The debate over gender issues in children’s toys has been long-running. You know the “rules”: Dolls are meant for girls and trucks are for boys. Well, now an organization called Pinkstinks is putting up a fight against old stereotypes and targeting one store specifically–the U.K.-based retailer Sainsbury. You see, Sainsbury has been selling children’s dress-up outfits, including doctor’s coats, superhero capes, and soldier costumes labeled “boy” and nurse outfits labeled “girl.” Last time I checked this was 2010, not 1940, and my best girlfriend was in medical school. Thankfully, Pinkstinks got their message across, and Sainsbury has not only removed their gender-based costumes, but also plans to release a new line of clothing, sans boy or girl tags. A spokesman for the company said: “We made the change as we feel it isn’t acceptable to suggest that certain professions are the reserve of any gender.” What do you think? Justice served? [News Shopper] Keep reading »
Yesterday President Obama signed historic health care reform (HCR) legislation into law. But today, as part of an agreement with anti-choice Democratic politicians whose support was needed to pass HCR, the president will sign an executive order issuing limits on abortion.
After the jump, we’ll explain what this executive order means and how it came to pass.
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A Mississippi judge ruled yesterday that Itawamba Agricultural High School violated a lesbian student’s rights by forbidding her from bringing her girlfriend to prom and wearing a tuxedo. Constance McMillen, 18, came out of the closet as gay in the 8th grade and asked school officials in December and February of this school year if she could bring her 16-year-old girlfriend to the April 2 prom. Itawamba not only said same-sex dates were not allowed, but a female student could not wear a tux. When the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi took up McMillen’s cause, the school just canceled prom entirely. Keep reading »
When Tiger Woods returns to golf this spring in the Masters tournament, he’ll be playing at the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia, which has historically discriminated against women by never admitting a female member. Nor did Augusta admit an African-American man as a club member until 19-freaking-90. Keep reading »