What a week. From a Bing commercial disguised as a feminist call-to-arms to Brit Hume and Bill O'Reilly blabbing about how America is too "feminized," it's been a mixed week for women on the viral video front. Advertisers and media pundits still can't quite seem to figure out how to discuss women without insulting at least 50 percent of the population. Here are some of the most notable videos you may have missed this week.
Fox & Friends Thinks Men Are Becoming a Bunch of Wussies
Our besties at Fox & Friends had a very, um, interesting author on the show Thursday morning. As writer of the book American Boomerang, Nick Adams told hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Clayton Morris that feminism is leading to angry women and feminine men who are scared to speak up for themselves.
"We've got from wrestling with crocodiles to wrestling with lattes," says Adams, an obviously manly Australian. "It's a phenomenon that I think is very dangerous."
When Hasselbeck asks him if he sees the reversal affecting national security, Adams replies, "Weeps and wussies deliver mediocrity. And men win. And what America’s always been about is winning. So I think it’s pivotal to the health of the country.”
"We're working on it together," Hasselbeck giggles. Ugh.
The whole exchange is simply appalling. Watch it for yourself, if you dare:
The Daily Show Proves It's Amazing, Once Again
Kristen Schaal on The Daily Show can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned. Remember when Schaal suggested that a sexy vagina would be the perfect Halloween costume, and then brought one out on set, causing even Jon Stewart himself to get all red and flustered?
This time, Stewart and Schaal tackled the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Schaal proceeded to role-play every terrible manly-man boss from the Mad Men era while berating a cowering Stewart. This segment was in response to a clip that aired on Fox News where Brit Hume suggested that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was being portrayed as a bully for his involvement with Bridgegate.
"I have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks," Hume said.
Bing Tries to Make A Feminist Ad
Even though it's been around since the end of December, Bing's ad "Celebrating the Women of 2013" got some major play during the 2014 Golden Globes. The commercial lauds strong females like Malala Yousafzai, Gabrielle Giffords, and Diana Nyad for their accomplishments. But instead of feeling empowered after watching it, I just felt a bit confused: Why am I watching this? Why did they even make it? To get a pat on the back?
I'm glad these women have some time in the spotlight, but the whole mash-up of them in unrelated positions just seems desperate to label Bing as the "good guys."
And I love Sara Bareilles as much as the next person, but in how many commercials do we have to hear how "Brave" Microsoft thinks the company is?
We Can Show What on TV?
So basically, we can show cats in utero — yes, you read that correctly — but not nipples on television. On the late-night Comedy Central show @midnight , host Chris Hardwick presents a photo of a "Pregnant Cat Lady" greeting card. Even though the so-called artwork's presentation of a cat inside a uterus was perfectly acceptable to broadcast, Hardwick blasted television guidelines for requiring that the woman's breasts be blurred out.
"So we can show this, but you have to pixelate the tits out?!" Hardwick shouts. "Are you kidding me? Well, we don't want anyone to be offended by a nipple ... If there is one millimeter of a nipple, s--- is gonna get crazy!"
The show aired earlier in the month, but wasn't widely circulated until this week when it was picked up by Upworthy.
Oh, and by the way, the ORIGINAL Pregnant Cat Lady illustration is selling for $1,200 on Etsy. "Meow-ch!" indeed.
Women And Children Are Hit Hardest By Poverty
OK, let's get serious for a sec. Of the 100 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, 70 percent are women and children. That's 42 million women living in poverty, according to a report co-written by Maria Shriver. MSNBC's Chris Hayes joins host Alex Wagner to discuss how low-wage workers are primarily female and how women are still taking on the majority of childcare responsibilities, despite how much progress has been made over the past 50 years.
Who's More Pervy, Men or Women?
This is a stupid roundabout debate, so we're not even going to give it the time of day. Basically, some guy connected a hidden camera to his bulging crotch and went on the subway to film ladies who looked at it. Someone posted it on reddit, and now it's viral or whatever. Face it: Some men and women are both pervs when facing each other in close spaces.