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Meet A Group Of Feminists Who Aren’t Afraid To Go Topless

Well, that’s one way to get the job done: A feminist group in the Ukraine has gone to extreme measures to get out their message. Members of FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist group, have taken to topless protesting to get their point across. The group supports everything from equal pay and anti-sex trafficking bills to fighting for increased voting rights and against unfair utility taxes.

Founded in 2008 by a group of fed-up Ukrainian college students, FEMEN aims to rally young women to feminist causes. “I set up FEMEN because I realized that there was a lack of women activists in our society; Ukraine is male-oriented and women take a passive role,” explains founder Anna Hutsol. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Radio Show Says Lady Candidate Has A “Tight Little Butt”

  • The WRKO radio show in Boston referred to Republican state treasurer candidate Karyn Polito on air as having a “tight little butt,” after a listener called in asking if she was “hot.” Polito responded that their comments were “over the line” and not “right.” Oh, damn, where’s that post I wrote earlier today about sexist campaign slurs? [Boston Herald]
  • But wait! There’s more! You know you want to hear what Rush Limbaugh thinks of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. “I’d rather look at [herl] than Mike Castle,” Limbaugh said. “I think she’s kind of cute.” Oof. [Media Matters for America]
  • Depression is no more likely to occur in teenagers who have abortions than with teenagers who carry the pregnancy to term, according to researchers from Oregon State University and University of California San Francisco. Researchers culled data on 289 teens and found a negative psychological outcome of abortion was not pronounced. [UPI]

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Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

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How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned to administrative duty after the school system caught wind of her history as a prostitute. Petro was never arrested and has no criminal record. So, how did the school find out about her past? Oh, because she blogged about it for the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago.

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Study Finds Sexist Comments Hurt Female Candidates In The Polls

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Sexist slurs hurt a female candidate’s campaign more than her policy stances, according to a study on voter attitudes. That’s bad news for the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who have been called “she-goat,” “mean girl,” and ” “the hottest member of the Senate,” respectively. A small survey, sponsored by the Women’s Media Center, the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, and Political Parity, as part of their “Name It, Change It” campaign to fight campaign sexism, also found that the typical advice to women to “ignore the attacks” was misguided. Instead of ignoring sexist characterizations, Ms. Candidate X most benefited by bashing down the remarks early on. Keep reading »

A Real-Life Kitchen Nightmare

Joseph Cerniglia, a 39-year-old chef and restaurant owner, was found floating in the Hudson River on Friday after he took his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. His New Jersey restaurant, Campagnia, was featured on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” back in 2007. Keep reading »

Chanel Model Heidi Mount’s Husband Accused Of Rape During London Fashion Week

Fashion Week drama! Shawn Mount, the husband of Chanel model Heidi Mount, was arrested last week after an alleged sexual assault on a 24-year-old at London Fashion Week. Police say Shawn Mount, a hairstylist who has worked for Vogue and Ralph Lauren, is accused of raping the woman in a five-star hotel in central London in the middle of the night on September 20. Keep reading »

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