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The Majority Of Americans Support Enthusiastic Consent Policies

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  • Most Americans support “yes means yes” campus consent policies. [Huffington Post]
  • In addition to today’s decision not to hear anti-gay marriage cases from five U.S. states, here are six other Supreme Court equality cases to watch this term. [RH Reality Check]
  • Charles Clymer, inspiration for the feminist #StopClymer hashtag, was awarded as a “Good Guy” by the National Women’s Political Caucus, despite many reported incidents that he is anything but. LAME. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Miss America Pageant Has Platform To Educate On Domestic Violence, Chooses Victim-Blaming Instead

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Wrong Question

Given the dismal state of international headlines these past few weeks, the Miss America pageant had a whole host of issues to draw from when putting together the question and answer portion of the competition. The question judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida during the Sunday night competition started off with an impactful topic — Ray Rice’s dismissal from the NFL for beating up then-fiancee Janay Rice (nee Palmer) last February. Things could’ve gone in a powerful direction from there and the pageant could have served as a platform to raise awareness about domestic violence. Instead, Ireland asked the most useless question of all:

“We were all rocked by the video of football star Ray Rice punching his wife Janay. She’s standing by him. As a woman, what do you think of her decision?”

Ugh.

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The Soapbox: I’m A Feminist Who Loves Miss America And That’s OK

This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion“ rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise sympathetic post, called the pageant “a collective American Nelson Muntz moment.” And Bustle redubbed Ms. America ”Miss Symbol of Conventional Gender Mores.”

Every year, I read these posts lambasting the Miss America pageant for being sexist, lame, irrelevant, and outdated, and the contestants themselves for being little more than a dumb person’s idea of ideal American femininity, anthropomorphized celery stalks liberally smeared with self-bronzer and Bonne Bell purple eyeshadow. And I agree with them, to some extent. (That flip-cup rendition of “Happy” wasn’t stellar, let’s just leave it at that.)

But mostly they just make my eyes roll into the back of my skull. Keep reading »

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev Crowned Miss America

  • Miss New York Kira Kazantsev took home the crown at last night’s Miss America pageant. This means we all get a day off work, right? Right?! [AOL]
  • Meanwhile, Miss Nebraska Megan Swanson accidentally flashed the camera on live TV when she didn’t keep her legs crossed. Whoopsies.  [New York Daily News]
  • Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on “Orange Is The New Black,” is dating Lauren Morelli, a writer for the show. Morelli and her husband have filed for divorce.   [People]
  • Marriage to Jennifer Lopez was “very tough,” says her ex-husband, choreographer Chris Judd, who was married to her for nine months. I don’t doubt it. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Miss America Nina Davuluri: Too Indian For America, Too Dark For India?

Who could blame you if on Sunday night, after Miss America was crowned, you wanted to quit America for a little bit — or at least Twitter? Nina Davuluri, an aspiring med student, performed a Bollywood dance, charmed the judges’ hearts, and took home the coveted, glitzy Miss America crown. She also poked the bear that is racist morons on the Internet. The Syracuse, New York-born Davuluri was called everything from an “Arab” to a member of “Al-Quaeda” to “Miss 7-11″ … despite being from the good ol’ U.S. of A suburbs.

Well, this story gets even more depressing. Miss America Nina Davuluri might be too brown for some racist twats to consider her “American.” But, some people have noted, Davulauri might be too dark-skinned to be considered pageant-worthy in India, a country that has been known to privilege fair-skinned women who lighten their complexion with dangerous skin-bleaching creams. Keep reading »

Racists Are Upset That The Newly Crowned Miss America Is Of Indian Descent

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I didn’t watch the Miss America Pageant last night because “Breaking Bad” was on and DUH. But when I learned that the woman crowned, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, was the first woman of Indian descent to be awarded the crown, I was like, Oh cool. Stupid honor, no doubt, but hey, diversity! Some people who apparently take the Miss America Pageant seriously had the opposite reaction. Davuluri was forced to spend her first few hours with the title defending herself against those who say she’s not American simply because she’s brown. First, there were the moronic tweets (collected by The New York Daily News):

“How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.”

“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American.”

“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”

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