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Miss America Pageant Has Platform To Educate On Domestic Violence, Chooses Victim-Blaming Instead

Miss America
Wrong Question

Given the dismal state of international headlines these past few weeks, the Miss America pageant had a whole host of issues to draw from when putting together the question and answer portion of the competition. The question judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida during the Sunday night competition started off with an impactful topic — Ray Rice’s dismissal from the NFL for beating up then-fiancee Janay Rice (nee Palmer) last February. Things could’ve gone in a powerful direction from there and the pageant could have served as a platform to raise awareness about domestic violence. Instead, Ireland asked the most useless question of all:

“We were all rocked by the video of football star Ray Rice punching his wife Janay. She’s standing by him. As a woman, what do you think of her decision?”

Ugh.

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Be My Boyfriend: Mr. Ballsy, AKA Thomas Cantley, Who Is Rolling A Ball Across The U.S. To Raise Money For Testicular Cancer

Dear Thomas, AKA Mr. Ballsy,

First, allow me to compliment you on your ball. It’s huge and smooth and you look really hot attached to it. But it’s not the size or the softness or the sex appeal of your ball that appeals to me — it’s what you’re doing with your ball that really matters. A cancer survivor yourself, you’ve embarked upon a cross-country trip with your rolling inflatable testicle in tow, spreading awareness about testicular health and cancer. By relying on the kindness of your fellow man to help you reach the end of your journey, you’re creating unique opportunities to share with them the goals of your trip in the first place.

“I want people to come and (say), ‘I’ll book a hotel room, I’ll take you out to lunch, I’ll fill up your gas tank’ or whatever, and I want those physical connections, I don’t just want people to donate to me, I want people to connect with me,” you explained to MTV. Well, Thomas, if I may be ballsy myself, I would like to connect with you. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I’m A Feminist Who Loves Miss America And That’s OK

This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion“ rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise sympathetic post, called the pageant “a collective American Nelson Muntz moment.” And Bustle redubbed Ms. America ”Miss Symbol of Conventional Gender Mores.”

Every year, I read these posts lambasting the Miss America pageant for being sexist, lame, irrelevant, and outdated, and the contestants themselves for being little more than a dumb person’s idea of ideal American femininity, anthropomorphized celery stalks liberally smeared with self-bronzer and Bonne Bell purple eyeshadow. And I agree with them, to some extent. (That flip-cup rendition of “Happy” wasn’t stellar, let’s just leave it at that.)

But mostly they just make my eyes roll into the back of my skull. Keep reading »

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

todays lady news
  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Baby Girl Freaks When Her Dad Shaves His Beard

I Would Miss That Beard Too

This little girl’s perfectly pleasant game of peekaboo was ruined when her dad decided it would be oh so fun to shave his beard off. Whether she didn’t recognize her dad without that beard or just thought he looked super gross without his facial fuzz, she was not having it. Hey, at least she knows how to be direct. [Jezebel]

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. But it’s apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone. Read more on Newser…

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