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Waitress Sues L.A. Bar Over Short Skirt Dress Code, Fans Blowing Up Skirt

Harassed At Work
Daley's friend is being harassed by her superior at her summer job. Read More »
Slutty School Girls
On dress codes and "Slutty Wednesday" at one NYC high school. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
Today's Lady News
Pervy New Dress Code
  • A woman claims she was fired from O’Hara’s, a bar near UCLA, for complaining about a new dress code for women that required wait staff to wear short, plaid school girl skirts  and place fans around the restaurant to blow their skirts up! Ew. Creepy. The woman wrote a letter to her boss registering her complaint, then quickly saw her hours reduced before being fired three days later. That fan thing is straight-up sexual harassment: indefensible in any workplace.
  • Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a bill last week which would have provided free HPV vaccinations for young ladies. Some strains of HPV are known to cause cervical cancer in women. [Think Progress]
  • A teenaged lesbian couple were found shot in a Portland, Texas park. Mollie Oligin, 19, died from her injuries, and Mary Chapa, 18, was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition. Its unclear whether the young women’s sexuality factored in the attack. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Should Cabbies Be Punished For Knowingly Driving Prostitutes?

On Sex Work & Feminism
Actress Billie Piper talks about sex work and feminism. Read More »
Sex Work Past
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Is it OK for an elementary school teacher to have been a stripper? Read More »
Call Girls Onscreen
Meet the women who've played call girls in film and TV. Read More »

We can all agree that sex trafficking of women and girls is abhorrent and should be illegal. Maybe we won’t agree about whether consensual sex work should be legal. (I personally believe it should be.) But where do you stand on punishing cab drivers who knowingly drive around prostitutes?

On Friday morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that pins a $10,000 fine on a cab driver who is convicted the second time for knowingly transporting prostitutes to their work. Simply transporting a prostitute or a decoy prostitute would not be illegal, the mayor said, but knowingly driving around sex workers even after getting caught doing so once before would now constitute participating in a ‘sex trafficking operation.’ Keep reading »

Ex-NYPD Cop Admits He Raped Woman, Lied About It

Cop Rape Accusation
NYPD officier being investigated for raping a 25-year-old woman. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
CDC Sex Assault Data
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Adolescent girls and preteen boys are at the highest risk for sexual assault. Read More »
Should I Be Scarred?
This woman wonders if she should be more scarred by her date rape. Read More »
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Nearly one year ago, those of us who put our faith and trust in the police had our world rocked: an New York City Police Department officer named Michael Pena was charged with grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, threatening to shoot her, and raping her in a yard. A neighbor saw Pena raping the woman and called 911.

But this March, a jury failed to convict Pena of rape. It convicted him of seven charges, including sexual assault, but wouldn’t convict him of rape because he insisted he did not “penetrate” her. The eyewitness neighbor who called 911 said it very clearly was a rape and was shocked the jury didn’t believe the 25-year-old woman.

Yesterday, the ex-cop admitted he had lied. In a retrial yesterday, Pena admitted he raped the young Bronx teacher and plead guilty to two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Feminism & Judging Other Women

1 Percent Wives
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Elizabeth Wurtzel penned a judgmental piece on wives of the rich. Read More »
On Marrying Up
Let's be realistic about the finances it takes to raise a family. Read More »
Staying At Home
Stay at home moms are front and center this election season. Read More »

It was easy to roll one’s eyes at Elizabeth Wurtzel’s recent piece on TheAtlantic.com, “1 Percent Wives Are Helping To Kill Feminism And Make The War On Women Possible.” Although I understand the point Wurtzel was trying to make (educated women who don’t advance in the workforce and financially support themselves/their families are bad for feminism) she couched the whole thing in kind of bombastic, linkbait-y statements like, “I am going to smack the next idiot who tells me that raising her children full time — by which she really means going to Jivamukti classes and pedicure appointments while the nanny babysits — is her feminist choice.”

But I want to go a little deeper than the eye-rolling. I want to look at the phenomenon of self-described feminists — like Wurtzel — judging other women’s choices. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: On Calling A Man “Daddy” In Bed

Sex Positive?
Find out if you're really sex positive. Read More »
Getting Spanked
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There is a first time for everything! Read More »

He liked to talk in bed — a lot, and always dirty — and, as part of his rhetorical repertoire, he liked to tell me about other women he’d been with while he was getting me off. He’d whisper in my ear about how this one went down on him while he told her what a whore she was, or how that one responded when he called her a slut while she was on her knees in front of him. When I told him he wasn’t allowed to call other women by my name — “slut” — anymore, he kissed me so hard I couldn’t breathe and nailed me until I couldn’t see straight. Keep reading »

Chescaleigh Gets “Cat Called”

Shit Girls Say
Oh ladiez, so predictable! Watch »
More Shit Girls Say
The stereotypes keep on comin'! Watch »
SH*t Liz Lemon Says
Sh*t Liz Lemon Says
Blerg! I want to go to there. Lemon, out. Read More »
Cat Calling Ain't Cool!

You remember Chescaleigh from the “Shit White Girls Say To Black Girls” videos? Of course you do. She’s back, this time with a new video about street harassment in which she plays both the loser with no game “hssssss”-ing her on the street and the woman minding-her-own business who has to deal with his catcalls. “Here’s what I don’t understand,” she says. “Are these guys really so desperate, horny, and insecure about their penis size that they are willing to hit on anything? And I mean anything, because they don’t really seem to discriminate.” Yes, Chescaleigh, they really are. Clearly I need to tell you about the time I was catcalled last summer while wearing a fucking eyepatch. [YouTube]

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