"'Benevolent sexism', where women are treated as helpless entities in need of protection, is seen in a positive light by many – particularly those women with a strong sense of entitlement."
Can you guess what the Texas legislature's little secret is? If you have ever been around an organization that is 80% male, you almost certainly can.
Americans watch presidential debates to serve many different goals. Older people need shameless pandering, because they are lonely. Corporate ladder-climbers need "water cooler talk." And the nation's much-maligned "undecided voters" want to put a face to a name, so they can vote for the white person.
For a certain small but social-media-savvy demographic of needy political fanatics, debates are an opportunity to quickly identify memes and catch phrases and then recycle these memorable bits into short-lived Internet destinations. Time is of the essence, because this stuff is utterly forgotten within 48 hours—by the time Saturday Night Live gets to it on the weekend, it's all over.
If you didn't [...]
Last week, the American Society of Magazine Editors released its list of nominees for the 2012 National Magazine Award. In the so-called "brass ring" long-form categories—reporting, feature writing, profile writing, essays and criticism and columns and commentary—all 25 of the writers nominated were men.
For an organization that usually gets talked about exactly twice a year—once when it announces the nominations, and again when it declares the winners—suddenly people had a lot to say about ASME.
"Women can’t write, says ASME," went the Daily News headline. David Carr called it a "sausage-fest." Disdain for the organization manifested in the Twitter hashtag #ASSME.
It's easy to imagine the [...]
Of course one must remember that there are "lots" of lady reporters and thinkers and pundits in Washington D.C., in addition to all the men. Because without this sprinkling of ladies, how would all the important men there who furiously write their blogs be regularly reminded of all those long years until their mid-20s, at which time they first (and possibly last) got to second base with a human?
The founder of the "pairing older ladies with younger men" dating site CougarLife.com is pretty peeved at Google for sticking ads for her site and other similarly themed ones in the "non-family-safe" section of its ad-sales repository, while ads for similar sites that cater to older men looking for younger women (or Americans seeking out brides from abroad) were given the all clear for advertising on, say, Disney.com. Double standard, or just your everyday example of garden-variety sexism? A flack for the search engine/ad company said that the company wasn't sexist — just that there were certain words and images within the ad copy and sites that triggered [...]
"Sometimes when I read Metropolitan Diary items on Mondays, I don't necessarily â€˜get it' because they involve people I don't have anything in common with and don't feel like understanding," writes someone today, who has chosen to spend the morning grappling with meaning in this most-aged of newspaper columns. "I've read it six times now and can't make any sense of it. And I love sarcasm!" Actually, we can help!
"The girls aren't crazy—they're just excited." Early on in the One Direction documentary This Is Us, a neuroscientist details the dopamine rush a fan feels when she thinks about the band, and provides confirmation for what Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne have always insisted: Directioners are not crazy—and they're not to be ignored. In interview after interview over the past three years, usually surrounded by thousands of screaming young women, the band has politely corrected reporters who characterize their followers as "insane" or "deranged." "We prefer 'passionate,'" they'll demur. "Or 'dedicated.'"
There’s more to this than semantics. Possibly you don’t realize how [...]
Hey, young ladies! Do you regularly exhibit your nipples and/or pudenda on the streets? Young millennial fellas: are you a balls-out kinda guy in general? Good news! While some uptight fools will tell you not to dress like a slanch for your internship, we believe you are more likely to Find Your Unique Path and also to Make It In New York City in general if you just "be yourself." An office is an extension of your lifestyle, after all, and if your lifestyle is nipple-centric or "neo-burlesque" or "embodying James Deen gifs," that is fine, and don't let anyone tell you different. You're only young and pretty once![...]
"There are now two female staffers writing for Gizmodo, myself and Leslie Horn, and neither of us blew anyone for our job."
Research shows that sexism and racism are linked, and "could be a personality trait." Scientists believe that the characteristic, known as assholeness, could be controlled by early psychological education.
Not only are people afraid that our Libyan adventure is being run by ladies like Hillary Clinton and Samantha Power (who is terrible), it's also actually being run by a woman, Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, who's been the commander of Seventeenth Air Force since last summer. Oh my God, there are literally maybe four women in relevant positions of power (I'm counting Susan Rice, our ambassador to the U.N.)! WHY DO WOMEN WANT GADDAFI'S OIL? And what will men do now? Why won't Joe Biden do something?
I almost want to put this up without any context, because it is just that AMAZING, but here ya go: "The Austrian army had hoped that its new video would attract some fresh recruits. Instead, it has engendered charges of sexism and insensitivity. The clip shows shreiking young woman chasing after a tank in the hopes of going on a 'joy ride.'" It sure does!
Now that they're sometimes raping and occasionally castrating men-who, of course, matter so much more than women, which is the only conceivable reason there is very little international involvement in the affairs of "post-war" Congo, the rape capital of the world-maybe the international community will take actual action in Congo now? Just asking!
"I like my women like I like my computers … exported from a sweatshop in china." —Meet the sexist joke-writing computer.
"Philip Johnson used to say, 'We’re all going to go to the Century Club—the architects, but not their wives. And we're going to wear evening dress and we're going to talk about architecture.' So they invited Bob. The person who called said to me, 'I'm embarrassed to have reached you, Denise, I wanted Bob. You can't come to this meeting because you're a wife.'" —Haha, old asshole Philip Johnson strikes again, as recounted by the architect Denise Scott Brown, who was also married to an architect, Bob Venturi.
But this job posting for a "tech-oriented magazine show" is, you see, on the web, ladies. On the Internet, no one wants to see your old faces.
It was a real meeting of the minds, apparently: yesterday, professional opinion-havers Sally Quinn and Deborah Tannen "met for a morning summit at Georgetown waterfront restaurant Sequoia to discuss the state of women." You simply must read this whole thing. It will make you feel terrible, these 20 notable quotables from their conversation. It is like a guide to the retrograde. They may be in the Taliban. Here, sample just one, from Ms. Quinn! "At the beginning of the feminist movement, it was women taking power back and it was really heady stuff… then it got out of control, as all revolutions do. They got militant… there [...]
"Mansplaining" Critique Really Upsets Men, Who Are Usually Too Busy Feigning Concern For the Subjects of Women's Memoirs
In the wake of our re-realization yesterday that the executive class of Apple is an all-male revue, there are (at least) two interesting woman-related discussions going on up in the Internet. One involves manplaining. The other has to do with how men treat women when they write about things. And they are sooo related. Let us begin with Awl pal and comedian Julie Klausner, who is meeting lots of concern from men about how the people in her book will be represented. Um, Julie asks: what about me?