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A TMI Tweet About Work, Wisconsin & A Woman’s Right To Choose

Have you been keeping up with how the media’s all atwitter over a tweet sent by blogger and entrepreneur Penelope Trunk? She wrote a very strange message on her Twitter, essentially telling the world that she was in a board meeting and was having a miscarriage. The response to this 140-character blurb has been extreme, even in the lady blogosphere: Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Tucker Max Talks “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” Feminism, Sex, And Why He Loves Women

Love him or hate him, Tucker Max is in your face. The author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, a debauched chronicling of his booze-fueled sexual hijinks which has spent the last four years on the The New York Times bestseller list and most recently been turned into a feature film, Max is the king of “fratire” and the enemy of feminist bloggers everywhere. His crude erotic tales through subterranean America are populated by midgets and strippers; generally, women do not fare well in the face of his f**k-’em-and-dump-’em M.O. Protesters have boycotted his movie and accused him of promoting “rape culture.” Good or bad, Tucker seems to relish the attention. In Tucker-esque fashion, one young woman bragged: “I Slept With Tucker Max, the Internet’s Biggest Asshat.” So, is Tucker Max for real? Or is he a savvy marketer plugged into what 21st century men really want? We talked to Max about his movie, his sex life, and his detractors. The recently released “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” isn’t faring well at the box office. That didn’t make him any less cocky. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mackenzie Phillips Spurs 26% Increase In Rape Reports

  • The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network hotline has reported a 26 percent increase in phone calls since Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah that she had an incestuous relationship with her father, John Phillips. RAINN also said website traffic has increased 83 percent since Phillips’ appeared on “Oprah” earlier in the week to promote her book High On Arrival. A RAINN spokeswoman said it is common for rape reports to increase after such a public confession. [ABC News]
  • Police arrested a pilot for stalking his ex-girlfriend by hovering a low-flying airplane over her home. Several dozen residents of Concord, CA called to report that Tom Huey’s single engine aircraft was too close to a house, which turned out to belong to his ex. Huey is held on $155,000 bail on suspicion of felony stalking and violating a restraining order. [Fox News]
  • The percentage of homeless female veterans is growing at a higher rate than male veterans, according to advocates for the homeless, with roughly 740 former women of the military living on the streets. This number is extremely troubling because only 15 percent of the U.S. Army is female. [CNN]
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    An Art Exhibit That Supports Your Girls

    Forget the term “starving artist.” ArtPrize is a contest currently in full swing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where any artist — famous or total nobody — can show work, individually or in groups, at a location of their choosing. Visitors to the festival will vote on their favorite pieces and the top 10 entries will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is lottery-sized at $250,000 smackeroos. So who are we rooting for in this art free-for-all? A group of ladies who call themselves W.H.A.T. Artists, which stands for “Women Heartfully [making] Art Together.” Their ArtPrize installation is called “The ABRAcada-BRA Project: A Show of Support for the Girls” and consists of oodles and oodles of bras. Twenty-five of them are works of art with titles like “Boulder Holder” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Surrounding these are hundreds of bras collected from around the world and hung from the walls and ceiling. If you’re in Grand Rapids, go check out the installation at the Riverview Center. And make sure to vote. [ArtPrize] Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Make It A Carrie Prejean Halloween!

  • Beauty queen Carrie Prejean modeled some less-than-modest Halloween costumes for Women of Marvel last year, before her Miss California fiasco. Um, is this supposed to be hoochie Spiderwoman? [TMZ] We’re not sayin’ these Halloween costumes make Miss I’m Sooooo Into Family Values a hypocrite or anything. We’re just sayin’.
  • “Spontaneous ejaculation,” supposedly a medical condition, is no excuse for acting like a creep! A Singapore judge ruled recently against 28-year-old Chong Weien, who got nabbed splooging on a fellow student’s thigh in 2006. Ew! Weien, who is also a National University of Singapore student (in psychology, ha), was riding a bus when he pressed his crotch up against some chick’s thigh and blew his load. She took him to court for an “outrage of modesty,” which the judge agreed with, despite testimony from two doctors who said Weien does indeed suffer from a “spontaneous ejaculation” problem. Hmm, maybe it was the fact that creepy Weien was jailed for 15 months and caned three times in 2002 for a similar conviction? [Straights Times, hat tip to True/Slant]
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    (Another) Quote Of The Day: The Dalai Lama Is Not Afraid To Use The F-Word

    “I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights? We all come from the same mother. That creates the basis for compassion.”

    – The Dalai Lama at the International Freedom Award ceremony yesterday in Memphis. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »

    The Swedish Military Battles Burning Bras

    Think Swedish women are all singer/songwriter softies? Hardly! Under that tuft of natural blond hair and alabaster skin lurk indomitable boobies. For the past 20 years, ladies who’ve enlisted in the Swedish military have found their regulation bras frequently pop off and catch fire — seriously. Apparently, when they’re training rigorously, the bras start burning and then melt into their skin. And we thought underwire was rough! Needless to say, this regulation equipment has forced their bravest gals to strip off their gear and clothes to cool of their fire-scorched flesh. Finally, after two decades, someone has listened to their screams. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Bill Clinton (And Gender Equality!) Makes Us Swoon

  • Gender equality got its due today at the former president’s Clinton Global Initiative. Diane Sawyer moderated a panel with the head of Women For Women International, the head of the World Bank and several big-time CEOs. Clinton himself told guests at the session, “Whether the issue is improving the involvement of young women and girls in education, to climate change and all political, economic, and social issues in between, I think empowering women is central to what the world has to do in the 21st century.” Damn straight! [AP]—He probably thinks people could start by showing some respect to his wife!
  • Christina Aguilera talked about the domestic abuse her father wrought on her family in an E! documentary, explaining how she has dealt with his abuse of her and her mom and how she has dealt with the after-affects as an adult. [Guanabee]—I caught most of the show on E! this weekend and respect Xtina so much for how she has overcome that crap!
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    Today’s Lady News: The Tucker Max Funny-Making Formula

  • Amanda Hess at The Sexist blog braved “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” scribe Tucker Max‘s website for a mathematical breakdown of his hilarious jokes about Mexicans, gays, women and the disabled. A general formula for Tucker-ian humor: [Universally recognized bad thing] + [surprise reversal] x ["edge"] x ["shock value"] = Tucker Max joke. [The Sexist]
  • Brigham Young University, a Mormon college, canceled a Greek tragedy hours before curtain at the Annual Greek Festival. Content in “The Bakkhai,” to be performed by the University of Utah, was deemed inappropriate for BYU students. Director Larry West indicated this referred to sex, wine and “losing one’s inhibitions.” [UWire.com]—Seriously, this school didn’t realize a Greek tragedy wouldn’t involve lots of sex?
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    Mighty Hermaphrodite Dishes On Being Intersexed

    With all the brouhaha over runner Caster Semenya’s gender and rumors that Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite, it seems like intersexism is really on people’s minds these days. So we’ve very glad that 39-year-old chick Hida Viloria published an essay on CNN.com this week telling us what it’s like to be intersexed. Hida didn’t out that she was a hermaphrodite until she was 26. Sound crazy? Well, Viloria’s body looks just like most women’s—she gets her period every month and can get pregnant. The only thing is that her clitoris is very, very large. When Viloria was growing up, her conservative parents avoided talking about gender and sexuality. She didn’t get any corrective surgery or take estrogen pills because her father, a doctor, was against it. Now Hida, who holds a degree in gender and sexuality studies from Berkeley, is writing a book called Mighty Hermaphrodite about her experiences. The book will be out next spring. Keep reading »

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