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Miley Cyrus Is Banned From The Dominican Republic

  • The Dominican Republic banned twerkin’ crotch-grabber Miley Cyrus for being “against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” The pop star has an upcoming concert in the DR on September 13th. Guess that’s not happening anymore.  [People]
  • Mariah Carey’s lawyers are hushing up Nick Cannon right quick. [TMZ]
  • Life & Style claims that Jennifer Aniston is jealous of boyfriend Justin Theroux’s friendship with Liv Tyler, his co-star on “The Leftovers.” [Celebitchy]
  • The Kardashians have new neighbors: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise have moved from New York City to Calabasas, California. They’ve also adopted a chihuahua. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Anthropologie Told Nursing Mom To Feed Her Kid In The Toilet

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  • Breastfeeding moms held a “nurse-in” at Anthropologie after a woman shopping in a Los Angeles store was escorted by a manager to the bathroom to continue feeding her kid. Might I remind you that breastfeeding in public is legal in California? And that no one should have to hang out in the toilet any longer than necessary? [Mommyish]
  • An abortion clinic is closing down in Ohio, bringing a grand total of four clinics that have been closed by the health department under anti-choice Republican Governor John Kasich. [Dayton Daily News]
  • Coping with social stigma affects the quality of transgender women’s relationships, according to a new study. [Autostraddle]
  • Remembering the Black women who have been killed by police. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

10 Bicycle Safety Tips For Ladies

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Let us turn now to the most important people in our nation: young men who attend elite universities and want to work in law or medicine someday. As a new school year is about to get underway, Bloomberg checked in with these gentlemen about the perils of having sex with their female classmates. Of particular concern is that they might accidentally rape a woman — which, no, they wouldn’t want to do at all!!! (They want to work in law or medicine, remember.) It would help, though, if women stopped getting in situations where a man might accidentally rape them. One of these young men, a 22-year-old at Stanford University named Chris Herries expounded thusly:

“Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad? We have to encourage people not to take on undue risk.”

The best and the brightest indeed. Chris Herries couldn’t be more correct! Leaving your bike unlocked on the quad is exactly like living under a patriarchy in which one in four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

In the spirit of Herries’ helpful observation to women, here are some other bike safety tips that I hope my fellow lady bike riders will follow: Keep reading »

The Christian Country Song “God Made Girls” By RaeLynn Is A Hot Feminist Mess

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God Also Made Cheesy Country Music

Hoo boy. Have you heard that song “God Made Girls” by the country singer RaeLynn? She appeared as Racheal Lynn Woodward on season two of “The Voice” on Blake Shelton’s team. It’s a cheesy feel-good song like “Butterfly Kisses” for the millennial generation with just a pinch of Taylor Swift.

To be completely fair, on a baseline level I’m never going to see eye-to-eye with a Christian song that presumes there exists a God who made men/boys first and then got around to making women/girls (as it is told in the Bible, the first woman, Eve, is made from a rib of the first man, Adam). But hey, it’s a country song. Country songs are all about stories. That’s the premise here.

Even that concession, though, doesn’t improve the message of “God Made Girls,” which appears to be: GEE, IT’S A GOOD THING BOYS HAVE GIRLS AROUND TO MAKE THEM FUNCTIONAL HUMAN BEINGS. Keep reading »

Spider-Woman Is Sexy, Sexy, Sexy

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This week, the site Comic Book Resources got an exclusive  look at the covers for some upcoming comics, including Spider-Woman #1.  It’s very cool of course (see one of the covers after the jump), but one of the variant covers released by Marvel (above left) is a real head-scratcher. You can see how Spider-Woman is crouching, presumably right after she climbed up a wall, with her rather-emphasized ass up in the air. Similar photos of crouching Spider-Man that I found online — the one above, as well as the one tweeted here — are not quite the same. Keep reading »

Here’s A New Trailer For “Kink,” James Franco’s Documentary About BDSM Porn

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A New "Kink" Trailer

“Kink,” a documentary about the porn web site Kink.com, debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Yesterday, the film, which explores the largest BDSM online porn empire, released a new trailer in anticipation of a limited release. I’ve heard complaints about the film — it’s “boring” (which is unfortunately always something that some kinky folks say in order to be dismissive); it doesn’t address allegations of abuse at Kink.com — but I’ll see it regardless. Christina Voros directed “Kink” and James Franco executive produced, so you better believe I want to know how they handled the material. Also, this probably goes without saying, but the trailer is NSFW! [Queerty; First Showing]

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