1. “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He bossed up. No negative connotation behind ‘bossed up.’ But lots of negative connotation behind being a ‘bitch.’”
In her MTV documentary “My Time Now,” award-winning rapper Nicki Minaj had a few things to say about double standards set for women.
3. “What makes you dominant, and me submissive, and who died and made you ‘scientist-in-chief?”
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly just destroyed Fox contributor Erick Erickson after he claimed that the “male typically is the dominant role” and children do best “in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon.”
4. “I find it very disappointing when I am presented as the ‘face’ of my music, or a ‘vocal muse’ when I write or co-write every fucking song.”
Singer and songwriter Solange Knowles took to Twitter following Pitchfork’s review of her True EP, in which she was referred to as “an ideal vocal muse” for an album that she co-wrote and produced. Knowles asked, “How can one be a ‘vocal muse’ to their own melodies, story telling, and words they wrote?”
5. “Do you do that to the guys?”
At the 2014 SAG awards, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett challenged a cameraman who was scanning her up and down after clearly not giving the same type of attention to male actors. Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss offered a similarly entertaining gesture in reaction to E!’s “mani-cam.”
6. “‘Danish pastry’ was the prime minister of Denmark … Pat needs a little educating in how to talk to women.”
On The McGaughlin Group, reporter and TV pundit Eleanor Clift corrected Pat Buchanan for his sexist remark about Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s prime minister, on the show. (Buchanan certainly wasn’t the only media figure to objectify the prime minister after she took a photo with President Obama during the Nelson Mandela memorial service.)
7. “I only want to be acknowledged for having worked hard to build an equally significant audience and fanbase to those of my peers.”
Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler didn’t appreciate being relegated to parentheses in Bill Carter’s New York Times piece about late night TV hosts. Carter wrote: “Even with potent competition for younger viewers all over cable, from the likes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central and Mr. O’Brien on TBS, the host NBC is clearly most concerned about is Mr. Kimmel, who is 46. (The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!)”
8. “Sexism alive and well in sports and sporting culture.”
Professional basketball star Lauren Jackson and Seattle Storm’s CEO Karen Bryant blasted Fox Sports for “minimising [sic] female achievement in sport” by dubbing Seattle’s 2014 Super Bowl win as the city’s first major victory since 1979. Jackson took two WNBA titles with Seattle Storm in 2004 and 2010.
9. The media “is often, I think fairly, criticized for being a big part of the problem when it comes to justice for women, equality for women.”
While on a panel called “The State of Female Justice,” Actress Olivia Wilde brilliantly broached the topic of how women can advance their rights “through the power of a group and understanding that they don’t have to put up with that shit anymore.”
10. “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, ‘rabbit food’ question?”
At The Avengers press conference in London, a reporter asked Robert Downey Jr. about the internal struggles of a maturing super hero. Right after, the same reporter questioned Scarlett Johansson about her diet.
12. “The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us.”
In a Daily Beast editorial, Ashley Judd addressed the numerous ways that media obsessively attacked her appearance, from her weight to her skin to how “puffy” her face was from taking medications.