Nice Guys™ and MRAs! “Fake” geek girls and cosplayers! Lesbian cookies! There’s something for everyone this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)
The government shutdown is finally over, and many media outlets have been quick to praise the women of Congress for their empathy and willingness to compromise that helped broker an end to the standoff. But as Katie McDonough at Salon points out, doesn’t that gender-essentialism do them a disservice? They helped end the shutdown because they’re good at their jobs, not because it’s the way of the world that men screw things up and women always have to fix it.
Meanwhile, in negotiations to end the shutdown and avert a debt ceiling crisis, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) tried to add a “conscience clause” to Obamacare that would allow any employer to opt out of providing contraception coverage. Mercifully, he failed.
Ted Cruz is the latest idiot to come out and say that emergency contraceptives are abortifacients. Nope, dude. Learn to science.
A new Texas voter ID law requires all voters to show a photo ID that displays their legal name. Not a problem for most men, but for the 34% of Texas women who haven’t updated their ID after getting married and changing names, it means that they can no longer vote. Think this has something to do with Wendy Davis’s bid for governor?
If you haven’t already heard about the Maryville, MO rape that forced the family of the victim to leave town, it’s all kinds of fucked up. Victim-blaming led to the prosecutor dropping all charges against 17-year-old Matthew Barnett, even though he and his friends had confessed that they’d gotten 14-year-old Daisy Coleman drunk and that Barnett had raped her before dumping her in her front yard unconscious in sub-freezing temperatures. He was from a prominent local family, while the Colemans were newer to town. Daisy’s mother lost her job after the town started victim-blaming her daughter, and even though they moved 40 miles away after the charges were dropped, their house was burned down. A guest on Fox News continued the victim-blaming, saying, “But what did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out?” Daisy has spoken out about the case, which got media attention thanks to Anonymous, and some Maryville residents held a rally in support of her this week.
Speaking of victim-blaming, Emily Yoffe needs to shut the fuck up and stop telling women that they shouldn’t drink or they’re just asking to get raped. Maybe college men should stop getting drunk so they don’t rape people.
Lisa Mehos is fighting for custody of her children after her ex-husband declared her to be an unfit mother because she had an abortion a year after their divorce.
Some assholes pledged to donate $20 to breast cancer for every girl who let them motorboat her breasts and videotape it. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation wanted nothing to do with them and rejected their donation. Good on them.
A drunk off-duty sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina handcuffed and assaulted a woman at a bar who rejected his advances. Fortunately, other customers filmed the incident and called the police; the deputy has been fired and is facing assault and battery charges.
Tag agencies in Oklahoma have been instructed not to issue new IDs to people who have legally changed their names after marrying someone of the same sex in a different state. One woman had an employee reach into her car and yank her new driver’s license out of her hand when the employee realized she’d taken the last name of her female partner, even though she’d already been issued a Social Security card with her new name.
- The president of Marvel Studios announced that they aren’t planning any movies about female superheroes through at least 2017, but that’s totally ok because Black Widow has a big role in the next Captain America movie and besides, they totally give the heroes smart female sidekicks/love interests. Sigh.
- Oh goody, two more dudes who are sick of “fake” nerd girls and female cosplayers. Why is the assumption always that only a tiny percentage of nerdy girls are actually interested in comics? Such bullshit.
- Some female NYCC cosplayers were the target of sexist “humor” from Mike Babchik of Man Banter, who used his SiriusXM ID to bring in a camera crew with press credentials. There are online petitions asking SiriusXM to fire Babchik from his position on the Mad Dog Sports Radio show, but they haven’t responded and have been deleting posts and comments about him from their Facebook page. Sadly, this wasn’t the only misogyny in evidence at the convention; Arizona Iced Tea displayed ads proclaiming, “I Heart Big Cans.”
- A new Penny Arcade strip boils down the appeal of Orange is the New Black to, “It has Donna from That 70s Show. Topless.”
- Some tech startup bros are hosting a “Hackers and Hookers” Halloween party. Really?
Verizon NFL Mobile has a new series of ads using the hashtag #FOMOF (fear of missing out on football), in which football fans are forced to miss the game because of women who make them do other things. Never mind that some women like sports and some men don’t.
An employee of Minibar in Austin, Texas wrote “I like my beer like I like my violence: domestic” on a sign outside the bar. The bar owner has fired the employee responsible, and by way of apology is donating $1 from every sale of domestic beer in October to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Girl Scout cookies promote lesbianism? I thought they were abortion cookies! Now I have to buy twice as many. Damn.
Last week, the New York Jets head coach told his players that to rest up for the big game against the New England Patriots, they should stop doing all household chores. I’m sorry, these are elite athletes being paid millions of dollars to play football and you think they’ll be too tired to bring their A game if they have to take out the trash and pick up the kids from school? I certainly hope they’re not that fragile!
Nice Guy™ alert! Why won’t women let men be chivalrous?? It’s so unfair!
A prominent MRA activist announced that he doesn’t “give a fuck about rape victims anymore.” Charming.
Another MRA! Who says that women shouldn’t have high self-esteem. We don’t deserve it! Or want it! We have to be insecure to be feminine! What in the shitting fuck did I just see?
- #MensRightsMovies may be one of the greatest hashtags ever. The Daily Dot has some of the greatest hits.
- Male employees of a Portland, OR Ducati dealership posed with motorcycles to show the absurdity of the overly-sexualized poses most ads put female models in.
- UN Women has a new ad campaign that shows the misogynistic results that autocomplete Google searches around the world for phrases like “women shouldn’t.”
- A new grassroots campaign called “1 in 3 Week of Action” is trying to reduce the stigma of abortion.
- In the wake of the death of Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son at the hands of the child’s mother’s boyfriend, Brittney Cooper at Salon discusses why the dialogue needs to shift away from blaming women when their abusers hurt them or their children.
- Dustin Rowles at Pajiba explains why Roosh V and Vice cofounder Gavin McInnis are terrible, awful, no-good, very bad misogynists.
- Kristen Schaal fucking killed it on The Daily Show in a segment about sexy Halloween costumes.