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Machismo In The Media

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Think Sexism is a Thing of the Past? Think Again.

Some men in the media put down women to make themselves feel macho….too bad it only makes them look small. Can you guess which presidential candidate makes the list? *hanging head in shame*

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A Latina Firefighter in Boston Says the Department Retaliated Against Her When She Reported That She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Colleague

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A Latina Firefighter in Boston Says the Department Retaliated Against Her When She Reported That She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Colleague

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A former female firefighter was just given a settlement of $3.2 million by the city of Boston for what she characterized as a culture of sexual harassment, shaming, and silencing. Nathalie Fontanez says she was retaliated against by the Boston Fire Department for reporting a sexual assault she experienced at the hands of a colleague.

In 2018, Fontanez says she was sexually assaulted by fellow firefighter David Sanchez.

It all began when Fontanez joined the Boston Fire Department in 2011. The department was looking to hire fluent Spanish speakers, and Fontanez considered the opportunity a “golden ticket”. It was an opportunity for her, a single mom, to provide for her daughter without the assistance of welfare. And, she could prove to her daughter that women can do anything.

But Fontanez’s dream soon turned into a nightmare. After joining the department, she faced an inordinate amount of hazing and harassment because she was a woman and a Latina.

“I’m not a veteran. I’m not a man. I’m a Latin woman. If there was a totem pole, I was at the very bottom,” she explained. “I felt that I had to tolerate anything that came my way, because I was lucky to be there,” she said.

Per Fontanez, the incidents escalated until the day in question when she was assaulted at the firehouse by Sanchez.

After reporting the incident to her superiors, she says that her colleagues turned on her.

In a recent press conference, Fontanez explained the experience in more detail. “Incidents began to escalate and I was then shamed and labeled a trouble-maker,” she said. “The guys that I once relied on for my life’s safety now turned against me.”

While Sanchez was convicted of assault and battery and sentenced to two years of probation, Fontanez says that she was harassed and isolated by her station mates. According to her, the retaliation also included being denied a promotion and being ignored at social events.

“I was often reminded by some of my colleagues that I had taken a job from a man who could have been providing for his family, even though I was a single parent providing for mine,” she said.

Last month, the city settled with Fontanez for $3.2 million. But Fontanez says it’s not about the money–it’s about changing the toxic culture of firehouses. 

“I’m breaking my silence because I believe that women firefighters deserve equal treatment in the Boston Fire Department,” Fontanez said during the news conference. “However, at this point that is the dream, but not the reality, for many women firefighters. The department is overdue for change, and the time for change is now.”

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Snoop Dogg Said “WAP” Is Too Sexual And Offset Isn’t Having Any Of It, Says “We Should Uplift Our Women”

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Snoop Dogg Said “WAP” Is Too Sexual And Offset Isn’t Having Any Of It, Says “We Should Uplift Our Women”

Ever since Cardi B’s and Megan Thee Stallion’s anthem “WAP” hit the airwaves (or streaming services), it’s been the target of a very vocal anti-WAP brigade.

From a very long list of Republican lawmakers and evangelical leaders to Fox News hosts, many conservatives have made it very clear they’re shocked and angered by two women singing about their “wet ass pussies.”

However, few of us could have expected who else would add their name to the list of anti-WAPers, especially given his own history of sexually explicit lyrics. Thankfully, several major voices have come out in defense of the hit song and pointed out the very real and very wrong double standard that exists for female rappers.

Snoop Dogg seems to criticize “WAP” for being too sexual but quickly faces a backlash for his comments.

Snoop appeared on the talk show Central Ave to talk about what can easily be called this year’s anthem “WAP,” and well he didn’t have much praise for it. He basically said it was too sexual, “Let’s have some, you know, privacy, some intimacy where he wants to find out as opposed to you telling him.”

He added, “That’s your jewel of the Nile. That’s what you should hold onto. That should be a possession that no one gets to know about until they know about it… I just don’t want it that fashionable to where young girls feel like they can express themselves like that without even knowing that that is a jewel that they hold onto until the right person comes around.”

All of which is very rich coming from the rapper who once rapped “Bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks, Lick on these nuts and suck the dick.” One of just many many lines from a very successful career built around what many may call sexist, sexual, and misogynistic lyrics.

Cardi B’s husband quickly came out to defend the empowering anthem when asked for his comment.

When asked by TMZ for his reaction to Snoop’s comments, Offset said, “I love Snoop man, but she grown. I don’t get in female business,” he told the interviewer. “I hate when men do that. I don’t do that.”

And being aware of the gross double standard that exists for female rappers, Offset also opened up the discussion to the larger issue at hand. He suggested that male rappers can talk about many things without getting called out in the same way female rappers do. He told TMZ, “It’s a lot of women empowerment, don’t shoot it down. We’ve never had this many artists that’s female artists running this shit. They catching up to us, passing us, setting records.”

Rightfully so though, Offset also wanted it known that he wasn’t hating on Snoop. “I don’t want to seem like I’m dissing at Snoop,” he said. “At the same time, I say all men should stay outta women business.”

As for Snoop, well he’s responded with his own comments to the apparent backlash.

Seeming to acknowledge the growing controversy surrounding his original comments, Snoop posted to Instagram to clarify what he meant.

He wrote, “Stop wit the bullshit press. I love Cardi B and Meg music, period, point blank and they know that I’m in full support of the female MC movement so stop trying to make me a hater. That song 6x platinum. Talk about that.”

In the original Central Ave interview, he also attempted to clarify his response to “WAP.” He said that his objection may be connected to his age, saying “Now when I was young – 21, 22 – I may have been with the movement. I probably would’ve been on a remix.”

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