Sexism


22 Apr 2014

News Flash: Hillary Clinton Is Not Pregnant

Media outlets are abuzz with Chelsea Clinton’s announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child this fall. Sharing the joyful news at a “No Ceilings” event for young women in New York, Chelsea said, “I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me” while Mama Hillary looked on,...

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08 Apr 2014

Was Mary Barra Set Up to Take the Fall at GM?

Last week, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra withstood a battering from a Congressional committee over GM’s recent recall of 2.6 million vehicles. Per Allan Stamm of Deadline Detroit, they demanded to know why “GM didn’t react to signs dating back to 2001 that Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar vehicles had faulty ignitions” since “13 deaths and 32 crashes have been linked to the...

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Photo/Craig Cutler/NY Times
11 Feb 2014

Is Equality in Marriage a Sexual Turn Off?

Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb’s NY Times Magazine article, “Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?” shares sociological studies examining “Egalitarianism, Housework and Sexual Frequency in Marriage,” which posit that as couples become equal breadwinners and caregivers, the satisfaction they gain from sharing the chores is somehow dampening their desire for each other.  One study claims: “The less gender differentiation, the less sexual desire.” In other...

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Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and the Female Libido
28 Jan 2014

Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and the Female Libido

Women represent 53% of the voting electorate.  Vital as it is for Republicans to gain female votes in 2014, their need will reach critical mass in the 2016 Presidential election.  Despite a 100-page RNC post-mortem prescribing greater outreach, rather than heed that advice, today’s Republican Party continues to shoot itself in the foot with offensive remarks and legislative actions that flout their aims. Continued male...

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The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman
24 Jan 2014

The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman

Republicans fearful of Secretary Clinton contesting for the Presidency in 2016 are falling over themselves to define her early, trotting out tired ageist, sexist attacks while screaming “Benghazi” 24/7.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is their best hope to defeat her.  While he works overtime to tamp down the “Bridge-gate” scandal that threatens his presidential hopes, RNC Chair Reince Priebus and others shout “she’s inauthentic”, she represents the...

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The Dishonest Coverage of “Hillary’s Hit List”
14 Jan 2014

The Dishonest Coverage of “Hillary’s Hit List”

Chris Christie’s political hopes took a hit last week as the burgeoning “Bridge-Gate” scandal painted him and those in his inner circle as bullies who will exact ugly retribution from a political foe.  Prior to that, big media, in their unending polling parlor game, had already decided Christie was the Republican best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. No sooner did he apologize his...

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Speaker John Boehner and Janet Yellen
08 Jan 2014

Janet Yellen’s Confirmation as Fed Chair and the Republican Messaging Problem

The eminently qualified Janet Yellen was confirmed yesterday as our first female Fed Chair, albeit by the narrowest margin in Senate history.  The vote, 56-26, reflects 18 missing Senators who had trouble returning to cast a ballot due to current horrid weather conditions around the country.  Democrats who were present numbered 45 and all voted for Dr. Yellen, joined by 11 Republicans.  It is the 26 Republican holdouts...

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16 Dec 2013

Miley Cyrus vs. Rashida Jones: What is Feminine Power?

Actress/Producer Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) has gotten blowback from some feminist groups for complaining that “stripper poles, G-strings, boobs, and a lot of tongue action [are] all now normal accessories for mainstream pop stars” and “2013 was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina.”  Jones wondered if she could just like the music “without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star’s...

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First Female CEO of GM: Trend or Anomaly?
12 Dec 2013

First Female CEO of GM: Trend or Anomaly?

Starting at GM as a teenaged intern and rising to global product development chief, Mary Barra, now 51, has been made the company’s first female CEO.  According to the LA Times, she is now the country’s most powerful woman executive.  While Ms. Barra’s appointment may seem to represent a trend toward female leadership, echoing that of Marissa Mayer at Yahoo and the likely confirmation of Janet Yellen...

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I’m Proud to Support the Brave Girls Alliance!
18 Oct 2013

I’m Proud to Support the Brave Girls Alliance!

The Brave Girls Alliance is a magnificent group of women of all ages working to take back mainstream media and show young girls just how fabulous they already are.  Airbrushed, hyper-sexualized images need not apply, thanks.  Having made a small contribution to this cause, I was surprised to see my tweet wind up on a 25-foot billboard in NYC’s Times’ Square! This is only one of many positive...

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