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UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

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  • [UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not "translate" well, and adding "Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour." — CollectiveAction DC] Now here’s a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had “DC fraternity boys” (their own phrasing) hold signs at this weekend’s Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. Sounds innocuous, right? Well, the signs read stuff like “You look beautiful sweaty” (creepy!) and “Cute running shoes!” (Um, thanks?)  If what they wanted was encouragement, they could have chosen slogans that don’t focus on how you look — especially since “You look beautiful sweaty” totally sounds like some creepy comment a dude would make catcalling you. Getting people to cheer on runners would have been a sweet idea. But “frat boys” telling you how attractive you look while running a marathon? FAIL. We must always make the frat boys happy, mustn’t we? Who planned this event, Rebecca Martinson? [Collective Action DC, Facebook.com/BareMinerals]
  • A conservative group is calling up voters in South Carolina and asking, “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch [the Democratic contender] if I told you she had an abortion?” SLEAZY. [Think Progress]
  • A brief history of “women aren’t funny.” [Bitch Magazine]
  • A 2011 documentary called “Dark Girls” about colorism (discrimination against — usually — women of color based on their skin tone) is going to debut on OWN, Oprahs network. [Madame Noire]
  • The HPV vaccine, which prevents certain strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer, is 33 percent more effective when given to young girls, according to a new study. [Think Progress]
  • On the tech community’s squicky relationship with feminists. [WIRED]
  • On women, science and 11 reasons why we’re not there yet. [Geek Feminism]
  • Women directors had a growing presence at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. [Reuters]
  • On flappers and how dance contributed to women’s liberation throughout the 20th century. [Guardian UK]
  • Here’s an interview with Quiara Alegria Hudes, a feminist playwright who last year won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Water By The Spoonful” and currently has a play running in Chicago called “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” [Ms. Magazine]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The judge sentencing a Toronto police officer who was convicted of domestic abuse called him a “good man.” He was a good man when he was punching holes in the victim’s walls, breaking her glasses, shaking her shoulders and swearing at her? Uh huh, right. [Toronto Star]
  • One of the films appearing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was “Wadjda,” the first feature film directly by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour. Because men and women who aren’t related are prohibited from intermingling, she had to direct from a walkie-talkie. [Wall Street Journal]
  • A policeman in India slapped a female protester. [Times Of India]
  • On educating women and girls in Rwanda, 19 years after the genocide there. [GOOD]
  • Streets in a district of Berlin, Germany, must all be named after women until they reach parity with public places named after men. [New York Times]

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