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A Guide To Beards & Mustaches, From Selleck To Super Wizards

a guide to beards and mustaches from selleck to super wizard

The fine folks at the New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society have come up with a helpful facial hair reference guide, so that you can be sure not to confuse your Mongolian warlords with your sea captains, like you’re always doing. Because you need to know if you’re dealing with a super wizard, or just a regular run-of-the-mill wizard. That’s a powerful mix-up to make. [New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society]

Living Between The Corporate Glass Ceiling & The “Sticky Floor” Of Fast Food Work

On "Leaning In"
Why feminism must be about more than careerism and the glass ceiling. Read More »
"Leaning In" While Black
Today's Lady News photo
Is "leaning in" the same when it applies to women of color? Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

Most of talk around women in the workplace of late has been of the Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In variety. Women, argues Sandberg’s book, can break through the so-called glass ceiling by simply being more tenacious, proactive and self-empowered. The dialogue is often framed around getting women into positions of power, pushing for more female CEOs, and urging more women to brave the climb up the corporate ladder.

How wonderful for feminism to rally around the cause of elevating women to shake their fists against the vaunted glass ceiling, we think, abstractly.

But that’s not how most women live. Keep reading »

6 Party Dresses To Flatter Your Favorite Feature

party dresses to flatter every body part

Look at you! You’re so hot! You have great shoulders/legs/boobs and you should show ‘em off. We’ve found dresses that flatter every friggin’ shape, no matter whether you think you’ve got a bangin’ behind or a super jacked and strong arms. Because why not show off your best self when you’re out on the town? Keep reading »

Big Boobs Rule
Why big boobs are awesome -- and why they're not. Read More »
Small Boobs Rule!
10 reasons to love small boobies. Read More »

For Us Weekly, Honoring MLK’s Dream Involves Black Men Holding Umbrellas For Rich White Ladies

I Guess Honoring MLK's Dream Involves Black Men Holding Umbrellas For Rich White Ladies

UsWeekly.com covered yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Let Freedom Ring festivities in Washington, DC, and found a photograph that deftly captured what MLK’s “dream” was all about. Yes, I’m pretty sure that when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, there was a paragraph (maybe two!) about the collective unconscious yearning black men everywhere felt to hold umbrellas for rich white women. Here, this unnamed gentleman gets to fulfill his special dream, by holding aloft an umbrella for LeAnn Rimes as she belts out a tune on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Thank you, Us Weekly, for so deftly capturing the civil rights movement’s valiant efforts. [Us Weekly]

MLK's "Dream" Speech
On Its 50th Anniversary, Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s Full "I Have A Dream" Speech
Read the whole thing on its 50th anniversary. Read More »
Gay Rights & MLK
What would MLK do? Read More »
MLK Day, the movie
"30 Rock" MLK Day trailer
With Emma Stone and Andy Samberg. Read More »

5 Sort Of Disturbing Things I Learned About My Shopping Problem

Ways We Fail At Shopping
Illustrated by GIFs! Read More »
Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »
Types Of Shoppers
The 12 types of holiday shoppers you'll see at the mall. Read More »
shopping

Do you ever think about how and why you shop? Is it out of necessity? As therapy? To problem-solve? Earlier this week a friend asked me to participate in a survey about shopping habits. For an hour, I laid it all bare, telling a room full of random strangers about the things I purchased, why I bought stuff, and my retail shopping experiences. And let me tell you, it was not pretty.

Well, that was depressing, I thought, as I gathered my things and left the small conference room where I’d confessed all my wicked shopping sins. I might just have a problem. In the spirit of spilling the dirt and getting it off my chest, I suppose I should share my shopping truths with you. After the jump, some of the not-very-smart choices I’ve made when it comes to shopping and spending money.

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Macklemore Schools Us On Proper Cat-Holding Techniques

Dogs Do Macklemore
The dog version of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" song. Read More »
"Same Love"
same love
Listen to the rap song supporting marriage equality. Read More »
Macklemore Schools Us On Proper Cat-Holding Techniques
"This cat really hates me."

