sexism

And now they come for our music

it seems you can’t go anywhere today without someone being outraged, they are now even being outraged about songs written years ago.

Apparently some song now ned to be expunged, not listened to because they are “rapey” and “misogynist”.

Since the explosion of female-centric websites, much has been made of the egregious misogyny found in hip-hop, from the criminally violent fantasies of Eminem, to the glamorised brutality of Kanye West. Many women writers have described the cognitive dissonance they experience over these songs.

More recently, the mindless chauvinism of dance hits have been called into question, generating appropriate outrage. The extraordinary douchiness of Redfoo, the “rapeyness” of Rick Ross and Blurred Lines – the list is as long as a model’s torso.

It might feel otherwise but this is not a sudden phenomenon. Just this month, music writer (and WOC) Lauretta Charlton wrote an article for NYMag simply titled Brown Sugar is a dirty song about slavery and sex and I love it.

But what of the supposed “nice guys” of music? The suburban lyricists your dad listens to? Surely these well-meaning folk with their lovely guitars and bass synths have a more sophisticated understanding of heteronormative sex and gender? I mean, they’re radio friendly! GUESS AGAIN, GANG!

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Outrage! Offensive! ban the ads, boycott the firm!

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People these days are “outraged” and offended by the stupidest things.

In the UK the ads shown above have caused “outrage”.

A private taxi firm has sparked outrage over a ‘sexist’ advert that has attracted a wave of complaints.

The advert for Southampton-based West Quay Cars features a larger, middle-aged woman with the caption: “If I Start To Look Sexy – Book A Taxi.”

Members of Southampton University’s Feminist Society criticised the advert and called for students to boycott the firm.

“I was horrified to see a recent ad by West Quay Cars which featured a middle-aged, larger woman with the words ‘If I look sexy, book a taxi’ advising people not to drive drunk or make bad decisions after drinking,” wrote one campaigner, who did not want to be named.
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Trademe ‘ sexist ‘ Gift finder tweaked, after online petition launched

Trade Me's Gift Finder tool is attracting some unwanted attention. Photo / file

Trade Me’s Gift Finder tool is attracting some unwanted attention. Photo / file NZ Herald

In response to an online petition criticising Trade Me’s Gift Finder tool as “sexist” Trademe has tweaked their tool so that it will cater better for the non ‘ girly girl.’
The new tool was presented to the author of the petition and she was invited to search for an appropriate gift for a girl who liked building.
Suggested gifts included…

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I await howls of outrage over Tony Abbott’s latest comments + Sledge of the Day

Tony Abbott is not one to mince words…and he has got stuck into the Greens over their attack on toys and who should or shouldn’t pay with them…yes…they are attacking toys.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has weighed in on a debate about gender-specific toys in the lead-up to Christmas, saying boys should be boys and girls should be girls

Greens senator Larissa Waters has backed a “No Gender December” campaign, aimed at breaking down stereotypes around buying dolls for girls and trucks for boys.

But Abbott, a conservative who has three grown-up daughters, said parents should be allowed to do what was in the best interests of their children.

“I certainly don’t believe in that kind of political correctness,” Abbott told Channel Nine television.

“Let boys be boys, let girls be girls – that’s always been my philosophy – and above all else, let parents do what they think is in the best interests of their children.”

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Misogyny strong at the top of Micrsosoft

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says women don’t need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system – one that, in technology companies, is overwhelmingly male.

Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix this week. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he answered. Not asking for a raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realise that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.

Un-believable that a major corporate CEO could be that dense.   Of course you ask for a raise!  And when you don’t get it, and you feel you are undervalued in the market, you change companies.

What sort of slave-mentality is it to sit there quietly and hope you’ll get noticed?

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Face of the Day

Chloe King

Chloe King

Chloe King

Chloe King

I intend to keep trying to take him down through my blogs I will do it with research, facts and the truth not malicious gossip and flawed arguments.

– Chloe King

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Want to wake up with a Big One?

At University I had it out with a number of lecturers who insisted that there was such a thing as positive discrimination. They argued that quotas for Women or for Maori would address imbalance in certain professions and therefore magically became acceptable.

I argued that discrimination is wrong when it is against Women and Maori and it is equally wrong against European Men.There is nothing Positive about it.

The best person for the job should get it. As a woman it is insulting to me to think that I might be selected for my sex rather than because I was the best person for the job. I would not accept an employer not selecting me solely because I was a woman, anymore than I would accept being given a job solely because I was a woman.

