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Businessweek Helpfully Tries To Rank B-Schools On Hotness Of Female Students

Self-Love Assignment
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Student sues college over masturbation assignment in human sexuality class. Read More »
Getting Naked In Class
Why this woman got naked in class. Read More »
Survive Freshman Year
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Amy Poehler's advice on how to survive your first year of college. Read More »
My Women-Only College
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Why Julie Zeilinger chose to attend a women-only school. Read More »

Of the many important qualities one considers when choosing a business school in which to sink tens of thousands of dollars, BusinessWeek magazine knows “Which one has the hottest broads?” is at the top of the list. [Daily Dot]

Vivienne Westwood Not A Feminist, Says Women In “The Privileged World” Can’t Be A “Victim Of Society”

Viv Trashes NYC
New Yorkers are "stuck up," says Vivienne Westwood. Read More »
Not A Duchess Fan
Vivienne Westwood thinks Kate Middleton's style is a little dry. Read More »
We're All Ugly
Vivienne Westwood thinks people need to step up their game. Read More »

Jemima Khan, writing for the New Statesman in the spring, asked [Vivienne Westwood] if she was an antifeminist, so I thought I’d check out how consistent her views are: is she a feminist? She says not, because she doesn’t see why women in ‘the privileged world’ need to be. She can’t see the point of fulminating and agitating in order to prove that you are as good as a man. ‘Another reason is because I live in the privileged world I would never accept the idea that somehow I am a victim of society. Just by being born a woman!’ But she definitely feels that ‘women in – other cultures, let’s call it – should be supported. And in our culture if they are somehow in the position of victims. But I think men are victims just as much really and I think in our society it would be really scary to be a man.’

This is an excerpt from writer Vicki Woods profile of designer Vivienne Westwood in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. I definitely disagree with Westwood’s reasons for not calling herself a feminist; it’s almost as if she’s suggesting women in America or the UK don’t experience sexism. What about the amount of women and girls who are raped? What about old, white male politicians who try to make medical decisions for us? What about sexual harassment? What about equal pay? All those things still happen all the time in privileged cultures. Keep reading »

Ways In Which We Fail At Being Feminists

Feminism Dead?
Apparently. And it's all your fault. Read More »
Shrinking Penises
Rush Limbaugh blames shrinking penis sizes on feminism, of course. Read More »
Bitch Mag Drama
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"Bitch" magazine kills Caitlin Moran interview over "Girls"/race tweet. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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Some people might look at a title like “5 Ways I Failed At Being A Feminist” and turn up their noses. It’s a listicle by a woman of ways that she’s not a “perfect feminist,” like how she straight-irons her hair because her crush once complimented her when her hair was straightened. Silly, yes, but haven’t we all been there? I don’t know if that means being a “failure” at feminism, which afterall, is not just one thing but actually many multiple movements all together. Let’s be a little less hard on each other and ourselves. We are all human. We are all learning and improving. Tearing people down is not as helpful as building people up.

I — and by extension, the whole Frisky staff — think bashing other people for not being “feminist-enough” is like eating our own young. In fact, we realize that sometimes the guilt we feel for not being “feminist enough” is just us being really conflicted about internalized patriarchal bullshit. We so often see ourselves as the sole problem, which oftentimes is partially true, but there’s a whole society out there that is also to blame. Baby girls don’t come out of the birth canal thinking they’re fat!

So, after the jump, here are some of the ways I, other Frisky staff members, and a few other anonymous feminists I know have “failed” at being feminists. Oh, how we have failed! Keep reading »

What Do You Do To Avoid Sexual Assault And Harassment?

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
Rapist Blames Four Loko
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An accused rapist blames his vicious attack on too much Four Loko. Read More »
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What Do You Do To Not Get Raped?
  • Wow, everyone: Project Unspoken at Emory University put together this amazing video in which it asked both men and women on camera what actions they take on a daily basis to avoid sexual assault and harassment. Not surprisingly, the men say they do nothing … and the women go on and on and on and on.  Seriously, watch this video. It’s very powerful. [Feministing]
  • INTERPOL has elected its first-ever female president, Mireille Ballestrazzi. [The Mary Sue]
  • I don’t talk as much about “intersectionalism” as I probably should — that is, recognizing that oppression is all intersectional and that feminist activism must never ignore class, race, sexual orientation, etc. — so this “Intersectionalism 101″ blog post is probably a good place to start if you want to learn more about it. [Nerdy Feminist]
  • On the wide poverty gap between women and men. [The Atlantic]
  • Four ways in which women won the 2012 election. [TIME] Keep reading »

“Bra-Burning Feminist” Romola Garai Talks Body Image

Meet Romola
Meet Romola Garai, star of "The Hour" and "Atonement." Read More »
Airbrushed Britney
Lucky magazine apologized for airbrushing Britney too much. Read More »
No Photoshop Here!
Rihanna's Bikini Body
23 celebs rocking out in bikinis sans Photoshop. Read More »

“My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then — and am now — a very normal size 10. But that’s not acceptable. Everyone’s aware of it. It’s partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it’s actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there’s no distinction between actresses and models. There’s no way I could ring up a company that was lending me a red carpet dress and say, ‘Do you have it in a 10?’ Because all the press samples are an eight —I would say a small eight. If you want the profile, you have to lose the weight. … It’s difficult because if I refuse to do any magazines at all, my work, I think, would suffer in a very immediate way. But when I appear in these magazines, I know I’m being ‘trimmed’. I’m being airbrushed a lot. And I know that people are accepting those images and are under the impression that that is really how my body looks, that I’m hairless and sexless and weigh 90 lbs. That really worries me. And I really don’t know what to do except talk about it.”

– Romola Garai plays a pioneering woman in journalism on the kickass BBC drama “The Hour” and it turns out she’s just as rad in real life. I find it fascinating that she’s aware she’s being airbrushed in magazines and feels guilty about women who look at her and think it’s the real deal. Photoshop is not going anywhere, so we all have to make peace with it somehow; it should not be too much to ask that Photoshop does not change the fundamental way we look. If I were a celebrity, I feel like I’d be okay with having a zit airbrushed off or something. But 20 lbs? That’s a bit much. [Telegraph UK]

L.A. County Votes To Require Condoms In Porn

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  • Porn actors are now required to wear condoms during porn shoots, voters in Los Angeles County decided yesterday. Proposition B will also make it easier for the county’s Department of Health to conduct inspections on-set and make sure actors are following the regulations properly. Workers inside the industry strongly opposed the bill and warned it would prompt porn companies to move out of L.A. County. [Think ProgressThink Progress, Los Angeles Daily News]
  • Meet Sam Gordon, an eight-year-old girl who’s a football prodigy! [HyperVocal]
  • Anti-choice Amendment 6 lost big in Florida … and let’s check in with what went down with reproductive rights in Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia . [Feminist.org, Think Progress]
  • Getting to know the four newest female senators! And here’s all the other pro-choice ladies who were victorious last night that you will want to meet. [College Candy]
  • Five race and gender justice lessons learned from this election cycle. [ColorLines] Keep reading »
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