Tag: Stereotypes

Archived: Why the Severe Drought of Women in Politics

By Manuel McDonnell Smith Greuel, Martinez Plastered across the top of The New York Times’ website on Monday was an unflattering fact about one of our largest cities. Despite a population of nearly 2 million women, Los Angeles has a special distinction:Only one female holds elective office in the entire…

Archived: Why Is It So Hard to Be Black and Gay

By Manuel McDonnell Smith Last Friday, former Cosby Show and Disney Channel actress Raven-Symon sent out the following tweet: Hollywood journalists and celebrity bloggers widely took the statement as confirmation of long-time rumors that the young African-American actress is a lesbian. But instead of universal accolade for her announcement, it…

Archived: SLIDESHOW: Sports Cards of Trouble

While professional sports leagues and their star athletes have records that are envied by many, their scorecards when it comes to dealing with diversity and inclusion leave a lot to be desired. DiversityInc takes a closer look at some of the problem policies, athletes and issues with diversity in pro…

Archived: Paula Deen on Today: 'I Am Not a Racist'

By Manuel McDonnell Smith In a bid to repair her badly tarnished image, celebrity chef and restaurateur Paula Deen finally appeared on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday morning, five days after she skipped a scheduled appearance to explain her use of the N-word and other slurs revealed in a deposition…

Archived: Is Disney's Princess Sexist

By Dara Sharif Women’s-rights advocates cheered The Walt Disney Company‘s Merida, heroine of last year’s animated hit Brave, as a realistic portrayal of young womanhood. Armed with a bow and arrows and dressed in a simple frock ideally suited for running through the forest, the headstrong, curly-haired Merida saves herself,…

Archived: 7 Things NOT to Say to Asian-Americans

By Stacy Straczynski Confronting subconscious biases and stereotypes about race is a frequent occurrence for many professionals in the workplace—in particular, those from traditionally underrepresented groups. While many comments and questions are raised merely out of curiosity or ignorance, it doesn’t lessen the offense. “Stereotypes make people feel like they…