Posts tagged "brazil"

Brazilian Mayor Runs Town Remotely From WhatsApp, Gets In Deep Trouble

This past week, 25-year-old Brazilian mayor Lidiane Leite of Bom Jardim, was caught attempting to remotely fulfill her mayoral responsibilities by using WhatsApp.
Apparently, the young mayor has been making regular trips to Sao Luis (the state capital), where she largely neglects her job as mayor, sending instructive messages to her cabinet from WhatsApp and…

Bronwyn Isaac / September 4, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Shaming Women For Public Breastfeeding? There Should Be A Fine For That!

Another country making leaps and bounds over the US when it comes to supporting mothers? Insert my not-at-all-shocked face here. The Brazilian city of São Paulo recently approved a bill that will fine people $150 for shaming women who breastfeed in public. That’s right. Women in São Paulo who are nursing their babies no longer…

Avital Norman Nathman / March 29, 2015

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes]
Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insult…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

Help! Remote Brazilian Village Of Women Needs A Few Good Men

Dozens of single women looking for a man? No, it’s not “The Bachelor”; it’s the remote town of Novia do Cordeiro in Brazil, where most of the population of 600 is female.

Back in 1891, an adulteress founded the village after being cast out of her home. Partially due to the town’s shaky…

Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2014

Ladies, Get A Pap Smear To Become A Teacher In Sao Paulo, Brazil

What does a woman’s past sexual experience have to do with her teaching skills? Just about everything! That’s why the education department in Sao Paolo, Brazil gets all up in the ladybusiness of potential female employees. According to women’s rights activists in Brazil, as cited by The Washington Post, women are required to prove their…

Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2014

Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that’s a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that…

Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Brazil’s Created Special Seating For Obese Olympics Fans

Excited to head to Brazil’s 2014 Olympic Summer Games? Well, if you’re obese, expect to pay a little bit more to enjoy the sports. Where standard-sized stadium seats start at $28, all obese seating is $58. Brazilian law defines obesity as a “disability,” and as such requires that the stadium be properly outfitted for the…

Julie Gerstein / March 1, 2013

The Soapbox: In Marriage Equality, Three Shouldn’t Be A Crowd

When a public notary in Sao Paulo, Brazil, authorized a civil union between one man and two women, neither she nor the triad expected to make headlines. Now, three months after their three-way relationship was formalized, it has become an international news story with flashy headlines like “‘Big Love’ In Brazil.” The members of the…

Carrie Nelson / September 10, 2012

A Little Boy Without Feet Skills Us All In Soccer

Some days, you’re like “I really can’t deal with working out, I’m so tired.” And then you read about kids like Brazilian boy Gabriel Muniz, who was born without feet and still manages to play soccer, and then you feel absolutely mortified about your own laziness. [YouTube]…

Julie Gerstein / September 3, 2012

Female Pilot Tosses Passenger Off Plane For Sexist Comments

A female pilot in Brazil tossed a passenger off her flight because he was making sexist comments about women’s ability to fly airplanes. As much as I understand her desire to kick him off, I wish she’d kept his bigoted ass on that flight and shown him how well she could fly a plane.

Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2012

“Sexist” Brazilian Gym Ad Fails To Capture Our Outrage

I don’t fully understand why these ads  are “sexist” or “offensive,” as per the women’s health blog Blisstree. The Brazilian gym Vila Olimpica ads show big, muscular men standing behind women, their ripped arms doing things like opening jars and bottles of wine. But I didn’t read this as “the iddy-bitty-widdle-lady can’t open a jar of…

Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2012

Brazilian Cannibals Made Women Into Empanadas

Everybody thinks that cannibals just eat human meat straight up. But not so in the case of Brazilian cannibal trio Jorge Beltrao Negromontem, Elizabeth Pires da Silveira, and Bruna da Silva, who put their cannibal culinary skills to the test by turning their human sacrifices into pastries. The three, who were arrested last week i…

Julie Gerstein / April 16, 2012

10 Countries That Have Elected Women Into The Highest Office

This week, Brazil got its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, who was formerly the energy secretary and chief of staff to President Luiz Inácio da Silva. Taking 56 percent of the vote, Rousseff said, “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.'” It seems trite…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 2, 2010

Working Girls Work The Runway

When hookers in Brazil want to protest discrimination, they take to the seams. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro walked the runway as models for Gabriela Leite’s Daspu label (“daspu” comes from the slang term “das putas” or “the whores”). The former prostitute started the label four years ago “a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2009

Sex Positions Around The Globe

Men’s Health mag surveyed sex positions around the globe. Although, no nasty move is indigenous to one area because we all universally get freaky! Well, here’s what they found rocked people’s worlds in different areas:

India: The Fusion
When I think of fusion, either nuclear or pan-Asian flare comes to mind. But thi…

Simcha / January 3, 2009

Panty Alert! A GPS System That Tracks Your Whereabouts Via Your Underwear

Lucia Lorio, a luxury lingerie designer, has created a “Find Me If You Can” bra and panties set that comes with its own GPS tracking system. On the side of the sheer white bodice, a black device has been stitched into the hem — ostensibly so your lover knows where you are. Needless to say,…

Simcha / November 4, 2008

Supermodel Karolina Kurkova Gets Called Fat

Oh no they didn’t! Karolina Kurkova, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel that Elle recently posted about in the forums, has been called fat by the Brazilian press. The smack talk started after a show in Sao Paulo, where Kurkova walked the runway with more meat on her bones than usual. And gasp, she has cellulite o…

Simcha / June 26, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Meeting Guys In Bars, Brazil’s Fertility Rate, And Arroused Men

Nineteen percent of women in a survey of 1,034 people over 21 said they met the last guy they dated in a bar. Nearly one in four women said they’d be embarrassed to tell their families they’re dating a guy they met in a bar. “He bought me a shot of tequila” isn’t their idea…

Catherine Strawn / April 17, 2008

Condoms That Are Good For The Environment And Brazilian “Rubber Tappers”

The Brazilian government inaugurated a factory yesterday that will use the rubber collected by hundreds of small time Brazilian “rubber tappers” to make, well, rubbers. [SIDE NOTE: I propose that anyone who uses condoms as his/her primary form of birth control should be called a “rubber tapper.”] The factory has the capacity to produce 100…

Catherine Strawn / April 8, 2008