See, we do a Friday link round-up too.
Amanda Marcotte wrote about men who think they’re entitled to ladies, and broke down the “many flavors of creep” at Pandagon. Another blow against the Pick-Up Artist, for sure:
But of course, one of the hallmarks of being a creep isn’t that you have desires that you express, but that you do it in inappropriate ways, and that you feel entitled to do so because you’re a man. It’s one thing to see a good-looking woman out in public and think to yourself that she’s hot. Or even, depending on the situation, to flirt with her a little and maybe gauge her interest. It’s quite another to leer at her, keep on making a pass when she goes into “I’m going to be very polite and super quiet and hope he takes a hint” mode, or say inappropriate things like speculating about her sexual interests or dwelling on her looks in some place like a grocery store. Sending signals that her personality is of no matter to you as long as her ass is tight will probably not be welcome. The problem of dudes being creepy way surpasses the problem of women occasionally mislabeling someone as being creepy who was actually respecting boundaries, so I don’t really have a problem with the word “creep”.
At Muslimah Media Watch, Sara Yasin pointed out how the media routinely ignores the stories of Muslim women who fight for gender equality and keeps telling the same easy – and dehumanizing – story:
While many women’s organizations have made significant strides, most media coverage of Muslim women is dominated by a body-obsessed conversation. When I searched for news stories about Muslim women, the majority of stories involved a debate about hijab or niqab. This reduces us to what we wear (or don’t) on our heads—an all-too-common experience for many Muslim women.
New York Times media reporter David Carr tells this truly ridiculous story about the rampant sexism at the bankrupt Tribune Co. under CEO Randy Michaels. (The Tribune Co. is owner of The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and WGN America, among dozens of other properties.):
A woman who used to work at the Tribune Company in a senior position, but did not want to be identified because she now worked at another media company in Chicago, said that Mr. Michaels and Marc Chase, who was brought in to run Tribune Interactive, had a loud conversation on an open balcony above a work area about the sexual suitability of various employees.
“The conversation just wafted down on all of the people who were sitting there.” She also said that she was present at a meeting where a female executive jovially offered to bring in her assistant to perform a sexual act on someone in a meeting who seemed to be in a bad mood.
Of course, it’s hard to go a week without some statistic that’s both encouraging proof of women making strides in the workplace but then also a fresh reminder that there’s much more stridin’ to be done. The Washington Post breaks it down: the number of women making over $100,000 a year rose 14 percent in the last two years. Now 1 in 18 American women make over 100Gs (Yay!)…but 1 in 7 men make that much too (Oh.) Though degree-seeking women now outnumber men in many spectrums of academia, the article points out the frustration that those numbers haven’t closed the wage gap as quickly as they should have:
“I’m happy to know there’s another dollar in the pocket of a woman,” said Ilene Lang, president of Catalyst, a group that works to improve business opportunities for women. “It’s expected, as women get more education, that they’ll earn more. But women have been getting these degrees for a long time. And they’re still hitting a glass ceiling.”
Finger-tapping guitar goddess Marnie Stern put out her self-titled third LP on Tuesday. A few weeks ago, she deployed her characteristic outspoken awesomeness in an interview with Impose Magazine. Stern spoke about the paradox of being a female musician torn between identifying herself as a role model for other “women who shred” but also being understood in a context outside of her gender:
When I was coming up, I always just wanted to be good at something, I never thought of it as masculine and I never thought of it as feminine, I thought of it as cool. If I saw musicians who were doing something interesting I would just think oh they’re really good, I would never think that’s a girl who’s really good I would just be really jealous. And if they were really bad, it was the same embarrassment.
And lastly, while we’re on the topic of women who rock: even though it didn’t quite happen this week, we’d be remiss if we didn’t express our excitement at the fact that Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Rebecca Cole and Mary Timony have joined forces to create the bona fide supergroup Wild Flag. In place of listening to any Wild Flag songs (as none have been recorded yet, but we have every reason to believe our premature excitement is justified), we’ve spent all week pumping up the Helium and Sleater-Kinney jams, attempting to think of one lady in the history of time cooler than Mary Timony in the “Honeycomb” video, and failing miserably.
Have a nice weekend.