Turkish Airlines Bans Crew From Wearing Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

Jessica Wakeman | May 7, 2013 - 6:40 pm
  • Turkish Airlines has banned stewardesses from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, claiming bright makeup “impairs visual integrity.” Critics say the restriction is a sign the moderate Islamic country is becoming more conservative, in particular towards women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
  • According to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI), there are over 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel every single day. This comes following the news that 26,000 service members had reported “unwanted sexual contact” in 2012, up from 19,000 the year before. In response, President Obama sharply rebuked those who are “betraying the uniform.”  [Yahoo, Salon]
  • A Fox News host asked, hella inappropriately, if 14-year-old Malia Obama is on birth control. [Madame Noire]
  • A history of smear campaigns against politicians centered around abortions. [Feministing]
  • A Minnesota judge has dismissed a lawsuit on behalf of an anti-abortion group that sought to end state insurance coverage for abortion. [Feminist.org]
  • On building a monument to survivors of sexual violence. [Feministing]
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Cecile Richards talks about how her organization continues to have success in the face of constant attacks by the Religious Right. [The Hill]
  • Check out this Oh Joy Sex Toy comic about pole dancing! [Bitch Magazine]
  • On how “The Great Gatsby” gets flappers wrong. [Ms. Magazine]


  • A Canadian woman who alleges she was molested by her uncle and cousin is fighting for the right to wear her niqab veil at the trial. [Shameless Mag]
  • On taking steps to prevent sexual violence in New Delhi, India. [UN Women]

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