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The "transactional love economy"

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"Do you ever see a super-old guy…with a super-young girl…and wonder, how the hell did that happen?" Here's what we're calling it now.

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"Freshman daughter drop off:" frat suspended over sexually harassing signs

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The Sigma Nu fraternity at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia has been suspended in connection with these asinine signs displayed at a private residence where members of the frat live. The brilliant individuals hung the banners during move-in week when parents were dropping new students at campus.

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U.S. Army Ranger School officer slams critics of first female graduates ever

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U.S. Army Capt. Kirsten Griest (L) and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver (R)

Capt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver recently graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, the first female students ever to complete the grueling course. Although they are still barred from combat as Rangers because of regulations forbidding women in those roles, their success is still a barrier-breaking achievement, particularly in light of the many naysayers who suggested women were inherently unable to meet the elite standards. Naturally, many of those many naysayers have responded to the women's success by suggesting that perhaps they did not succeed at all.

Rumors flew that the women were given unfair advantages, easier conditions, or even that President Obama was somehow involved in helping them cheat (thanks, Obama!). Finally Maj. Jim Hathaway, a high-ranking officer in the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade overseeing Ranger School, got fed up and took to Facebook to address those rumors in a thorough point-by-point takedown. "If you believe nothing else, you should have faith in your fellow Rangers to adhere to their beliefs and the Ranger Creed," he writes.

Most telling is his ninth and final point, wherein he recognizes what most women already know: that a certain brand of sexist can't be convinced no matter what evidence they're offered about women's competence, because they aren't interested in evidence; they're interested in undermining women.

The final comment I will say is this. No matter what we at Ranger School say the non-believers will still be non-believers. We could have invited each of you to guest walk the entire course, and you would still not believe, we could have video recorded every patrol and you would still say that we “gave” it away. Nothing we say will change your opinion. I and the rest of our cadre are proud of the conduct of our Soldiers, NCO’s and Officers, they took the mission assigned and performed to the Ranger Standard. RLTW!!!!!

Supercut of casual, chortling sexism on Fox News

70 of the worst: "Men should be able to veto women's abortions", "Know your role and shut your mouth", "Women are victims of violence all the time-maybe they should make better decisions", etc.

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Bic apologizes for urging South African women to "Think Like a Man"

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This ad for Bic didn't go well, and Bic is very, very sorry.

"Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss." Ridiculous. Everyone knows bosses are terrible workers.

Women engineers refute sexism with #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign

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After Engineer Isis Wenger at OneLogin appeared in a recruiting ad, sexist comments about her appearance (e.g., "you don't look like an engineer") inspired the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer.

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“Pixels” movie is sexist pile of crap

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You don't need the Bechdel test to call this movie a boy's club dud.

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Study confirms that sexist men are losers

No one, except delusional sexist men, will be surprised to learn that men who harass women online are "low-status, non-dominant men" according to a study published in the journal PLOS One, titled "Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour." The Washington Post reports:

Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University, respectively ... watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3. As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players.

Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

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In each of these environments, Kasumovic suggests, a recent influx of female participants has disrupted a pre-existing social hierarchy. That’s okay for the guys at the top — but for the guys at the bottom, who stand to lose more status, that’s very threatening. (It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.)

"A chart from the Halo study that shows how nice male gamers were to other males (dotted line) and females (solid line) during gameplay. Men always treat each other about the same. But the better a player gets, the more likely he is to be nice to ladies. (Kasumovic et al)"


"A chart from the Halo study that shows how nice male gamers were to other males (dotted line) and females (solid line) during gameplay. Men always treat each other about the same. But the better a player gets, the more likely he is to be nice to ladies. (Kasumovic et al)"

Stop telling women to smile

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn artist who tried something new to speak up for herself—and address street harassment—through art.

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Clever workaround for Instagram’s anti-female nipple policies

Instagram doesn't allow women to show their nipples, but they allow men to show their nipples. So here's a man's nipple to cut, resize, and paste over a women's nipple. Problem solved!

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Onion: "Only 47,000 social justice milestones to go"

gayrights “This is a watershed moment for civil rights that finally brings the dream of living in an equitable society one tiny fraction of a step closer to reality,” said civil rights lawyer Helene Najjar, adding that the country could now turn its attention to closing the income gap, ending racial discrimination in law enforcement, and providing equal educational opportunities for all children, among tens of thousands of other issues."

Man tries to wear high heels for a day, fails

"I'm already in so much pain," he says, leaving the house in the morning. "It's astounding."

After mocking women for complaining about the shoes they feel expected to wear, Brandon Cohen, a video correspondent for BroBible, agreed to find out for himself what it was like. He made it through the workday, but quit before dinner: "it was the worst day of my life."

"I literally can't stand anymore. My legs are shaking," he says.

"This is Chinese foot binding but in modern form."

And by 7:15 pm, he throws in the towel and is walking barefoot, just like the "disgusting girls" he criticises in his article who walk without shoes on grimy pavements.

Brandon admits that he had plans to go dance at a bar and "do a bunch of other stupid sh*t" but says he is "in way too much pain".

"I am going to go take some Advil and go to sleep," he adds.

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John Oliver on Internet misogyny

It's a nice place, if you have a white penis: "It doesn't just affect women in gaming."

Useful warning sign for male scientists afraid of women falling in love, crying at them

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If there's one thing every lab needs, it's appropriate warning signs.

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On sexism in science

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Julie Beck reports on the resignation of Tim Hunt, the Nobel-winning biochemist whose sexist conference remarks sparked an international outcry.

It would be easy to think these people are outliers.

In so thinking, “we miss the bigger problem and tend to want to scapegoat,” says Heather Metcalf, the director of research and analysis for the Association for Women in Science. Instances like this are part of a bigger systemic problem—“really entrenched biases against women in the sciences that have shifted over time but are still very present,” she says.

In other words, it would be a mistake to listen to the foghorn of Hunt’s comments and ignore the boat it’s signaling.

Sexist scientist "apologizes" for conference remarks, says he was being "honest"

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After mocking female scientists ("girls") as too emotional and suggesting they be segregated in the lab, Nobel-winning biochemist Tim Hunt is now "sorry"—but insists that he "just meant to be honest".

British Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt has apologised for suggesting "girls" should stay out of the laboratory because they distract men.

Discussing women in science, he told a conference in South Korea: "Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.”

He told Today: "I did mean the part about having trouble with girls, I mean it is true that I have fallen in love with people in the lab and that people in the lab have fallen in love with me."

"It's very disruptive to science."

"I'm really really sorry that I caused any offence, that's awful. I just meant to be honest, actually."

The Royal Society, of which he is a Fellow, repudiated his remarks, which became more widely known after attendee Connie St. Louis and others publicized them on Twitter.

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"Nobody was laughing, everybody was stony-faced," she told the BBC News Channel.

"The Korean female scientists who hosted us looked aghast and he just ploughed on for about five to seven minutes.

"It was just really shocking. It was culturally insensitive and it was very sexist. I just thought, 'Where in the world do you think you are that you can be making these kind of comments in 2015?'"

An embarrassing and revealing end to an illustrious career.

Ellen Pao to appeal gender discrimination case

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The former partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins was unable to convince a jury that it discriminated against her, but will try again.

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