Bethenny Frankel’s Racist ‘Advice’! Goodbye Uber! And More You Missed

Long week? Looking to take a load off by reading in-depth stories about woman-on-woman sexism, a new Uber competitor for women, and the big Facebook and Microsoft gender pay lie? Have we got you covered! In our weekly edition of “Est. Of The Week,” we round up the best stories, tweets, and videos you may have missed, all worthy of heated discussion at your weekend dinner party.

Top Reads

“Bethenny Frankel Gives Lesson in How NOT to Empower a Room Full of Women Founders
By Mary Pryor for The Huffington Post

“Women shouldn’t stand for ignorance and bias in this space. Further, being black should not be viewed as a deterrent to success. If more of us come together, then fewer of us will succumb to the ideologies of the Bethenny Frankels in the business world. It’s time to break cycles of ignorance and bias towards female founders of all backgrounds. White men, this means you too.”

How should female entrepreneurs raise funding from white male investors? Reality TV-turned-margarita-entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel advised a room full of female founders to find a white man to represent their company at business meetings. Thankfully, attendees and the social media audience weren’t amused and promptly called her bullshit.


“Here’s Why Women Everywhere Will Delete Uber On April 19
By Sara Driscoll for DOSE

“According to BuzzFeed News, a former Uber customer service representative (CSR) provided screenshots of a search query of the Uber database, in which driver tickets are stored. The results are disturbing. A search for the words ‘sexual assault’ returned 6,160 tickets, and the search ‘rape’ returned 5,827 individual tickets. Now does that make you uncomfortable, even if you may not have experienced a threat first hand? Good, because it should. Here’s something that will give you your comfort back. On April 19, the app Chariot for Women is launching, and the creators of the app think that you shouldn’t have to put up with an uncomfortable ride ever again. We couldn’t agree more.”

I’ve spoken to enough female Uber drivers (off the record) and passengers to know the service isn’t great for women. But to see the sheer number of “sexual assault” search queries has been startling. I’ve used female-only taxi services in other countries and they’re great after a night out. Chariot for Women, what took you so long?


“10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read
By Crysta Paul for Bustle

“Unfortunately, it’s true that the whole U.S. education system is broken, especially for students of color, but what one teacher does in her own classroom can make a world of difference. Teachers have a responsibility to examine their own prejudices and learn about the experiences of and oppressive forces working against the students they are teaching. Because when we walk into a classroom, both as teachers and as students, we don’t magically leave our struggles and life experiences at the door.”

It’s remarkably problematic when white educators school children of color; it can lead to these kids facing pushouts, arrests, and even violence, all at the hands of the very people in charge of taking care of them. This excellent book list spans history, education, and culture to highlight the long-standing oppression faced by African Americans in this country. I’m adding Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, to my reading list pronto. According to Paul, the book “highlights the many ways that Black girls are misunderstood, neglected, and criminalized not just by the system as a whole, but also by teachers who fail to see past stereotypes of Black women as ‘sassy’ or ‘loud.’”


“The Great Pay Gap Caper: How Microsoft and Facebook Are Deliberately Hiding The Truth About Tech Money
By Shanley Kane for Model View Culture

“Further, any assertions that tech companies have “solved the pay gap” deliberately erases and obfuscates the true picture of gender and racial financial inequality in tech. The only way in which these claims aren’t pure lies is if they are interpreted through the most deliberately narrow, manipulative, perverse, short-sighted and biased lens possible. They purposefully ignore the way money in technology actually works, and the MANY interlocking functions — of which base salary is only one component — of how PROFOUND financial inequality is created by companies like Facebook and Microsoft:
Marginalized groups aren’t promoted at nearly the same rate white men are, which means that many people who SHOULD be in higher-paid positions, aren’t.”

You couldn’t have been a woman on the Internet and missed #EqualPayDay on Tuesday; the day marked the time it would take for working women to make as much money as a man did for doing the same job last year. The day was hijacked by corporations like Facebook and Microsoft, which proudly proclaimed they pay women and men equally for equal work. Kane makes a compelling case for why this sexy factoid should be examined with care, especially by linking the inequities in large publicly-traded firms with those in venture capital.

Top Multimedia

“27 Questions Black People Have For Black People
BuzzFeed Video

This video has been making the social media rounds, but probably not for the reasons BuzzFeed anticipated. Critics have called the video a “hot mess” and resting on “seriously flawed premises,” which of course, spawned the hashtags #RealBlackPeopleQuestions and #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions.


Lead image: YouTube

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