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Christian School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

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Sunnie Is A Tomboy

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run “Christian” schools are actually enormous dicks.

Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn’t dress or behave “feminine” enough, like wearing pants with her school uniform. Her grandparents, who are her guardians, pulled Sunnie out of Timberlake and enrolled her in public school instead of forcing her to be someone she is not.

Sunnie is a tomboy with a big, infectious smile who wears short hair (she donated her longer hair to kids with cancer!) and comfy clothes like jeans and T-shirts to run around outside. But elementary principal Becky Bowman from Timberlake Christian School wrote in a letter to Sunnie’s grandparents that perhaps it’s “not the best place for her future education” if Sunnie can’t conform to the Biblically-based gender identity they dictate:

“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment … We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Refusing To Review Books Marketed To One Gender Is Counterproductive

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The British newspaper The Independent announced yesterday that it would no longer be reviewing any book that was specifically marketed at one gender. While their announcement certainly did its job – garnering a wave of free publicity for the newspaper and allowing them to slap their own backs quite forcefully – it’s not helping the young men and women they claim to be looking out for or the authors whose books will be measured by these new standards.

Most authors have little to no say in how the books they write are marketed. Those decisions are made by highers-up at publishing companies, with the actual writer just hoping that their book will manage to somehow stand out from the pack of new releases. Choosing to boycott a book based on to whom it’s being marketed is kind of like boycotting a band based on who goes to their concerts – there is not much that the actual creator of the work can do. Keep reading »

Gender-Swapping “The Wolf Of Wall Street”

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A Dick Flick Becomes A Chick Flick!

Sure, Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is based on a true story, but imagine if this sleazy, misogynistic tale was actually about a bunch of women pulling the same stunts? Nicole Donadio created this parody trailer that imagines just that and, I gotta admit, I’m keen to see more. Can we get fictional sequel to the movie with her at the helm? [Upworthy]

Artist Envisions Political Figures As Drag Queens (In GIFs)

You don’t need to sell me on the idea that drag is deeply inspiring (see: my obsession with “RuPaul’s Drag Race”). It’s not just about the WOW effect of all the sequins on the catwalk, it’s about making gender performance, which falls outside of the traditional binary, palatable to a wider audience. Artist Saint Hoax attended his first drag show and was stuck by the sequins, yes, but also by how it takes the “exact effort to make a leader” that it does to make an iconic drag queen: a flamboyant name, a fierce persona, defining outfits, a personalized hairdo, a trademark feature and one hell of a PR team. In his piece, “War Drags You Out,” Saint Hoax went to work transforming the most controversial political leaders into iconic queens. In a statement on his website, Saint Hoax writes:

“A rush of images containing Hitler’s mustache, Bin laden’s headgear, Obama’s campaigns, Saddam’s narcism crossed through my mind. It got me thinking that behind every ‘great’ man, there’s a queen. Like drag queens, political/religious leaders are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech. But unlike drag queens, the fame hungry leaders don’t know when to take their costumes off. ”

After the jump, meet Hitleria Hysteria,Queen Abby, Madame O’ Sane, Georgia Buchette, Vladdy Pushin’ Ossie B’ and Baricka O’Bisha making their debuts in GIF form. WERK! [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Beyond “Male” And “Female”: Facebook Now Allows More Inclusive Options For Gender Identity

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The gender options on Facebook have worked well enough for those of us who identify as “male” or “female.” But what about folks who wish to publicly identify as something else? Until now, their only option has been to leave that option blank or be mis-gendered. After working with LGBTQ activists, Facebook announced an “Other” option to customize your correct gender identity. A scroll down menu (like shown) listing a bunch of different gender identities: transgender male, intersex, cisgender female, queer, and so on. It even offers the option “gender questioning” for folks who aren’t sure which label, if any, fits them just yet. Currently, the new inclusive options are only available for users in the United States, but it’s a great start. It’s not often Facebook does something that we actually like, so this makes the new extra exciting. Good job, everyone! [The Verge] [Image of Facebook via Shutterstock]

This Awesome Recreation Of A 1981 LEGO Ad Says Everything You Need To Know About Sexist Toy Marketing

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Maybe you saw this 1981 gender-neutral LEGO ad (left) the first time around. Or maybe you saw it more recently, going viral on the Internet to underscore how advertising for kids could be: the little girl in the picture isn’t wearing any pink, and the ad copy is about the pride a child takes in building something on their own.

The ad’s young model, Rachel Giordano, recently posed for an updated version of the ad that shows just how much toys have changed in the past few decades. Rachel, who is now a 37-year-old naturopathic doctor, posed holding a toy from the LEGO “Friends” line, which is marketed to girls. The “Heartlake City News Van” in her hands is advertised like this:

“Break the big story of the world’s best cake with the Heartlake News Van! Find the cake and film it with the camera and then climb into the editing suite and get it ready for broadcast. Get Emma ready at the makeup table so she looks her best for the camera. Sit her at the news desk as Andrew films her talking about the cake story and then present the weather to the viewers.” Keep reading »

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