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Barbie Now Has Her Own Construction Site

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Sexist Toy Catalogs
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When I was a little girl, playing LEGOs with my little brother was far from appealing. Not only did I have no interest in hanging out with him anyway, but I much preferred settling myself in my bedroom loft, cutting my Barbie’s hair off and allowing her to scandalously peck my Swan Princess Prince Derek Barbie doll on the cheek. Barbie got lucky with him. He was a hunk.

Next week, though, Mattel will be combining a LEGO-like atmosphere with Barbie in their new construction set, Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style. This new toy, featuring a mini-Barbie that can attach to each construction site, comes in various scenes like “a fashion boutique, a mansion and an ice cream cart,” where the children can rearrange and build the play set themselves. Keep reading »

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

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  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced. [Huffington Post]
  • Slightly more men than women think that rape jokes should be “off limits” to comedians, according to a small poll by CBS for Vanity Fair‘s comedy issue. [Think Progress]
  • Women are now one-third of America’s doctors and lawyers … but we’re still not getting paid equally. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

How Does The Morning-After Pill Work? Let’s Find Out!

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Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
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  • Here’s a cute video from AsapSCIENCE that explains to you how the Plan B morning-after pill works. [The Mary Sue]
  • A California judge has blocked a ban on so-called “gay reparative therapy” for LGBTQ youth, which claims to turn gay people straight, because he claimed it is “free speech.” [Mommyish]
  • Blogger Amanda Hess on why it doesn’t matter to her if celebs like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift don’t identify as feminists. [Slate]
  • On the sports world’s indifference towards domestic violence. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Teen Activist Asks Hasbro To Market Easy-Bake Oven To Both Genders

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Some parents are upset their little girls are given pink toys. Read More »
Teen Activist Against Photshop
Julia Bluhm wants to see real photos in teen mags. Read More »

When 13-year-old Mckenna Pope asked her 4-year-old brother Gavin what he wanted for Christmas, he answered “a dinosaur and an Easy-Bake Oven.” Best Christmas list ever, right? But Mckenna soon found out that getting him a living, breathing dinosaur would be much less complicated than getting him an Easy-Bake Oven, thanks to the gender-specific way Hasbro markets the popular cooking toy. Boys, it seems, aren’t supposed to want Easy-Bake Ovens.

As Mckenna did more research, she “found it quite appalling that boys are not featured in packaging or promotional materials for Easy Bake Ovens,” and she found the implications even more disturbing: “I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work.” So she decided to do something about it… Keep reading »

Katy Perry: I’m Not A Feminist

Taylor Not A Feminist
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Taylor Swift doesn't consider herself to be a feminist. Read More »
Keira's A Feminist!
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Mayer Not A Feminist
Why I'm disappointed Yahoo's Marissa Mayer doesn't call herself a feminist. Read More »
  • Katy Perry is the latest young female celebrity to declare she is not a feminist. Speaking at Friday’s night’s Billboard Women In Music awards, Perry said, “I’m not a feminist but I do believe in the strength of women.” I dunno … I am pretty sure that Katy Perry believes that men and women are equal to each other and deserve to have the same opportunities. I suspect it’s just that “feminist” label that’s the problem again. [Celebitchy]
  • Remembering Kasandra Perkins, 22, the young mother who was murdered by her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, before he killed himself. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • Nafissatou Diallo, the NYC hotel maid who accused the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, has settled her civil lawsuit against him. The criminal charges were dismissed against DSK in August 2011. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Alabama Woman Attacked For Being Lesbian Releases Statement

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  • Mallory Owens, the lesbian woman in Alabama who was allegedly brutally beaten up on Thanksgiving by her girlfriend’s brother because he did not “approve” of their relationship, has released a statement about the hate crime attack. [Queerty]
  • On how white male anger has found an outlet in Susan Rice. [Slate]
  • Why hating Chris Brown isn’t the same as supporting Rihanna. [NYMag.com]
  • Offensive boy band lyrics rewritten to be more feminist! [PopDust] Keep reading »
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