Entries in sexism (30)
To paraphrase Smashing Pumpkins, "The Internet is a vampire, set to troll." It can get pretty ugly out there and it's gotten very ugly for Adria Richards, who after tweeting about lewd language at a tech conference her employer was co-sponsoring, found herself out of a job. The ensuing publicity surrounding the case resulted in fine Internet dialogues like this ... and this:
Normally, I don't have much in ways of interest for Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta. It's a silly, fun show full of cringe-inducing people and a few glamour-pusses flouncing around and twirling. But this season has piqued my interest, but for one reason and one reason alone -- granddaughter of a civil rights activist and wife of former pro-football star Kordell Stewart -- loveable ditz Porsha Stewart.
Thursday for Clutch Magazine Online I take on how Madison Avenue, in their continuing quest to sell flavored sugar water and tennis shoes, "made" Lolo Jones happen to the detriment of both Jones and her fellow hurdlers, Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, on Team USA.
Jones, while a talented hurdler, was never the favorite to win gold in a race that was always going to be about defending Beijing gold medalist Harper and eventually 2012 gold winner Sally Pearson of Australia, but advertising execs had already decided long ago hyping Lolo was where money could be made. Sure, it would have been a great narrative if she redeemed herself after clipping the last hurdle in Beijing, losing her lead, but either way Madison Avenue got their star and the media got their narrative -- an attractive female runner to love then hate then talk about it endlessly.
All in an effort to sell you stuff.
Pushing back against what the White House has described as an over-dramatized portrayal in New York Times reporter Judi Kantor's new book "The Obamas," the First Lady told the CBS This Morning many have wrongly tried to paint her as an "Angry Black Woman."
In the book (which I'm patiently waiting to be delivered to my house from the publisher so I can see what all the hubbub is), Kantor highlights "incidents" where Michelle Obama appeared to be at loggerheads with her husband's staff. Mrs. Obama, who's dealt with lots of "she looks angry" and "she hates America" and "she has a fat ass" and "Marie Antoinette/Socialist Salad Eater" talk from right wingers, sat Kantor's book over in the "those things aren't me" corner, and poo-pooed on it to CBS's Gayle King.
The Snob was on Tell Me More with Michel Martin Wednesday where we discussed Republican Gov. Nikki Haley being not white, the newly released Jackie O. tapes and discussed what it meant for Angola's Leila Lopes to win Miss Universe. From the get-go, Michel seized on whatever face of "OMG, SO DON'T CARE" I was making over Miss Universe, a tournament run by Donald Trump-de-Dump-Dump-Dump that is super popular internationally, but not many people pay attention to in the U.S.
Pushing back against charges by some that the film is derogatory towards black men, actor Michael Ealy, who has a role in Tyler Perry's film version "For Colored Girls," came out in defense of Perry's work. In an interview with Essence.com, Ealy defends the film, explains his character (an abusive war veteran) and tells critics of the movie and Perry to look at the "bigger picture." He thinks people should keep the film and the original stage play its based on in context.
Funny what growing up, getting married and being a success will do. Now that rapper Jay-Z has made it form hustler to business mogul to hubby the mad he once felt towards the womenfolk has left him. Now that he's working on his new book "Decoded," which is about him explaining some of his past lyrics, he realizes that there are a few songs there that he'd rather not revisit.
Namely, "Big Pimpin'."
Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that the military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) regarding homosexuals in the armed forces is unconstitutional. But before you cue the streamers and the "DADT Is Dead" banners, you might want to prepare yourself the usual screams about those darn "activist judges." This most recent decision is unlikely to be the last we hear of this controversial debate that has been on-going since DADT was created during the Clinton Administration.