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Nike's Track Outfits for the Olympics Aren't Going Over Well
Nike's Track Outfits for Female
Olympians Are ... Interesting

Nike's Track Outfits for Female Olympians Are ... Interesting

'This is a costume born of patriarchal forces'

(Newser) - The Nike outfits set to be worn by Team USA track and field athletes during this summer's Paris Olympics were unveiled last week, but one version isn't going over too well. The New York Times reports that the big reveal on Thursday by the sportswear giant showed off...

Hannah Waddingham Isn't Having 'Show Me Leg' Request

'Ted Lasso' star rips into photographer who made request at awards show: 'Don't be a d---'

(Newser) - The UK held its Olivier Awards on Sunday, the British equivalent of the Tonys, and host Hannah Waddingham was there dressed to the nines—and ready to dress down a pushy photographer. The Ted Lasso star was posing on the steps of London's Royal Albert Hall before the awards...

Teen's Viral Post Calls Out Sexism in Chess

Divya Deshmukh says she's 'disappointed' at what people are focusing on

(Newser) - A rising chess star took to social media to express her dismay at the sexist treatment she's received in the male-dominated sport. Per the BBC , Divya Deshmukh is an 18-year-old International Master from India who recently competed in the Netherlands-based Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Despite a successful event—she...

In This City, an App Keeps Beach Harassers at Bay

Safer Plage app sends mediators to contend with obnoxious beachgoers in Marseille, France

(Newser) - Women in one French resort community are sick of being harassed while getting some rays on the beach—and now, there's an app to help them fend off such harassment. Time Out reports that the Safer Plage (Safer Beach) app has been downloaded more than 1,300 times since...

Madrid Events Fight Sexism Complaints

Female athletes receive smaller cake, a congratulatory food processor

(Newser) - Organizers of sporting events in Spain are playing defense after facing allegations of sexism. Most of the attention focused on complaints about men and women being treated unequally at the Madrid Open, but a women's race held Sunday—Mother's Day in Spain—also had to backtrack. The issues...

Radio Host Says Ethnic Slur Wasn't What He Meant

WEEI's Chris Curtis disciplined after reference to ESPN's Mina Kimes, who is of Korean descent

(Newser) - A radio host in Boston has apologized for an on-air joke viewed as racist, though in his defense, WEEI's Chris Curtis claims it wasn't racist but sexist. Hosts of WEEI's The Greg Hill Show were discussing a city proposal to ban miniature liquor bottles known as nips...

CNN CEO Slams Lemon: Remarks on Haley 'Unacceptable'

Chris Licht said he was 'disappointed' in anchor for saying on air that Haley wasn't in her 'prime'

(Newser) - A self-admitted "inartful" comment made by CNN host Don Lemon about GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley—a remark that's widely being called sexist by many others—has now earned an official rebuke from his boss. On Friday, the cable news network's CEO, Chris Licht, kicked off his...

Don Lemon Regrets Comments on Women 'in Their Prime'

Critics called his assessment of Nikki Haley sexist

(Newser) - When Nikki Haley announced her presidential candidacy on Tuesday, she called for requiring politicians over age 75 to take mental competency tests. On CNN Thursday, host Don Lemon objected to what he considered Haley's premise, the Hill reports. "This whole talk about age makes me uncomfortable," he...

Female Lawmakers in Missouri Told: Keep Those Arms Covered

Fiery debate ensues before update to dress code in Missouri House of Representatives

(Newser) - Women make up fewer than one-third of the seats in Missouri's House, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , but they were the ones speaking the loudest this week after the chamber's dress code was tweaked to mandate how female lawmakers should cover their arms while at work. The Hill...

Comments About Women Cost Chess Analyst His Job

Ilya Smirin said in live broadcast of tournament that a competitor was 'playing like a man'

(Newser) - Ilya Smirin didn't last a full day as a chess commentator. The Israeli grandmaster was making his broadcasting debut, live, on Tuesday at the Women's Grand Prix in Astana, Kazakhstan, when he expressed doubts about women's ability to compete. In discussing one competitor's play, the English-language...

