Leighton Meester (the nom de guerre of well-respected New York acting prodigy Blair Waldorf) has written an op-ed on her experience playing Curley's nameless wife in the stage adaptation of Of Mice And Men, a character so maligned that she's compared to a dog, then treated worse: the audience protests when the dog's led off to be shot, but laughs as Meester's character dies.
In the letter [to Claire Luce, the original stage actress], Steinbeck sheds light on what is behind this character without a name, writing that, "She was told over and over that she must remain a virgin because that was the only way she could get a husband [...]
At RawStory, some really interesting research:
Ambivalent Sexism Theory holds that stereotypes about women come in two main forms: a hostile version and a benevolent version. Hostile sexism is overtly negative and includes beliefs such as women being intellectually inferior to men. This form of sexism is easy to identify, and is typically known as misogyny.
Benevolent sexism, on the other hand, is more subtle. It appears to be positive toward women but implicitly suggests that members of “the fairer sex” are dependent on men…. Kathleen Connelly of the University of Florida has summarized benevolent sexism as the belief that “women are wonderful, but weak.”
Researchers at [...]
There is a word for every horrible thing we do. Many of them are German (Schadenfreude, others). But one of them is "microaggression." Here are some examples of microaggressions, according to Psychology Today:
An assertive female manager is labeled as a "bitch," while her male counterpart is described as "a forceful leader." (Hidden message: Women should be passive and allow men to be the decision makers.)
Whistles or catcalls are heard from men as a woman walks down the street. (Hidden message: Your body/appearance is for the enjoyment of men. You are a sex object.)