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Girls In LEGO-land Are Either A Cheerleader Or A Nurse

Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures — and more — apparently have tiny little yellow LEGO penises. (OK, not really. But they are all boy LEGOs.) The only two that are women are a cheerleader and a nurse.

Geez Louise. I’m actually shocked there’s no secretary or waitress. Keep reading »

Why Perez Hilton Should Not Be On Nickelodeon

Perez Hilton is on the shortlist of awful human beings that I don’t want exposed to my future children. So why, oh why would the kids’ channel Nickelodeon invite the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media to guest star on one of its shows? Perez announced that on Friday, August 27th, at 8 p.m., he’ll have a cameo on “Victorious,” the channel’s highest rated new TV show starring teen actress Victoria Justice. Excellent idea! Let’s expose all the tweens to the most sexist, nastiest gossip blogger out there and make him look “cool.” Keep reading »

Cute Or Offensive? Tool Belt Diaper Bag For New Dads

So what do we think of this Daddy’s Little Project Diaper Bag? It is designed to look like a tool belt, with a ton of pockets, and comes with blueprints on how to change a diaper.

Now, a diaper bag is just a bag you put diapers in, so clearly this is all about marketing. Some people — like Amelia, whose guy friend owns one — think the toolkit diaper bag is totally cute. [Cute enough that, made for "men" or not, I would want one for myself. -- Editor] Others — like me — see how it’s a cute product, but also think it’s as annoying/offensive as the pink-ification of products to signify they’re “for women.” I mean, diaper-changing blueprints? Men aren’t stupid. Keep reading »

Democratic Women Will Raise Your Taxes AND They’re Ugly

This is pretty terrible: The Republican Party’s website for a state Senate race in Minnesota published this YouTube video of “hot” GOP women like Sarah Palin set to the song “She’s A Lady” and then “ugly” liberal women like Hillary Clinton set to “Who Let The Dogs Out?” Keep reading »

Quotable: January Jones Thinks Sexism Is Just Less “Gentlemanly” Now

“I don’t think we’ve come very far. At least they were gentlemen back then. They might say something s**ty behind your back, but at least they opened the door.”

January Jones on the sexism depicted in her show, “Mad Men,” and whether men of today are really any different in Tatler magazine. Do you agree? [via Celebitchy] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Xbox Support Assumes Woman’s Game System Is Her Son’s

  • A woman recently contacted Xbox support about downgrading her account and the customer support sent a reply which read, “As I understand, when your son tries to sign in to Xbox LIVE, [redacted] … I know how disappointing it is when your son cannot enjoy the Xbox Live service due to this matter.” Trouble is, this woman doesn’t have a son. In fact, she never even mentioned a son! Way to stereotype your users, Xbox. [Consumerist]
  • The 18-year-old Afghani girl whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine, arrived in Los Angeles on Friday for reconstructive surgery. Aisha said her nose and ear were cut off by her Taliban-sympathizing husband as punishment for running away. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Desirée Rogers, former social secretary for the Obama White House, has been named CEO of Johnson Publishing, which publishes Jet and Ebony. [Yahoo News]

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Leaving The Country? Saudi Arabia May Text Message Your Male Guardian

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Imagine if every time you left the country — for a vacation, for college, for a new job — you needed permission from your father, brother or husband.

That’s the story of Saudi Arabian women’s lives: women have male guardians (“mahrams”) who must go through a bureaucratic process to grant them permission to travel unaccompanied. But now, technology might be involved: recently, at least one Saudi women’s rights activist claims her husband received a text message from the foreign ministry when she left the country for a vacation. Keep reading »

Here She Comes, Italy’s 375-Pound “Miss Chubby” Beauty Pageant Winner

Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.

But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Miss Chubby. Yes, the country that invented Sophia Loren (and spaghetti bolognese and cannoli) acknowledges that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: “Mad Men” Is Making Advertisers Comfortable With Sexism Again

Maybe it was because last night’s episode of “Mad Men” was a little slow—my brain couldn’t process that it was Christmas time—but I found myself actually paying attention to the commercials. Yes, commercials are always annoying, but last night’s were particularly so. I couldn’t help but be especially irked by the blatant sexism in the Clorox and Dove ads. Before you roll your eyes, let me explain what I mean. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: California Voters Polled On Female Politicians’ Hair

  • Pollster firm Public Policy Polling actually asked registered California voters whose hair they prefer more, Senator Barbara Boxer or her challenger, Carly Fiorina. Ugh. [Gawker]
  • Riot police in Cambodia beat female sweatshop workers when 3,000 of them went on strike yesterday. At least nine women were injured in the melee. The women work at a factory that creates garments for Gap, Benetton, Adidas, and Puma and claim they are paid less than $2 a day. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” laid the smackdown on feminist bloggers who have criticized the lack of women on-air at the show. “I get really frustrated when people claim that ‘The Daily Show’ is sexist when I’ve worked with Jon Stewart on four separate projects and he is the least sexist person ever,” Winstead said, “They’re not trying to not hire women, they’re trying to hire the best possible people for the show. You can call it a boy’s club, it’s not. It’s a nerd club.” [Bloggasm]

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