Today’s Lady News: M.A.C. Makeup Cancels Controversial Juarez Line

  • This is crazy: After our post about a Juarez, Mexico-inspired makeup line created by the designers Rodarte for M.A.C. blew up, the company has canceled the Rodarte line entirely. In a statement on their Facebook page, M.A.C. said:
    Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our MAC Mexican staff and colleagues, MAC has made the decision not to ship the MAC Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on MAC’s commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.”

    We would have just been satisfied with changing the offensively named products — nail polishes called Juarez and Factory — and donating some proceeds to charities. We’re happy the company will still do the donation thing. But their decision for the entire M.A.C. collaboration comes as a complete surprise. What do y’all think? []

  • Lesbian student Ceara Strugs is suing the Copiah County School District in Jackson, Mississippi, for refusing to allow her to wear a tuxedo in her yearbook photo. Her school left Sturgis’ name and photo out of its 2009 yearbook, but the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of her today. [AP]
  • Today the state Maryland will swear in Judge Michele Hotten, its first-ever African-American female appeals judge. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Who women socialize with at work matters and a lack of women in higher-level positions hurts women when it comes to informal networking, say two researchers from Indiana University-South Bend and the University of Illinois-Chicago. []
  • Women-owned companies might finally receive the minimum five percent of government contracts they were mandated in a 1994 law if new rules by the Small Business Administration are approved. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Tomorrow South Carolina’s governor will sign a bill that creates a 24-hour waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion. Waiting periods are criticized by abortion rights’ supporters who say the barrier penalizes women who are unable to take more time off work or find a babysitter while they’re getting an abortion. [WMBF]
  • Muslim girls, like Sahar in New Orleans, are the new tokens on “The Real World,” says blogger Diana of Muslimah Media Watch. [Racialicious]
  • Kristen Schaal, who plays Mel on “Flight of the Conchords” and is Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent for “The Daily Show,” piped up about the recent brouhaha, on the blog, about the lack of women who appear on the show:
    I think [the show’s staffers] felt a bit wounded by the Jezebel article because, you know, it painted an inaccurate picture of Jon Stewart, for sure,” Schaal said. “Also, in my opinion, I think it’s disappointing because it brought up a really good, smart point that we do need to be talking about, which is why are there not more women in comedy? Great point. Thank you, Jezebel. That is something we all need to talk about. But it was conceived from a sexist place by saying Olivia Munn was gonna suck on the show before she had a chance to be on the show. It was already judging her before she even had a chance to test herself on the show. So it was backwards. … Also, why didn’t I get brought up in that article when I’ve been in the show only talking about women’s issues? It didn’t benefit the article, so they just left me out.”

    Schaal also offered advice on the best way to address the lack of women in comedy: “To keep talking about it, definitely. I think more support for the women that are in comedy would be good. Giving props to people that are doing it right now, getting behind what they’re doing. Keep bringing it up in different places and definitely do that fight, but don’t tear each other down while you’re doing it because then you’ve got nothing left.” Great advice. []

  • Slate addresses the critics who say ella — the new five-day morning-after pill approved on Friday by the FDA — causes abortion. [Slate]
  • Marie Claire writer Polly Vernon tells us why she is childless by choice. [Marie Claire]


  • Iran has told other countries to mind their own beeswax regarding the execution sentence of a woman who committed adultery. Iranian officials accused the West of creating “hype” surrounding the sentencing by hanging of Sakineh Mohammad-Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two. Originally, Ashtiani was sentenced to death by stoning, but that sentence was later lowered. Brazil recently offered Ashtiani asylum, but Iran refused. [AFP]
  • The French are increasingly more scandalized by topless sunbathing on beaches. Interpret this information as you will. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Bank of Japan’s first female branch head says male managers in Japan are “soft” on female subordinates and deny them crucial work experiences and responsibilities that keep them from being primed for a promotion. [Bloomberg]
  • Are machismo and a refusal to bring about women’s equality in certain cultures partially at fault for Europe’s debt crisis? [New York Times]
  • Nawal al-Saadawi, a 79-year-old Egyptian doctor and feminist writer, says internet-savvy youngsters will bring about cultural change in her home country before the government does. She has been fighting female genital mutilation since the 1970s. [Reuters Africa]