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Today’s Lady News: Ad Agency “Surprised” Women Don’t Like Those Summer’s Eve Douche Commercials

  • The ad agency that made Summer’s Eve’s offensive new “Hail To The V” douche commercials — starring a black vagina who talks about her hair and says “you best be headed to the store,” as well as a Latina vagina who says “Aye yi yi!” — is surprised you think those ads are racist. According to a statement from The Richards Group:

    “We have a wonderful client that recognizes no matter what they do, marketing in the feminine hygiene category is going to provoke a reaction. After listening to thousands of women say they want straight-talk and lighthearted communication on a historically-uncomfortable topic, Summer’s Eve gave us license to be bold, irreverent and celebratory across a multitude of mediums and to different audiences. We are surprised that some have found the online videos racially stereotypical. We never intended anything other than to make the videos relatable, and our in house multi-cutural experts confirmed the approach. The more important mission is to get women talking about taboo topics and we hope these negative sentiments don’t overshadow that effort.”

    “In house multi-cultural experts”? What? I guess if they — whoever they are — say racial stereotypes are OK, then of course, by all means, go ahead! [AdWeek]

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Assault With A Deadly Ice Cream Cake At McDonald’s

A fight broke out at an Indiana McDonald’s yesterday … over an ice cream cake. Police were called to the scene when a woman slapped one employee and threw ice cream in the faces of others. I know what you’re thinking and no, this was not one of those staged food fights or a clown show for a child’s birthday party. So what enraged the suspect to the point of assault with a deadly ice cream cake? Allegedly her cake, which the McDonald’s employees agreed to keep in the freezer, had melted. Well in that case … [WFIE] Keep reading »

Not Acting Like “A Lady” Will Get You Dissed In Congress

Today from the “Seriously, Is Everyone In Congress Trapped In The 1950s?” file: a Congressman and a Congresswoman from Florida are unhappy with each other and he decided the best way to deal with this was to email her to tell her she is “not a lady.” Not a lady? Oh my stars!

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, was apparently stepping on some toes while talking about Medicare. Eh, it happens. But Rep. Allen West, a Tea Partier/Republican, pitched a fit. Naturally, as you do in situations like this, he fired off an email with the subject line “Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz” to former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a whole bunch of other people. Let’s see what he had to say! Keep reading »

Rupert Murdoch Appreciates Wendi Deng’s Criticism, Toughness

“She interpreted for me as we went around China. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a beautiful woman like her? I fell in love with her asked her and she said ‘no.’ It took me a long time to persuade her. She is very tough, very tough. A successful man needs a critical wife. It brings him down to earth … She has taught our two little girls to speak perfect Mandarin. Everybody at home speaks Mandarin except me. So they only tell me what they think I need to know … She is a wonderful mother who has given me two beautiful daughters and she’s a very good business woman.”

—Rupert Murdoch talks to the Chinese television show “Dialogue,” about his wife Wendi Deng, who has become an internet sensation this week after getting a hit in on a guy who attempted to cream her hubby in the face with a pie while he testified to Parliament about the News of the World scandal. Rupert and Wendi just happened to do this first joint interview a few weeks ago, and in it they come off like an odd couple in love. I also thinks it’s really cool that Rupert appreciates the qualities that so many guys would dismiss as ‘bitchy.’ [Telegraph] Keep reading »

I’m So Over Arguing About SlutWalks

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I have to say I’m dismayed by an upcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine by Rebecca Traister. Let me first say: I love Rebecca. She’s been the women’s political issues writer for Salon.com for nearly forever and last year she published Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women about the 2008 election. She’s been a personal mentor to me over the years and someone I’ve always respected and whose career I’ve hoped to emulate.

But I wonder if her recent piece on the current state of feminist activism in general, and SlutWalks in particular, in the Times magazine reveals a generational rift of opinion. Is it individual? Is it generational? It’s hard to say. But there’s no debating that there isn’t a word in the English language more controversial than “slut.” It only helps to multiply that controversy when feminists often virulently disagree about it. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Orlando Protestors Stalking Abortion Providers

  • Anti-abortion protesters in Orlando aren’t content to simply picket outside of abortion clinics — they’re stalking, too! A week-long protest by Operation Rescue/Operation Save America also includes harassing doctors at their homes. Two doctors had their homes leafletted, while an associate of one of the doctors had her property trespassed and photographs of her family’s vehicles taken. Creepy. Meanwhile, the actual protests at the abortion clinics only drew about 40 people, which included children brought by their parents. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Watch Sen. Al Franken school a dude from Focus On The Family during this morning’s hearing about DOMA. The FOTF guy cites a study and says children do best with a mother and a father as a parent. Franken’s, like, “Oh, you mean the study that says kids do best in a stable two-parent household, regardless of parents’ gender? Yeah, thought so.” [Think Progress]
  • Oh, joy: there’s another anti-abortion group claiming that Planned Parenthood is behind a genocidal plot to rid the world of black people. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition is claiming abortion is “the number one killer” of black Americans. [Think Progress]

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