was displaying anti-Hillary Clinton buttons that read “KFC Hillary Special: 2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts… left wing.” Even better — they’re more or less plagiarized from an anti-Julia Gillard “joke” that appeared on an Australian Liberal National Party fundraiser dinner menu last summer. The buttons disappeared shortly after a reporter tweeted about them.

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics has some truly horrifying statistics on sexual violence among teens and young adults.

Despite ongoing lawsuits to protest the law, Ohio is moving forward with a ban on telemedicine abortions, in which patients could be prescribed abortion pills via a videoconference appointment with a doctor in areas that had no providers nearby.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a 16-year-old ward of the state isn’t mature enough to decide to get an abortion. Raising a baby is so much easier, of course.

A petition has been filed in federal court to challenge a Wisconsin law that led to a pregnant woman being arrested and placed in an in-patient drug rehab facility against her will after mentioning her past painkiller addiction during a prenatal exam.

Unpaid interns aren’t protected against workplace discrimination or sexual harassment under federal law, and New York state and city laws don’t cover this gap, so an intern who was groped by her boss has no right to sue according to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Charming.

A McDonald’s worker was arrested during an appearance by the company’s president after she spoke up about it being unfair that she still only earns $8.25/hour after 10 years of employment. She has also had her hours cut since the incident, and fears further retaliation.

A marketing firm surveyed women to find out at what points during the week they feel least attractive, and then came up with a strategy to encourage advertisers to exploit these times by pushing beauty products. Gross.

Lesbian couples in the UK are dissolving their civil unions at much higher rates than gay couples, but sociologists’ thoughts on why are such sexist malarkey. Supposedly it’s because very young women are rushing into relationships, but the only study cited shows that women are on average 37.6 years old when they legally commit to each other, compared to 40 years old for men. The stats they’re comparing them to in heterosexual marriage are about people getting married in their teens and early twenties, not late thirties. Also, women get married impulsively and then expect more from their spouses. Is wanting a happy marriage a bad thing now?

Fiona Apple was heckled during a concert in Portland, Oregon by a jackass who criticized her looks, saying she needed to “get healthy” and that she was beautiful 20 years ago. Can we stop with this shit?

Recommended reading and some good news

  • The Independent has a disturbing story about young girls who are kidnapped by organized crime bosses in Medellín, Colombia and then have their virginity auctioned off.
  • Skepchick’s Rebecca Watson on why she doesn’t “just go to the cops” every time she receives harassing messages and death threats.
  • An awesome 8-year-old girl got a couple ridiculously sexist books of “survival tips” for boys and girls pulled off the shelves of a Half Price Books location in California. Check out the respective tables of contents at the link and then resist the urge to punch the publisher.
  • Author Kate Losse alleges that Dave Eggers may have rewritten a semi-autobiographical novel she published last year. It certainly seems pretty sketchy; there are a lot of parallels between the plots. And of course, since he’s a famous dude, he’s getting all kids of buzz about it, while her novel was dismissed as “trashy gossip.”
  • A Lara Croft cosplayer speaks out about a picture of her in costume that went viral, and the horrible things people said about her.
  • How Sarah Lacy’s defense of the Twitter boy’s club follows the formula for female anti-feminist defenses of patriarchal bullshit.
  • Being a lady doesn’t mean Condoleezza Rice isn’t qualified to serve on the College Football Playoff Committee.
  • Two new laws in California will actually make it easier for people to get abortions.
  • A sex toy website is offering free vibrators to 200 furloughed federal employees a day for the duration of the shutdown. Awesome.

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

3 thoughts on “This Week in Misogyny”

  1. Ugh. Fiona called out someone at a Tokyo gig for being a jerkwad, and when I stood by her on tumblr someone who I’d had decent interactions with in the past went off on her being “stupid” for taking the gig and on and on about how people treating her like crap was her fault. The next day they were a dick about a different issue- classist as fuck- and I decided to block them. Maybe Fiona relapsed on her ED, maybe not, but she has plenty of people around her who she personally knows who can help her decide if that’s the case and doesn’t need random hecklers going off on her.

    As for the rest… ugh.

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