Posts Tagged ‘Washington Post’

Sexist Comments of the Week: Race Dating Edition

Racists.
Last week, a brief history of racism among participants in the Washington Post Magazine Date Lab inspired some spirited defenses of racial preferences in the boudoir—and some polite rejections of the idea that one's blind date is merely acceptable "for an Asian guy." Let's take a look!:

Date Lab Race Redux

On the subject of race in the Washington Post Magazine's Date Lab, a former Date Labber weighs in with some insight into some behind-the-scenes engineering on the subject of skin-color (I've edited the remarks slightly for clarity):

A Brief History of Date Lab Racism

We know that the vast majority of daters in the Washington Post Magazine's blind date feature, Date Lab, discriminate based on gender. Of the 3,300 potential District daters in the Post's applicant pool, only 9 identify as bisexual—and only one bi woman has actually been set up on a date.
So how many local Date Lab [...]

Straight Lab: The Washington Post’s Date Lab Struggles to Make Gay Dates

On Aug. 1, The Washington Post Magazine’s weekly blind date feature, Date Lab, will print what has become a once-yearly ritual: The gay date.
Every Sunday, the magazine writes up the adventures of two single Washingtonians set up by the Post; after the date, both spill the night’s details to a reporter, [...]

U.S. Government Could Fire You For Fucking Wrong

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) has just fired 33 employees "after background checks were run on more than 16,500 agency employees," the Washington Post's Joe Davidson reports. Whatever were those background checks looking for? According to the Pentagon, "employees' financial histories was one of 13 factors considered when officials decided who would [...]

The Morning After: I Don’t See Race Edition

The first woman president (second from L) meets the first black president (second from R)
* Happy birthday, "post-racial America"! Writing in the Washington Post, Kathleen Parker does not see race. In response to criticism that calling Barack Obama the first woman president was (among other things) racist, Parker pens a column explaining that she can't [...]

Waterboarding Is Torture, Pickpocketing Is Theft, Rape Is Rape

Via Adam Serwer's blog, the Washington Post's Greg Sargent offers a handy explanation for why the New York Times' decision not to describe U.S. waterboarding as "torture" reveals bias:
Think of it this way: We all agree that pickpocketing constitutes "theft." A pickpocket doesn't get to come along and argue: "No, what I did [...]

The Morning After: Phyllis Schlafly’s Money Edition

* D.C. Mayoral candidate Leo Alexander only has 700 bucks in the war chest, and $200 of it came from Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. That's rough, dude.

Victim Blaming, In Rape Cases and Fatal Car Accidents

Last night, I re-read Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer Prize-winning feature on parents who accidentally forget their infants in the backseats of their cars, leaving them to swelter to death in the heat. And since I can make connections to rape culture out of practically anything, I was struck by this section in Weingarten's story, about the [...]

Rob Kampia: “Player”?

Last month, the Reliable Source unveiled its NCAA-style "Gossip Tournament." Making the final 32 was Marijuana Policy Project executive director Rob Kampia, who was a gossip force to be reckoned with in 2010. Reports surfaced early this year that several MPP staffers had quit over Kampia's sexually inappropriate behavior and comments, including taking a subordinate [...]

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