Cat-holding! You’re doing it wrong. Let Macklemore show you how to properly wrangle and pet a cat — especially one who displays a shocking level of indifference/hatred regarding your very existence. It can be done, and Macklemore can help you do it, but you’ve got to be careful. Other suggested future Macklemore how-to videos include “How To Be Macklemore’s Girlfriend” and “How to Get Macklemore To Make Out With You.” Just a suggestion.   [YouTube]

A Critical Development In Snack Technology

handtrux

The description on these mitten-like hand truck shovels says, “Turn your tyke into the action figure of his dreams with an ingenious, slip-on shovel that lets him bulldoze through playtime! Ideal for unleashing the joys of backyard building, beach digging and sister teasing. Bring them to the beach for easy scooping and sand-castle building. HandTrux shovel made of ABS plastic in the USA.”

This is not at all what these Handtrux should be used for. Trust me. Keep reading »

Etsy Offers Tasteful, Rape-Positive “You’ve Just Been Roofied” Glass

Why Men Need Abortion
men abortion reproductive rights
Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Don't Want To Get Raped?
Then drink less, a Hong Kong official has suggested. Read More »
Anti-Bullying Vid
Jonah Mowry's anti-bullying video. Watch »
etsy offers tasteful rape positive youve been roofied glass
  • Ain’t nothing like a date-rape joke, especially when it involves dishware, right? Etsy seller ThatGlassStore is selling a customized sandblast-etched drinking glass that reads “you’ve just been roofied” on its bottom. Because, as the store explains in its product description, “This glass holds a surprise for the unexpected person drinking from it.” Yes, rape certainly is a “surprise.” Ugh. [Huffington Post]
  • The “Today in 1963″ project gives a minute-by-minute account of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington. [Twitter]
  • Read about amazing female African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Rapist Gets 30-Day Sentence Because 14-Year-Old Victim “Seemed Older Than Her Chronological Age”

On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Rape Victim Suicide
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A 17-year-old Indian gang rape victim committed suicide. Read More »
Rape Victim Slutshamed
Today's Lady News photo
14-year-old pregnant rape victim is shunned by Indiana community. Read More »
"It is outlandish in a way that I cannot describe."

Yesterday, we told you about a story coming out of Yellowstone County, Montana: A teacher who’d repeatedly raped his 14-year-old student received a 15-year suspended sentence and was ordered to spend just 31 days in prison. Why? Because, ruled Judge G. Todd Baugh, the victim “seemed older than her chronological age.” At the time of the crimes, Stacey Dean Rambold was 49, and an authority figure in the girl’s high school.

According to Judge Baugh, that didn’t matter, though, because the way the girl — whom Baugh had never even met or interviewed — acted was much more mature (i.e. slutty) than what Baugh considers an average 14-year-old to be. Now the judge is coming under fire for not only the insanely light sentence he gave to Rambold, but also for comments he made regarding the sexual and emotional status of the victim. Not only did Judge Baugh say that he believed the victim was much older than her age, he also asserted in his ruling that the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.

Oh, but that’s not all! Keep reading »

Fox News Outdoes Itself With Crappiness, Uses “Dude Looks Like A Lady” For Chelsea Manning Story

Kate's Letter to Chelsea
Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning
Trans activist Kate Bornstein pens letter to Chelsea Manning. Read More »
I Am Chelsea Manning
Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"
Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning has transitioned to Chelsea Manning. Read More »
Fox News Trans Slur
Fox News illustrated a story about trans folks with "Mrs. Doubtfire" graphic. Read More »
Fox News Outdoes Itself With Crappiness, Uses "Dude Looks Like A Lady" For Chelsea Manning Story
Rally Fox News? Really?

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised when Fox News does something terrible. And indeed, my general response to their ridiculous antics and rightwing pandering is to just sigh and roll my eyes. But this? The network using Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady” as the background and outro music for a story on Bradley Manning’s transformation into Chelsea Manning? Well, that’s so blatantly juvenile, the kind of move a bratty middle-schooler would make in order to assuage his own uncomfortable feelings about his sexuality, that we had to call them out on it.

This isn’t the first time the “fair and balanced” network has flubbed up its coverage of trans issues. Earlier this year, they used a photo of Mrs. Doubtfire to illustrate a story on transgender health coverage. Stay classy, Fox News. Stay classy. [Mediaite]

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