Sexist Joke Leads to Staff Turmoil at Washington Post

Journalist Dave Weigel has been suspended for a retweet, and colleagues are now fighting about it all

(Newser) - A blowup among staffers at the Washington Post has ended up going very public, leading to apparent disciplinary measures for journalist Dave Weigel. Sources tell CNN Business that Weigel has been suspended for a month without pay after he retweeted a sexist joke from YouTuber Cam Harless, who Variety notes...

Protester Kept Heckling Mayor Wu. Except It Wasn't Her

Protester was actually mistakenly jeering at a different Asian American woman

(Newser) - A voting rights presser on the Boston Common this week drew not only locals rallying support for get-out-the-vote efforts, but also one man who really wanted to criticize Mayor Michelle Wu. reports the protester, decked out in a mask and sunglasses, showed up at the Monday news conference...

Senators Go to Bat for Sinema Over 'Sexist' NYT Coverage

Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Jeanne Shaheen slam paper for focusing on Ariz. senator's clothes

(Newser) - Kyrsten Sinema has become known for her "penchant for patterns and bold colors" in a Senate chamber that's "still largely buttoned up," as the Hill puts it. That's a problem, though—not the Arizona senator's choice of clothing, but the plethora of headlines about...

Supreme Court Changes Format to Correct Slight to Female Justices

They were being interrupted more than their male colleagues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is only days into its new term, but there's already been a marked change. As CNN reports, "even in contentious cases, the justices haven't cut each other off—something that often occurred in past terms." That's the result of a change to...

Current, Former Blue Origin Staff Pen Scathing Essay

Former comms chief says Jeff Bezos' company ignores safety concerns

(Newser) - "Blue Origin's culture sits on a foundation that ignores the plight of our planet, turns a blind eye to sexism, is not sufficiently attuned to safety concerns, and silences those who seek to correct wrongs." So claim 21 current and former employees of Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company...

Elizabeth Holmes Trial Proves Boys' Club Is Alive and Well

Ellen Pao wonders why male tech execs accused of fraud aren't held to same standard

(Newser) - Ellen Pao thinks Elizabeth Holmes should be held accountable for her actions as CEO of the not-quite-what-it-appeared Theranos blood-testing company. But in an essay at the New York Times , Pao writes that something else is true in regard to Holmes' ongoing trial: It "can be sexist to hold her...

Game Developer Was Attacked Mercilessly, Turns Merciful

Brianna Wu, a prime target of GamerGate, speaks out about forgiveness

(Newser) - As a female game developer who spoke out publicly against sexism in the industry a few years back, Brianna Wu received torrents—and we mean torrents—of threats and abuse online. Now the Washington Post reports that Wu is forcing a different kind of conversation, one about forgiving the trolls...

TCM Is 'Reframing' These 18 'Troubling' Classic Films

Network to reexamine films like 'Psycho,' 'Gunga Din' with new historical, cultural context

(Newser) - As cries of "cancel culture" swirl around changes within the Dr. Seuss and Potato Head spheres, Turner Classic Movies is now reexamining a portfolio of timeless films that it says contain "troubling and problematic" aspects. The Los Angeles Times reports that throughout March, the network will screen 18...

Japan's Ruling Party: Women Can Look, But Not Talk, at Meetings

Attempt to address sexism backfires

(Newser) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed allowing more women to attend its male-dominated meetings—but it doesn't want them to say anything. Toshihiro Nikai, the party's 82-year-old secretary general, said this week that five female lawmakers should be invited to observe the meetings in order to...

Another Blow to Troubled Tokyo Olympics

Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori expected to resign over sexist remarks

(Newser) - The chief of the postponed Tokyo Olympics is apparently feeling the pressure, because after refusing to resign for sexist comments he made on Feb. 3, he's now expected to call it quits. Former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, 83, is expected to resign during a Friday meeting of the...

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