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Marissa Alexander Has Been Released From Prison

  • Florida Stand Your Ground defendant Marissa Alexander has been released from prison. [NBC]
  • Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is being grilled over her stance that waterboarding is torture. [The Guardian]
  • If policing strategies that position officers as members of the community rather than being removed from or above the community have been proven to work, why don’t we use them? [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

PETA Made Me Do It: The 7 Types Of Sexist PETA Ads That Turned Me To Meat

Remember all of those GoDaddy ads that featured NASCAR driver Danica Patrick fake-stripping? PETA had no problem with those. Those were fine. But once GoDaddy created an ad that featured a woman selling a puppy on a GoDaddy-hosted site, A LINE WAS CROSSED. Of course, PETA’s rationale for their objection was as thin as their objection to most of the ads they speak out against — they argued that the ad featured a puppy mill, but as far as I can tell, it was just a barn.

So yeah, my issue with the whole situation is that Super Bowl ads that objectify women are just fine to PETA, but god help if an animal is even cast in an advertisement. I know it’s not PETA’s job to fight for women’s rights, but you’d think that an organization whose central belief is ostensibly that all life is equally valuable would posit women and men as equally valuable, too. (Which is laughable anyway; they not only believe in kill shelters, they run one of the largest kill shelters in the country and kill animals they can’t place faster than other kill shelters.) But they don’t, and they have a long history of selling women as only sexually valuable and normalizing violence toward women in their ads. Keep reading »

Frisky Reads: Get In Trouble By Kelly Link

I was the kind of kid who eschewed children’s literature for Mary Higgins Clark and Steven King by the time I was maybe six or seven. By ten I was reading, and worshiping, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series and making my way through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By high school, my favorite book was Antoine de Saint-Éxupery’s The Little Prince. I read Vonnegut and Bradbury with far greater enthusiasm than my classmates. You see where I’m going with this: I love fairy tales, mythologies, theologies, mysteries, aliens, ghosts, monsters, other worlds, other universes, and the whole range of possibilities that the fact of existence suggests. Keep reading »

Get To Know The Women Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

todays lady news
  • Meet the women of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. [The Atlantic]
  • Is casual, everyday sexism making women sick? [The Guardian]
  • Islamaphobic bus ads in San Francisco have been “defaced” (I say improved upon) with images of Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics’ Muslim superhero. [io9] Keep reading »

Virtual Reality Porn Now Exists; See You In A Few Months

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OF COURSE virtual reality porn was invented before most people even had the opportunity to try virtual reality technology for anything else. That’s how technology works, right? Like, we use porn for beta testing anything and then refine it for the content that matters?

According to this video from Complex, virtual reality porn looks a lot like actual sex — it’s all filmed point-of-view; if you look up, you can see a buxom lass’s boobs bouncing over your head, and if you look down, you’ll see her bumping uglies with a — if not exactly your — penis. There’s also VR porn from a woman’s point of view, but apparently the dick in that porn was so in-your-face that it was even too much for the ladies, which I think sums up a lot of the critiques you might hear from women about porn. Keep reading »

Hershey’s Has Banned The Import Of British Chocolate

Update on the whole Cadbury Egg situation: No British chocolate will be imported into the United States anymore, after Hershey’s made a deal with the group Let’s Buy British Imports to cease the import of any British candies that have packaging that looks like Hershey’s packaging. Considering how many Hershey’s candies exist, that pretty much means that there will be no more British candies in America, period. Oh, and that Cadbury thing? Forget what anyone told you in the immediate aftermath of the news about it not affecting the United States. Hershey’s has a license to manufacture Cadbury Eggs with the licensed Cadbury name, but a new and inferior chocolate recipe. Keep reading »

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