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Pussy Riot: Two Members Of Feminist Punk Band Flee Russia, Fearing Arrest

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Everything you need to know about the case. Read More »
Pussy Riot Pleads
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The feminist punk band has pleaded "not guilty." Read More »
Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot

Following the conviction of three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, two additional members have fled the country, fearing arrest for their participation in the band’s punk prayer performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Church. Last week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (above), Mariya Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison for the crime of “hooliganism.” Their punk prayer performance criticized Vladimir Putin and Kirill I, the Moscow Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Pussy Riot wore their trademark face-covering balaclavas during the performance, which made police only able to identify and thus arrest three of the five participating members.

In a statement posted to their Twitter over the weekend, Pussy Riot cheered, “In connection with the search, our two participants have successfully left the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists for new actions!” Pyotr Verzilov — husband of imprisoned member Tolokonnikova — told the press, “They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police.” [Huffington Post]

Breastfeeding Mom Banned From Maryland Gym

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Today’s Lady News: Even Ann Coulter Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Should STFU

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »

Jessica has the day off, so Today’s Lady News is an abbreviated version. She’ll be back tomorrow!

  • Ann Coulter was not happy with Todd Akin’s comments this week, calling him a “selfish swide.” [Huffington Post]
  • A study suggests that menopause in humans evolved to decrease the competition between generations of reproducing women in one family. [Huffington Post]
  • Men are now entering “pink collar,” or female-dominated, jobs during the recession. [NY Times]
  • Romney should have picked a female running mate, according to a study. [Jezebel]
  • A Denver reporter was told that she was not allowed to ask Mitt Romney about abortion or Rep. Todd Akin. [Huffington Post]
  • Forbes has released its list of the 100 most powerful women of 2012. [Forbes]

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
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Was It Legitimate Rape?
  • God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, “Legitimate Rape,” is so kickass: “I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I’m married to the man / that’s a husband’s privilege.” Amazing.  [YouTube]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte on why “I’m pro-choice but … ” is a shitty thing to say. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd takes Todd Akin to task in one of the best columns she has ever written. [New York Times]
  • Krystal Ball, the former Democratic candidate in Virginia whose goofy party photos were used to slut-shame her by opponents, has rebuilt her life after the scandal. [NYMag.com]
  • On why Rep. Todd Akin didn’t really “misspeak.” [Slate] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: An Open Letter To All Breweries About Women, Beer & Branding

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It's for women, duh. Read More »
Other Uses For Beer
Wanna wash your hair with that Natty Lite? Read More »
Beer-Flavored Vag
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Beer-flavored vagi-wipes both horrify and amuse us. Read More »

This post is cross-posted with permission from the blog A Girl’s Guide To Beer.

Dear Brewers, Brewsters, Marketing People and Art Departments,

I love our industry, I really do. I feel blessed every day to work in, what is undoubtedly, the warmest, most welcoming and fun business in the known cosmos.

But I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick with you… in fact, I’ve got a whole skeleton’s worth … and it’s about the sexist imagery some of you use to promote your beers.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, in the last few days there’s been a bit of a furor about the issue of rape, some bloke called Julian, a mahoosively ill-informed American politician and some loud-mouthed idiot who has remarkably managed to manipulate a whole section of society into voting for him.

I’m not, for a single moment, saying that pump clips or bottle labels incite rape — that would be equally bone-headed — but you only have to look at the enormous backlash such idiotic comments have evoked to see that sexism has no place in modern society. So why do you still indulge in it? Keep reading »

Headless Pair Of Boobs Romanced By Cousin Itt: An Axe Commercial

Is This Sexist?
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Some say this ad is sexist and offensive, some say it's not. Read More »
Rapey Ad
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Whoa, that's hella inappropriate, Belvedere vodka. Read More »
Order Up A Soul Mate
This old ad for Bill Blass implies you can order a GF like a burger. Read More »
WTF?!
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Axe Hits A New Low

Axe hits a new low in advertising with this commercial starring a headless pair of boobs on legs, supposedly representing the office crush. Yup, the love interest in this commercial is just a pair of tits. A Cousin Itt-inspired walking head of hair — meant to represent, ha ha, “what girls see first” on a man — pines over the headless boobs throughout the ad only to finally get her at the end. More creepy than funny, I think.  If I were a dude, I’d be offended 1) that advertisers think I’ll buy their hair gel because they showed me (silicone? paper mache?) boobies, 2) that men are one-dimensional: Grunt. Grunt. Boobs. Buy hair gel. Boooooobs.

And I’m not just saying that because this commercial thoughtlessly ignores all the ass men out there. Think of the poor, neglected ass men, Axe! [Ad Week]

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