Category Archives: Sexism in the Media
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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
This website highlights the Fox News penchant for using women’s bodies to sexually titillate its conservative audience.
“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: â€œThe 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
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
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
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 …”
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
“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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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