Australian Dictionary Fiddles With The Definition Of “Misogyny”

  • Last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard publicly criticized the leader of the opposition party for his use of sexist language and dismissive attitude towards women, accusing him of “misogyny.” But some people said that misogyny — which means a hatred of women — should not be used interchangeably with the words “sexism,” which was more in line with Gillard’s complaints. But an Australian dictionary did not disagree and has changed the definition of the word “misogny” to include this definition: “entrenched prejudice against women.” (I also rather like this piece on the Guardian in which several women weigh in on the dispute and whether there’s any difference between sexism and misogyny.) [Guardian UK]
  • Meet Justice Bernette Johnson, who is set to become the first black chief justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. [Think Progress]
  • On Apryl Brown (who lost all four limbs because of shady “butt injections) and the age of the fat ass. [Clutch Magazine]
  • An Illinois hate group is attacking the East Aurora School District for passing a new policy this week regarding transgender students guaranteeing they can use the bathroom and chosen name of the gender in which they identify. [Think Progress]
  • What we can learn from women rappers. [Feministing]
  • Six great examples of concern-trolling from The New York Times’ comments section. [The Gloss]
  • Frisky contributor Megan Carpentier is the new Bitch Magazine advice columnist and kicks some ass in her first column advising a feminist who is dating a guy who thinks feminism is irrelevent. (Gurl, come on …)  [Bitch Magazine]


  • British novelist Hilary Mantel has made history for being the first woman and first British author to win the Man Booker Prize two times. Mantel was awarded the prize yesterday for Bring Up The Bodies; she received a past Man Booker Prize for her 2009 novel Wolf Hall. [Raw Story]
  • The leader of Women of the Wall was arrested for singing at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.  [Jewish Telegraphic Agency]
  • 18 photos from Nepal’s transgender beauty pageant. [BuzzFeed]
  • London’s Royal Court Theatre will hold a protest in support of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band jailed for speaking out against President Vladmir Putin, on Nov. 23. [Independent UK]
  • Two American soldiers have been accused of raping a woman on the Japanese island of Okinawa and Japanese officials are pissed at the way it was handled by the U.S. military. [CNN]
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