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Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

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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 most people didn’t feel that the ads’ message was quite appropriate. One PSA read, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.” But the poster that has received the most attention featured a smiling woman and the phrase “I’m happy being a prostitute.” Keep reading »

Brazil’s Created Special Seating For Obese Olympics Fans

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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 disabled. Approximately 120 of the 64,000 seats in Castelao, the main Olympic stadium, were designed with the obese in mind and are equipped to hold up to 560 pounds. And just in case obese fans don’t feel bad enough about having to pay extra to watch the games, they’ll also be singled out by having their seats painted blue, instead of the regulation white used for all other seating. Keep reading »

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

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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 triad have refused to speak to the press. But the notary, Claudia do Nascimento Domingues, has come forward in light of backlash to explain why she made the decision to authorize the three-way union (or “thruple”). As she told the UK’s Telegraph:

We are only recognizing what has always existed. We are not inventing anything … for better or worse, it doesn’t matter, but what we considered a family before isn’t necessarily what we would consider a family today. Keep reading »

Female Pilot Tosses Passenger Off Plane For Sexist Comments

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  • 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. Everyone is getting way too nuts on airplanes lately. [Feministing]
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“Sexist” Brazilian Gym Ad Fails To Capture Our Outrage

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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 olives,” because the female model actually looks rather fit and toned herself. I read it more as a joke: the lady needs gorilla arms to open these relatively easy products, but those kind of muscles are more of a female body builder thing, so there’s a big dude standing behind her doing it.

It’s a obtuse, sure, but I’d say it’s visually clever. What do you think, Frisky readers? Maybe I’m losing my edge? [BlissTree]

Brazilian Cannibals Made Women Into Empanadas

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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 in the Brazilian town of Guaranhuns, allegedly attracted their victims by offering them well-paying babysitting jobs. They then murdered their three victims after “a spirit warned them they were bad people.”

The whole cannibalism thing was apparently a way for the trio to “purify their souls.” Buuuuuuuut they may have also used their victims’ bodies to make some extra money by using their “meat” to make empanadas that they sold around their neighborhood. Gross and horrific. [Telegraph UK]

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 to be all “girl power!” about this, but I get kind of giddy when a lady is elected into a country’s highest office. A handful of South American governments are being run by women now, and there are women in top political offices around the world. We’ve rounded up some of them up after the jump. [Newser] Keep reading »

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 “as a way for prostitutes to gain regular income while also fighting preconceptions of people affected with AIDS.”

“Daspu gets rid of prejudice,” says Leite. “It opens paths for the citizen whore.” Keep reading »

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:

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When I think of fusion, either nuclear or pan-Asian flare comes to mind. But this is a dish best served hot. He leans back, you sit on top, facing him, and lean back too. Make sure you bend your knees and pump away with a full view of all the crotch action!
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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, many are calling the set made for stalking a “modern day chastity belt.” However, Lorio defends her product: “In London, New York, Rio de Janeiro — wherever there is danger, the underwear may prove to be a lifesaver.” Ironically, it looks like the lingerie equivalent of the GPS ankle bracelet that sex offenders on parole have to wear. Lorio’s selling her high-tech undergarment system for a grand a piece, plus the monthly monitoring fee. It seems like a rip off for something that’s supposed to get ripped off you, and it’s creepy to think about someone trying to keep tabs on your location, especially by tracking your underpants. Consider yourself warned, ladies. It’s all fun and games getting followed via your lingerie — until you realize you’re living in 1984, and Big Brother’s in your underwear drawer. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

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