Misogynist Soup

Houston, we have a problem, Ohio snubs Roe v. Wade and some great career prospects – for men.

To make this week’s Misogynist Soup, you will need the following ingredients.

  • Southwest pilot James Taylor. You can find him in Houston or snuggled up next to a “part do-able” woman at bars across the country.

  • The great state of Ohio. And by great I mean, “Get out of your lease while you still can.”
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963. What is that again? I’m being totally serious. No one knows!

In honor of Independence Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to keep things on the U.S. homefront this time around. Let’s take a quick tour of what’s happening in our nation so that we can truly appreciate what it means to be an American woman.


Remember the good old days of Southwest?
Photo via Blog Southwest.

When you enter a career expecting one thing and end up with another, it’s easy to get a little disgruntled. Just ask Captain James Taylor, a Southwest pilot who thought he was breaking into an industry of baggable Betties and ended up surrounded by “(expletive) homosexuals and a granny” as his coworkers, an observation he noted into a cockpit microphone which he didn’t realize was on. Oops! He continued his rant to include gay slurs and jabs at overweight flight attendants. It also doesn’t help his misery that he happens to be based in Houston – “easily the ugliest base” – as it’s home to “only a handful of cute chicks”, according to Taylor. Surely one of the cuties he’s referring to is his wife, the mother of their two children.

After a hard day of work and having to endure working alongside uglies, all the pilot wanted was a fun night out in Chicago with some dimes. “At the very end with two girls, one of them was part do-able but we ended up going to the bar… and all these women wanted to do was, one wanted to berate her sister and the other wanted to [complain] about her husband,” he said. Can’t this guy catch a break? He finally meets a girl who’s sort of do-able and she all she wants to do is whine.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, right. The whole microphone thing. Southwest responded by suspending him without pay for an undisclosed period of time, he received diversity education before being reinstated and… that’s it.

Taylor also released an apology last Wednesday. “I deeply regret the derogatory remarks I made and the hurt I have caused. I take full responsibility for those comments,” he wrote in his apology. “I have learned a much needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person.”

Isn’t that nice? He’s learned the skills it takes to tolerate those of us whose age, sexual orientation and physical attractiveness aren’t up to par when it comes to his on-the-job tail standards. He concluded by writing, “I am proud to be employed by Southwest Airlines and I am committed to representing our Company and its employees in the most professional way possible.” Clearly.

Sources: CNN, WFAA, MSNBC, NBC Chicago, Houston Press.


Hey, do you wear one of these too? Then we have something else in common – our government doesn’t care about us.
Photo via Alibaba.

Let’s say you’re an average girl. You go to school or you have a job (or both), a very needy and Facebook-friendly family and perhaps a significant other. Maybe you have an intense exercise routine. Maybe you spend time volunteering. Maybe you’re an active participant in your city’s nightlife. Maybe you have a blog. Regardless of the factors, you have things to do and you don’t always notice when your period is late and by the time you do, you’re 6 weeks pregnant.

But this is 2011. You have options. Unless you live in Ohio, the state that just passed a fetal heartbeat bill last week. The new terms outlaw abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, which generally occurs 6 to 7 weeks into pregnancy. Abortion-rights groups say this law will effectively ban abortions because most women don’t even realize they are pregnant that early. In other words, no abortion after a fetal heartbeat essentially means no abortions at all.

This bill apparently also offers no exceptions to victims of rape or incest, or for situations in which the mother’s health is in danger.

In the aftermath of this bill passing and with the GOP not exactly being subtle about their stance on women’s rights, we have to wonder if this is only the beginning, as this decision is immediately following the cut funding for Planned Parenthood in several states. If Ohio can look at Roe v. Wade’s ruling of a woman’s right to an abortion up until 22-24 weeks and completely disregard it and if other states can halt the funds needed for many women to receive medical care, what’s next for us?

Sources: Gather, Shewired.


If you’re a female personal finance advisor, you’ll almost get to see 6 of these for every dollar your male co-workers earn. How’s that for personal finance?
Photo via Wikipedia.

Despite the fact that the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, being a working girl is still going to cost you. The question is, how much? Forbes recently released a list of the “Ten Most Sexist Jobs in America.” Here are some highlights:

Although women make up 51.8% of real estate brokers, they certainly don’t take home the same paycheck. Instead, they can look forward to earning 69.8 cents for every buck a man earns. If you project the discrepancy of earnings out to span a 35-year-long career, women lose $537,000.

Meanwhile, female supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers are making 68.3 cents to the dollar. This comes as a surprise, because you’d think these prehistoric pay wages would also note that women are supposed to know what’s up when it comes to cleaning, right? Instead, women are hit both ways by double standards and lose $404,000 if they stick it out for 35 years.

