Women in the World firstname.lastname@example.org September 10, 2019
This week in Silicon Valley, we discovered not only that Apple had instructed Siri to deflect questions about feminism, but also that Google Maps is stillsending women seeking abortions to pro-life clinics.
Come on @Forbes WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??? 99 men and 1 woman?? I can come up with 100 women at this level without even googling. FIGURE IT OUT. #FFS #TimesUp #SoOVerThis https://www.forbes.com/lists/innovative-leaders/#19b7d87426aa …
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But starting with just CEOs of the largest publicly traded companies created a problem from the beginning. The “pool ultimately proved the problem,” Lane wrote, as women represent just 5 percent of CEOs in the S&P 500 index. “In other words, for all our carefully calibrated methodology, women never had much of a chance here.”
What would you add to the extensive history of sexism in popular music, including emo that is supposedly anti-macho? The girlfriend is both the enemy and the prize to be won, as seen in songs by Adam Lazarra and his band Taking Back Sundays or violent songs by Chris Conley and his band Saves the Day. He sings about sawing off flesh from a woman’s thighs “If I could somehow make you mine.” John Lennon talked about hitting his first wife in “Getting Better” (“I used to be cruel to my woman. I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.”) Mick Jagger sings about a man raping a young black slave in “Brown Sugar.” In his song “Kim” Eminem says, “Sit down bitch. If you move again I’ll beat the shit out of you,” an exceptionally hateful and violent song—search the lyrics online.
Matthew Reyes, “Why Did We Justify Misogyny in the Emo Scene?” The Earlier Stuff, November 4, 2016.
The crude vulgarity manifested in the popularity and media coverage of presidential campaign of tycoon Donald Trump, who has referred to women as dumb bimbos, losers, dogs, fat pigs, and disgusting animals and then described himself as smart, good-hearted, and popular, a savior correcting the country’s problem with political correctness.[i] Other Republican candidates opposed women’s right to choice.
[i] Madeleine Morenstern, “Donald Trumb Goes All-Out Against Megyn Kelly Over Alleged Debate Bias,” The Blaze, August 7, 2015.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/07/donald-trump-goes-all-out-against-megyn-kelly-over-alleged-debate-bias-heres-what-he-tweeted-about-her/
Laura Bates started the Everyday Sexism Project online in the UK in 2012 because,
In this ‘liberal’, ‘modern’ age, to complain about everyday sexism or suggest that you are unhappy about the way in which women are portrayed and perceived renders you likely to be labeled ‘uptight’, ‘prudish’, a ‘militant feminist’, or a ‘bra burner’. The Everyday Sexism project aims to take a step towards gender equality, by proving wrong those who tell women that they can’t complain because we are equal. It is a place to record stories of sexism faced on a daily basis, by ordinary women, in ordinary places. To show that sexism exists in abundance in the UK workplace and that it is very far from being a problem we no longer need to discuss. . . .
A year later Bates was surprised by 25,000 entries from 15 countries, about 1,000 entries posted each week, enough to assemble in a book.[i] She explained that the goal was not to solve sexism but to take the first step of realizing it exists. Bates was also surprised by some of the hate male she received; a reviewer on Amazon.com accused her of being a whiny woman. She was encouraged by women who wrote about fighting back, like the jogger who made T-shirts saying “honk if you love feminism.” The success of her project indicates Second Wave consciousness-raising has to be done all over again.
A similar effort on Twitter started with a #YesAllWomen hashtag. “Let’s discuss what ‘not all men’ might do, but women must fear. Kaye M.” This was in response to a misogynist mass shooting by a student in Santa Barbara, California in May 2014, to punish the women who rejected him as he stated on video posted before his death. It was a reference to “not all men” meme saying that not all men are violent. At its peak, 51,000 tweets an hour named the harassment, threats, and abuse that women face from men who are socialized to that that’s boys being boys, or what’s called “lad culture” in the UK.
[i] Laura Bates. Everyday Sexism. Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Kat Banyard. The Equality Illusion. Faber & Faber. 2010.