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Producer's Tweets Reveal How Scripts Depict Women

'Startlingly ageist, sexist, and objectifying'

(Newser) - "JANE, 28, athletic but sexy. A natural beauty. Most days she wears jeans, and she makes them look good." So reads a tweet by film producer Ross Putman, who's taken it on himself to draw attention to the way women are described in scripts. "These are... More »

Ohio Politician Questioned for Running as a Young Mom

Jennifer Herold has two sons, ages 1 and 3

(Newser) - Ohio state Sen. Tom Patton is a term-limited Republican who's now going after an Ohio House seat, and he's running against a real "sweetie." At least, that's what the 62-year-old called his chief Republican opponent in a radio interview last week, but it's a... More »

Kansas Senator to 'Ladies': No Mini-Skirts, Please

Mitch Holmes has implemented a controversial dress code

(Newser) - A Kansas state senator has some people's knickers in a twist after implementing a new dress code that singles out women who wear "skimpy skirts or blouses with plunging necklines," the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Mitch Holmes is the chairman of the state's ethics and elections committee,... More »

Study: Men With Beards More Likely to Be Sexist

Especially in the 'hostile' variety of sexism

(Newser) - A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found men with beards—or any other type of facial hair—were more likely to hold sexist attitudes. Australian researchers gave online surveys to more than 500 men between the ages of 18 and 72 from the US and India, Psychology... More »

Why Women Don't Benefit From Office Rage

Is it just a double standard?

(Newser) - Guys can blow a fuse and be respected for it, but women? Not so much, according to a new study that reveals an apparent double standard in the way we react to angry people, Pacific Standard reports. "Our results lend scientific support to a frequent claim voiced by women,... More »

Netflix Changes 'Racist' Summary for Pocahontas

Writer pointed out sexism and stereotypes against Native Americans

(Newser) - Until recently, the Netflix description for the 1995 animated Disney film Pocahontas read like the back cover of a Harlequin novel—and was sexist and racist to boot, a Native American writer asserts, per the Guardian . The original description, seen in a screenshot Adrienne Keene posted on the Native Appropriations... More »

Klum to Trump: 'Every Woman Is a 10'

Supermodel still can't figure out why Donald Trump brought her up

(Newser) - One day after releasing a video poking fun at him, Heidi Klum continued to fire back at Donald Trump's comment on her allegedly fading looks, saying it's disrespectful to assign numerical values to women, Mashable reports. It started when Trump told the New York Times that Klum was... More »

Bic Celebrates Women —With Sexism

Apparently, someone in marketing was thinking like a caveman

(Newser) - South Africa recently saluted its citizens of the female persuasion with National Women's Day, and pen-maker Bic decided to chime in with an ad proclaiming its own poorly-thought-out two cents. "Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, work like a boss," read... More »

You Guys, Stop Saying 'You Guys'

Vox writer says oft-used phrase promotes sexism, even if it's not intentional

(Newser) - Jenee Desmond-Harris admits that she used to start many of her social media posts with the informal and conversational "you guys" greeting, and her initial reaction to the idea of banishing the phrase was "oh, come on." But now she's ready to purge the popular phrase... More »

Nobel Scientist Who Made Sexist Comments Resigns

Dr. Tim Hunt has stepped down as honorary professor at University College London

(Newser) - Tim Hunt may not be crying like a woman in a science lab over the hubbub he's caused, but he's now resigned from his University College London role because of it. The BBC reports that the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Royal Society fellow— under fire this week for... More »

Nobel Laureate Complains About 'Girls in Labs'

Then apologizes ... sort of

(Newser) - Apparently it is possible to win the Nobel Prize and yet still make extremely ill-advised public comments: A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist has apologized for saying the "trouble with girls" working in science labs is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science. Tim Hunt, 72, made the... More »

Women, It's Time to Ditch Silicon Valley

Guardian's Jess Zimmerman loves angry new sentiment brewing

(Newser) - Women in the tech field get all kinds of advice on how to succeed in the boys' world of Silicon Valley. But at the Guardian , Jess Zimmerman thinks the days of "leaning in" or whatever the trendy slogan of the day is should come to an end. She loves... More »

Courts: Nursing Mom's Firing Isn't Sexist— Men Can Lactate

Supreme Court won't overturn lower ruling

(Newser) - When a woman took legal action over a reported firing linked to breastfeeding, courts dismissed the move—in part because men are capable of lactating, the Raw Story reports. Now, the Supreme Court is letting that dismissal stand. "The court's reasoning in this case echoes old Supreme Court... More »

Rules for Female Montana Lawmakers: Watch Your Skirts, Necklines

New dress code is immediate object of scorn and ridicule

(Newser) - Montana's state legislature convenes next month with a dress code in place for the first time, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle , an event that wouldn't be making headlines except for Rule No. 3: "Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines." To which female lawmakers... More »

Sexist Emails Jolt Storied Princeton Eating Club

One showed sex act at club; another slammed 'gender equality'

(Newser) - At Princeton, much of undergrad social life is centered around groups known as eating clubs, and recently, members of one such club were treated to a pair of emails that got their senders—the Tiger Inn club's VP and treasurer—kicked out. One email showed a picture of a... More »

S. Korea Career Advice: Sex Harassment Is Cool, Ladies

This, courtesy of a government ministry

(Newser) - The country that brought us very wide and pink women-only parking spots is now offering up a little career advice for the ladies: As the Korea Herald reports, South Korea's Labor Ministry—yes, the government body tasked with matters pertaining to its workforce—offered up some presumably well-intentioned tips... More »

Foul-Mouthed Pastor: Women Are 'Penis Homes'

Mark Driscoll takes break as troubled megachurch shuts branches

(Newser) - Mark Driscoll routinely curses and makes biblical references to oral sex during his sermons at his Mars Hill megachurch—but the Seattle pastor’s controversial words may have finally done him in. A female blogger at Patheos dug up comments Driscoll made under a pseudonym on a church message board... More »

Gillibrand: Colleagues Called Me 'Fat,' 'Porky,' 'Chubby'

Your elected politicians behave badly in her book, 'Off the Sidelines'

(Newser) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has a new book, Off the Sidelines , out next month, and it takes a frank look at the reality of being a woman on Capitol Hill. Among the more surprising and perhaps not-so-surprising tidbits:
  • Gillibrand reveals she had lost 50 pounds after giving birth when
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OnePlus Urges Women to Enter 'Degrading' Contest

Smartphone company cans 'Ladies First' contest amid outcry

(Newser) - Promoting a new smartphone? Launching an online who's-the-hottest-babe contest may not play well with all consumers, as OnePlus discovered today. The company—which is selling its phones by invitation only due to production issues—started a "Ladies First" campaign that invited women to draw the OnePlus logo on... More »

Why Women Get Lied to in Negotiations

Confidence and perceived competence are key, study finds

(Newser) - Think women get cheated at the negotiating table? That painful cliché has found new life in a US study of MBA students who, true to form, cheated females more often than males, Jezebel reports. First, researchers at UPenn and UC Berkeley had prospective sellers—both male and female—negotiate with... More »

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