Debenhams, European Department Store, Won’t Airbrush Lingerie Models Anymore

  • Yesterday, Debenhams, a European department store, announced on Facebook that it is scaling back on airbrushing images of lingerie models, citing a “moral” imperative to portray women’s bodies more naturally. The store also offered an example of how one lingerie model would have been retouched (um, everywhere) with before-and-after photos — see above! [Yahoo]
  • A committee in New Jersey’s Assembly has advanced a bill that would ban licensed therapists from trying to “convert” or “repair” gay minors. It now heads to the NJ Assembly and Senate. [CBS Local]
  • Republican Rep. Trent Franks is backtracking on yesterday’s comment about how pregnancy resulting from rape is rare. [Talking Points Memo]
  • The ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge a new Alabama law that requires every abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The law is certain to make three of the state’s abortion providers close, as many of the doctors live out of the local area because they are harassed by protesters. [Raw Story]
  • “College Serial Rapists Evade Antiquated Campus Responses” is my depressing headline of the day. [Bloomberg]
  • Grace University, a Christian college in Omaha, Nebraska, suspended undergraduate Danielle Powell and asked her to reimburse her scholarship money when it discovered she was in a same-sex relationship. The school said it would allow Powell back if she attended church and sought counseling for homosexuality, but eventually expelled her when they learned she was still dating women. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Are men uninterested in paternity leave? []
  • President Obama is hosting a reception at the White House this evening for LGBT Pride Month … [LGBTQ Nation]
  • … but he’s not really helping with that whole teen girl sex panic thing. []
  • On a life confronting sexism in academia. [Boston Review]


  • A committee in Canada’s Senate has advanced a bill to add gender identity to categories in the country’s Human Rights Act. [LGBTQ Nation]
  • Spare Rib, a British feminist magazine that shuttered over a decade ago, was gearing up for a relaunch but now a couple of original founders are suing to stop the name from being trademarked. [Telegraph UK]
  • Mother Mary Lange, a deceased Cuban/Haitian nun who started the first Black Catholic order, may be granted sainthood. [Clutch Magazine]

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