Posts tagged with sexism

Sep 6 2018

Sorry, not a coincidence


An assistant professor at UC Berkeley recently analyzed The New York Times' "By the Book" column (which asks authors about the specific books on their nightstands)...

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Apr 12 2018

So useful!


If you have a spare moment, I encourage you to check out this handy chart that allows you to "describe yourself like a male author would". You no longer need to think up synonyms for "voluptuous"; this chart does it for you...

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Oct 2 2015

Behind the times


In an impressively out-of-touch article for the Guardian, Imogen Russell Williams gushes over the "thrilling rise" of the YA anti-heroine, a phenomenon she seems to think is recent...

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Aug 11 2015



In celebration of South Africa's Women's Day (August 9th), Bic Pens' South African division released an impressively tone-deaf ad that reads "Look like a girl/Act like a lady/Think like a man/Work like a boss. #HappyWomensDay" This jaw-dropping misstep...

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Jun 2 2015

Gloomy reality check


Novelist Nicola Griffith recently posted a disheartening study regarding the last 15 years of six major fiction awards. According to her research...

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Apr 21 2015

An ongoing and uphill battle


According to the recent NPR article "See Priya Cook", gender bias is prevalent in textbooks worldwide. Women are generally portrayed in subservient or domestic roles, while men are depicted as figures of authority and action...

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Nov 20 2014

Computers are hard.


When I first read this vitriolic plot summary of the book Barbie: I Can Be... A Computer Engineer, I honestly thought it was a joke. I mean, no one, not even Mattel, could be that tone-deaf, right? Turns out I was wrong: according to NPR, Mattel...

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Mar 11 2014

MTV shows its age


People have been justifiably incensed by the MTV Movie Award nominees for 'Best Hero', which are 100% male. (And no, there's no 'Best Heroine' category.) Despite the huge and ongoing success of the Hunger Games adaptations, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen lost out to Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Henry Cavill's Clark Kent, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins, and Channing Tatum's, uh, whoever he played in White House Down, which nobody saw...

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Dec 12 2013



NPR recently featured the new book Dangerous Women on its "Book News" blog...

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Nov 7 2013

A step towards awareness


I am ridiculously excited by this idea: Sweden is introducing a new rating to its movie theaters based on the famous "Bechdel test", which requires a movie (or book or TV show or whatever) to include...

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Nov 6 2012

The evolution of a magazine


The Atlantic recently posted a slideshow of their coverage of "the changing dynamics between women and men in America", starting with the 1859 article "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?" and ending with last month's "The Weaker Sex", by Sandra Tsing Loh...

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Jun 2 2011


Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul has announced that there is no female writer whom he considers his equal. He specifically dismisses Jane Austen's claim to literary fame, saying he "couldn...

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Jan 11 2011

Pride and Prejudice goes R-rated

And speaking of Jane Austen-related pain, check this out:The above is what its publisher describes as a "deliciously naughty updating" of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, making it "the story you lov...

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Oct 18 2010

Ah, the pearl-clutching shockers of bygone generations...

The fine people at Entertainment Weekly recently put together a list of 24 Classic "Steamy" Books. The list is worth clicking through for the vintage covers alone, but some of the quotes are grea...

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Aug 31 2010

Sage advice for the young'uns

Ah, satirical advice from Disney's cartoon princesses! Check out these words of wisdom from "Belle" and "Ariel":To be fair, I feel like cherry-picking objectionable messages from Disney films is ...

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Dec 17 2009

Behind (way behind) the times

In a little bit of magazine news,'s Broadsheet points out that Time magazine's annual "Person of the Year" coverstory hasn't featured a standalone female pick since 1986(!!!). They go o...

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Nov 6 2009

Books for girls

People are all up in arms over the fact that Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2009" list features no female authors. I'd care, but I'm too busy shaking my head over the fact that they've got "be...

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Dec 19 2008

No books for teenage boys?

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, recently wrote an essay for the Times about two buzzworthy young adult titles—John Green's Paper Towns and Kevin Brooks’s Black Rabbit Summer. I'm o...

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May 27 2008

I think we're reading these titles a little differently.

Check out this blog post on about the sexism faced by female fantasy authors. I have no doubt female writers encounter considerable sexism*, but I'm not sure I agree with such stat...

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