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Kid Rock Accuses Taylor Swift of 'Oldest Move in the Book'

Makes crude reference in online political attack against Swift, who he says 'wants to be a Democrat'

(Newser) - Kid Rock is picking a fight with Taylor Swift, and it's political, with a "twisted oral sex remark" thrown in for good measure, TMZ reports. On Friday, the 48-year-old singer posted a tweet that was immediately called misogynistic and abusive . "Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat... More »

Candidate: No Way Female Journalist Is Following Me

Robert Foster is following the 'Billy Graham Rule'

(Newser) - A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague—and now he's trying to raise campaign money based on that because he says the "liberal media" are attacking him, the AP... More »

A Diner's Menu Offer Sparks Debate: Is It Really Sexist?

Mama D's Diner lets people order a little extra for the 'girlfriend'

(Newser) - A restaurant's special "girlfriend" offer is lighting up the Internet and sparking debate about possible sexism. It all began June 28 when Nick Chisler posted the "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry" listing from an Arkansas diner on Facebook , per CBS News . The cheeky menu option at Mama... More »

Job Seeker Gets Recruiter Email With Offensive Movie Line

Connie Cheung was 'shocked' agency worker sent her racist line from 'Full Metal Jacket'

(Newser) - When Connie Cheung received an email from a recruiting agency about an office manager assistant position she'd applied for, what should've been info on the next steps for the job was something entirely different. "Me love you long time," was the only message in the email... More »

Duterte Reveals His 'Former' Sexuality

'I cured myself,' says the Philippines president

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte—a political hardliner who faces accusations of mass murder —apparently came out as ex-gay during a speech before calling four women to the stage to kiss him, the New York Daily News reports. At the Thursday event in Japan, Duterte also claimed that a gay... More »

Tiger Woods' Ex-Coach Offends With 'Lee' Quip About Women

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' former coach has been suspended from his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show after Wednesday comments viewed as racist and sexist. On the "Hank Haney Show," Haney laughingly predicted "a Korean" would win this week's US Women's Open, adding "I couldn't name... More »

Office Temperatures Really Are 'Sexist'

Researchers see how women fare in warmer rooms

(Newser) - The sweater. The jacket. The shawl. Women have ways of coping with office temperatures, which are geared for the faster male metabolism . Now there's a study showing that women actually perform better when it's warmer, the Smithsonian reports. Researchers recruited 543 German college students, male and female, and... More »

Theron: This Is How Hollywood 'Slaps You in the Face'

Actor tells the story of 'Wonder Woman' casting offer

(Newser) - For Charlize Theron, it was a defining moment—and one that reflects how Hollywood recasts women the moment they turn 40, USA Today reports. Appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the actor responded to a rumor she had turned down the film role of Wonder Woman, which... More »

Trolls Target Female Scientist

Online commentators diminish the work of Katie Boumann

(Newser) - Katie Boumann's rise to scientific stardom came with a downside: online trolls who claimed her work was really done by a man, CNN reports. The 29-year-old MIT graduate helped create the algorithms and imaging process that allowed scientists to produce the first-ever image of a black hole on Wednesday.... More »

How a World Built for Men Is Killing Women

Caroline Criado Perez exposes data bias in her new book, 'Invisible Women'

(Newser) - From car design to bulletproof vests, Caroline Criado Perez sees a pattern: The world is designed for men, and women are suffering for it. In her new book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Perez says we're making vital decisions based mostly on data... More »

A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer blasts TV station for giving oxygen to comments on her attire

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station... More »

Japan's Women Are Sick of This Valentine's Day Tradition

The ladies aren't really feeling 'giri choco,' or 'obligation chocolates,' for their male co-workers

(Newser) - In Japan, there are all kinds of chocolate that women hand out on Valentine's Day: There's "honmei choco" ("true feelings chocolate") that their romantic interests or partners receive, as well as "tomo choco" ("friend chocolate") given to platonic pals, usually other females.... More »

Female Candidates: New 'Challenge' for Dems?

Gender-equality groups are thrilled, but it's not clear who to support

(Newser) - Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge"—four or more women running for president in 2020, the AP reports. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect... More »

50-Year-Old Author, TV Host Says Women Over 50 'Not Extraordinary'

Yann Moix under fire for saying he's 'incapable' of loving women over 50

(Newser) - A popular French author, who just so happens to be 50 years old, recently told a magazine he would never get romantically involved with anyone his age or older. "That’s not possible … too, too old," Yann Moix said during his interview with the French edition of... More »

Chief Ranger Sues Her Bosses: 'The Time Has Come'

Michelle Schonzeit decries 'rampant sexual discrimination'

(Newser) - A chief ranger at the National Park Service says she's done with rampant sexual discrimination on the job—so she's suing her bosses, the Washington Post reports. Michelle Schonzeit, 36, claims underqualified male applicants have been promoted over her. "The time has come for this pernicious form... More »

Female Athlete Is Honored, Then Asked to Twerk

Soccer star Ada Hegerberg declines at French ceremony

(Newser) - It was, as Norwegian soccer great Ada Hegerberg told the audience, "a huge step for women's football." The 23-year-old had just become the first woman to win the prestigious Ballon D'or in France, which recognizes the greatest soccer player in the world. And then the event'... More »

Actor Faces Prison Time for Red Carpet Dress

Egyptian prosecutors file charges

(Newser) - Two Egyptian lawyers are taking an actress to court for the lacy, partly transparent outfit she wore on the red carpet in Cairo last week, the New York Times reports. Rania Youssef, who's in her forties, could get five years in prison for her garb. "It was the... More »

Men Are From Mars (Logic), Women From Venus (Empathy)

Cambridge scientists reinforce old stereotypes; critics pounce on 'neurosexism'

(Newser) - In what's said to be the largest study examining differences between the sexes, a longtime stereotype is holding some water—though critics are pushing back on the supposed biological merit underlying the results. The Telegraph reports that researchers at the University of Cambridge tested more than 670,000 people... More »

'Tiger Mom' Prof Denies Kavanaugh Story

Amy Chua calls accusations "100% false"

(Newser) - Amy Chua denies ever telling would-be clerks to dress a certain way when interviewing for jobs with Brett Kavanaugh, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Everything that is being said about the advice I give to students applying to Brett Kavanaugh—or any judge—is outrageous, 100% false, and the... More »

Serena Fined for Her Outburst

But Billie Jean King and NOW take her side

(Newser) - The US Tennis Association fined Serena Williams $17,000 Sunday for her outburst in the US Open final as tennis legend Billie Jean King and the National Organization for Women rallied to her defense, the Washington Post reports. The tournament referee's office said the 23-time Grand Slam champion was... More »

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