Topic: sexism

Video: Chelsea Handler’s Interview With Kirsten Dunst Highlights The Difference Between Actresses And Comedians

Video: Chelsea Handler's Interview With Kirsten Dunst Highlights The Difference Between Actresses And Comedians

Last night on Chelsea Lately, Kirsten Dunst stopped by to talk about her new movie Bachelorette, in which she plays a character she describes as “the bitch.” As with many interviews I’ve seen Chelsea do, they managed to touch on topics larger than the fluffy anecdotes you usually see on late night talk shows, while still remaining funny. More »

Awesome Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Shuts Down Sexist Tweets About Female Athletes’ ‘Manly’ Bodies

Awesome Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Shuts Down Sexist Tweets About Female Athletes' 'Manly' Bodies

Amid all the talk of Olympic athletes and their hot, hot bodies, it’s easy to forget they do not look that way for our personal benefit. But when a bunch of assholes on Twitter began criticizing the bodies of the British women’s weightlifting team for not being “feminine” enough, team member Zoe Smith set them straight with an intelligent, well-written, and hilarious blog post. More »

Here Is Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nudity Contracts

Here Is Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nudity Contracts

“I will show side boob for three seconds in a moving shot. I will show the left cheek from the left side in a dim light.” This was said by actress Emmy Rossum recently when she was discussing her nudity contract in an Emmy Roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter. Rossum’s character on the series Shameless, Fiona Shaw, shows quite a lot of skin in every episode and she was discussing her initial contract when the show started. “I have a lot of control over what I want to show, when I want to show it and when I don’t want to show it.” When asked if she’s in constant negotiation with showrunner John Wells about nudity issues, Rossum responded: “Not at all. But originally, when they made the contract it was like, ‘You will show partial side boob, you will show two cheeks … .’” More »

Female Showrunners Dispel The Myth That Only Male Writers’ Rooms Are Raunchy

Female Showrunners Dispel The Myth That Only Male Writersâ Rooms Are Raunchy

According to the female showrunners for a number of today’s most popular shows including New Girl, Up All Night and Suburgatory, writing rooms that have more women are just as raunchy if not raunchier than shows with mostly men on the writing staff. The raunchy, fraternity-like male writing room may be more of an urban comedy legend than we thought.

DeAnn Heline, the showrunner for The Middle, told New York Magazine, “We’ve had a lot of male writers come in and say, “Oh, because women were writing the show, I didn’t think the writers’ room would be as raunchy.” And it’s more so.” Emily Kapnek, the showrunner for Suburgatory, said, “You want to create an environment where people feel like they can say anything. It needs to have a safety: You can let your mind go to a really weird, scary, not acceptable place in that room, and then carve a story out of that weird, dark hole in your mind.” More »

Why Did The Cannes Film Festival Ignore Female Directors This Year?

Why Did The Cannes Film Festival Ignore Female Directors This Year?

Oh the Cannes Film Festival. The glamour, the beauty, the blatant sexism? In very disappointing news, the famous French film festival forgot to include female directors on its list of 23 nominees.

None of the 23 movies eligible for awards like the prestigious Palme D’Or was directed by women. And just two of the films chosen for the “Un Certain Regard” category, reserved for movies by young filmmakers, had female directors; Sylvie Verheyde, with Confession of a Child of the Century, and Catherine Corsini, with Three Worlds. More »

Why Is Michael Jackson’s 13-Year-Old Daughter Paris Being Recruited By The Lingerie Football League?

Why Is Michael Jackson's 13-Year-Old Daughter Paris Being Recruited By The Lingerie Football League?

Here’s something awesome: 13-year-old Paris Jackson recently became the first girl member of her L.A. private school’s flag football team. Here’s something awful: the despicable organization that is the Lingerie Football League is attempting to recruit Michael Jackson‘s barely-teenage daughter. While she can’t play for the league until she turns 18, the FNL wants her right now as a spokesperson for their youth program. Which is something that exists. More »

Gallery: The Ten Most Obnoxious Things Patti Stanger Has Said

Gallery: The Ten Most Obnoxious Things Patti Stanger Has Said

Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger got in hot water yesterday for saying some incredibly offensive and bigoted things about Jews, gays, and lesbians. To which I say: is anyone surprised? This masterpiece of internalized misogyny, anti-Semitism, and sexism has been saying offensive things for as long as she’s been on the air. In fact, it’s kind of her schtick. Here are ten of them. More »

The Best Quotes from Roseanne’s Essay In New York Magazine

The Best Quotes from Roseanne's Essay In New York Magazine

I really fucking love Roseanne. She’s a ball-busting woman who wasn’t afraid to take on the boys’ club of comedy, she doesn’t give a shit whether people think she’s pretty, and her sitcom Roseanne was one of the only shows unafraid to portray American life honestly instead of aspirationally. (Shocking fact: there are people in America who aren’t glamorous and skinny and live in New York or Los Angeles.) Reporters kept calling her and asking her to comment on the Charlie Sheen/Two and a Half Men situation, and instead of giving them quotes she wrote this kickass essay about her experiences working on a feminist show and how hard it is for women to get ahead in an industry that values dumb, misogynist shows. I want to get drunk with this woman right now. More »