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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: “Women Are An Oppressed Category Of People”

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“[People are coming out against the label ["feminist"]? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets it. It’s refreshing — so refreshing — when men acknowledge that feminism is vital, instead of focusing on the progressive advances women have made and assuming we can all go home ‘cuz sexism is fixed now. Pay attention, men’s rights activists: this is just one of the many reasons ladies love JGL!  [The Daily Beast]

Officer Darren Wilson Named As Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

  • Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday afternoon, Ferguson’s police chief announced today. The department has withheld Officer Wilson’s name this entire week amidst protests. Wilson is a six-year veteran of the police force and has had no prior disciplinary action taken against him. [NBC News]
  • Twenty-one-year-old Jessa Duggar from “19 Kids And Counting” is engaged to her boyfriend Ben Seewald. I think this means they’re allowed to hold hands now? [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Oxford English Dictionary Adds “Mansplain” And “Douchebag”

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  • Someone at the Oxford Engilsh Dictionary is a feisty feminist: both “douchebag” and “mansplain” have been added to the publication, confirming their place in our lexicon. So, next time I grumble about how you can open up the dictionary to the word “mansplain” and see a picture of Bill Maher, he might actually be there! [The Mary Sue]
  • Fremont, California, has caved into hysterical parents worried about a new sex ed text book. [San Francisco Gate]
  • A cake shop in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, refused to sell a couple a cake for a party after renewing their wedding vows. They’re a Christian bakery, you see, and “the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks,” and Jesus apparently said no cakes for lesbians. [PA Homepage]
  • Feminista Jones, the activist and writer who spearheaded tonight’s National Moment Of Silence 2014 (#NMOS14), explains why police brutality is a feminist issue. [Feministing] Keep reading »

ModCloth Vows Transparency On Photoshopping Its Models

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This week, the retro fashion shopping site ModCloth made a public commitment to transparency in the media by signing a pledge let customers know if they Photoshop their models.

The Heroes Pledge for Advertisers, which is a campaign of the Brave Girls Alliance, asks companies to commit to informing users if they tangibly alter a model’s appearance in any way, reading: Keep reading »

Party Hardy Reese Witherspoon Shakes Her Groove Thing

America, and quite possibly the world, is going to hell in a handbasket — but, hey, Reese Witherspoon went to a fancy party in Capri and it looks like she had fun! What are those moves called, Reese?! I highly recommend watching the entire video at TMZ — she appears to be dancing to a klezmer version of “I Will Survive” — as it is highly entertaining.  [TMZ via Gawker]

Kittens Reenact “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

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"Mr. Grey Will See You Meow"

The cinematic masterpiece that is sure to be “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is still a long way off (February 2015) but you can get your kinky sex fix now with … wait for it, kittens. Yes, the erotic love affair of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is reenacted by teeny-weeny beh beh kittehs (and their cat toys). Whoever wrote the puns in one deserves the cat video equivalent of an Oscar.

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