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Diet Pepsi Slims Down In Desperate Appeal To Gender Stereotypes

Is the traditional Diet Pepsi can too short and fat for you? Are you embarrassed to be seen holding it? No worries, girlfriend. PepsiCo. has announced it’s releasing a “taller, sassier, new Skinny Can” which is meant to celebrate “beautiful, confident women.” It’s like the Virginia Slims of diet sodas! Naturally, the new can will debut this fall, just in time for fashion week, because, duh, “Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today’s most stylish looks,” said Pepsi CMO Jill Beraud. Ugh. I think I’ll stick with my chubby Diet Coke, thanks. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

British Man Sues Female Coworker for Sexual Harassment

Apparently one Brit didn’t want to snog an overaggressive coworker — and now he’s suing. Meanwhile this spat across the pond is changing our views on sexual harassment.

When most people conjure up an image of sexual harrassment, usually they picture a female victim being objectified by a male aggressor. But statistics tell us that men are two-fifths of sexual harassment victims — and British retail worker Konstantinos Kalomoiris says he numbers among them.

Kalomoiris alleges that Bianca Revrenna, his coworker at British department store John Lewis regularly sexually harassed him while on the job. According to Kalomoris, Revrenna repeatedly squeezed his butt. Read more… Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ohio Lawmaker Suggests No Abortion If You Can Hear A Heartbeat

  • Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican state representative from Ohio, will introduce a “Heartbeat Bill” on Wednesday that will criminalize abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat. [KFOR]
  • The CEO of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackermann, said more women would add color and beauty to his boardroom. Because that’s what we’re here for: to look pretty for you, sir. [Sky News]
  • Barriers keeping women from scientific fields include the pressure to balance a career and family and discouragement from an interest in science at a young age, according to a new study out of Cornell University. [UPI]

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Sid Sure Did Love A Lot About Nancy

While many believe Sid Vicious was responsible for Nancy Spungen’s death in 1978, the year this little love note was written, everyone can surely agree these two had an incredibly passionate relationship. Ahem. [Letters of Note via The Daily What] Keep reading »

Swedish Taxi Boss Emailed Staff Pix Of Secretaries In G-Strings For Christmas

Most inappropriate Christmas card ever: the boss of a Swedish taxi company emailed holiday greetings to his staff featuring pictures of the company’s secretaries’ bottoms as they bent over in g-strings. According to IceNews, the Orebo taxi boss asked employees to match the secretary to the ass depicted in the photo in a multiple-choice quiz.”We couldn’t believe it. It was not even funny,” a female employee told Swedish newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda. The boss is now being investigated for sexism by the transport workers’ union, who first learned of the email after Christmas (although I wonder if the meaning of “sexism” and “sexual harassment” were lost in translation). And I’m sure you’ll be shocked — shocked! — to hear this guy has allegedly been accused of inappropriate behavior in the past. Try to keep your “Secretary” fantasies out of the office, people. [IceNews] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin’s Memoir Coming This Summer

  • Bristol Palin’s memoir is set for publication in summer of 2011. Yes, her memoir. Damn, why don’t I ever hear about these kinds of ghostwriting gigs? Actually, I don’t think I could ghostwrite whatever party line Bristol’s going to tow about abstinence with a straight face. [Gawker]
  • The Protect Life Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), would allow doctors to choose whether or not to save the life of a pregnant woman over that of her fetus. Be afraid. Be very afraid. [Feministing]
  • “The View”‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Bill Maher a “chauvinist bigot” after he said that in exchange for Egypt releasing detained journalist Lara Logan, they should put her “hotness” on an airplane back to the U.S. and get shipped Hasselbeck instead. [Oh No They Didn't]

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