Why Raising Awareness through Sexism Isn't Actually Beneficial to Anyone: the Facebook Breast Cancer Memes

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with the start of the month comes the deluge of pink reminders peering at us from everywhere from grocery stores to online ads.  Much has been written on the idea of using commercial products painted pink as a sign of supporting breast cancer research; I am not fully opposed to the idea, insofar as the money that is actually donated to research funds.  What I am concerned about is what these attempts at awareness say about the women of our culture....more

Panels Over Magazine Covers Bring Out the Bra-Burner in Me

My favorite local grocery is rather liberal in its purchasing decisions: tiny cans of caviar, French orange flower water, various beers from small producers. Why then, in this seeming oasis, do I also find opaque panels over the covers of such magazines as Shape and Outside? The covers this month feature beautiful women of natural beauty, who are healthy, toned, and outdoors....more

Frank Deford: Accepted Sexist?

This morning, making my hour-long commute into the town where I attend graduate school, a segment on NPR’s “Morning Edition” began.  The topic was about male golfers, and so I let my attention wander, being almost completely unconcerned about the state of America’s golfing business.  I was slapped back into attention with the following quote:  “U.S. men's golf is starting to look like women's golf, where an American hasn't led the LPGA money rankings since 1993.”...more

Will 'Name It. Change It.' Support Conservative Women?

A new initiative called Name It. Change It. is supposedly calling out sexism in the media. Sponsored by the Women's Campaign Form, the Women's Media Center and Political Parity, the site highlights examples of sexism and contains a section for reporting sexist news stories....more

Survey Says: Sexist Attacks Negatively Impact Women Candidates, But Calling It Out Regains Points

Here's Susan Page on new survey results from Celinda Lake coming out today: The poll, taken Sept. 1-8, asked 800 likely voters to listen to descriptions of two hypothetical congressional candidates, Jane Smith and Dan Jones. Half then heard a back-and-forth about the candidates that used the words "ice queen" and "mean girl," then the word "prostitute" to characterize the woman. The other half of the sample heard a political back-and-forth without those labels....more

Wall of Shame: Majority Leader Reid Calls Gillibrand "Hottest Senator"

Why no, he didn't mean "hottest" like "she takes a stand on the hottest issues" including cyber security and health care. According to Maggie Haberman at Politico.com, this happened yesterday at a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: ...more

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Boy do we need more women in politics so ...more

Palin Continues To Damage Women While Others Spend Time, Money To Help Them

In a week that saw the launch of a funded, organized, coordinated effort to help us get at the roots of sexism (check out Name It. Change It), we also get Sarah Palin demonstrating the carelessness with which she's accused many others in using sexist rhetoric. From CNN Politicalticker:...more

(PICS) Summer's Eve Not the First Company to Get It Wrong With Women-Targeted Ads

You've got to feel bad for Angela Bryant. She's the brand manager for Summer Eve's feminine wash. Not only is she charged with selling a product for douching - an activity the health care profession says is unhealthy and should be avoided, Bryant, by approving an advertorial in Women's Day magazine, is now associated with an ad that is sure to become a classic of how not to market to women. ...more

I've always been interested in commercials throughout television from a pop cultural ...more

What Would You Do?: Guess Whose Name Was Left Out of a Politico Article

Then I follow up and get a nice note that the article will post this week, and I'm not going to be in it but my info was very helpful (of course it was - why else do you stay on the phone with me for an hour?) And then I read it. And you know what? My heart sank - it sank. Because it mentions my city - but not me. ...more

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Sexism and Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard's Now-Absent Chapters and Female Scientology Staff's Alleged Forced Abortions

In a special report entitled "No Kids Allowed" at TampaBay.com, the website of the St. Petersburg Times, women come forward and tell unsettling stories of their lives working for the Church of Scientology's religious order, the Sea Organization. The women began working for the church in their teens during the 1990s in exchange for food, clothing, shelter and medical care. They devoted themselves to performing whatever tasks deemed necessary to furthering church goals, and anything that interfered with that work was considered a distraction that must be eliminated, including children. Some of these women were coerced to have abortions, they tell the Times. ...more