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Please, Please, Please Do Not Culturally Appropriate This Halloween

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  • For the last time, please stop appropriating other people’s cultures for your Halloween costume, please, please, please. [Huffington Post]
  • The Washington Post will soon only have men on its masthead. [Jezebel]
  • Karen Levy critiques an app that puts the onus on women to protect ourselves from rape. [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

Victoria’s Secret Should Probably Get On Board With Body Positivity One Of These Days

Victoria’s Secret launched an ad campaign in the UK with the words ‘The Perfect “Body”’ plastered over a lineup of the tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, Photoshopped Angels. I shouldn’t have to say so, but I will spell out that the ad implies that the perfect body is tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, and Photoshopped, which is a standard that not even the Angels could live up to in real life. Keep reading »

Jian Ghomeshi Has Sent Me Into Creep Ennui

I have creep ennui. Right now it’s Jian Ghomeshi. Over the last few weeks it’s been Stephen Collins, Ray Rice (and the whole NFL), and the Alt Lit crowd — Tao Lin, Janey Smith, Stephen Tully Dierks, Ed Champion. Matt Taibbi apparently harassed a staffer at First Look Media. Dr. Luke abused Ke$ha. Would-be feminist icon Charles Clymer just keeps sticking his foot in his mouth whenever people press him about his questionable behavior and opinions. People are coming around to the Bill-Cosby-Is-A-Rapist revelation that I had years ago, after which I stopped watching anything Cosby-related. A bunch of guys I know probably know what Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs look like, now, and that’s creepy, too. Woody Allen’s a creep. Bill O’Reilly’s a creep. Sean Penn’s a creep. Mel Gibson’s a creep. Chris Brown’s a creep. Bill Clinton. Anthony Weiner. John Edwards. Creeps. Keep reading »

The Foolproof Way To Get Out Of The Friendzone: Dress Like An Asshole

I have a theory: Esquire is on women’s side when it comes to the whole friendzone thing. Meaning, they get it. When a woman decides that she’s not romantically interested in one of her male friends, that’s kind of the bottom line. She’s drawn her boundaries in their relationship and that’s the end of the story. And that’s why they’re giving men terrible, terrible fashion advice to get out of the “friendzone.” Keep reading »

North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

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  • North Dakota banned the abortion pill, leaving few options left for abortion in the state. [Think Progress]
  • Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said that rape is just “unwanted kisses” and rape culture is a “gargantuan lie.” [Salon]
  • The uptick in violence in inner cities has to do with mass incarceration, not poverty and segregation. [The Atlantic]
  • Google’s .SOY campaign defines Latinos from behind the very white walls of tech. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Funny Or Die’s Street Harassment Response And The Difference Between Men And Women In Public

5 Minutes Of High Fives Would Hurt, Though

Funny or Die made a response to Hollaback’s street harassment video and, of course, there are buzzkills all around. People who sympathize with women say it’s making light of a serious topic, while those who don’t sympathize are complaining that this isn’t what it’s really like for men.

Of course it isn’t, it’s satire. Keep reading »

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