Pearl the pig, the adorable local celebrity of China’s Tiananmen Square, is missing! Pearl became an internet sensation when she caught the eye of photographer Zeng Zhi on her daily walk around the square last week. His photos of Pearl went viral, but that fame has come with a price – Pearl disappeared and is nowhere to be found. Has she been pig-napped? Keep reading »
- The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say “economy”? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]
- On Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston and the overlapping of football culture and rape culture. [RH Reality Check]
- Rape apologists love to blame women for being drunk when a sexual assault occurs — but here’s what actual research says about women and alcohol. [Think Progress]
- How “American Horror Story: Coven” is getting race all wrong. [Feministing] Keep reading »
When his wife gave him an ultimatum to choose between her or his 2006 Harley-Davidson XL1200L Sportster, Bob White of Virginia decided to put both of them up for sale on Craigslist! The listing price for the hog/wife package deal (both in “excellent condition,” Santa hat not included) is $5,900 OBO, but he will consider trades. You can check out an an excerpt from the ad featuring deets on both models after the jump. Oh, and you can call or text Bob to test drive the motorcycle, but not the wife, if you’re interested. GUH. Warning: prepare to be offended.
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Yesterday, the world lost one of its greatest thinkers, political leaders and revolutionaries, former South African president Nelson Mandela. His death at the age of 95 — an age the vast majority of radical revolutionaries never reach — has prompted an outpouring of tributes, many of which either gloss over the United States government’s support of apartheid or whitewash Mandela’s own complex history and beliefs. With that in mind, here are short excerpts from articles that truly honor Mandela’s legacy and should not be missed. (Above, the “free at last” speech Mandela delivered on May 2, 1994, the day he won the South African presidential election.) Keep reading »
So, once upon a time, a boy from New Zealand got lost in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve and met a girl from America: ”I was just walking around and admiring the lights and found this girl just crying on the side of the road … I went and tried to help her out. She was lost. She’d lost all her friends.”
After the boy cheered her up with his “undeniably bad sense of humor,” he took her out for drinks, and she eventually found her friends again. At 6 a.m., the party ended and she left.
However, before she took off, she dropped a romantic comedy-style bomb on the dude. Leaving the boy with her name, her hometown (Washington, D.C.), and her picture, she challenged him to “find her.” And off she went. Keep reading »
- More on how Republicans are training male candidates on how to speak about issues regarding women. This is on top of the rape sensitivity training they’ve already been receiving. (They could also just follow this advice from Rachel Maddow: “Don’t talk about rape. Ever.”) They could also stop selling sexist buttons like this. [Politico]
- Twitter appointed its first-ever female board member: Marjorie Scardino, a former publishing executive. [New York Times]
- Jameis Winston, the quarterback at Florida State University, won’t face rape charges over a sexual assault accusation against him from a classmate. [TIME, Mother Jones] Keep reading »
In case your underwear wasn’t imposing enough already, Microsoft is now working on a “smart bra” that can monitor your heart and skin to prevent overeating. Prototypes of the bras are embedded with sensors that seek out changes in the body’s stress levels and inform the bra’s wearer (How does it inform them exactly? Flashing lights? A robot voice telling them to put that donut down?). Since high stress can trigger emotional eating, its goal is to get women to stop and think before chowing.
According to a paper explaining the results of a project in which four women wore the prototype bras, the stress-level warnings “served as a health intervention to encourage the person to be more active or consume less food.” Slightly creepy, but okay. Keep reading »
All year long, The Frisky has blogged about representations of women and girls in the media. And what a year it was! The Onion tweeting Quvenzhane Wallis a “cunt.” The “slap Hillary Clinton” game. The music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Miley Cyrus’ everything. I could go on and on and on. Or you could watch this supercut from the folks behind the documentary “Miss Representation” of the highs and lows of women’s representations in the media in 2013. To be honest, it is reeeeally depressing when the sexism over the course of an entire year is condensed into two-second clips and presented all at once. And that’s even with me disagreeing with every single example used in this supercut. You know that ladyblogger cliche, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”? The truth is, we really haven’t. [YouTube.com/MissRepresentation]
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on behalf of civil rights for South Africa’s Black people, living in a six-foot wide cell on Robben Island. Mandela had been sick for a long time and died at home. [NBC News]