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Sock It To 'Em Ada

STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study

Sigh.

These findings aren’t groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn’t just about encouraging interested students — it’s about making sure those students can get jobs one day.

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Mystique Wants You To Know That Cheeseburgers Aren’t For Ladies In Bizarre Hardee’s Ad [VIDEO]

As far as Jennifer Lawrence-related tie-ins go, this Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercial is about ten times worse than that time Subway created a special sandwich for Catching Fire, that movie about starving kids. (The video has been taken down; I guess Subway got embarrassed.) The Subway commercial was mostly just insensitive and weird. This commercial, in which a (non-Lawrence or Rebecca Romjin) Mystique has to transform into a dude before she can eat a Thickburger, manages to be insensitive, weird, and actively offensive.

Also making the rounds: A commercial that implies the reason sexist, catcalling construction workers are sexist catcallers is that they haven’t eaten their daily Snickers. You can find that one behind the cut.

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MPAA Statistics Break the Stunning News That Most of the People Who Go the Movies Aren’t White Men

Every year at CinemaCon the MPAA releases statistics (report here) on the previous year’s moviegoers: What percentage of them can be classified as “frequent moviegoers,” how 3D movies do across various markets, whether the average ticket price has changed. Stuff like that. And, of particular relevance to us, demographic breakdowns. You might have to sit down for this, because it’s shocking: Far more women and racial minorities see movies than there are women and racial minorities in movies. It’s almost like there’s not enough representation or something. I know. So weird.

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Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

Customer Leaves Helpful Note for Female Pilot Informing Her “The Cockpit of an Airliner Is No Place for a Woman”

Capt. Carey Smith Steacy: “Oh no! All this time I thought I being a woman had no impact on whether or not I can, or should, be a pilot! Thank you for disabusing me of this notion of equality. What a silly female am I. *jumps out of the plane*”

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If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

If The World Treated Real Wives The Same Way The Internet Treats TV Wives

Send this video to the next dude you see calling Skyler White whiny on a forum somewhere.

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A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Studio Head Amy Pascal Offers Straight Talk On The Dismal State of Hollywood For Female Directors

As the only female head of a major studio, Amy Pascal knows her stuff when it comes to the industry. So when she says of female directors that “the whole system is geared for them to fail,” maybe she knows what she’s talking about. Just maybe.

Note the sarcasm, please; I just wanted to get ahead of any mansplainers who might want to say things like “But I was in a directing class once and most of my fellow students were men, so maybe there aren’t that many women who wan’t to direct!”

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A New Baby Cross Stitch Sampler Fit for a The Walking Dead Fan

Do you know a brand new The Walking Dead fan? No, I mean a brand new The Walking Dead fan. (Steotch)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Tiny Mal and Kaylee Cosplay

I bet nothing in the ‘verse can stop these two. They’re too cute! (Fashionably Geek)

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Essay

Guest Post: Examining One Reaction to the James Gunn Controversy

Shortly after James Gunn issued his sincere apology for an ambiguously satirical post on his blog that was rediscovered by fans in the wake of his appointment as the director of Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mary Sue received a letter in our inbox from a writer for another major entertainment blog. It contained what we thought were some very well put thoughts on the reaction against the reaction against Gunn’s post. We asked her if she would be comfortable publishing a form of the letter on the site, and she assented as long as she could make a few edits for the new format and she could obscure which specific site she worked for, which necessarily required the post to be published anonymously. Things were delayed a bit by the holidays and revisions, but without further ado, here’s her post.

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Consider the Following

Britain Installs New Guidelines For Prosecuting Threatening Comments Made Online, Should The U.S. Follow Suit?

Keir Starmer, chief prosecutor for England and Wales, spoke this week about stricter guidelines for harassing and threatening comments online. Is it time for the United States to do the same? 

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