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17 Phrases We’re Tired Of Hearing About Women

Sometimes a girl just gets sick and tired of all the cutesy little words and phrases that exist to describe women. I mean, cougar? Puma? Cheetah? Who can keep them all straight?

Depending on the situation, most of my life I’ve been called either a “princess” (for wanting what I want when I want it) or a “femi-Nazi” (for being a feminist with thoughts and opinions).

Oh, but one lucky day I’ll be called a M.I.L.F., or even “a woman of a certain age.” Can you tell that I just can’t wait?

We at The Frisky put our pretty little heads together and made a list of 17 words and phrases about women and girls that we’re just sick and tired of hearing. Won’t you let us know which ones you’re done with, too? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Muslim Women Protest At Sex-Segregated Mosque

  • A group of Muslim women at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., risked arrest on Sunday when they staged a “pray-in” in the main area of the mosque, which is usually reserved for men. The all-female group of Muslims first tried to share the main area at a “pray-in” in February and this Sunday, they once again pushed themselves into the men-only prayer area. The mosque’s imam interrupted the prayer and police arrived minutes later. [AFP]
  • Gay and lesbian couples are at last allowed to legally marry in Washington, D.C. The District began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last Tuesday. [Washington Post]
  • Blogger Dayo Olopade at The Root asks: Why are there so few black women politicians? [The Root]

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Female Pilots From The ’40s Finally Get Recognition

During World War II, when the United States faced a pilot shortage, more than 1,100 women filled the gap. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) served as civilian volunteers from 1942 to 1944, flying new planes from factories to military bases, testing planes, and towing targets to give gunners training (they flew planes with a moving target attached so military men could practice their shooting skills — yikes).

At first, people weren’t sure whether they could handle flying military aircraft. But at the final WASP graduation ceremony, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry “Hap” Arnold, acknowledged the lady pilots’ abilities, saying, “Now, in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men.” Keep reading »

What Women Have Helped You Become Who You Are Today?

March is National Women’s History Month, so we asked readers on our “Do Tell” newsletter subscribers to tell us what ladies have inspired them, helping them become who they are today. What women have influence your life? Share your story in the comments. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Happy International Women’s Day!

  • For International Women’s Day, The New York Times questions which countries worldwide are the best for women and discovers the United States isn’t listed in the top 10 on four different lists! [New York Times]
  • For the first time ever, Washington, D.C., will distribute 500,000 female condoms for free in areas of the city with high rates of HIV. [Washington Post]
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Today’s Lady News: Utah Ditches Bill Criminalizing Miscarriage

  • The Utah legislator who introduced a bill to state government that would punish a woman for a miscarriage due to a “reckless act” has withdrawn the bill. The bill was intended to punish women for illegally aborting fetuses, based on the case of a 17-year-old girl who was seven months pregnant and paid a man to beat her up so she would miscarrying. Carl Wimmer (R) said he will rewrite the bill to make it narrower in scope. [New York Times]
  • The Chicago Tribune published an article called “How To Lose Up To 10 Pounds Before Prom,” because that’s an awesome message to send high school-aged girls, of course. [Chicago Tribune]
  • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a media watchdog group, has weighed in on Life & Style‘s stupid cover about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s “boy” haircut. (Shiloh’s a girl, FYI.) Unsurprisingly, they are not amused. [Fashion Indie]
  • After winning a match with a male competitor, high school senior Paige Nemec of Columbus, Ohio, will be the state’s first female competitor at a statewide wrestling tournament. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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Profile Of A Campus Date Rapist

Statistics have shown that most men who commit rape or date rape are known to the victim: friends, friends-with-benefits, boyfriends, husbands, even family members, etc. But even as someone who is attuned to news stories about sexual assault, I was unaware that researchers have gathered more info in the past decade about who these men are, on the college campus, specifically.

For the past two weeks, National Public Radio and the Center for Public Integrity have aired four stories on NPR about how sexual assaults are handled on college campuses in a series called “Seeking Justice For Campus Rapes.” Their most recent story, entitled “Myths That Make It Hard To Stop Campus Rape,” absolutely blew my mind. I had no idea about a 2002 study of men on college campuses in which one in 16 admitted to behavior that meets the definition of rape or date rape and the overwhelming majority of these men were repeat offenders. Keep reading »

Is Casual Sex Experiencing A Backlash?

Earlier this week, blogger Jessica Grose at Slate wondered if there is “a new backlash against casual sex.” Grose points out that pop culture seems to have toned it down a bit: love-song warbling Taylor Swift is at the top of the charts, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are both mommies now, and we hear nary a peep out of Paris Hilton. The problem, Grose argued, is a backlash to the Spears and Agulieras of yore, capturing women in a “shame cycle.”

But over at Salon.com’s Broadsheet blog, Tracy Clark-Flory disagreed, arguing that “sexual regret is not a new phenomenon” and that how women experience casual sex — with embrace or regret — is simply always evolving. There’s room at the pop culture table now, Clark-Flory seems to be saying, for everybody.

As someone who had a decent amount of casual sex in her late teens and first half of her 20s, I’ve thought about this topic a lot: “Is this as fun as it’s supposed to be? Should it be more fun? Should I regret it more?” As a 25-year-old, I am only of maybe the second generation to be loud and proud about having casual sex, and exploring this new-ish territory is full of questions. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Woman To Get 300 Lashes For Court Appearance Without A Man

  • A Saudi Arabian woman named Sawsam Salim has been sentenced to 300 lashes and one and a half years in jail for appearing in court without a male chaperone and filing complaints against government officials who harassed her for doing so. Salim first appeared in court unchaperoned in 2004 requesting to get her husband, who could have been such a chaperone, out of prison. In Saudi Arabia, all women and girls must be accompanied by a male guardian to conduct public business. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) appeared on “Good Morning America” today and announced that he and 11 other House Democrats will not vote for Obama’s health care reform bill unless more restrictions are put on abortion coverage. Stupak is a sponsor of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which was attached to the House version of the health care bill and is explained in full here. [Mediaite]

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Tonight: “Half The Sky,” NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof’s Film About Women’s Rights

We haven’t read Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide yet because we’re lazy, though we’ve heard glowing reviews about the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl Wu Dunn. Fortunately, tonight is a one-night-only film screening of a special “Half The Sky” event at hundreds of movie theaters in the United States and Canada. (You can find a PDF of all theaters showing the film here.) The film, which plays everywhere at 7:30 p.m. local time, explores major problems facing women worldwide, including sex trafficking, violence against women, and maternal mortality. India.Arie performs music in the film and actress Marisa Tomei will be premiering a short film she co-directed, based on a true story, about a teenager from a small village in Ethiopia who overcomes sexual violence. “Half The Sky” will surely be a heavy film — but then again, this is half the world’s population we’re talking about. ["Half The Sky" at NCM Events] Keep reading »

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