Category Archives: Sexism in the Media

Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment:Revived by the California Supreme Court?

My hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was reporting over the weekend that supporters of the so-called marriage amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution are attempting to revive the bill in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision overturning that state’s … Continue reading

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“Hundreds turn back on Schlafly at ceremony”

According to St. Louis Today: Some felt the silent protest with white armbands and the dramatic turning of backs was disrespectful. But those who took part said it was a fitting way to show their disapproval that Washington University was … Continue reading

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Is It Really That Hard to Say “Abortion” on TV or in the Movies?

Thanks to TiVo, I’m several days late on this one, but last week’s 30 Rock continued in the tradition of television shows such as Scrubs, Friends, and the Nine as well as movies such as Waitress, Knocked Up, and Juno … Continue reading

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The Ten Most Influential Political Pundits in the U.S.?

The [U.K.] Telegraph thinks so. Notice anything they have in common? Via Echidne.

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Bigotry and Pornography

Some horrible racist, anti-semitic GOP congressional candidate in Indiana links his opposition to pornography and prostitution (involving “young, white women and girls” only, apparently) to his disgusting bigotry, and of course the Supposedly Liberal Doods find it completely hilarious to … Continue reading

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“Female sports stars deserve recognition”

Feminist Law Prof Sharon Sandeen’s recently published Letter to the Editor: As a sports fan — particularly a fan of women’s sports — I have often been disappointed by the Star Tribune’s coverage of women’s sports. But April 21′s edition … Continue reading

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“Girl Dating Tips”

This is the kind of thing that can either make you bonk your head on the nearest wall, or laugh out loud, depending on your mood and how you are wired generally.

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Does Misogyny Pay?

Eric Boehlert says so, but at a very Supposedly Liberal Dood-centric blog. So maybe writing about misogyny pays too, if you are a man. As Echidne notes: “Perhaps [Boehlert] will actually be listened to. Us wimminfolk are not.”

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A short clip of biting satire about the male-centric music industry, by Erykah Badu

Here. Not safe for work, especially if you work in the male-centric music industry.

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“The Feminist Reawakening”

The thesis of this New York Magazine article is that the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton during this primary is generating a feminist revival.   Via Echidne of the Snakes.

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“Why gamers need to stop being assholes to feminists if they want to be happy”

That’s the title of this post at Feminist Gamers. Below is an excerpt: … We all know that videogames are being scapegoated. But whenever someone offers up a scapegoat, it’s because they’re trying to avoid taking responsibility for the real … Continue reading

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“Quick, name a few recent popular movies where the two top-billed stars are female.”

Struggling? Here’s why. Via Bitch, Ph.D.

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“What’s My Line?” Clip from January 27, 1957

As Froomkin notes, the Mystery Guest is surreal. What I also find interesting is that even though the female panelists are hyper-feminizied with lacy blindfolds (which I’m guessing were pink) and high maintenance hair, make-up and clothing, they are permitted … Continue reading

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“Menopausal Sexpots” As Marketing Opportunity?

How I wish I was kidding.

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“At the New York Times Book Review, all the misogyny is fit to print”

So says Sarah Seltzer, in this article entitled Hard Times. I’m not sure I agree with everything she says but she is certainly correct that the NYT seems rabidly afraid of feminism. Link via Feministing. –Ann Bartow

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“Person on the Street” Interviewer Describes Significant Differences Between Women and Men

Her observations can be viewed here at Mob Logic TV. I think there are valid reasons that women fear media exposure and the mockery (or worse) that may follow, but an unwillingness to take risks does keep us less visible.

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Need a Daily Dose of Misogyny?

Nicole Black notes that Volokh Conspiracy readers have been dumping all over Dahlia Lithwick. She writes: Volokh Conspiracy readers can’t help themselves.   When a women lawyer is as successful at what she does as Dahlia Lithwick, they simply have … Continue reading

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Strangelets on the Front Page

I can’t help but think of author Dan Brown when I hear the acronym “CERN.” The Swiss science institute has been sued in federal court in Hawaii: [T]wo men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii . . . … Continue reading

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Another Reason Not To “Go Wild”

This. Joe Francis will reap a windfall he didn’t earn and doesn’t deserve.

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On “Torture Porn”

Rachel Corbett writes at Women’s Enews: When the movie “Hostel” raked in $19 million on its debut weekend and gripped the No. 1 spot for a week in 2005, some critics heralded the comeback of horror, which had been in … Continue reading

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His What?

“Besides, Chris Matthews was Tip O’Neill’s buttboy, not Tim O’Neil’s.”

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“Your Silence Will Not Protect You”

A powerful call at “Diary of An Anxious Black Woman” to get radical about HIV/AIDS. Below is a short excerpt: … Unlike gay men in the ’80s, who broke the silences surrounding their sexuality – promoting condom use through newsletters … Continue reading

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“A children’s advocacy group wants to keep a children’s hospital from putting clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s name on a new emergency room.”

From CNN: … Abercrombie, known for its racy marketing campaigns aimed at teenagers, has pledged $10 million toward the construction of the emergency department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood on Tuesday urged … Continue reading

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Maybe You Have Been Wondering What Linda Hirshman and Charlotte Allen Think Of Women Democratic Voters?

Thanks to the Washington Post, and a host of Supposedly Liberal Dood bloggers happily flogging these despicable Op-eds with smirking faux concern, now we know. First, Hirshman: Maria Shriver sure has great hair. Stepping up to the microphone at a … Continue reading

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Leveraging gay themes in ads.

Blech. This.

