Mindy Kaling Won’t Answer Your Stupid “Are Women Funny?” Question

  • “The Office” actress/writer Mindy Kaling is so over this “Are women funny?” conversation. (As am I.) While speaking to the Television Critics Association, Kaling was asked about recent pay-attention-to-meeeee comments by “The Man Show”‘s Adam Carolla that women just aren’t as funny as men. “Anything about putting into question whether women are funny or funny writers, I can’t comment on because it’s just so ridiculous,” Kaling responded. “It kind of keeps the argument alive. I said in my book, it’s like a nonsensical argument that we choose to keep alive by commenting on. It’s just beneath everyone by having it be a debate.” Damn straight! [The Wrap]
  • A “personhood amendment” seeking to criminalize all abortion by defining a fetus as a person has failed to make it onto the ballot in Montana. [Think Progress]
  • Tonya Reaves, 24, died this weekend at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago while undergoing a D&C abortion in her 12th week (second trimester). It is unclear what exactly caused the death. \ [Madame Noire]
  • Condom searches are being used by police in major cities to profile sex workers — despite the fact any ol’ woman or man could be carrying condoms. [Feministing]
  • On sexist Olympic advertising. [Bitch Magazine]
  • The NAACP has developed an HIV/AIDS manual to be used by black churches. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Rose Thompson Hovik, the mother of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, is getting her own biography next year called Mama Rose: Gypsy Rose Lee’s Indomitable Stage Mother, by Carolyn Quinn. [New York Times]
  • Human rights activists in China are pushing to end the country’s forced abortions, which are foisted upon women who violate the country’s one-child policy. [New York Times]
  • Why has the abortion rate in the Eastern European country of Georgia, formerly known as the “abortion capital of the world,” drastically dropped? [Jezebel]
  • On Japanese women, soccer, and what it meant for Japan’s team to win the Women’s World Cup. [New York Times]
  • China’s new dictionary won’t include the word “gay.” [Queerty]

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