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Speech Began With 'What a Traitorous B----!' An Ovation Followed

Sandra Jansen rallies colleagues against harassment

(Newser) - It's not often that a room full of bickering lawmakers rises together in a standing ovation, but then it's not often one begins a political speech with "What a traitorous b----!" That's exactly what a Canadian lawmaker did in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. Sandra... More »

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

First Lady: Trump Allegations Have 'Shaken Me to My Core'

Michelle Obama calls on women to say 'enough is enough' to GOP nominee

(Newser) - Donald Trump has had a bruising week with hot mics and accusations of sexual misconduct , and one person who's "shaken to the core" by the din surrounding the GOP nominee: Michelle Obama, who spoke on the matter at a Hillary Clinton campaign event Thursday in Manchester, NH, reports... More »

This T-Shirt Got a Video Game Actress Fired

South Korea dealing with its own GamerGate

(Newser) - A South Korean actress' voice won't be heard in two video games after people complained about a T-shirt she wore bearing an offensive slogan: "Girls do not need a prince." Not offended? Neither is the feminist network Megalia. Splinter group Megalia4 sold the shirts to fund lawsuits... More »

Veteran Calls Out Anonymous, Misogynistic Note

'I served, did you?'

(Newser) - A veteran dropped some knowledge on an anonymous, misogynistic note-leaver who tried to shame her for parking in a veterans-only space Monday in North Carolina, Mashable reports. When Rebecca Landis Hayes finished shopping at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Concord, she returned to her car to find a note... More »

Coffee Shop Owners' Online Misogyny Brews Rage

Asheville shop is closed for at least a 'couple days'

(Newser) - Outrage in Asheville, where the owners of a local coffee shop were recently outed as being behind some pretty awful anonymous statements about women. Jared Rutledge, 31, and Jacob Owens, 27, who own Waking Life Espresso, produced a podcast that discussed their exploits with women; Rutledge also anonymously blogged and... More »

Dr. Dre Apologizes for His Violence Against Women

"I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head"

(Newser) - In what is possibly the first time he's ever concretely addressed allegations of violence against women, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre issued an apology to "the women I've hurt" via the New York Times today. "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and... More »

Heidi Klum Returns Trump Fire

'America's Got Talent' judge gets a 10 for her response

(Newser) - Donald Trump may be the GOP frontrunner—the most recent CNN/ORC poll awarded him the support of 24% of registered Republicans, trailed by Jeb Bush with a distant 13%—but he's probably not at the top of Heidi Klum's list. The German supermodel and America's Got Talent... More »

Trolls Lose Anti-Feminist Hashtag to ... Feminists

#HowToSpotAFeminist drummed up debate on Twitter

(Newser) - If you missed the recent #FeministsAreUgly hashtag, one took its place this week at #HowToSpotAFeminist after conservative radio host Doc Thompson tweeted , "Any tips on #HowToSpotAFeminist???," per Mashable . Pretty much the worst of the Internet came out to play Thompson's game of helping him ID gender-equality advocates... More »

Guy Who Coined 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' Wishes He Hadn't

Phrase to call out sexism has become sexist: Nathan Rabin

(Newser) - Nathan Rabin invented the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" in 2007 after seeing the film Elizabethtown, starring Kirsten Dunst. His goal was to point out a "fundamentally sexist" film trope centering around a male fantasy "of being saved from depression and ennui by a fantasy woman who... More »

Students to BU: Cancel Robin Thicke Show

'Blurred Lines' celebrates sexual violence, group says

(Newser) - Robin Thicke may have had the " song of the summer ," but at least a few Boston University students (and nearly 2,000 people who've signed their petition ) think his "Blurred Lines" is also sexist —and they don't want him performing on campus. Thicke... More »

Wendy Davis' Secret Weapon: GOP's Misogyny

Judith Warner thinks Texas candidate is a distinctly sexualized politician

(Newser) - Wendy Davis officially announced her candidacy for governor of Texas yesterday, and Judith Warner thinks she's exactly what Democrats need—and not just because of her filibuster-generated fame. "Blonde, strikingly pretty, outspoken, and female, Davis is, to put it bluntly, invaluable as bait," Warner writes at Time... More »

Australia PM's Speech Prompts Dictionary Update

Definition of 'misogyny' is expanded after Gillard's rant

(Newser) - Sign of a speech that makes an impact: The dictionary takes notice. Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard's takedown of a political opponent she accused of sexism and misogyny not only went viral, it's forcing a change to the nation's Macquarie Dictionary, reports the BBC . In the next... More »

Louis CK Cancels Speech After Conservative Outcry

Greta Van Susteren called for boycott of press dinner

(Newser) - Comedian Louis CK has pulled out of speaking at the upcoming 68th Radio & Television Correspondents Association dinner, saying that "he just didn't want to do it anymore," reports the Hollywood Reporter . The move came after conservatives balked, most notably Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. She... More »

Kanye's Dead Model Video 'Vile:' Critics

'Monster' music video slammed as 'misogynistic'

(Newser) - Models clad only in stilettos hang from nooses. In bed, Kanye West drapes the lifeless arm of one dead woman over another. Disembodied limbs, dead hands trailing the floor, vampires gorging on pretty ladies: Model corpses are basically everywhere in West's new video for "Monster." Is it... More »

Jane Curtin: Belushi Was Totally Sexist

'SNL' was a 'misogynistic environment,' she tells Oprah

(Newser) - You hear a lot of nostalgic reminiscing about John Belushi and how funny he was , but not from Jane Curtin. Yesterday on Oprah she recalled the "misogynistic environment" of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, noting that Belushi was particularly to blame. "[John] said, 'Women are just fundamentally... More »

USC Frat Email: Women Are 'Targets,' Not Actual People

National fraternity probing 'appalling' note

(Newser) - A fraternity email from a member of USC's Kappa Sigma chapter details how to be an effective "cocksman" and breach a woman's "pie"—vagina—or "gullet"—mouth and throat. "I will refer to females as 'targets," notes the author in his missive to... More »

Chivalry Isn't Dead: It Lives in ... Keith Richards

Maureen Dowd likes the rock star's treatment of women

(Newser) - In the midst of what she sees as a lousy—in fact, downright misogynistic—year for women, Maureen Dowd finds salvation in an unlikely source: Keith Richards. His "chivalrous voice" comes through in his new autobiography, in which he recalls the teenage groupies who threw themselves at the group... More »

Why I'm Done With American Apparel

One longtime fan has had enough of the skeevy sexism

(Newser) - Emma Silvers has had “a conflicted, guilt-ridden love affair” with American Apparel since the first time she encountered its “baffling dresses that claimed to be 14 styles in one” and its “endearing insistence that gold lamé was an appropriate material for a swimsuit.” The company's “... More »

HuffPo's New Faves: Nip Slips, Nude Pics

Once a political site, the Huffington Post turns NSFW for traffic

(Newser) - Though the Huffington Post is run by a liberal, feminist woman, it’s taken a misogynistic, traffic-grabbing turn of late. Take, for example, the gratuitous use of the word “whore” (headline count: three instances) and equally gratuitous shot of Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupre in a recent story about... More »

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