Women financial managers have far fewer personal finances to manage than their male counterparts, as they only make 66.1 cents compared to men. While women’s median weekly pay weighs in at $1,022, it is eclipsed by men’s median weekly pay of $1,546. After a bit of multiplication and carrying the one later, we see that over 35 years, women have lost $954,000.

The fun in finance continues for female personal finance advisors – they make it rain with 58.4 cents compared to men or miss out on $1,247,000.

$1,247,000! I can’t quite comprehend that kind of loss, so I’m going to convert it into a unit I think we can all understand: These women have lost 49,880 bottles of Stoli vodka. So don’t ever try to tell me that sexism is a thing of the past in America. 49,880 bottles.

Source: Forbes.

Combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil, much like my blood pressure is at the moment. You’ll know it’s done when it tastes like misogyny with a hint of “please tell me this isn’t real life”. Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500588004 Stephanie Layton

    I’m glad the government (at least in Ohio) seems to care about babies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mnicolassanchez Mireia Nicolas

      I would like to think that I, a full-grown woman that makes a contribution to society, have rights too, and that if I don’t want to bring a child into this world, I don’t have to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500588004 Stephanie Layton

      First, I want to say thank you for allowing this to be a civil discussion here in the comments.I appreciate that no one has ‘not my fav’d ‘ my comment just because I have the minority opinion. Mireia – I fully agree that you do not have to bring a child into this world, but there are several measures that can be taken to prevent the risk of becoming pregnant. What I don’t understand is how you seem to believe that because you are a full grown woman – you have more rights than a child. If we based the amount of ‘right’ we have on how much each individual is contributing to society…that would be a mess. Children don’t have fewer rights, simply because they have not lived as long.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

      The thing about this is that completely and absolutely disagree on when life begins and I doubt that we will ever see eye to eye. When you say “child” I think “fetus.” And I do not think that they are the same thing and yes, a child should have more rights than a fetus. My problem with the GOP in this instance is that they care so much about a child before it’s born, but not so much after it’s born in re: defunding Planned Parenthood in particular, which serves as a great tool and resource for families who may not have access to those resources via other options that may cost much more money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/NefariousNewt Nefarious Newt

      This is the fundamental problem in the pro-choice vs. anti-choice “debate” — both sides operate using different terms. But no matter what terminology you choose to use, the fact remains: an embryo exists as part of a woman’s body. the developing fetus is totally dependent on the mother for support for the majority of its life cycle. Even where a fetus can be born prematurely, only by he use of great technological skill can a premature infant be saved.

      I understand the need to “sanctify” life, but no such sanctity exists. Life is cheap. Life is dirty. The evolution of life on Earth has been wrought with the wholesale destruction of species, destroyed through cataclysmic events all the way down to the tiniest particles of life causing the destruction of larger forms. Any sanctity life is given, is given by us, and while perhaps noble in intent, is misguided in effect. We cannot raise a fetus beyond what it is — a developing human, not ready to take its place in the milieu of human society. While it would be better if a human fetus were not brought into existence capriciously, too much of our current efforts are directed at preventing a woman from having any means in controlling her fertility. Making birth control hard to get, trying to prevent the “morning after” pill from being dispensed, abstinence-only education, de-funding parental planning efforts… how does any of this help? Where is the compassion? Where are the rights of the woman in this?

      No… your belief and mine does not change fact. A fetus is not a baby. A fetus is not a child. It is human life in potentia, and a woman has a right to control how and when she brings a child to full term. It is not for me, nor anyone else, to impose our morality on the mother, as if we have some superior moral values. We must show a pregnant woman compassion, we must give her the benefit of the doubt, we must support her in whatever way we can, without judgment, and we must let her decide what is best. It is that simple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tephna Stephanie Grant

    As a resident of Ohio I’m sad to see that we’re on the cutting edge of eliminating women’s rights. One step forward, 20 steps back, way to go Ohio.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

    You can take away our rights to reproductive freedom, but you can never take away our vodka!
    Oh, no wait…actually, you can!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001507511645 Ashley Maffioli

    i love when the government tells me what i can do with my body. ridiculous.

  • Julia Gazdag

    I think the government can only tell me what to do if it’s on a religious basis. But I live in a pineapple under the sea, so it’s kind of a free for all.

    People know the constitution’s real, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrittneySchermerhorn Brittney Schermerhorn

    As a 16 year old reader, I can say that I don’t exactly love it when civil discussions are being talked about on here. Let’s keep it to giggling matters only, please!

