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We know that discrimination against women still exists, but sometimes we forget the fact that discrimination is not distributed equally to each woman. A recent Forbes article by political strategist Atima Omara-Alwala revealed some horrifying facts about health care discrimination among black women.  African American women, as just one example of many, are three times more likely to experience unwanted pregnancy and four times more likely to die of ... Read More
   During the Democratic National Convention, double-named CNN contributor Erick Erickson tweeted, "First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected." Apparently this guy doesn’t know the difference between Eve Ensler's blockbuster play and a convention full of well-spoken female politicians. (Here's a hint: the former involves a lot more mentions of clitoris and labia). To give you more evidence of this guy’s distaste for women ... Read More
The Augusta National Golf Club, aka the Masters Tournament course, has decided to allow women (albeit only two) into their prestigious club in Georgia. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore are the two first female members.   Some are praising the club for this move, and noting that it represents a milestone for women in business. However, I can’t understand why any woman would even want to be part of a club that has only ... Read More
Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show and recently featured in BUST Magazine's June/July issue, will read from her collection of essays Lizz Free or Die tonight, as part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s summer reading series.Winstead's collection of essays is an account of her life, which has been influenced by sexism and her struggles against it. BUST’s review of the work states “as a child, a priest infuriates her when he tells her ... Read More
Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch. She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, ... Read More
We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I've heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee's chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment? 23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line. The ... Read More
I love soccer. Like, love soccer. I’m an avid supporter of clubs Liverpool FC and the New York Red Bulls, and of the US national teams (men and women) as well. I can’t say why I love soccer – maybe it’s the fast pace, maybe it’s the beautiful passing, maybe it’s the thrill of knowing that a well-fought game can end in a scoreless tie – but I love my teams and I love the sport. I’ve never felt the need to justify ... Read More
Sexist jokes are seldom legitimately funny, but they do get attention, as is proven by these chinos from Madhouse, a British discount clothing chain. Their pants' labels provide detailed washing and drying instructions, and under them, in bold letters, state, “OR GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN IT’S HER JOB”. As our girlfriend Amy Poehler would say: "Really???"   Not only is this label rude, but it's unclear. What if a straight lady or a gay man ... Read More
Yesterday the Pentagon announced new measures that will bring women serving in the military closer to combat than ever before. With the new policy implemented, women will be able to fill thousands of jobs, including medics, intelligence officers, and helicopter pilots, previously reserved for men only. Women have been allowed to serve in these positions at the brigade level since 1994, but this new policy assigns women to the battalion level, which is much smaller ... Read More
Oh for F's sake! Yet another post comes out of the woodwork with the same-old same-old, tired-old tired-old idiotic hypothesis. Peg Aloi's HuffPo post, published yesterday, titled "Tough Gals: Do They Still Exist?" basically boils down to the same thing old Henry Higgins asks in My Fair Lady:" Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Aloi is unhappy that women are "girly" again. Her evidence of contemporary women's girliness is that some of us like cupcakes, ... Read More