Feminism | Posted by Eliza V on 01/29/2016
It’s Time To Stop Excusing Sexism As A “Joke.”
Mel McLaughlin and Chris Gayle
Mel McLaughlin, a well-known and respected Australian sports commentator, was recently tasked with conducting a post-match interview with cricketer Chris Gayle. The reporter asked professional, thoughtful questions about the match — which Gayle ignored. The athlete instead took the opportunity to comment on McLaughlin’s appearance.
“Don’t blush, baby,” he said after asking her out on the air, commenting on her eyes, and making a number of other inappropriate comments. Although clearly uncomfortable, McLaughlin remained extremely professional throughout the ordeal. She ignored Gayle’s comments and asked more questions about the match. Unfortunately, her professionalism did little to deter Gayle from continuing to make unwanted advances.
After the clip aired, many expressed outrage on social media and Gayle’s own club even reprimanded him. But Gayle hardly …
Feminism | Posted by Alec A on 06/20/2011
A Gay Girl In Damascus: A Straight Man’s Hoax
A Gay Girl In Damascus
I had no idea what was going on as I listened to NPR in perilous rush-hour traffic a few days back: I almost drove into the black Suburban in front of me in my perplexed state. I marveled at the mention of both the Middle East and homosexuality in the same byline. Recently with the ironically named Jasmine Revolution, one only heard about the chanting droves in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and the unprecedented outpouring of filial devotion in barricaded hubs of so-called “national telepathy,” as a protester interviewed in The New Yorker put it. In the very same article, Wendell Steavenson describes the unique amalgamation of socially and economically disparate people in a famously stratified part of the world:
“On the square, …
Feminism | Posted by Andrew L on 05/3/2011
Katie Couric: What Does Her Reisgnation Mean?
For fifteen year Katie Couric said good morning as the co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY show until 2006 when she left to become the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with her first broadcast on September 5, 2006.
Couric had big shoes to fill, taking the seat once filled by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, but none so big as her own. Couric was the first solo female anchor of a weekday evening news program on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks, later joined by Diane Sawyer on ABC. However, Couric is now expected to resign her role in June.
In five short years Couric was won a pair of Edward R. Murrow Awards for best newcast and interviewed the likes of President …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/6/2009
how Liz Jones didn’t defeat anorexia
Via Jezebel: Daily Mail reporter Liz Jones wrote one of the most disturbing articles I’ve ever read.
Having admittedly struggled with anorexia for 40 years (she hasn’t recovered yet) Jones wrote about her attempt to eat “normally” for three weeks. What was probaby designed to be one of those cute journalistic experiments that could possibly turn into a best-selling memoir (think: I’m going to take the Bible literally) wound up being a serious cry for help from a suffering woman. Although who knows if she saw it that way.
Liz Jones: the result of eating "normally" (via Daily Mail)
The article is peppered with relizations like “When I stand up, I don’t see stars and black clouds. A first,” after eating regularly. Warning sign? Perhaps…
…and “Dinner? …