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Martin Amis, “A Rough Trade”

“A Rough Trade” is an article about the porn industry that Amis published in The Guardian seven years ago. It’s difficult to read or to re-read. Below is a short and potentially triggering excerpt: … Temptress is one of the … Continue reading

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“Fox News Porn”

This website highlights the Fox News penchant for using women’s bodies to sexually titillate its conservative audience.

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“The University of Southern California released a study yesterday about the preferences of the Academy and found that in almost in any given year of best picture nominations, the roles for people who are neither white nor male are few and far between.”

So reports this NYT article in reference to this study, which also observes: “The data show there are almost three speaking males for every one female and more than four white speaking characters for every one non-white character,”the study found … Continue reading

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Trailer for the film “Teenage Mother” (1967).

Oy.

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Because there is always a women to blame.

From the Chicago Sun-Times article that is subtitled: While investigators search for a motive behind Stephen Kazmierczak’s bloody rampage, questions are raised about a history of mental illness, medications and a recently failed relationship Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak, the gunman who … Continue reading

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The Seattle Times refused to run an ad for the Vagina Monologues because the artwork looked too much like a vagina.

This happened in the Pacific Northwest, not South Carolina! From the Seattle Weekly: On February 24, in honor of “V-Day,” the National Council of Jewish Women’s Seattle office is co-sponsoring two performances of the Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at the … Continue reading

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Time magazine’s senior political analyst and editor at large Mark Halperin opines that John Edwards “kinda thinks Obama is….he thinks Obama is kind of a pussy …”

Media coverage here, here and here.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Rape

I generally like the writing at The Situationist blog a lot, but how can the clip of a “Pepe Le Pew” cartoon at the end of this post represent anything except extremely coercive, unwanted sexual contact? Pepe Le Pew cartoons … Continue reading

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“Hillary Sexism Watch”

At Shakesville. 62 posts and counting. Melissa McEwan deserves some sort of award for this.

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“There’s a lot at stake for our country in this election. Surely, you can do your jobs as journalists and commentators and still keep the discourse civil and appropriate.”

From here (via here): Sen. Clinton’s letter to Steve Capus, president of NBC News, pretty much says it all: Dear Mr. Capus, Thank you for your call yesterday. I wanted to send you this note to convey the depth of … Continue reading

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Two Posts You Should Read

Both at Diary of an Anxious Black Woman: Saartjie Baartman: The “Hottentot Venus” and Speaking of the “Hottentot Venus,” Is This Supposed to Be Positive?

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“Doesn’t it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”

That’s what MSNBC correspondent David Shuster asked while interviewing two guests about Chelsea Clinton’s role in her mother’s campaign, according to the WaPo.com (actual clip is here, and see also.) There aren’t enough hours in the day to blog every … Continue reading

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“This Valentine’s Day say it with Beef”

So says the Pig! Above is a scan of an advertisement from the print version of my local newspaper today, and beneath it a higher resolution version found on the Internets. I can only imagine what life is like outside … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish On “Hillary Hating”

In the NYT.

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“The anti-feminist politics behind the pornography that ‘empowers’ women”

Article with this title by Gail Dines and Robert Jensen here.

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Sometimes The Hypocrisy Of Supposedly Liberal Doods Is Surreal

1. Atrios links to a post by Media Matters calling Chris Matthews out for his sexism, which is in fact egregious. 2. When a photographer snaps Matthews wearing a petulant expression, what does Atrios title it? “Pissy Chrissy”   Because … Continue reading

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What’s The Target?

From Adrants: Yup. we’re ready for it. Ready for everyone to tell us we’re reading way, way too much into this Target billboard that places a certain area of a woman’s body highly targeted by men right in the middle … Continue reading

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“Lawyers, Blogs, and Money”

James Grimmelmann has an interesting mediation on advertising and blogs at The Laboratorium. I found it via Froomkin who has a somewhat different take on the issue. I find myself agreeing with Grimmelmann, with an added concern about transparency and … Continue reading

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Playboy Coopting Wonder Woman

Maybe whether or not Wonder Woman is an appropriate feminist icon could be debated, but I can’t imagine any feminist being pleased about this. Ugh. Update: For an interesting contrarian take on this issue see: The Wonder Woman Controversy: Is … Continue reading

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“Tell MSNBC that Chris Matthews’ sexism has to go”

Via Feministing: Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “she devil” and compared her to a “strip-teaser.” He has called her “witchy” and likened her voice to “fingernails on a blackboard.” He … Continue reading

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Keeping Women’s Voices Out, Supposedly Liberal Dood Edition

I went to what I understand to be The American Prospect’s main page today, here. There seem to be twelve “current” articles. As far as I can tell, ZERO were written by women. Scrolling down the page to the “recent” … Continue reading

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About”this weird fear of opposing views.”

Quotation fragment from this article in which Andy Rosenthal defends the NYT’s hiring of Bill Kristol as a regular op-ed columnist. Welp, that would make ten columnists, as I count them. Eight men and two women, and only one of … Continue reading

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Did “Feminists” Attempt to “Censor” Santa Claus?

Despite reports like this and this, the Snopes account is quite different. Via the Hathor Legacy. Naturally crap like this is for sale, but obviously feminists are supposed to be intimidated into silence about it. Cartoon from here. –Ann Bartow

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New Year’s Resolution: To More Rigorously Critique Celebrity Culture

As this NYT article, “A One-Way Ticket To Disaster,” aptly demonstrates, one of the only areas of the entertainment industry where women are proportionately represented (at a minimum) is in “scandal coverage.” The story is even accompanied by a “timeline … Continue reading

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Another Reason Not To Eat At Burger King

In case you needed one…

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