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Tag Archive | "Sexism"

Comment of the Week: Moving Past Rigid Gender-Based Dating Rules

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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photo via flickr James S. said the following in response to the post “Wise Guys: Can’t Women Ask Men Out?” I think that the root of many men responding negatively to women who approach men comes down to two things: sexism and pride. This form of sexism starts at birth in blue being for boys [...]

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Benevolent Sexism? Not So Much

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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In case you’ve been hiding under a rock lately — or watching the soon-to-canceled TV show Playboy Club – so-called benevolent sexism is doing or saying nice things for sexist reasons. Killing them with kindness, as it were. For example, holding open a door for a woman (when you don’t do it for men), or [...]

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The Media’s Pornification of Women

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Here’s¬†a fascinating but not all that surprising study from the University of Buffalo: they recently analyzed more than 1,000 images of men and women on Rolling Stone covers over the course of 43 years (they chose Rolling Stone since it’s a well-established, pop-culture media outlet) and found the following: In the 1960s, 11 percent of [...]

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Sexist Bill Maher on Sexism

Friday, July 22, 2011

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We’re two of those poor HBO-less saps who have to wait until the following Wednesday to get the free podcast of the previous Friday night’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” And so we only just discovered¬†his final “New Rule” from last week: “Republicans have to stop thinking up intricate, psychological explanations for why [...]

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Love Letters to VS Naipal

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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A few weeks ago we apprised you of the ridiculous and offensive comments made by Nobel laureate and jackass¬†VS Naipaul — basically that all women writers are ‘sentimental’ and ‘unequal to me’. There have been¬†some great reactions to that old-fashioned fart’s blatant sexism. The latest is writer¬†Joanne Elizabeth Valin’s new blog,¬†Love Letters to VS Naipal: [...]

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Beyonce, Who Run the World? Not Girls.

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Beyonce’s latest hit “Run the World” is a girl-power anthem, sort of: “Who run the world? Girls” over and over. Maybe it’s aspirational. Eh, probably not. We think this smart and harsh take by Vlogger “Nineteen Percent” is a better breakdown of the song: we don’t run the world, we do get disrespected, gypped at [...]

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Can You Tell the Sex of an Author from a Paragraph, Like VS Naipaul?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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In an interview at the Royal Geographic Society last week, during which Nobel laureate and jackass VS Naipaul idiotically suggested that women writers are ‘sentimental’ and ‘unequal to me’, he also claimed that ‘I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not.’ [...]

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Guys, Crawl Out of Your Man Caves

Monday, May 16, 2011

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We like the image of Plato’s allegorical cave, but adult sex educator Charlie Glickman calls it the Man Box, or more specifically, the Act-Like-A-Man Box. In a series of blog posts earlier this month, Glickman explained how, in order to be perceived as “real men,” heterosexual guys have to live in a box of strict [...]

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A Conspiracy Theory About “Rubicon”

Friday, August 6, 2010

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If you’re a fan of the first two episodes of AMC’s new conspiracy thriller series, Rubicon, what you probably like is what makes it different from your typical television drama: its slow pace, its subtlety, its intelligence, its lack of glitzy pizazz, even its muted colors. Well, that’s why we like it. And it’s why [...]

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The Bechdel Test*

Friday, June 11, 2010

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Thanks in large part to a video made last December by Anita Sarkeesian of FeministFrequency.com that’s been making the rounds recently on the Internet, more of the world knows about the Bechdel Test. Back in 1985, Alison Bechdel’s comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” mentioned “The Rule,” one character’s three simple requirements for whether or [...]

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