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Australian Dictionary Fiddles With The Definition Of “Misogyny”

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  • Last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard publicly criticized the leader of the opposition party for his use of sexist language and dismissive attitude towards women, accusing him of “misogyny.” But some people said that misogyny — which means a hatred of women — should not be used interchangeably with the words “sexism,” which was more in line with Gillard’s complaints. But an Australian dictionary did not disagree and has changed the definition of the word “misogny” to include this definition: “entrenched prejudice against women.” (I also rather like this piece on the Guardian in which several women weigh in on the dispute and whether there’s any difference between sexism and misogyny.) [Guardian UK]
  • Meet Justice Bernette Johnson, who is set to become the first black chief justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. [Think Progress]
  • On Apryl Brown (who lost all four limbs because of shady “butt injections) and the age of the fat ass. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Bitch Magazine Kills Caitlin Moran Interview Over “Girls”/Race Tweet

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Caitlin Moran

If you haven’t fallen in love with Caitlin Moran, there is something wrong with your head. Earlier this year, the Times Of London columnist published a brilliant modern-day feminist screed called How To Be A Woman; I literally can’t keep it on my bookshelf for longer than five minutes before another girl friend wants to borrow it. Moran is whipsmart, witty, pro-sex, anti-secrets and utterly unapologetic about being a feminist.

Why, then, would pop culture feminist magazine Bitch refuse to run an interview with her? Keep reading »

Angelina Jolie On Malala Yousafzai, 14-Year-Old Girl Shot By Taliban

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  • Angelina Jolie has written a piece for The Daily Beast about Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girls’ education activist in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban, and how she discussed it with her children. Angie actually makes a good case for using Malala’s story as a teachable moment to discuss with your kids what a privilege it is to have an education.  [The Daily Beast]
  • CNN’s Candy Crowley is moderating the presidential debate tonight … so cue Rush Limbaugh saying something sexist. [Media Matters]
  • Salon.com’s Irin Carmon on how ballot measures like “fetal personhood amendments” are actually not a very successful way for anti-abortion activists to legislate against reproductive rights. [Salon.com]
  • Rogue Internet group Anonymous has outed the man who harassed Canadian teen Amanda Todd with a topless photo of herself, which led to her committing suicide. [Jezebel]
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Irish Politician To Swap Lives With Single Mother For A Week

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Like an episode of “Wife Swap” with feminist underpinnings and adorable accents,  an Irish politician plans to swap lives for a week with a single mother of three.

Senator John Gilroy from County Cork in Ireland will live trade lives with Andrea Gagley, an activist with Single Parents Acting For The Rights Of Kids. Gagley works a part-time job and takes a college course while raising her three sons on her own. She issued the challenge to politicians on the Facebook page for Ireland’s Labour Party and Gilroy, a married father of two, took her up on it.  He will live on her salary for a week while working at her part-time job and collecting her Lone Parent Allowance and Child Benefit Allowance (which I assume are Irish versions of welfare).  ”He is in for a very harsh landing. He may work long hours but he has back-up at home to facilitate that, whereas I have to do everything myself,” Gagley said. The Irish Herald reports that several production companies are seeking to make a documentary about Gilroy and Gagley’s “life swap.” Keep reading »

Study Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccine And Promiscuity In Girls

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  • Pay attention, concern trolls: there is zero link between the HPV vaccine and increased promiscuity in vaccinated girls, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers have compared the sexual behavior of young women who were vaccinated against HPV at age 11 or 12 against girls who weren’t vaccinated and found no marked difference in behavior. Critics of HPV vaccinations for girls have long clutched their pearls that young women would behave more sex knowing that they were protected from strains of the cancer-causing virus. [Newser]
  • An economics professor explains why using contraceptives make good economic sense. (tl;dr babies are expensive) [New York Times]
  • The Duggar family from “19 Kids & Counting” are campaigning for Rep. Todd Akin, he of the “legitimate rape” comments. Of course they are. [Politico] Keep reading »

How To Get On The Front Page Of UK Newspapers: Be A Male Writer Or One Of The Middleton Sisters

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A British watchdog group called Women In Journalism has carried out a four-week study of UK newspapers and had these dismayingly sexist findings about who ends up on the front page:

  • Male writers
  • Photographs of Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, or missing child Madeline McCann
Hmm. Not very good options.

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