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Here’s Everything On Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad That Was Photoshopped

Well, it turns out that Justin Bieber’s pubes weren’t the only thing Photoshopped in his Calvin Klein ads. An unretouched photo acquired by BreatheHeavy.com (good luck clicking the link, the site has been down with traffic for a while) shows just how drastic the changes made to Bieber’s relatively slender body were: Keep reading »

Trans Teenager Leelah Alcorn’s Funeral Had To Be Moved Following Threats Against Her Family

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  • The funeral for Leelah Alcorn, the trans teen who committed suicide last week, had to be moved after her family started receiving threats. [Cosmopolitan]
  • One of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s grand jurors is suing the prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, for botching the case. [RawStory]
  • “Skinny” health insurance plans that allow employers to short their workers on coverage are falling through one of Obamacare’s loopholes. [VICE] Keep reading »

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

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  • The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
  • The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
  • Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency. (The Root) Keep reading »

Representation In Porn, Or A Lack Thereof, And Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered what racial representation looks like in porn versus the United States population? Well, I have.

I get tired of conventional porn sometimes, and I want to see porn with women especially, but people in general, who aren’t going “ooohnnnn ooohhhhhnnn ohhhhhnnn” like seals throughout the movie, or who aren’t skinny, or who aren’t young, or who aren’t white, or who aren’t conventional-looking, or who are engaging in sex acts that they really, really, really love of their own accord rather than being just sort of down to do because it’s their job. That’s why I love Beautiful Agony (just assume that none of the links in this post are safe for work) — it’s all orgasms, it’s all very understated, it’s a pure celebration of pleasure, and lots of different kinds of people are represented. It’s also why I love the Art-Porn Tumblr: there’s at least some diversity, there’s a lot of kink — real kink — and many of the photographers and directors portray sex in a way that doesn’t feel so … I don’t know. Gratuitous. There’s nothing wrong with gratuitous, conventional porn, of course, I just get tired of it. It’s made for a male audience, and I’m not male. I want to see something different. Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Struggled With Insecurity Growing Up

“It’s taken me a long time to be happy with my body and for my confidence to grow to what it is today. I grew up when the body to have was the tall, slim, supermodel one, like Cindy Crawford’s. No one looked like me. It’s good to break the mould and recreate one. I’m an Armenian girl, I have shape, and it turned out people liked that. That makes me feel good about myself and about other women for being so supportive. I am a confident woman, but I didn’t just arrive confident – it has built over the years and that is a big part of who I am now.”

I sometimes think about what middle school must have been like for Kim Kardashian, when the size-0 look was all the rage and getting breasts before your classmates was feared. As it turns out, now-noted narcissist Kim had trouble loving her body just like any other young person might have, even if she was already kinda bratty back then. It’s sort of a bummer that others’ approval is what ultimately got her to a place of confidence, but I can’t fault her for that too much – it’s a big part of human nature. As problematic as Kim can be, she deserves some cred for working the gorgeous shape she’s got even in the face of judgement and body shaming, and for encouraging other women to do the same. [Elle UK] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Yeah, Right, I Take Nudes For Your Attention, Because It Matters So Much To Me

Do I need to link to anything that says “[Fill in the name of a woman] is getting naked on camera for attention”? It’s been said about me. It’s being said about Kim Kardashian. It’s been said about any woman who’s ever voluntarily had a photo taken in any kind of sexualized context, and several non-sexualized contexts, for that matter.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but here’s what you do to me when you say that I take nude, sexualized photos for attention: You claim that you know my intentions. Are you a mind-reader? To my knowledge, that’s not a thing that exists. So do you know me intimately? No, you don’t, and no one who knows me intimately thinks or says that I take nudes for attention. So what you’re doing is implying that I’m a liar when I say, “No, this is not for attention,” and/or you’re assuming that attention is the only possible motivation any woman could ever have for taking a picture of herself naked, and possibly claiming that you know myself, or any woman, better than we know ourselves. That you have insight on the female character (because women are a monolith) that females don’t have if they state that they are not taking nude pictures for attention. Keep reading »

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