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Kenyan Women May Be Forced To Ride Sidesaddle On Motorbikes

No Straddling
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Indonesian city bans women from straddling male bicyclists. Read More »
Fined For Screaming
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Zimbabwean women fined $5 for each scream during childbirth. Read More »
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Because women who straddled a motorcycle were “distracting” men from driving safely, a county in Kenya is proposing a law that could force women to sit sidesaddle while a man drives the motorcycle or bike. Kisumu County assembly members agreed that the sitting position of women straddling a bike, called ‘bet angewa,’ was unconstitutional and un-cultural. Because women were “exposing their bodies” by opening their legs on the bikes, men began losing respect for them. Now it is the safety and mobility of the women that will be put at risk — especially when they’re wearing long, flowing clothing hanging over the sides of the bike. Kisumu County is actually not the first place concerned about women straddling male bike riders; a city in Indonesia enacted a law requiring women to ride sidesaddle on bikes and motorcycles. Sure there’s a better way to solve this conundrum somehow? One that is less dangerous?  [Salon via Standard Media] [Image via MrJam.org]

Australian Politician Tony Abbott Calls Female Colleagues “Feisty” With “Sex Appeal”

Small Breasts, Huge Thighs
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Australian PM Julia Gillard humiliated by sexist menu. Read More »
Sexist Job Listing
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They'll only hire you if you're attractive, female and under age 25. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

“They’re young, they’re feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal, and they are just very very connected to the local area.”

– This is MP Tony Abbott, leader of Australia’s Liberal Party, when asked about two female politicians, Fiona Scott and Jackie Kelly. The best he could come up with to describe these professional women were their more … comely … attributes. Just what we all want in our politicians, right? Feisty with a bit of sex appeal! What a ringing endorsement. A reporter for the UK’s Telegraph noticed that even Abbott’s own daughter “appeared to wince.” [Telegraph UK, Guardian UK]

PETA Wants Teens To “Go All The Way”

PETA Porn Site
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PETA is launching a softcore porn site. Read More »
Brooke Hogan For Peta
Brooke Hogan got naked in a dog cage for PETA. Read More »
Court Loves PETA
Courtney Stodden shills for PETA, makes us feel weird about animal rights. Read More »
Chad Strips For PETA
"Ink, not mink!" says Chad Ochocinqo. Read More »
16-yr-old-Samia-pinup-for-PETA

Hey. Get your head out of the gutter! PETA means “go all the way vegan” instead of just vegetarian, obviously. Obviously. Is it really that obvious, though, when PETA’s new “Vegans Go All The Way” ad features Samia Najimy-Finnerty, who is just 16 years old? Keep reading »

Republicans Put Out “Game” In Which The Purpose Is To Slap Hillary Clinton

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  • An anti-Hillary Clinton Republican Super PAC called The Hillary Project put out a Flash-animation “game” on their website in which the player slaps Clinton across the face. When did America start turning into a real-life version of “Idiocracy”? [Raw StoryUltraViolet]
  • The National Institute of Health has finally made good with the family of Henrietta Lacks, the low-income Black woman who died of cancer in 1951 and whose cells have been used for scientific research ever since. [NBC News]
  • Check out this apology letter that American Airlines sent a woman after a member of their air hostess staff hassled her for breastfeeding her baby on a flight. (They realize hungry babies scream, right?) [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Your Computer Is Sexist

On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Are Women Funny?
Mindy Kaling won't deign to answer your stupid question. Read More »
Comedian's DBag Prank
Abercrombie and Fitch douchebaggery
Comedian takes on doucebag Abercrombie & Fitch. Read More »

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh designed the first ever computer capable of producing jokes on command. Only problem: their PC wasn’t so PC. Following the lead of successful, male comedians, the software was programed to make a statement followed by an unexpected comment. The computer’s algorithm finds unlikely word pairings and makes a connection between them in the form of a one-liner. David Matthews (a computer scientist who helped develop the virtual joke maker, not the guy with the same name who fronts the band) said when they tested the jokes on volunteers — wonderful witticisms such as: “I like my men like I like my court … superior” and “I like my women like I like my gas … natural” — they laughed, but not as much as if a real comedian were delivering the sexist joke. Obviously. Keep reading »

The Children’s Place Knows That Girls Are Bad At Math But Good At Shopping

Math t-shirt
Finally, a math t-shirt for smart girls! Read More »
Pro-Ana Shirts Banned
The Kate Moss-inspired shirts pulled from shelves. Read More »
Abercrombie OFfends
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I know we were all just thinking that girls and young women needed another reason to avoid pursuing math and science, so The Children’s Place has graciously started selling shirts for young girls that clearly tell them math isn’t for them. Especially when there’s shopping to do, amiright?! Thank goodness you’re here, The Children’s Place. Keep reading »

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