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Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Initiative Is Misleading

  • A Nevada judge has ruled that a fetal personhood ballot initiative, which seeks to criminalize abortion by declaring a fertilized egg a “person,” is misleading and fails to explain its effects to voters. The judge ruled that the ballot initiative needs to make clear that the fetal personhood initiative would criminalize birth control and in vitro fertilization, as well. [Feminist.org
  • The Lowell Sun newspaper in Lowell, Massachusetts, mocked Chaz Bono’s transgender transformation by printing lyrics to a song that’s supposed to be sung to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Very classy, folks. [Hufffington Post]
  • Could male rappers pass a version of the so-called “the Bechdel test” in which he has a conversation with a woman that’s not about himself or a business transaction? [Slate] Keep reading »

Does This Equinox Ad Offend You?

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I’m on the fence about this ad for Equinox, an upscale gym with locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and elsewhere. On the one hand,  I’m not keen on the juxtaposition within advertisement — that the woman herself is a “joy ride” (despite the fact she is freezing in that outfit) or that riding a motorcycle in a bikini would be a joy ride (again, despite the fact she is freezing in that outfit). It’s another unrealistic portrayal of women’s bodies — not the physical body itself, but the unreal suggestion that she’s so “hot” she’s not losing her tuchus to frostbite.

However, I’m not bothered by the fact a woman in an advertisement for a gym is wearing a bikini, or that her face/identity is obscured by her motorcycle helmet. Even though there are other cases of advertising where a woman’s body is used to gratuitously sell a product — many alcohol ads, for instance — I think a gym advertisement is a pretty legit reason.  

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Closed Indefinitely, Plus Controversy At The Good Men Project

  • The national body of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has decided to close their UVM chapter indefinitely following that “Who would you rape?” survey scandal. [Burlington Free Press]
  • Has the women’s rights movement screwed over poor women? [Jezebel]
  • Sigh. Sarah Palin continues to tease that she may still run for President, saying, “It’s not too late…” Shit or get off the pot, Palin! Make a decision! [Huffington Post]
  • Feministing has launched a new column about feminism and academia. Check it out and tell us what you think! [Feministing]
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Today’s Lady News: 30,000 Women Given Sketchy Silicone Breast Implants

  • Over the past decade, over 30,000 women were given breast implants made by a French company called Poly Implant Prosthesis, which used industrial grade silicone instead of medical grade silicone to “cut corners.” Industrial grade silicone is highly dangerous if it leaks into the body, which breast implants have been known to do. [Guardian UK]
  • This blog post calls me a “victim blamer” when it comes to sexual assault because of this post I wrote.  I’ll let y’all be the judge of that. [Feministe]
  • And to that end, I enjoyed this piece by Salon.com writer Tracy Clark-Flory on how to prevent rape in a way that doesn’t blame the victims. [Salon]
  • Two violent sexual assaults have occurred in San Francisco’s Mission District. Here’s a sketch cops have released of the suspected perp. [Mission Local] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: If Guys Don’t Care When We Poop, Why Do We?

Pooping: A Feminist Issue
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Pooping Etiquette
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Poop At Work
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Do you poop in your office bathroom? Some women don't! Read More »
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Back in college, my best dude friend laughingly told me a horrifying — and quite possibly apocryphal — story about a “friend of a friend” whose one-night stand lost control of her bowels during a particularly energetic bout of anal sex. Embarrassed for the woman, I tentatively asked what the man did at that point, figuring he’d gotten angry or flipped out or ran into the bathroom to vomit.

“Oh,” my friend said nonchalantly, “Duh. He took her into the bedroom and kept going.”

The story’s stuck with me for years and not just for the gross-out factor: the more I’d hear about women afraid to crap in their boyfriends’ apartments or in shared hotel room bathrooms on weekend getaways, about psychosomatic constipation related to the mere presence of a man with whom a woman was having sexual relations, the more I’d think about the nonchalant way men talk about shit and wonder if we were really just doing all of this to ourselves. Is it really that men (or, at least the kind of men you’d want near your genitals) need us to be poop-and-fart free to want to fuck us, or have we just convinced ourselves they did? Or, worse yet, are we projecting our own learned squeamishness about our bodily functions onto men, as a way to rationalize yet another internalization of the “our bodies are gross” myths that pervade society? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UN Releases First Report On LGBT Human Rights

  • The United Nations released its first report ever on the human rights of the LGBT community. It details the discrimination and hate-crimes that arise from homophobia around the world. [United Nations]
  • A former  N.B.A. security official claims he was fired after he reported witnessing acts of sexual harassment and discrimination towards women in the office. [NY Times]
  • A small study claims that more college-aged women are speaking in “vocal fry” thanks to pop songs. Vocal fry describes the creaky, raspy tone female pop-stars occasionally take on to reach lower notes. Think Britney Spears infamous “Oh baby, baby” line. Listen to site’s provided vocal clip to see if you’re taken on the tone! [MSNBC]
  • Forbes magazine defines the modern day feminist. [Forbes]
Today’s Lady News is a short one today because, uh, we’ve got a holiday party to get to.
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