This week on Spawned with Kristen + Liz, we’re talking about the rampant sexist media coverage of the Rio Olympics — and beyond — and why, as parents, it particularly bugs us and needs addressing. Take a listen as we discuss the craziest headlines, the ridiculous double-standards, the best retorts on social media, and why we think it’s happening. Plus, how we identify and talk about these issues with our sons and our daughters.

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Top image: Correction of Chicago Tribune headline via Laura Keeney on Twitter 

Some of the topics we talk about in Episode 48 

The wife of Chicago Bears football player wins bronze! (Thankfully, this article actually uses Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s full name)

The irony a Cosmo article about sexist moments in Olympics coverage — accessible after you click away from a Victoria’s Secret ad. (Or Victorian Secret ad, as Liz put it, heh.)

The most sexist moments at the Olympics summed up in 10 tweets

Lindy West shares how reporters should talk to female Olympians and not sound like a regressive freak.

The double standard faced by Gabby Douglas, and a look at how black female athletes are treated.

Michael Phelps laughs during the National Anthem and aw….the Baltimore Sun thinks it’s so cute!

These images of the US Olympic Gymnastics team on Instagram shows us the best of what support networks of girls and women can be.

Female astronauts are asked if they miss make-up in space. Seriously?

A great piece about speaking out against sexism as parents, because our kids are watching.


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Our Cool Picks of the Week 

Loungefly black denim backpack for kids

Liz: This adorable Loungefly denim cat backpack , which somehow did not make our back to school shopping guide — although others from the brand did, should your kids be more into BB-8 or retro My Little Pony.

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world | Cool Mom Picks

Kristen: The Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World book. It’s amazing!

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