Today’s Lady News: Be Careful, Trick-Or-Treating Sluts!

  • Be careful, trick-or-treating sluts, because you might get raped! A conservative think tank-er named Charlotte Allen penned a piece for the Los Angeles Times about — I think? — how women shouldn’t tease men with skimpy outfits and then complain when we get raped. Or it might be about crazy, irrational feminists get upset by slutty Halloween costumes but then we throw SlutWalk protests and that makes us hypocrites. It’s hard to say. Anyway, the best part is when Allen warns us women to be “careful about where [you] flash [your] treasure.” I shall henceforth be referring to my ladyparts as my “treasure,” unironically. [Los Angeles Times]
  • California Baptist University expelled Domaine Javier, 24, for “fraud” and “identity concealment” after she came out as trans on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  [Queerty
  • The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill to eliminate domestic partner benefits for all state employees. In response, the faculty at the University of Michigan are threatening a mass exodus if the bill passes. [Think Progress]
  • This is your daily reminder that the “fetal personhood” movement — i.e. the movement to change the legal definition of a “person” to include a fetus, thereby criminalizing abortion — is hella scary. [American Prospect]
  • A feminist case against single-sex education. [XX Factor]
  • A Los Angeles gallery is flipping the script on the “male gaze” and showcasing artwork in the “female gaze” that depicts men in positions stereotypically used to depict women. [Ms. Magazine]
  • An interview with Jaclyn Friedman, author of What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide To Sex And Safety. [Salon]
  • Check out this trailer for “Dear Daddy,” a documentary about black fatherlessness. [Clutch Magazine]
  • An open letter to those dressed as Pocahontas and “Indian princesses” this Halloween. [Racialicious
  • Proposed changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims could mean half of all female victims will no longer qualify, said the UK’s CEO of the Domestic Violence Intervention Project. [Guardian UK]
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