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Turkish Woman Shoots, Decapitates Her Rapist

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  • Well, that’s a lot to process: a pregnant rape victim shot and decapitated her rapist and then dumped his head in the town square, telling police who arrested her, “That is the head of the one who toyed with my honor.” The rapist also allegedly possessed nude photos of the 26-year-old mother of two, which he was threatening to show to her parents in an attempt to humiliate her family. She is quoted in the UK’s Daily Mail explaining: “He kept saying that he would tell everyone about the rape. My daughter will start school this year. Everyone would have insulted my children. Now no one can. I saved my honour.  They will now call children the kids of the women who saved her honor.” On the one hand I honestly could care less about what sort of punishments befall rapists; I’m of the opinion they should rot in prison the rest of their lives. But on the other hand, it’s absolutely tragic that this woman was motivated to murder by reclaiming her “honor.” How terribly sad that this woman felt tarnished as a human being. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Take A Tour Of Gloria Steinem’s Fabulous NYC Apartment

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You won't believe how much she paid for it!

As Gloria Steinem walks Oprah through the beautiful and elaborately decorated NYC apartment she’s lived in since 1966, it’s hard to imagine that until recently, she treated it as a temporary home. “For years and years and years I lived out of cardboard boxes,” says Steinem. “I was brought up to think you didn’t make a home [without] husband and children–you didn’t make it for yourself.” We’re glad she finally settled in, because it’s fascinating to get a glimpse into Steinem’s home life, from the travel mementos and feminist artwork to the living room where she launched Ms. Magazine. The sprawling apartment is worth millions now, but you won’t believe how much she paid for it when she and five of her single pals bought it in the late 80s (hint: it was less than a quarter of the price of Avril Lavigne’s wedding ring). Yep, time to cry. [Refinery 29]

Harrod’s In London Debuts Gender Neutral Toy Store

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  • Harrod’s, the famous department store in London, has finally debuted their gender-neutral toy store in which toys are grouped by theme, rather than “boys” and “girls.” The toy store has sections for stuffed animals, books, candy, and other toys but doesn’t stick to an exclusively pink or blue color palette. Very cool!  [The Mary Sue]
  • Condoleezza Rice was supposedly pooh-poohed as a vice presidential choice for Mitt Romney because she is too liberal on reproductive rights and gay marriage. [Queerty]
  • A household maid might have accidentally made an appearance in the background of a 10-minute video that aired last night at the Republican National Convention. [ColorLines]
  • Conservative women are reportedly divided on Rep. Todd Akin, who made everyone facepalm two weeks ago with his offensive comments about “legitimate rape.” Really, ladies, how can you be “divided” on that? [NBC News] Keep reading »

RIP, Iconic Feminist Shulamith Firestone

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Shulamith Firestone, an iconic figure in the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, has died at age 67. Firestone was the author of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution, which she penned at age 25 and which became one of the key texts of second-wave feminism. Dialectic, which was reissued in 2003 by the publisher Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, put forth a feminist theory that feud the work of Simone de Beauvoir, Sigmund Freud, Frederick Engels and Karl Marx. Firestone was also the co-founder of the group New York Radical Women, a late ’60s feminist group that famously protested the 1968 Miss America Pageant, and edited various journals about radical feminism. Rest in peace, Ms. Firestone. [Tablet Mag; The Villager]

Facepalm Republican Tom Smith Assumes Women Are Talking About Shoes

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Ladies Be Talkin' About Shoes

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Tom Smith, the Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who last week compared pregnancy from rape to having a baby out of wedlock, has verbal diarrhea again. Last week, Smith introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a campaign event in PA and was filmed working the crowd. As you can see in this video of his greatest sexist hits (it’s the second item), Smith walked up to Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones two women and asks them, “What are we talking about here? Two girls together talking!” One of the women answers, “We’re talking about the power of petite women.” And then Smith replies, “My guess would have been you were talking about shoes.” You know ladies: always talking about shoes! I guess we should be grateful he didn’t say “nail polish,” though, right? [Huffington Post]

All Republican National Convention, All The Time!

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  • Mitt Romney’s sister Jane says he is “not going to be be touching” the issue of abortion if he becomes president, calling her brother “more in the middle.” Hmm, something tells me Jane Romney is not going to be allowed to talk to the press anymore! [National Journal]
  • Meet Mia Love, a Republican African-American Mormon mayor who spoke at last night’s Republican National Convention. [ABC News]
  • Is Ann Romney really the asset to her husband’s presidential campaign that everyone assumes? [The New Republic]
  • Also, Frisky contributor Nona Willis Aronowitz on Ann Romney as a “mommy martyr.” [Marie Claire]
  • Some Republican women are hoping that sexist blabby-mouthed men in their party will just shut up. [Reuters]
  • Are we surprised that male journalists are dominating the election coverage? No, no, we are not. [4th Estate] Keep reading »
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