A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word “mademoiselle” — which means unmarried woman — on official documents.
Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using “mademoiselle” on January 1 and will henceforth refer to all women as “madame,” which is the term for married women or older women. ”This is about getting rid of anything that could be seen as discriminatory or indiscreet,” the town hall of Cesson-Sevigne said in a statement. ”Having two different terms to distinguish between married and non-married women is discrimination against women as there is no such differentiation for men.” Keep reading »
Colorado high school student Sydney Spies was banned from her yearbook for submitting this photo as her senior portrait. The photo was rejected by student editors and the administration at Durango High School for being too sexy. “We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional,” said the student editor. But Sydney is not accepting the decision to leave her out of the yearbook just because she’s wearing a scarf around her breasts (or is that a tube top?) and tooching her booty. She’s decided to stage a protest to fight for her freedom of expression. Her meeting with the principal is forthcoming. I am in sheer awe of how good she looks in her senior portrait. I was fat with acne in mine. If I had any business wearing a scarf as a top, maybe I would have. But then again … it’s not really my style. [Dlisted]
So what do you think? Is Sydney’s pic too racy or should her photo be allowed in the yearbook?
The number one question my high school friends ask me when we chat now is, “So are you sick of being around all those girls yet?” Despite the fact that I have attempted to explain my decision to attend a women’s college a seemingly infinite amount of times, I always answer ”no.” Being around women has been a really supportive experience, a nice change of pace and a really beneficial academic experience so far.
Or at least that was my answer up until finals. Keep reading »