Posts Tagged: sexism

Leighton Meester on playing Curley's "bitch, tramp, tart" wife: "If she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening?"

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 [...]


"A sense of entitlement in women was associated with stronger endorsement of benevolent sexism"

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.)


Having the Best-Selling Cake and Eating the Review, Too: An Interview With Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling writer whose eleventh novel All Fall Down came out yesterday. All Fall Down’s protagonist is Allison, a housewife whose respectable suburban existence conceals a growing addiction to pills. (Like Orphan Black's excellent character who shares her name, this Allison is also funny, shockingly capable and occasionally more than slightly delusional.) I read the book straight through without putting it down once, over the course of a sunny Sunday morning, and talked to Weiner over email afterward.

Your newest protagonist is a blogger! She writes for a sex and relationships site called, and part of her excuse for her pill habit [...]


CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry on the Link Between "Casual" Objectification and "Notifications of Impending, Unsolicited Anal"

I've written here briefly about Lauren Mayberry's steely, refreshing resistance to objectification, and now she's gone full steam at the Guardian, explaining plainly and powerfully how objectification leads directly to sexually aggressive threats. She talks about being in a band "born on the Internet" (the dear Hairpin pals at Neon Gold get a shout for premiering CHVRCHES' first single "Lies"): a band whose success is due almost entirely to online circles, and who consequently tries to stay in good touch with their fans by managing all their social networks themselves. This method, of course, has its drawbacks.

Last week, I posted a [...]


Chinese Job Posting Gropes Women With Words

The law enforcement unit in Chengdu, China wants work to be just like Halloween — young women dressed up looking sexy, specifically in police uniforms. They're looking for women under 23 who are taller than 5 foot 2, "attractive and with a good temperament." The women should also be prepared not to get too attached to their jobs, because their contracts will end when they're 26, just as their first wrinkles are appearing. On their fingers.


The Curious Case of Jennifer Weiner

At the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead has written a juicy and fascinating piece on novelist Jennifer Weiner, the "unlikely feminist enforcer," who has a "reporter’s tolerance for being edited" (pretty cool!) and who writes with "a big mirror loom[ing] a few inches behind her laptop screen" (what?!). Weiner has become a reliable ombudsman for "the way that the book industry treats women writers," which is great, although the bulk of her advocacy does seem directed at the cause of women writers in the rarefied category of "Jennifer Weiner," which is not as great. Here are some tidbits from Mead's profile:


With comic triumph, Weiner shared other anecdotes of [...]


Versus Lola

Last week, an email leaked from the writer-director team behind Lola Versus, that complained about possibly sexist reviews from male critics that hurt the opening box office of their single-gal-finds-herself flick. Comments were made ‘round the internet alleging that the movie was just plain shitty and they were playing the sexism card as an excuse. I headed to the multi-plex to see just who was zooming who — why were male critics hating so hard and was the reaction to the leaked email gaslighting the Lola Versus folks?

The movie starts like a typical Hollywood rom-com about a betrothal, with a dreamy proposal from a hunky man [...]