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Let’s Reclaim The Phrase “Like A Girl”

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Growing up, I played a lot of catch in the backyard with my dad and male cousins. Every time I missed the ball was a golden opportunity to remind me that I “threw like a girl.” It never bothered me — I’m just glad he taught me to throw a baseball!—  but this ad by Always shows the more harmful side of phrases like that one. Since when does acting like a girl equate to behaving like an idiot? [NYMag.com]

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

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  • “Today Show” host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to be clear, I don’t think asking a question about a sexist topic means the interview herself/himself is bigoted.) But the way Lauer questioned her was just awkward, seemingly defeating the purpose of raising these topics in the first place. Add me to the chorus of working women wondering: How often is a male CEO questioned about whether he can be a good father? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Diane Sawyer Leaves ABC’s “World News” Anchor Desk

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  • Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC’s “World News” and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire]
  • A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Times; USA Today]
  • NBC Universal has released a statement clarifying the kerfluffle over supposedly not running an ad for “Obvious Child” which contained the word “abortion.” [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Twin sisters — including one with a toddler — from a rough neighborhood in Washington, D.C. have graduated as the valedictorian and salutatorian of their class. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Meet Nashville’s female legends and their musical proteges. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

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  • President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave,” the president said. “That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.” [Yahoo]
  • Islamic extremists Boko Haram reportedly have kidnapped nearly 100 more people, including 60 women and girls, in Nigeria. [New York Times]
  • A Japanese politician apologized to his female colleague for heckling, “You should get married!” and “Can’t you even bear a child?” while she was speaking. [TIME] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Pharrell Curates Women As Objects In Parisian Art Show

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Yoko Ono’s breasts, a model’s ass, and a vagina are front in center at an art show in Paris. It would be just another day in the art world if the person behind it wasn’t one of hip hop’s greatest assets. Which begs the question: Does Pharrell Williams have a woman problem?

The Oscar-nominated musician was recently tapped to curate a modern art show at Galerie Perrotin in Le Marais section of the City of Lights. I was rather excited to check it out on the recommendation of a friend. The show is called “G I R L,” taking its name from Pharrell’s recent album. The themes, according to press coverage in the art world, are a celebration of femininity and of women.

The exhibit featured 37 artists — 18 of them women, including Tracey Emin, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle. Marina Abramovic, and pieces by the Guerrilla Girls critical of women’s exclusion from the upper echelons of the art world. Yet upon entering the gallery featuring more than three dozen pieces of art curated by Williams, I felt safely uncomfortable, if that makes sense. Keep reading »

Iranians Break Taboo To Watch World Cup Together In Public

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  • Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. [CNN]
  • The myth that two-parent families are best for children is keeping some abusive couples together. [New York Times]
  • The Mormon church has excommunicated Kate Kelly, the founder of a Mormon women’s group called Ordain Women, for apostasy. [AP]
  • If anyone didn’t understand what street harassment is, then this weekend’s #NotJustHello will teach you. [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

Women In The Workplace Is “A Problem,” Says Morocco’s Prime Minister

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  • The Prime Minister of Morocco recently spoke out against advancements for women, bemoaning how us ladies aren’t embracing the “sacred status that God gave to women” by finding “time to get married, to be mothers, or to educate their children.” Society, it is crumbling. [New York Times]
  • NBC allegedly refused to air ads for the film “Obvious Child” that contained the word ‘abortion.’ [Page Six]
  • The Presbyterian Church has voted to change the definition of marriage to mean between “two people” and to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages where it is legal. [New York Times]
  • Here’s Hillary Clinton’s conversation with NPR’s show “Fresh Air.” [NPR] Keep reading »

PurrVerse: Behind The Lens With Sex Worker Photographer Isabel Dresler

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Recently I got a chance to meet Isabel Dresler (safe for work), who I’ve taken to calling “photographer to queer porn stars.” She’s shot with some queer porn faves like Courtney Trouble, Dylan Ryan, Andre Shakti, and Siouxsie Q. We got to chatting at a shoot for the cover of the East Bay Express on the local porn scene, where Betty Blac, Jolene Parton and I helped fulfill her desire to have a photo taken while she was being smothered by breasts.

There’s an interesting combination of intimacy and high fashion that manifests under her gaze. I was curious to ask her a bit more about it, as well as why she decided to focus attention on marketing photos for sex workers. I liked how she called herself more of a scientist than an artistic photographer, investing her time in the study of her subject (which could be anything from insects to fancy homes). Everyone seems to be obsessed about the sex part of sex work, but it’s still work. As such, middle class indoor sex work often requires some practical and related investments: a decent website, a second phone, and, of course, some excellent photos.

Here’s my conversation with Dresler, after the jump: Keep reading »

Women Of Color Ask To Be Included In Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program

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  • Women and girls of color are asking to be included in President Obama’s new program “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is aimed at young men of color. Over a 1,000 women and 200 men have signed letters saying young girls should be targeted in the program, too. [Washington Post]
  • The New York Assembly passed the “Boss Bill” yesterday, which updates anti-discrimination laws by forbidding employers from discriminating against employees over their reproductive health decisions. Just another reason why I love New York! [RH Reality Check]
  • Hillary Clinton believes America should have federally mandated family leave (ya think?) but doesn’t expect that “politically, we could get it now.” Sadly, I think she’s probably correct. [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: I Get Laid Plenty, And I’m Still A Feminist

Frisky Rant: I Get Laid Plenty, And I'm Still A Feminist

Guys, close your eyes and imagine this.  You’re just trying to go about your life and do your thing, but there’s this chick who keeps tapping you on the shoulder to tell you really dumb, childish things.  She’ll say stuff like, “Hey, your shorts are stupid, and you look like shit in them.”  When you tell her she’s being an asshole, she claims you’re uptight and replies: “You just need to get laid!”

What the hell sense does that make, right?  The idea is that somehow you having sex will make you feel less angry about her being objectively rude.

This is a real thing that happened to me recently.  A guy made a blanket statement on social media that all women look like shit in high-waisted shorts and that we should all stop wearing them.  I pointed out that A) there’s a long history of men telling women what to wear that’s been detrimental toward our relationships with our bodies, and that’s sexist and uncool, B) we couldn’t possibly please everyone with what we wear because everyone’s got different tastes, so most people just wear what they want because they like it, and C) it’s rude to tell people they look like shit, especially when they didn’t ask for your opinion.  The response I got was two-fold: “You’re a cunt,” and “You obviously need to get laid.” Keep reading »

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