Category: Sexism

July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Athletic wear company Reebok used their Twitter account to scathingly mock President Donald Trump on Friday, taking a shot at the president for comments he made to France’s first lady on Friday.

Trump made headlines Friday during his visit to Paris, France, on Bastille Day. Trump and first lady Melania Trump were meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron. The duo toured museums and participated in Bastille Day celebrations together.

After the Trumps and Macrons finished their visit of museums at Les Invalides, a Facebook video posted by the French government caught Trump telling Brigitte that she’s “in such good shape” and “beautiful,” according to the New York Times.

Trump was heavily criticized for the comment after it went viral, the Guardian reports.

That comment is what Reebok seized on.

On Friday afternoon, they posted an image to their Twitter account that appeared to be a flow chart of events detailing when it’s appropriate to use the phrase that Trump used when describing Brigitte.

In case you were wondering when it IS appropriate to say, “You’re in such good shape…beautiful,”… THIS: pic.twitter.com/Z1cnnRD8Ut

— Reebok (@Reebok) July 14, 2017

“When is it appropriate to say: You’re in such good shape…beautiful,” the poster asks. The poster then gives six scenarios — including the one Trump was in on Friday when he made the comments — and asks if the phrase is appropriate to use in those scenarios.

Not surprisingly, the poster instructs that it’s not appropriate to use the phrase when “you are a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state.” The only scenario it does instruct is appropriate to use the phrase is when you just discover a “forgotten action figure from your youth” that is “unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”

The poster was widely shared and appreciated. As of Sunday evening, it has accumulated more than 40,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 “likes.”

But just as quickly as the tweet went viral, Reebok was being exposed for an apparent double standard.

Comedian Jim Norton replied to Reebok’s tweet with a Reebok ad image that features a scantily-clad woman. He wrote: “Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape.”

Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape. pic.twitter.com/vuj8oe86ZL

— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 15, 2017

Of course, the point of Norton’s tweet was that Reebok was being hypocritical with their criticism of Trump’s comments — which many critics said were sexist — while simultaneously promoting ads that feature partially nude women.

Indeed, many athletic brands like Reebox typically use photoshopped pictures of athletes wearing minimal amounts of clothing to advertise their products, all under the mantra that “sex sells.” But it’s a bit difficult to criticize someone for allegedly objectifying women when your ad department featured nearly nude women in ads.

Posted in Donald Trump, Jim Norton, Reebok, Sexism, Twitter, US

July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) deserves credit for his response Thursday to a series of false news stories about the House dress code.

Earlier this month, members of the media decried the “new” and “sexist” dress code in the House Speaker’s Lobby that prohibited women from wearing sleeveless dresses or open-toed shoes.

Some of the stories about the dress code painted a picture that could have been ripped from the pages of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — an oppressive rule implemented by a patriarchal government hell-bent on controlling women, an example of sexism in President Donald Trump’s America rivaling that in the Republic of Gilead.

There was just one problem with the stories — they weren’t true.

My colleague Jon Street detailed last week how multiple media outlets erroneously reported that the dress code was implemented by Ryan. It has, in fact, been in place for many years. Additionally, the same dress code requires men to wear jackets and ties at all times in the Speaker’s Lobby.

While the dress code did hold women to an outdated definition of business attire, it was not Ryan’s doing.

This is simply wrong. The Speakers’ Lobby dress code has been this way for decades. Can be argued it should change — but let’s be factual https://t.co/QDgti2fnGj

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 7, 2017

But during his weekly press conference Thursday, Ryan responded to the controversy, telling reporters that “over the break, it came to my attention that there was an issue about [the] dress code.”

Ryan said that the dress code currently being enforced is “nothing new” and was in place under his predecessors. He pledged to “modernize” the dress code in the House.

“We will be working with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure the enforcement of appropriate attire is updated,” Ryan said.

.@SpeakerRyan statement on dress code: “Look for a change on that soon.” pic.twitter.com/sqz6fOavrX

— CSPAN (@cspan) July 13, 2017

“A dress code in the Chamber and Speaker’s Lobby makes sense,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that we need to bar otherwise acceptable business attire. So, look for a change in that soon.”

Ryan took the opportunity to “modernize” the current dress code for women, an action his predecessor — the first female speaker of the House — didn’t even undertake.

Glad to see @SpeakerRyan is updating the dress code for the House Floor. These unwritten rules are in desperate need of updates.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 13, 2017

So the facts: @SpeakerRyan wasn’t responsible for the outdated dress code but he is responsible for updating it.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 13, 2017

If Ryan were a woman or a Democrat, he would likely receive much more praise for demolishing an outdated definition of women’s business attire in the House. But since he is not, this article will probably have to suffice.

As an aside, the speaker could cement his legacy as a trailblazer for women’s rights by ensuring that men still be required to wear jackets and ties — even in July.

Posted in Commentary, House of Representatives, House Republicans, Jake Tapper, liberal media, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Politics, Sexism, Women's Rights

June 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The women of ABC’s “The View” went on the offensive during Friday’s airing of the daytime talk show while discussing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ interruption of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) during the question and answer portion of Sessions’ committee hearing over purported Russian ties on Tuesday.

After playing back a clip from the week’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where Harris attempted to expedite the questioning of Sessions, co-hosts of the show questioned whether or not it was “sexist” that Sessions’ interrupted Harris’s inquiries for the purpose of clarity.

In the video, Harris can be seen telling Sessions, “Sir, sir, I have just a few minutes.”

Sessions, clearly flustered, answered, “Well, will you let me qualify it? If I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can. I’m not able to be rushed this fast; it makes me nervous.”

After the video concluded, co-host Joy Behar reported that former Trump aide Jason Miller called Harris “hysterical” after being interrupted by Sessions.

