NWLC’s water-cooler talk this morning was completely dominated by one thing: the Oscars. Program Assistants Amy Tannenbaum and Becka Wall were particularly fired up by a few things – namely, the sexism, racism, and general objectification of women that was prevalent throughout and decided to hash it out via blog post, below:
Amy: Watching the Oscars last night was such a roller coaster. There were some great moments – but overall I felt like women lost, in more ways than one.
Becka: Agreed. First of all, with the exception of Best Supporting and Best Actress, there was a serious dearth of women nominated – a notable snub was that of Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, an intense movie that captured not only the 12-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, but also the depth of human emotion that came with it.
Amy: Can we talk about the boob song, with Seth MacFarlane highlighting the times that actresses have appeared topless in film? It was like sexual harassment in front of an audience of millions. Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts looked disgusted and uncomfortable. Women in Hollywood are already judged too heavily on their looks. This song further moved emphasis away from what the Oscars is supposed to be about – celebrating talent and film – and turned it into a kind of sexual harassment. Plus, it wasn’t even funny! Read more »
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Rep. Todd Akin, in defending his stance against an exception for bans on abortions for survivors of rape and incest, claimed that women who are raped don't get pregnant.
There are so many things wrong with this horrifying sentence that it is hard to know where to begin. Here are my top 5:
A Member of the United States Congress uttered it.
The suggestion of "legitimate" rape. I'm not even sure what that means. My guess is that Akin meant a rape by a stranger. The idea that the only "real rape" is one by a stranger jumping out from behind the bushes is an outdated myth that for years was used to keep women from pursuing justice through the legal system. It also suggests that if a woman who was raped got pregnant, she must have somehow "wanted it" or else her body's super-pregnancy stopping powers would have kicked in. In fact, the mere phrasing he chose, "legitimate rape" is disturbing in itself. It sounds like there are some rapes that are OK, legal . . . . you know, legitimate.
Another slap your forehead/they don't get it moment.
Mike McCurry, in describing the four moderators for the Presidential debates said, "We have two very experienced, seasoned, veteran journalists who have been around and have done it, and then we have two women in between who have both distinguished themselves in their reporting and the awards that they’ve won."
Please notice that the two male moderators (Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer) are referred to as "journalists" and the two female reporters (Candy Crawley and Martha Raddatz) are referred to as "women". I get that he is trying to point out the gender diversity, but the opposites here are "male journalist" and "female journalist" - not "journalist” and “woman”.
And, since when is Candy Crawley not “a very experienced seasoned veteran journalist?” Let’s ignore the fact that she has been a journalist for over 30 years. (Seasoned? Check.) Read more »
Another weekly roundup has arrived! After the jump, we have a small collection of stories for you on Super Bowl ads, an MIT admissions project, a new report coming out next week, and details on where you can get the latest on contraceptive coverage. Read more »
Welcome to another weekly roundup! A lot’s buzzing around the web this week, but below are some of the things that really caught our attention. After the jump, quick hits on the Student Non-Discrimination Act, an ABC exec’s thoughts on the new show, “Work It,” some truly terrible advertising already on (or about to hit) the airwaves, a new reproductive health measure in Brazil, and the Internet’s most well-spoken 13-year-old girl. Read more »
It’s the end of another week, and we’ve got a new roundup for you. After the jump, stories on Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, girls tackling the STEM field, SNAP benefits and more. Read more »
Recently, J.C. Penney featured a shirt on its website with the words “"I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” The shirt was directed at young girls. After several groups complained about the message that this shirt sent to young girls, J.C. Penney discontinued the sale of the shirt and issued a statement in response to the publicity.
Blog reactions to the sale of the shirt have ranged from amusement at the message to outrage over its marketing to young girls. Several people note that the shirt is meant to be funny and charges of sexism are thus misguided. There is also a general sense that, in the end, this is a consumer choice issue: The shirt is only a shirt, and parents may refuse to buy it. Read more »