Posts Tagged ‘women’

WHCD Comic Didn’t Insult Sarah Sanders’ Looks, Just Her Lies

May 2, 2018

Someone who never saw the comedian’s act booked Michelle Wolf for the White House Correspondents Dinner, and right now that talent booker is probably looking for a new job. True to form, Ms. Wolf flamed the media and the public figures who are the White House correspondents’ meal ticket. Oddly, it was this relatively light toasting of Sarah Huckabee Sanders that caused the greatest uproar:

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

Critics saw it as a gratuitous slam at Ms. Sanders’ looks, which it wasn’t. Why would they think that?

  1. Because that’s the kind of thing that critics expected, Sarah being a woman and all; and
  2. A combination of room echo and Ms. Wolf’s casual enunciation allowed some in the room to hear the word “facts” as “fat” (see #1); and
  3. Men in the audience didn’t recognize the allusion to a Maybelline “smokey eye” ad campaign.

Another joke likening Sarah Sanders to the Aunt Lydia character of the “Handmaiden’s Tale,” the enforcer of the patriarchy’s enslavement of women, was seen as a comparison to the physical appearance of the middle-aged actress who plays her.

The Michelle Wolf gag that really skewered the heart of America’s media, though, was this:

“You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric, but he has helped you.

He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off him. And if you’re going to profit off Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.”

Even in past years, when the White House Correspondents Dinner was a politician- and celebrity-infested “nerd prom,” the hoopla of the annual dinner overshadowed the event’s purpose, raising money for journalism student scholarships. Maybe next year’s WHCD (if it happens) will eschew comedy and feature singing, juggling, or mime.

More:

“Since when did ‘perfect smokey eye’ become an insult, America?” Jean Hannah Edelstein, The Guardian

“No, Michelle Wolf Didn’t Joke About Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Looks,” Jen Chaney, Vulture

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Equal Pay Day 2018

April 10, 2018

Equal Pay Day 2018

It’s Pay Equality Day, last of the 99 extra days into 2018 that American women worked to finally make the same amount of wages that men made by Dec. 31, 2017. The concept originated with the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to point out the economic injustice of  American women earning 82 cents when men are earning a dollar. Want to change that inequity? Look here.

In a timely decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that employers can’t use workers’ salary histories to justify paying women less.

More:

“When Is Equal Pay Day? 2018 Is The Year Women Can Help Close It Once & For All,” Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

 

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Getting Dressed

March 6, 2018

How wealthy women were dressed — by others — in the 18th century: Shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes. That’s right, no knickers.

From the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. More here.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Hijabs

January 31, 2018

A beginner’s guide to hijabs, from The Secret Life of Muslims team.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Motherhood

November 6, 2017

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, she spent much of her legal career advocating for women’s rights. In this interview with Ryan Park she describes attending law school in the 1950s with a 14-month-old baby at home, and how some of her career success is due to her husband’s flexibility and the experience of being a mother. Video animated and directed by Jackie Lay.

More:

“What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad,” Ryan Park, The Atlantic

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‘Back Up, You Creep!’

August 24, 2017

'Back Up, You Creep!'

Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 election, What Happened, will be released on September 12th, but excerpts from the audio book have emerged, none more interesting than her reflection on the October 9th debate in St. Louis when Donald Trump followed her around around the stage, looming over her:

“It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.”

“What would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly ‘Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’ “

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More Proof: Trump Is Scared Of Strong Women

June 30, 2017

More Proof: Trump Is Scared Of Strong Women
On Thursday, for some unknown reason, the president of the United States began attacking a couple of cable news hosts on Twitter. The rants have been personal rather than political, particularly aimed at the physical appearance and intellect of MSNBC commentator Mika Brzezinski.

Ms. Brzezinski returned to MSBNC Friday morning, commenting “I’m fine. My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing — for me, personally. But I am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the President of the United States. It’s strange.”

“I was like, this has to be a joke,” added her co-host Joe Scarborough. “The President of the United States, as bad as he’s been in the past, he really hasn’t gone over the cliff. And then, unfortunately, we learned what we’ve always learned; and that is that he, for some reason, takes things so much more personally with women. He’s so much more vicious with women.” “For some reason, he always goes after Mika, and it’s always personal with Mika. He attacks women because he fears women.”

In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Brzezinski and Scarborough addressed Donald Trump’s “continued mistreatment of women”:

“It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women. From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children. We were heartened to hear a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words and can only hope that the women who are closest to him [i.e. Ivanka and Melania] will follow their examples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the mantle of women’s empowerment while allowing a family member to continue such abusive conduct.”

— “Donald Trump is not well,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Washington Post

In case you forgot, First Lady Melania Trump has campaigned against cyberbullying.

More:

“Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it,” Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

Related:

“White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump,” Tara Palmeri, Politico

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Romney’s Binders

April 24, 2017

Romney's Binders
Remember back in 2012 when Mitt Romney responded to comments about his campaign’s lack of gender diversity by claiming he had “binders full of women“? He really did.

“The Boston Globe recently reported that it had obtained the files — which were indeed literal three-ring binders full of cover letters and résumés — by way of an unnamed former Romney aide.

The binders weighed in ‘at an aggregate 15 pounds, 6 ounces,’ according to the Globe.

At the time, Romney’s remark came across as patronizing, a reflection of his awkward and detached public persona at its most visible.”

— “Mitt Romney Really Did Have Literal Three-Ring ‘Binders Full Of Women,'” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

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100 Years

March 9, 2017

A century of women’s health care at Planned Parenthood, described by Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Tessa Thompson, Meryl Streep, and friends.

Related:

“How Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Affect Health Care,” Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux FiveThirtyEight

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The International State Of Women’s Rights: An Onion Report

January 6, 2017

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