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In Thailand, Hello Kitty Means Humiliation

Bangkok, Thailand has taken a pretty non-traditional approach to curbing police corruption. Of late, they’ve been punishing officers who act out of line by requiring that they wear pink Hello Kitty armbands on their uniforms. “This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,” said Pongpat Chayaphan, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok. “Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”

Hmm, okay, so we get it. Pink Hello Kitty armbands are juvenile and girly. But God, there are so many things wrong with this idea. First off, does anybody remember the last time “violators” were identified using armbands? I’ll give you a hint: It stars with H and ends with OLOCAUST. Secondly, punishing with pink and girly imagery sends implicit messaging that traditionally feminine iconography and colors are shameful.

And this is hardly the only time pink has been used as a weapon…

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R.I.P. Steve Jobs

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Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful ... that's what matters to me.
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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech

Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., has passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs stepped down from his post at Apple in August and the impact he had on technology and how we use it can’t be overstated. The striking proof of that can be seen, for example, in the fact that I, like I’m sure many of you, found out about Jobs passing while using one of the gadgets he created, the iPhone 4, and I sit here now writing of his passing on Apple’s MacBook Pro. (Today, coincidentally enough, also saw the launch of the iPhone 4S.) Our thoughts are with his family and friends, especially, but the passing of this great inventor is certainly a loss for the world. [Apple]

Today’s Lady News: Fox News Chief Hired Sarah Palin “Because She Was Hot”

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  • Roger Ailes of News Corps hired Sarah Palin as a political commenter on Fox News “because she was hot and got ratings,” he told the AP. Jesus. Sexist much? Do you even want to pretend you hired her for her brains? [Yahoo]
  • The Women’s Museum of Dallas is planning to close on October 31 due to financial difficulties. What a shame. Anyone ever been? [Dallas Art News]
  • Slut! Growing Up Female With A Bad Reputation author Leora Tanenbaum attended a recent SlutWalk protest in New York City — and was not too pleased with it. [Huffington Post]
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Another Terrible Ex-BF: Guy Tries to Murder Ex by Pretending to Be a Bear

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. All Clyde Gardner had to do was kill a bear, skin it, and wear the bear skin and claws to attack his ex-girlfriend. That way, no one would be able to track her murder back to him. And yet! Somehow this foolproof plan — ripped right outta the plot of “The Wicker Man” — went horribly awry. Shocking! Eventually Gardner realized that the whole killing and skinning a bear thing might actually be kind of hard work — even though he lived in rural Malone, NY, where one might reasonably encounter a bear or two if one was really trying. So Gardner got lazy and hired a hit man.

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Today’s Lady News: North Carolina’s Ultrasound Before Abortion Law Challenged

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  • The ACLU and several other rights groups have filed a lawsuit against North Carolina’s new state law requiring a pregnant woman receive an ultrasound and hear an explanation about the fetus’ stage of development before terminating a pregnancy. The lawsuit argues that its unethical for abortion providers to require women to listen to “state-mandated ideological speech.” The bill had been vetoed by NC’s Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, but the veto was overturned by the state’s Republican-led legislature. [Feminist.org]
  • A photograph of a woman holding a sign reading “Woman is the n**ger of the world” (a lyric from a John Lennon/Yoko Ono song) at New York City’s SlutWalk protest this weekend is prompting a continued discussion about the women’s movement and race. [Racialicious]
  • A so-called “study” by two professors at religious universities claiming sexual orientation can be changed after undergoing years in a ministry program is being challenged as biased. [CNN]
  • If we’ve got any Yalies reading The Frisky, tonight the Yale Political Union is hosting a debate on the topic “College Sexual Culture Endangers Women.” If anyone checks it out, share your thoughts on it in the comments. [Feministe]
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What Should Amanda Knox Do Now?

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Amanda Knox's murder conviction is overturned. Read More »
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Just two hours after seeing her conviction for murder overturned, Amanda Knox was released from prison in Perugia, Italy, after being held there since 2007. Upon her release, she thanked those “who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope. Those who wrote, those who defended me, those who were close, those who prayed for me.” From there, she reportedly headed to Leonardo da Vinci airport, and is thought to be on a flight back to the United States via London. [CBS News]

Knox has of course expressed that she is anxious to get back home to her friends and family. As she reconnects with them, here are some things we’d suggest she do to reorient herself to normal life.

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