    • Filleosophy

      I’m truly sorry you didn’t like the article, Brittney. I try to keep Misogynist Soup as accessible and light-hearted as I possibly can so that younger readers like yourself and those just venturing into the waters of feminism don’t immediately feel alienated. Although some topics covered are heavier, they are extremely relevant to us as girls and women and should not be ignored. I know there are other sources for this kind of information, like the news, but we all know not everyone is as up to date on current events — even ones that directly concern them — as they could and should be. While it’s everyone’s prerogative to choose what they want to read (like this column, for example), I believe that knowledge is power and I am merely trying to relay that knowledge to HG readers such as yourself to do with as you see fit. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrittneySchermerhorn Brittney Schermerhorn

    (By ‘civil’, I meant civil matters.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.haebe Liz Haebe

    It’s pretty shameful that the state of Ohio is now basically tying down all of the women of childbearing age and forcing them to do something they may not want to do. Accidents happen, and women get pregnant. Yes, there are ways to prevent pregnancy, but sometimes, mistakes happen. I’m not saying that everyone should run out and get an abortion, but the right to have one should always be there. The mere idea that the moment that there’s a heartbeat, the woman no longer has a say in what she wants to do with her body is absurd. And, to not even give the option to women who have been raped? So, you’re punishing a woman who has already been violated? A child should be created from love, not violence.

    This is a sad, sad state of affairs we live in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrittneySchermerhorn Brittney Schermerhorn

    Thanks so much for that comment, Cézanne! It definitely made me understand where you’re coming from more. Thanks for being so understanding!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12461250 Lindsey Braun

    I agree with this change. Some people believe that life does not begin at conception….in order to be alive….your heart needs to beat. So what’s the real issue….dealing with the fact that life begins this early? Or….??? You fill in your own blank…..knowledge is power for sure….but everyone is still going to throw in exceptions….it’s just an all around gray issue and always will be :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002153822908 Carla Ann

    I have to say Filleosophy, I disagree with your philosophy regarding young women, and not wanting to scare them off with what is essentially, the serious stuff. So few young women (and men) these days spend time talking and thinking about the ‘hard’ issues (I’m one of them, and I know this from experience) and I feel we have a responsibility to them to make them think a little bit about those things, especially a generation that seems to be in the thrall of media and entertainment and ‘fun’ things.

    In a world where things come so easily to us as women (by that I am referring to the western world, for the most part), it is important to consider important issues that affect us, lest we should return to days of old through what I can only see as a general apathy. Furthermore, we owe it to women who do not have, nor have ever had, such rights and freedoms to retain ours and fight for more, to show that we are not wasting them. Women who are oppressed in third world countries don’t always have the right or the ability to share their views in a forum such as this and we should not take it for granted.

    • Filleosophy

      Well, I basically completely agree with you Carla, so I’m not sure what exactly you’re disagreeing with. Is it just the fact that I prefer to present information in a light-hearted manner? I really, really hope this doesn’t come across as condescending, but we have to remember that this website is “Hello Giggles.” It’s not really the place for straight-up newswriting or dissertations, you know what I mean? I take my audience into consideration 100% every time I write an article.

      There are a lot of places people can look to for a completely serious look at current events. This is merely my take on those events. I think it is entirely possible to approach “the serious stuff” from an angle that’s fresh and easy to relate to, which is what I try to do. I don’t think any of the information I’ve covered so far in this column has been even close “easy,” but I have tried to present it in a way that makes it easy to digest.

      What’s important to me is that the information is given, received, and appeals to the widest audience it possibly can so that these issues are brought to light and read by people who might not normally read them, entertain those who are already aware, and just be an all-around informative and good read for all.

      If any readers come across something here that really intrigues them or strikes a chord with them, I’m sure they seek alternative sources to get more answers and the in-depth information that I don’t have the space here to provide. All I’m trying to do here is this: I can make just one person who wouldn’t typically read about feminist issues interested in them, then I’m happy. Am I making sense at all? I need more caffeine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002153822908 Carla Ann

    I appreciate what you’re saying Filleosophy, and I like your articles. I think there is definitely a place for a light-hearted take on these things, and I get that those issues can reach more people that way. In the same manner as Ben Elton, and his light-hearted comedic fiction can be pretty insightful.

    I guess I am just put off by the fact that this seems to be increasingly the ONLY way to reach the youth of today. Like, nobody would care if unless it was made light of.

    But that’s kind of totally irrelevant to your article. I like what you’re doing, perhaps I am just bemoaning the fact that ‘serious’ = irrelevant to a lot of people.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to my rant !

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