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Oh My, It’s First Lady Cookie Bake-Off Time

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  • The cookie bake-off between the First Lady and her husband’s opponent’s wife is afoot. You can’t see me rolling my eyes, but trust me, it is happening. Please, please, please, can Hillary run for president in 2016 so the world can learn Bill Clinton’s Rice Krispy treats? [Slate]
  • We know all about the men who were involved in the Watergate scandal — but about the women? [NPR]
  • Happy 40th birthday to PFLAG, the support group for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. [After Ellen] Keep reading »

Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

No Abortion Clinic?
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Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state’s only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. However, that was not going to happen as all four of the clinic’s OB-GYNs live out of state, in part because they, their families and neighbors are horrendously harassed by anti-abortion extremists. Only one of the practicing OB-GYNs has admitting privileges at the local hospital; the others have not been granted them yet.  Had the law gone into effect today, women’s access to safe and legal abortions would have been even more impeded as they would have been required to drive out of state, which requires time and money. Keep reading »

Feminism Is Dead, Declares Donatella Versace

Versace Snobbery
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Donatella didn't want real women modeling her new H&M line. Read More »
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“Feminism is dead in the world. It comes from another time. I’m a feminist. I want to fight, but I don’t see many people with this desire to fight for something. Women don’t help each other, especially in fashion. I know Miuccia [Prada] … but that’s it. Nobody else.”

– Oh look. Commentary from noted gender studies scholar Donatella Versace, who allegedly said she did not want her line for H&M photographed on “real women” for a New York Daily News promotional feature instead of professional — and likely thinner — models. That may be a more business-savvy viewpoint to take, but not such a feminist one.  (And make an effort to look a little bit less like Victoria Gotti, because I seriously cannot tell them apart.) [Telegraph UK]

Shanghai Subways Blames Women For Sexual Harassment

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  • Don’t want to be sexually harassed on the subway system in Shanghai, China? Then don’t dress like a slut! Someone within the subway authority posted a photo of a woman wearing a revealing dress to the number two subway line’s official Weibo account — the country’s version of Twitter — along with the comment: “If that’s what you wear on the subway, then no wonder you will be sexually harassed! There are perverts riding the subway every day and we can’t catch them all. Girls, you’ve got to respect yourself!” Ab. Surd. [MSNBC]
  • The Air Force is investigating a growing sexual misconduct scandal out of Lackland Air Force base in Texas, where a dozen male boot camp instructors allegedly assaulted, harassed, or had sex with female recruits. One boot camp instructor has even been accused of raping or sexually assaulting 10 women. [Washington Post]
  • Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic, which will have to close on July 1 after a new, restrictive law goes into effect, has filed a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Houston’s $5 “Pole Tax” Rubs Strip Clubs The Wrong Way (Ha, Ha)

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Strip clubs in the fair city of Houston, Texas, will soon be hit with an interesting new tax: a $5-per-visitor tax which will go towards paying for a backlog of the city’s 6,000 rape kits. The Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday which will require almost 30 gentleman’s clubs to fork over the funds, which will then be used to pay for analyzing DNA evidence collected from rape victims. Keep reading »

12 Famous Women Who’ve Used Their Sexuality (To Get Ahead)

The combination of tits and drive can, apparently, cause the internet to crash. In the past six months I’ve watched as publications and writers I admire scrutinize Lana Del Rey for representing a “passive femininity,” gawk at young writer Marie Calloway for sleeping with older, more established male writers and shake their heads at Rihanna for not giving a f**k anymore and Instagramming intimate moments from her party-fueled lifestyle. What is more controversial than a woman using her sexuality in order to get ahead? I guess, not apologizing for it.

The main reason for feminist criticism in these cases is that the image of sexuality projected by these women doesn’t look “transgressive” — it looks too much like the role assigned by mainstream, for the benefit of the male gaze. These images read socially as “hot,” seemingly heterosexual and femme.  I mean, I love it when women rock the boat with their sexual expression. I enjoy the “man repeller” fashion trend, I like seeing stars like Amy Poehler not in suggestive poses on the pages of magazines, I like the ugly-funny sex in “Girls.” But I also think there should be room for more. Why can’t a fantasy-driven  femme, submissive, seemingly heterosexual display of female sexuality be a genuine one? Why can’t the image of a self-destructive Lana Del Rey in heart-shaped sunglasses be one of her own creation?

With those questions in mind, click through for a celebration of famous women who are using their sexuality and not apologizing for it.

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