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Happy 80th Birthday, Gloria Steinem!

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Today is a very special day in feminist history: it’s the 80th birthday of icon Gloria Steinem. Some may know her as co-founder of Ms. magazine. Some may know her for her undercover exposé as a bunny at the Playboy Club. Some may know her as an activist for the ERA, equal pay and abortion rights and her fight against bigotry, racism and apartheid. Some may just know her by her aviator sunglasses. (They were pretty dope.)

But if you only know a little about Ms. Steinem, then you don’t know enough. In honor of her octogenarian birthday, MAKERS made a kickass infographic to get you up to speed on Gloria’s accomplishments and influential role in Second Wave feminism. (Check it out after the jump!) And if you haven’t yet seen the HBO documentary about her life, “Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words,” might I suggest you add it to you queue?

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Artist Creates Fembot That Dances To “Blurred Lines” And It’s Exactly As Creepy As You’d Expect

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It Speaks And Makes Eye Contact Too.

Artist Jordan Wolfson seemingly tapped into the deepest fears of my childhood when he created this dancing doll, which is currently on display at NYC’s David Zwirner Art Gallery. The thing that makes the fembot — which gyrates to a warped version of “Blurred Lines” – even more terrifying than the animatronic band members of the Rock-afire Explosion that frightened me in my youth is the fact that the creature makes eye contact and speaks to patrons (in Wolfon’s voice) about existential stuff. The mask and the pole coming out of its chest don’t exactly put me at ease either.  Keep reading »

Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

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  • Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network]
  • On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine]
  • Meet Dorothy Irene Height, a feminist and “godmother of the civil rights movement,” and today’s Google Doodle. [Washington Post]
  • The Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit tomorrow, in which the store argues they should not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Professor Mireille Miller-Young Charged With Theft, Battery, Vandalism After Stealing Anti-Abortion Protestors Sign

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Professor Steals Anti-Abortion Sign, Shoves Protester

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, has been charged with theft, battery and vandalism after she stole a sign from anti-abortion protesters on campus and then destroyed.

During the fracas, Miller-Young allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old girl who was one of the anti-abortion protesters. Keep reading »

Cops In Hawaii Still Want To Sleep With Sex Workers Before Arresting Them

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  • Police in Hawaii are allowed to have intercourse with sex workers as part of their investigations — fuck her and then arrest her! Legislators want to change that, but cops are insistent it be preserved. Are we surprised that “law enforcement” of sex work is completely screwed up? [Talking Points Memo]
  • You know you want to watch authors Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talking about feminism! [Clutch Magazine]
  • A lesbian visited a church in Harlem with a sign out front reading “Jesus Would Stone Homos … Stoning Is Still The Law,” knocked on the door, and asked for her stoning. Here’s what happened. [Advocate] Keep reading »

Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are “Too Distracting For Boys”

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Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For Boys"
  • Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, has banned female students from wearing leggings, shorts and yoga pants, allegedly because the clothes are “too distracting for boys.” Sigh, and body policing and the “Are Leggings Pants?” debate continues. Some grown men can’t handle yoga pants, either. Maybe President Obama should issue an executive order banning them entirely? [Evanston.Patch.com]
  • The founders of a “revenge porn” site, where sexually explicit images of women are posted without their consent (usually sent in by their exes), have been ordered to pay $385,000 for posting photos of a woman taken when she was a minor. [Ars Tehnica] Keep reading »

You Can Help This Actress Make A Movie About What Periods Are Really Like

This Actress Is Making A Movie About Periods And Needs Your Help
If Your Period Were A Person...

Actress and filmmaker Kristine Gerolaga is sick of the way periods are portrayed in the media, so she set out to make a film of her own that challenges stereotypes and shows us just how unique periods can be. Gerolaga has written and will star in what is currently called ”The Untitled Short Film About What It’s Like to Be On Your Period,” and backers for the project on IndieGoGo will get to contribute ideas for a new title. The short film will star two female leads (when do we ever get to see that happen?) and aims to personify “that time of the month.” To offer support, visit the project’s IndieGogo page!

 

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

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Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up.

Yes. That’s right. Keep reading »

If You’re Not Getting Paid Fairly, Maybe It’s Because Men Are “Better Negotiators,” Says Texas Republican Chief

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  • “Men are better negotiators,” according to Beth Cubriel (a woman!), the executive director of the Texas GOP Party. “I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become negotiators.” Y’hear that ladies? Unequal pay is your fault because you didn’t negotiate well enough. [Huffington Post]
  • A new viral video shows a father beating his 13-year-old daughter with a belt, supposedly after she left from home for three days. Blogger Demetria Lucas explains why physical abuse of young women by their supposed male role models is teaching them all the wrong lessons. [The Root] Keep reading »

Tina Fey On Being A Four-Eyed Sex Symbol: “I Tend To Look Like Tootsie”

“People certainly have a thing about the glasses. Liz Lemon wore them all the time, and I wore them on ‘Weekend Update’ to see the cue cards. The ones I wore on ’30 Rock’ were fake, but I kept borrowing them for years—I’d take them home and go to the movies. I finally realized they were fake, they did not have my prescription in them. So yes, [they’re] a fetishized object, but I don’t feel like I have to wear them all the time anymore. I try not to wear them if I’m wearing a gown. If I’m too dressed up with glasses, I tend to look like Tootsie.”

I heartily disagree that Tina Fey resembles Tootsie in anyway, glasses or not, gown or jeans. It’s just a case of self-distortion. But I totally understand. Some mornings, I look in the mirror and think my hair looks like a penis. In other news from Tina’s Time Out interview, she admits she has a bit of a crush on Kermit the frog and when asked if she’s a feminist, she replied, “Yeah, sure.” Gotta love the woman. [Time Out via NyMag.com]

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