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October 6, 2013
17:39 // 6 months ago
September 10, 2013
Before Dickinson’s reported resignation, it seemed his behavior online was the ultimate test of the ‘my views on Twitter do not reflect those of my employer’ defense.

Controversial CTO Pax Dickinson Is Out at Business Insider,” The Atlantic Wire.

Behind this link are examples of this guy’s racist, homophobic, Tucker Max-style tweeting skills. You could literally create a Public Shaming-style site out of his posts. (But that doesn’t mean Public Shaming isn’t already on the case.)

12:14 // 7 months ago
September 8, 2013
Sexism in tech startup culture: Still a thing. At TechCrunch Disrupt today, two bro-heavy presentations made it up to the stage. First, a “joke” app called “Titstare” (classy) and second, an app called “Circle Shake,” in which the presenter showed off the app by pretending to masturbate. Our best and brightest, everyone.

Sexism in tech startup culture: Still a thing. At TechCrunch Disrupt today, two bro-heavy presentations made it up to the stage. First, a “joke” app called “Titstare” (classy) and second, an app called “Circle Shake,” in which the presenter showed off the app by pretending to masturbate. Our best and brightest, everyone.

21:23 // 7 months ago
April 27, 2013

Does Politico have gender issues? Let’s look at the numbers.

  • 25 the number of female reporters and editors that have left Politico since January 2011, a turnover rate over 70 percent, according to Washington Post media commentator Erik Wemple. During that same period, 17 men left the paper, a turnover rate of just 34 percent.
  • three the number of co-bylines top editor Jim VandeHei has shared with women since the paper launched. This is a particularly low number, considering that nearly all of his pieces—156 in total since Politico launched five years ago—are co-bylined pieces. Fellow editor John F. Harris has a similar track record, with 120 of his pieces co-bylined and just nine calling on female reporters. Be sure to read Wemple’s piece on the matter: It exposes the cultural problems the publication, which recently called out female New York Times editor Jill Abramson for her “brusque” manner, has with women. source
9:09 // 11 months ago
April 6, 2013
See, the Western tradition of admiration for a beautiful woman is an ancient and wonderful thing. While the Mohammedans like to wrap their women up in black sacks, we glorify them. From the Vatican to the Louvre, we deck the halls with them. And if it’s OK with the pope, it’s OK with us.
The Daily Caller’s Christopher Bedford, opining on the President Obama-Kamala Harris hoopla and, in the process, giving Reince Priebus yet another headache on the path to rebrandingsource
15:36 // 1 year ago
March 30, 2013
What happened at PyCon has cast a spotlight on a range of deep issues and problems in the developer world. As ugly as this situation has become, all of these issues have reasonable, and, I think, easily reached solutions that will help us cast conflict aside and construct a more cohesive and welcoming professional environment based on respect, trust and open communication.
Former SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards • Discussing how she’s trying to move on from “donglegate,” the incident that cost her (and an employee at another company) a job and led to the company she worked for getting DDOSed. Despite the incident, she’s not trying to dwell and is working to create something positive from what happened—which, considering she got death threats and sexist messages in the wake of the incident with people who disagree with the way she publicly outed a man making crude dongle jokes at a conference, sounds like the only way forward.
15:02 // 1 year ago
March 23, 2012
Belvedere Vodka’s new target demographic: Rapists, 18-35
Hey, Belvedere, here’s a free marketing tip: Sex sells! Rape, on the other hand, doesn’t. Unless it’s the first half of a horror film, and it’s followed by the victim exacting sweet revenge on her assailants. Belvedere pulled the ad an hour after tweeting it, and promptly apologized, but still, we’re rather shocked this got past even the initial stages of consideration. source
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Hey, Belvedere, here’s a free marketing tip: Sex sells! Rape, on the other hand, doesn’t. Unless it’s the first half of a horror film, and it’s followed by the victim exacting sweet revenge on her assailants. Belvedere pulled the ad an hour after tweeting it, and promptly apologized, but still, we’re rather shocked this got past even the initial stages of consideration. source

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18:40 // 2 years ago
March 10, 2012
Olbermann cancels ‘Worst Persons in the World’ bit … again
After conservatives compared comments he made about Michelle Malkin & S.E. Cupp to Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comment, Current TV host Keith Olbermann announced that he would be canceling the “Worst Persons in the World” segment of his show. He says it might even be permanent this time. While he continued to deny that his comments were sexist, the host did promise to apologize to both of the conservative women during his announcement video. source
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After conservatives compared comments he made about Michelle Malkin & S.E. Cupp to Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comment, Current TV host Keith Olbermann announced that he would be canceling the “Worst Persons in the World” segment of his show. He says it might even be permanent this time. While he continued to deny that his comments were sexist, the host did promise to apologize to both of the conservative women during his announcement video. source

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17:07 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2012

Advertisers start pulling out of Rush Limbaugh’s show

  • 4 companies pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show today source

» Why? Because of this, of course. Really, we’re surprised that any advertisers offended by this weren’t offended by anything else Limbaugh’s said over the last twenty years. Regardless, advertisers aren’t the only ones reacting negatively to Limbaugh’s comments.

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17:38 // 2 years ago
Rush’s attempt to increase his ratings and get noticed again do hurt Republicans…beating up on a college student is not good optics.
A senior Republican strategist • In response to Rush Limbaugh’s calling a pro-contraception college student a “slut” and a “prostitute” earlier this week. What we find interesting is that the speaker in question is identified by the Washington Post as “a senior party strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly out of wariness of crossing Limbaugh publicly.” This speaks not only to the enormous power Limbaugh wields amongst the Republican base, but also the sense of legitimacy that the GOP establishment continues to bestow upon him by refusing to denounce his statements publicly. To his credit, Rick Santorum, who’s as anti-contraception as anybody, called Limbaugh’s comments “absurd.”  source (viafollow)
17:34 // 2 years ago