I trusted the polls because I believed that men on the Left were with us in this struggle, but in the end, too many left us to vote for a racist, sexist, xenophobic, hyper-masculine demagogue. This was not a victory on the Right, but a failure of the Left.
How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test
The CHIPS Test is an easy way to identify sexual objectification. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following questions, the image you are looking at is sexually objectifying. 1) Commodity: Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity, for example, as something that can be bought and sold? 2) Harmed: Does the… Continue reading How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test
Explaining Sexism 101 to Ali Velshi
I don’t want to be writing this post. I was hoping this Labor Day would truly be free of labor, but I woke up to another dismissive Tweet from CNN Senior Business Correspondent Ali Velshi that compels comment. I’ve always enjoyed and respected Mr. Velshi’s analysis, but was unpleasantly surprised yesterday by his response to Mitt Romney’s claim… Continue reading Explaining Sexism 101 to Ali Velshi
2012 Election Sexism Watch #8: Bachmann Enters Stage to “Lyin’ Ass Bitch”
Earlier this week, Michele Bachmann entered the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon accompanied by the musical musings of The Roots covering the Fishbone song, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Glenn Beck responded by calling Fallon a “despicable human being.” The Women’s Media Center noted that this gender slur was both “sexist and unfunny.” Fallon has since apologized.
“Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street”: Really?
Demand #8 from the Occupy Wall Street list of demands is a call for a “gender equal rights amendment,” a good sign that OWS is thinking about inequality in all its various forms. This sentiment seems to be lost on (supposedly) liberal filmmaker, Steven Greenstreet, whose past work includes documentaries about the Mormon influence in passing Proposition 8 and the… Continue reading “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street”: Really?
Election 2012 Sexism Watch #5: Bachmann Denies Sexism
From The Factor, September 26, 2011: O’Reilly: “Do you think you’re being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race? Here you’ve got eight sweaty guys – they’re all sweaty – and then you’re there. Are you being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race, do you think?” Bachmann: “You… Continue reading Election 2012 Sexism Watch #5: Bachmann Denies Sexism
Where are the Feminists for Bristol Palin?
Nineteen-year-old Bristol Palin is back in the media spotlight now that she has joined the cast of this season’s Dancing With The Stars, and once again she’s being ridiculed for being a teen mother. Witness her recent interview with Jay Leno: Bristol: “Well, I expected [Dancing With the Stars] to be hard work, but I’m… Continue reading Where are the Feminists for Bristol Palin?
“Sissy Bounce” Sexually Liberating?
But I take exception to Times reporter, Jonathan Dee’s claim that “sissy bounce…creates an atmosphere of sexual liberation — for women.”
The Hypocrisy of Newsweek
South Carolina gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley, is featured on the cover of the current Newsweek that includes two whole articles about women in politics (!) But despite decades of research showing that reporters disproportionately sexualize female candidates in ways that diminish their candidacies, even reputable publications like Newsweek continue this tired trend. My research shows that female reporters… Continue reading The Hypocrisy of Newsweek