Mad Men returned. Jon Hamm delineated a “weird conundrum” in which American men in the 60s were gracious enough to be cordial when they treated women like trash; men today, they’re not even polite about it, which Hamm called “too bad.”
The Guardian placed a recent piece by Bidisha on casual sexism in the one online section it was likely to be well received, Life & Style’s Women section. Susan Douglas was interviewed about her latest book, Enlightened Sexism. Did the Hirter brewery portray sexualized beer or “self-confident beer drinkers?” Who knows, but the ad makes me thirsty (for more interesting beer ads).
Systematic sexist practices were alleged in the world of Australian air traffic controllers. The Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) Organization deemed separate but equal a cutting edge idea. After chastising her for cursing, Infoworld tells an inquirer that, yes, the IT world is still sexist. (The comments section disagreed.)
Some Islamic feminists were trying to get out of the penalty box. The National Organization of Women smelled sexism in President Obama’s reluctance to nominate Elizabeth Warren to run a new consumer protection agency. Investors were shown to be sexist. Women started getting plastic surgery to make their feet smaller.
Honestly, who even knows, but a Film School Rejects piece about an actress’ “cleavage holding court” at a Comic-Con event for Zack Snyder’s latest film asserts the director will lose his sexist label. (But will he lose his ethno-exoticizing fetish? Stay tuned!) A third woman has come forward to allege that Roman Polanksi raped her. Surprise!