“Would you ever use the word hysterical against a male senator?” Behar asked.

Co-host Sunny Hostin was the first to respond and answered, “They would never do it. And I know Kamala Harris. And what I think is so offensive is that she is the most even-keeled, stately person that you will meet. I mean she is a former prosecutor and she was using that experience to sort of cross examine him. Don’t we want that?”

Conservative co-host Jedediah Bila, however, defended Sessions.

“You want that, but you still have to let him qualify, you still have to let them finish. He wasn’t done speaking,” Bila chimed in. “In this setting and this climate, the more information the better, so I think you can qualify as much information as you need to.”

Co-host Sara Haines correlated the “interesting” use of the word “hysterical” to sexism and claimed that “is it’s a word with a female-baiting history from hystericus, which was once a common medical diagnosis reserved exclusively for women sending them uncontrollably insane, sometimes causing, they would have to perform a hysterectomy.”

Undeterred, Hostin said flatly, “Calling someone hysterical is sexist.”

Bila fired back and noted that all of the women around the table of “The View” interrupt one another constantly.

“Does that make us sexist?” Bila asked.

Hostin refused to answer Bila’s retort and changed the subject. “They don’t do it to men, not on that committee,” Hostin pressed.

“There is real sexism; there is real racism,” Bila said. “There’s all of these -isms. There are real examples of that. But when we rush to say ‘this is sexist’ immediately, all the time, or ‘this is racist,’ I think we demean those actual instances where it happens.”

See the heated exchange in the video below.

Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Feminism, Kamala Harris, Media, Sexism, The View, Videos

April 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Technology giant Google is being sued by the Department of Labor over accusations that the company systematically underpays women for the same work as men.

Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director, made the claims during a court hearing in San Francisco on Friday, according to the Guardian.

“We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce,” she said.

Further, Labor department regional solicitor, Janet Herold added, according to the Guardian:

The investigation is not complete, but at this point the department has received compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters.

The government’s analysis at this point indicates that discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry.

Google vehemently denied any wrongdoing in a statement.

“Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap,” they said.

But for years, there has been a problem with Silicon Valley’s hiring practices, considering that a large portion of tech company employees are white and Asian men. According to the Associated Press, just one-third of Google’s employees are women. Even then, just 19 percent of the overall workforce consists of women in technology roles.

More from the AP:

The Labor Department’s probe evolved from a lawsuit filed in January seeking to bar Google doing business with the federal government unless the company complied with an audit of its employee-compensation records. Google has said it has turned over some of the requested records, but withheld other information that it believes would invade its workers’ privacy.

While Google and its peers have been disclosing embarrassing sexual and racial imbalances in their workforces for the past few years, the technology industry so far has kept its compensation practices a closely guarded secret.

The Labor Department is now scrutinizing Silicon Valley for patterns of pay and hiring discrimination under its powers to vet companies that bid for lucrative government contracts. Earlier this year, the Labor Department also sued Oracle, alleging that the business software maker routinely pays white male workers more than their female and non-white counterparts for comparable jobs.

The allegations come just days after national “Equal Pay Day,” a day where companies and activists nationwide gathered to fight the alleged pay gay between men and women.

Let’s make every day #EqualPayDay. All employers can take steps to eliminate the gender and race pay gaps, today → https://t.co/KTuGTJMV16 pic.twitter.com/rBciSK21uF

— Google (@Google) April 4, 2017

In addition, the company added on its famous homepage under the Google search bar: “Google supports equal pay.”

That, however, might be false if the government’s allegations prove correct.

Posted in Business, Discrimination, Google, Sexism

March 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) lit into Bill O’Reilly and other “right-wing talking heads” that she said were trying to intimidate black women and others. She made the comments Tuesday on MSNBC to Chris Hayes, in apparent reference to a mocking joke O’Reilly made earlier in the day.

“And let me just say this,” Waters declared. “I am a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined, I cannot be thought to be a friend of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.”

“And I’d like to say to women out there everywhere,” she continued, “don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do, and let us on with discussing the real issues of this country. “

“Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility,” she added. “They have been sued by women. They’ve had to pay millions of dollars out in fines for harassment and other kinds of things. And so we know about that checkered past.”

“And we also know that when a woman stands up and speaks truth to power,” she concluded, “that there will be attempts to put her down. And so I’m not going to be put down. I’m not going to go anywhere, I’m going to stay on the issues.”

Bill O’Reilly had made the joke about Waters’ hair while appearing on “Fox and Friends,” for which he later apologized. Many characterized it as a racist attack, something he did not address in his apology, which simply said it was a “dumb” jest.

.@MaxineWaters on Bill O’Reilly comments: “I am a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated” #inners https://t.co/B1vRE4nelt

— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) March 29, 2017

The “dumb” jest in question was made at the expense of her hair after Fox aired a clip of Waters speaking about discrimination. When asked to comment about it, O’Reilly answered, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.” While the two male hosts laughed, Ainsley Earhardt objected to O’Reilly joking about a “woman’s looks.”

“As I have said many times,’ O’Reilly later said in a statement. “I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that today on ‘Fox and Friends’ calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize.”

Waters has been a very vocal critic of the Trump administration, which she said was full of “scumbags” in February. She also predicted that the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia would eventually lead to his impeachment.

During the Saturday MSNBC "AM Joy" broadcast, California's Democratic Representative, Maxine Waters, predicted that impeachment is in President Donald Trump's future over alleged ties with Russia. "We are going to see who the real patriots are when we unveil this collusion that I believe is there. I think in the final analysis they are going to have to move away from [Trump]." She went on to say "we will see that he'll be in a position where he will meet the standards and the criteria for higher crimes, and I maintain that's where impeachment comes in."

Posted in Bill O'Reilly, Maxine Waters, Politics, Racism, Sexism

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