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What me? Worried about the Press Council? Nup

People have written to me, and plenty of other have written blog posts and tweets suggesting that I would get hammered by the Press Council for my posts.

I’m not so sure.

Have a read of this complaint against the NZ Herald and Bob Jones after his column on women drivers:

 Introduction
1. There are two complaints, by Wendy Allison and Brendon Blue, about a Bob Jones column published in the New Zealand Herald on 22 October 2013, ‘Spare us from road-clogging women’. The complaints are not upheld.

Background
2. In his column Bob Jones claimed that ‘terrified’ women drivers were stopping at roundabouts and causing ‘massive pile-ups’ and delays. They were also blocking the free flow of traffic by persistently driving in the right-hand lane.
3. As for people who complained about him weaving around the women drivers, he said he had suggested to police that they would be ‘doing God’s work by going to the complainants’ homes, beating the crap out of them and burning their houses down’.

Complaint
4. Ms Allison said the column contributed to a culture in New Zealand of sexism and misogynist violence. It incited violence against women and amounted to hate speech.
5. The attitudes expressed by Jones were common in New Zealand; they were damaging and contributed to discrimination against women. As such as they were in breach of the Press Council’s principle dealing with discrimination.
6. She says the media has a role in influencing cultural attitudes, but the Herald was condoning this negative culture by publishing the column.
7. Mr Blue complained that the column was misleading, discriminatory, perpetuated negative and inaccurate stereotypes. As such, it breached Press Council principles dealing with fairness, accuracy and balance and discrimination.
8. Its representation of women drivers was inaccurate because data suggests that women may be superior drivers. He accepted that the column represented Sir Robert’s opinion, but this did not allow him to mislead readers by omitting information that contradicted his view – namely official accident statistics which Mr Blue supplied to the Press Council.
9. He said the column explicitly and wilfully condoned violence against women and appeared threatening, abusive and insulting. Like Ms Allison he said the column bordered on hate speech.
10. Mr Blue sought an apology from the Herald for publishing the column and asked the newspaper to review Sir Robert’s continued employment as a columnist.   Read more »

Beven Hanlon has nothing on this guy

Beven Hanlon is just your average union thug, who uses or allows others to use Corrections resources for his own political ends, and who has his own sordid little affair to try to keep quiet…but he has nothing on this union boss in the UK, who it seems is a predatory rooting ratbag.

A trade union baron described as a ‘sexual predator’ has  quit after harassing his  married assistant.

Jonathan Ledger, general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, was said to have had a six-year affair with Cordell Pillay.

When the affair petered out in 2009, he carried out a lewd campaign to reignite it – grabbing her bottom, exposing himself and leering at her breasts, a tribunal heard.

When his behaviour was exposed, the union is said to have mounted a ‘Jimmy Savile-style cover-up’.

Mr Ledger eventually resigned in disgrace and Mrs Pillay has now been awarded £15,000 by an employment tribunal for sexual harassment. She also made a claim for unfair dismissal after her sacking in 2011 over budget errors, but the panel ruled it was fair.

Although Mrs Pillay denied having an affair with Mr Ledger, employment judge Mark Emerton ruled: ‘The two had a  consensual sexual relationship dating back to 2003, when they were both  assistant general secretaries.

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Gender wage gap is a myth

The Labour party likes to push what they call “pay equity”…and the need to close the gender wage gap.

Here is Sue Moroney harping on about it.

Today the Business and Professional Women of NZ are commemorating Equal Pay Day to mark the number of days extra each year that women have to work to earn the same as men.

Sadly, Equal Pay Day this year is three days later than it was last year because the gender pay gap has grown again according to the Statistics NZ Quarterly Employment Survey.

It shows the average hourly wage for men is $29.09, while women earn $25.25 per hour – a gap of almost 12%.

This comes on the back of the Minister for Women’s Affairs telling a select committee that the correlation between gender and low occupational status is “debatable.”

Which is all well and good but a new study in the US proves that these sorts of claims are hogwash and a gender wage gap does not actually exist…it is a myth.

It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.

President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address. “Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.”

What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week. When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the wage gap narrows to about five cents. And no one knows if the five cents is a result of discrimination or some other subtle, hard-to-measure difference between male and female workers. In its fact-checking column on the State of the Union, the Washington Post included the president’s mention of the wage gap in its list of dubious claims. “There is clearly a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women… make it difficult to make simple comparisons.”   Read more »