Archive for May, 2010

Miss D.C. Meets Grope With Body Slam

This year, I wrote a series about public sexual assaults in the District, and how victims respond to them. I separated typical victim responses into four categories: freezing, talking back, fighting back, and reporting to police. As of Saturday evening, Miss District of Columbia 2009 Jennifer Corey officially falls in to the exacting physical pain [...]

Female Photographers, the Phallic Camera, and the Male Gaze

If we must turn the art of photography into a sexual metaphor, this is how it usually goes: The camera represents the photographer's phallus. The camera's lens is the artistic extension of the male gaze. Female subjects "make love" to the camera, and by extension, the artist. But what happens when a photography exhibit featuring [...]

Sexist Comments of the Week: The Othering of Chivalry Edition

Last week on the Sexist, we discussed the subjugation of women via door-opening, book-carrying, elevator-waiting, rival-punching, and honor-protecting. (Bonus: Also sucks for dudes!) Stories from women with first-hand stories of enduring chivalry:

Ads Encourage D.C. Metro “Love”

This odd ad for Arlington's "Car-Free Diet" initiative, currently appearing in D.C.-area Metro stations, encourages Metro riders to tone up—and get flirting!—on their commutes. Love-themed transportation initiatives may fly in Copenhagen, but since D.C. already has plenty of passengers looking for "love" with the closest unsuspecting target on a crowded Metro train—sometimes non-consensually—is this really [...]

The Morning After: Living Large, Penis Style Edition

* Andrea Plaid takes on Trojan's new hip-hop centered Magnum condom campaign, "Magnum Live Large," and how it reinforces the "ye olde black male penis myth" [via Feministing]:

Last Week’s Most Popular Blog Posts: Offensive Tank Top Edition

This week on the Sexist, my boyfriend furiously texted me this photograph of a tank top he spied on the racks of a local Unique Thrift store. He knows me so well! What does it all mean? Who would buy this tank top . . . and then give it away? I can't say, but [...]

“Why Is This Ghost On My Vagina” And Other Questions Raised By Sexy Ms. Pac-Man

In honor of hungry arcade icon Pac-Man's 30th birthday, The Digital Vegetarian unearths this photo demonstration of the Sexy Ms. Pac-Man Halloween costume, and how it works (you pull your sexy castle grommet skirt up to reveal a ghost!) I surveyed my fair share of ridiculous sexy Halloween costumes last October, but Sexy Ms. Pacman [...]

Sexist Beatdown: Chivalrous Dudes Punching Chivalrous Dudes, For Chivalry Edition

And which knave am I to bludgeon on your behalf today, milady?
In ye olden times, chivalric codes were drafted in the interest of guiding the courting behavior of men toward women: "Thou shalt avoid avarice like the deadly pestilence and shalt embrace its opposite"; "Thou shalt keep thyself chaste for the sake of her [...]

Sexist Internal Business: A Note on Comment Moderation

Hey, have you all noticed a startling absence of comments comparing feminists to Hitler lately? Here's what the hell is going on!

The Morning After: Birth Control Sabotage Edition

* SAFER Campus asks why reproductive coercion—or birth control sabotage—ain't criminalized yet. One woman shares her story, naturally, on Facebook: