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Ex-Uber Engineer Describes 'Horrifying' Workplace Sexism

CEO calls for urgent investigation after Susan Fowler's blog post

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised an "urgent investigation" Sunday night after a former employee's blog post described the company as an uber-sexist place to work. In the post, engineer Susan Fowler calls her year at Uber "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying," recounting how on her first... More »

Executive Hired to Fix 'Boy's Club' Sues for Discrimination

Tannen Campbell says Magic Leap has 'macho bullying atmosphere'

(Newser) - An augmented reality startup is being sued for sex discrimination by the very female executive it hired to make it less of a "boy's club," the Guardian reports. When Tannen Campbell was hired by Magic Leap in 2015, the Florida company had no women in leadership roles... More »

New Furor in Chile: Minister's Risque Gift

Government official receives a sex toy

(Newser) - A Twitter tempest has erupted in Chile over a risque Christmas gift presented to the country's economy minister: a blow-up sex doll with its mouth covered with a note that read, "To stimulate the economy." Luis Cespedes has since apologized for hooting with laughter as he, er,... More »

Madonna Gives Old Boys' Club Hell in Speech

'To age is a sin,' she says and women are routinely 'criticized, vilified'

(Newser) - Madonna, the New York Times notes, is the highest-grossing female touring act ever—having just wrapped up one that pulled in $170 million—and boasts an accolade-filled career that has comfortably spanned four decades. Do not take that to mean those feats were easy, she told the Billboard Women in... More »

Petraeus' Ex-Lover Blasts Double Standard in Fallout

'Why shouldn't I be able to go on?' Paula Broadwell wonders

(Newser) - Paula Broadwell is in the same camp as Edward Snowden in that she was shocked to hear David Petraeus is in the running for secretary of state under Donald Trump after pleading guilty to mishandling classified data. That's not to say she doesn't approve. "I think he... More »

Study Links Manliness to Depression in Men

Conforming to certain masculine norms plays out negatively in many men

(Newser) - Being sexist results in a double whammy on men's mental health, new research suggests. When men strongly conform to social masculine norms, they're more likely to suffer from ailments such as depression—and the more they cling to these norms, the less likely they are to seek help... More »

Swedish Workers Can Call Hotline to Report 'Mansplaining'

'No matter what a woman says, a man always seems to know better'

(Newser) - Swedish workers now have a hotline they can call to report "mansplaining" in the workplace, the Local reports. For those who don't know, Unionen—Sweden's largest union and creator of the hotline—defines mansplaining as when “a man explains something to a woman without being asked,... More »

Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard

This time, the cross-country team ranked female athletes, sometimes lewdly

(Newser) - When Harvard suspended its men's soccer team last week for the rest of the season due to an "appalling" system of ranking female players, one of the reasons the school gave for its harsh punishment was the fact that team members weren't exactly communicative and cooperative at... More »

Mila Kunis: What I Did When I Was Told I'd 'Never Work in This Town Again'

Actress says she's confronting gender bias head-on.

(Newser) - Mila Kunis had that most clichéd of lines spoken to her when she refused to pose semi-naked on a men's magazine cover: "You'll never work in this town again," the producer of the film she would have been promoting told her. She held firm, and... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

Italy's Procreation Campaign: A 'Sexist Mess'

Fertility Day promotion has not gone over well

(Newser) - "Racism is in the eye of the beholder," according to Italy's Health Ministry—and an awful lot of people are beholding just that in ads the ministry sent out to promote a national push for procreation. NBC News reports on the country's much-ballyhooed Fertility Day, an... More »

Women Drink Because of Sexism—or Not

Ann Friedman ponders women's boozy side

(Newser) - A recent essay on Quartz by Kristi Coulter has been making waves on social media, with a (now-sober) Coulter saying she thinks 21st-century women guzzle too much hooch to forget about the sexist world we live in. Ann Friedman offers her own take, writing for the Washington Post that even... More »

Leslie Jones Doesn't Let Racists Win, Returns to Twitter

'Who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones,' asks the 'Ghostbusters' star

(Newser) - It appears it will take more than a bunch of racists to keep Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones off social media. The New York Daily News reports Jones quit Twitter "with tears and a sad heart" this week after what she describes as a barrage of "evil" tweets directed... More »

Taiwan President 'Extreme' Because She's Single: China Op-Ed

Tsai Ing-wen also labeled 'emotional,' 'erratic' in 'chauvinistic' Xinhua opinion piece

(Newser) - Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in Friday as Taiwan's first female president, and she's already been labeled "extreme" by the news agency for China's Communist Party—in large part because she's not married, the Guardian reports. The Xinhua-run International Herald Leader ran an opinion piece accusing... More »

Canada PM's Wife Sparks Outrage by Saying She Needs 'Help'

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wants her own 'team'

(Newser) - Political gloves are off in Canada after the prime minister's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, said she needs "a team" to help her "serve the people," reports MSN.com . In a French-language interview , the 41-year-old described her difficulty answering charity requests from her dining-room table while... More »

Woman: NYT Put 'Negative' Spin on My Trump Quotes

Rowanne Brewer Lane says she didn't have demeaning experience with the Donald

(Newser) - Donald Trump wasn't happy about what he calls the New York Times' "hit piece" against him, which documented his treatment of women over the years, and neither is one of the women interviewed for that article, USA Today reports. Rowanne Brewer Lane was the subject of the lead... More »

Weather Reporter Given Sweater On Air to Cover Up

Liberte Chan complained about having to put on 'librarian' cardigan

(Newser) - Liberte Chan was excited about the outfit she chose for her Saturday weather report on KTLA. "Even if it's early in the AM, can't beat a black beaded dress," she tweeted shortly before she went on air at the Los Angeles TV station, showing off her... More »

Worker Sent Home for Not Wearing Heels

Nicola Thorp wants British law changed

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman is pressing the British government to intervene after she says she was sent home from work for not wearing heels. Nicola Thorp says she arrived at her temp job at London finance company PricewaterhouseCoopers in December and was told she had to wear shoes with a 2-... More »

School Tells Girls to Dress Modestly or Boys Will Get Bad Grades

'I don’t get offended easily, but this definitely crossed the line'

(Newser) - An Arizona high school had to apologize this week for what some say was an alarmingly sexist poster hung in the school library, ABC News reports. The poster, illustrated with cartoons, states girls who dress "pretty cute" will only be seen as "meat" by boys, who will be... More »

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The... More »

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