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Beyonce Is Miss Financially Independent

“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat? I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

Beyonce has some pretty feminist-minded things to say in her upcoming HBO documentary, which GQ got a sneak preview of while reporting on the singer for their “Hottest Woman of the Century” cover story. Interesting that the men’s magazine chose to use this quote giving the accolade they were bestowing upon her, but I digress. My favorite quote from the actual GQ interview has Beyonce articulates her self-confidence thusly: ”I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.” I am putting that on a Post-It and sticking it to my bathroom mirror immediately. [GQ]

Pittsburgh Steelers Player Chris Rainey Arrested For Striking Girlfriend

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has been arrested on one count of “simple violence,” which I guess is what they call “dating violence” in Gainsville, Florida, after hitting his girlfriend. The two allegedly fought over a cell phone and a witness saw Rainey slap the woman across the face with an open hand. She then ran off and Rainey chased her, eventually knocking both of them to the ground. Following the incident, the Steelers cut Rainey from the team. [USA Today] Keep reading »

3 Men Charged With Raping Indian Woman, Jyoti Singh Pandey, Will Plead Not Guilty

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  • Three of the six men who have been charged with raping 23-year-old Indian woman Jyoti Singh Pandey — who died from her injuries — are going to plead not guilty on the grounds that their were “lapses in the police investigation.” Oh, and also, their lawyer says, “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.” I just can’t with this. [SMH.co.au; NY Times]
  • Authorities in Steubenville, Ohio, have a launched a website to dispel what they call the “myths” about their investigation into the gang rape of an unconscious 16-year-old girl by local high school football players. [Time] Keep reading »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Jyoti Singh Pandey
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Father reveals name of his daughter, who died following gang rape in India. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Hitched: Does Being A Wife Mean Being A Proper Lady?

“Are you going to grow your hair out for the wedding?”

Obviously my stylist needed to know, because she was standing there with scissors. But family members? Dress shop employees? After the hundredth time telling people “No,” it got a little tiresome.

The question, in and of itself, isn’t offensive or stupid. It’s probably just small talk. After all, it’s incredibly uncommon to see short-haired brides, especially represented in mainstream wedding-related media; it’s understandable why people ask.

But there are an awful lot of preconceived notions about weddings and femininity and the all-importantness of a one-day event packed into that deceptively innocent sentence. Keep reading »

High Schooler Shares Heartbreaking Online Slutshaming Problem With NPR

On Slutshaming
It's about controlling women through guilt and shame. Read More »
Facebook Suicide
Teen kills herself over Facebook cyberbullying. Read More »
Bullies Of Tumblr
Against shaming guys from OK Cupid on Tumblr over their profiles. Read More »
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Adults blame victims of sexual crimes and indiscretions, asking “Why was she dressed like that?” or “Why did she drink so much?”

Adults also use the Internet for humiliation, like stocks in the town square.

And lest you forget, children are watching us and mimicking what we do. Don’t believe me? Just read this piece by 16-year-old high school student Temitayo Fagbenle, who explains how slutshaming on Facebook is an “every day” occurrence amongst her peers. Keep reading »

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

Fired Over Hair
Rhonda Lee
Black woman fired for responding to Facebook posts about her hair. Read More »
Rhonda Lee Speaks Out
Rhonda Lee Democracy Now
Black meteorologist speaks out on getting fired. Read More »
Racist Joke?
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Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
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