A group of former Atlantic City cocktail waitresses is suing the casino where they worked after being fired because they were "too old" to wear a sexy new outfit the resort debuted. The Hotel Resorts Casino has found itself the target of a discrimination lawsuit by nine of the 16 women it gave pink slips to after it introduced a back-baring flapper-inspired waitress uniform over Memorial Day weekend.
Perhaps is not such exciting news now that we live in an era when 8th graders go to Hooters on a field trip, but a new Playboy Club opened this weekend in Mayfair, London. Hugh Hefner first brought a Playboy Club to London in 1966, but it closed after 15 years. The new Playboy Club in London features "bunnies" ages 19 to 40 who'll work in either the cocktail lounge or the casino while they wear Playboy's iconic bunny costumes. And if men's enthusiasm to visit the Playboy Club in any way rivals women's enthusiasm to work for it, Hef won't have to worry: 3,000 women competed for 80 positions to don a Playboy Bunny tail!
Think gender inequality only affects your salary and chances for promotion? Not exactly. According to a new Harris Interactive Poll, most of us still feel sexism is very much alive, and it's affecting our careers and our love lives. Not surprisingly, there's a huge divide between men and women over how far we've come in terms of gender equality: While 55 percent of men believe things are pretty much equal now just 32 percent of women would agree. The problem isn't just that we still feel like we're being treated unfairly, although that is a factor, considering that 80 percent of women feel that they don't receive the same pay for the same job and 75 percent feel they are discriminated against when it comes to promotions. The glass ceiling's also taking a toll on our relationships.
Inspired by a recent post on Hollywoodlife.com we've been thinking about the possible sea change that is occurring with celebrity couples and possibly with society as a whole. Whereas 2009 seemed full of bad boys (John Mayer, Peter Orszag, Jude Law, Tony Romo, Jon Gosselin, Nas, Mel Gibson and of course Chris Brown) perhaps we're seeing a return to good old-fashioned chivalry and goddess-worship.
Don't tell us your face is more complicated than the entire female body combined. If a woman can run a plastic razor up her leg while balancing on one foot, don't you think she can handle a battery operated Norelco? The female hair removal system revolves around a single blade and a smoldering pot of wax. Where's our flex and pivot technology?
Men fix cars, figure out credit card bills and hook up the TV. Is it sexist to want a guy for that? "When I was in college I bought my first car... Normally this was a task that I would have heaped on my dad’s shoulders; after all, Dads are the people you turn to in times of vehicular crisis. Mine wasn’t there, so I went at alone." Later her boyfriend helps her deal with debt collectors. Does it make you a bad woman or anti-feminist to want a man to do certain things for you?
According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, in 1979 researchers at the University of Florida asked over 12,000 men and women between the ages of 14 and 22 about their opinions on "traditional" and "untraditional" roles for women. (Of course, middle- and lower-class women have always worked a job or two, in addition to raising kids, but still the idea that it is "tradition" for women to be stay-at-home moms persists.) Researchers checked in with their study subjects three times in the ensuing two decades and found that men, more often then women, held "traditional" ideas about women working outside the home but also that these men tended to earn more. The (slightly) good news? Women with "untraditional" views earn $1,500 more than women with "traditional" views, but that's a small consolation. (That's, like, one new MacBook laptop.)