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Single? #LookADouche Is Here To Tell You To “Shut Up” To Be Dateable

Yesterday at a Richardson High School assembly in Texas, students got some … interesting … relationship advice.  Motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo — now appropriately deemed #LookADouche by the students — shared questionable “tips” such as telling students that “dateable girls know how to shut up.”

I’m sure that went over wonderfully with fragile 14-year-olds’ self-esteem. Keep reading »

Sweden Now Rating Movies Based On The Bechdel Test

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  • Sweden has introduced a movie rating system based on the Bechdel Test, which assesses whether a movie features  two or more female characters, with names, who have conversations with one another about something other than a man. Now Swedes can easily decide whether to see a movie based on whether it treats women like human beings! Awesome. [Jezebel]
  • Forty reasons we still need feminism. [Buzzfeed]
  • Anna Holmes, founder of the lady blog Jezebel, talks with Lifehacker about how she works. [Lifehacker]
  • New research into in vitro fertilization success rates indicates that white women are more likely than women of other races to have sex with the treatment. [Mirror] Keep reading »

Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia For Driving Her Sick Father To The Hospital

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  • Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for driving, despite the fact that she was taking her diabetic father to a hospital. Perhaps the cops just wanted to warn her that driving ruins women’s ovaries? [Kuwait Times]
  • Illinois has advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to pass. [Think Progress]
  • Marvel is bringing back Ms. Marvel and she’s going to be a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Kamala Khan who lives with her Pakistani immigrant parents in Jersey City, New Jersey. [Yahoo News, New York Times]
  • Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is allegedly bound for a penal colony in Siberia. Earlier this week, family of the feminist punk rocker said she was missing and prison officials would not reveal her location.  She is reportedly being punished for engaging in a hunger strike against abusive prison conditions. [Radio Free Europe] Keep reading »

Study: Guys Who Help Out Around The House Get More Action — Well, Sort Of

This Study Is Crap
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Not doing housework is making ladies fat, says a study. Read More »
Choreplay
What is choreplay? It's the new foreplay! Read More »
Sisters And Housework
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Study: men will sisters are likely to do less housework. Read More »

Men who do domestic chores get laid more often, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review.

However, it comes with a strangely sexist caveat: only doing “manly” chores leads to more bedroom action. Keep reading »

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

Doctors Doing FGM
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British docs have been busted for offering female circumcision. Read More »
Outlawed In Uganda
Uganda will finally outlaw female circumcision. Read More »
Govt Against FGM
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British government goes up against female genital mutilation. Read More »
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Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK.”

The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite, stipulated any evidence of FGM should be reported to police and educators. Currently over 24,000 girls under age 18 are at risk of having their clitorises and labia removed, said the report, because they live with women who had FGM themselves. Keep reading »

Horrible Rape Joke Goes Viral On Twitter

On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
Horrible Rape Joke Goes Viral On Twitter

This. This is an example of a not funny rape joke. And yet it’s one that many, many people have posted or retweeted on Twitter, without criticism, thereby lending their tacit approval of the statement that rape is somehow flattering. The Tumblr blog Fucking Rape Culture is keeping a list of all those who tweeted the joke without calling out its offensiveness, writing, “none of these people will mind at all if you hit them in the face with a spade; after all, it’s flattering that you’re risking jail to hit them (or possibly kill them…).” That post has over 118,000 notes on it, so that’s one reason not to give up all hope for humanity. [The Daily Dot]

Debate This: Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Equal Work, Equal Pay
But not if you're an insurance agent or any of these other careers. Read More »
On The "Office Mom"
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The WSJ thinks offices have their own "moms." Read More »
"Seduce" the Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To "Seduce" The Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch advises female employees to "seduce" the men. Read More »
Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Global law firm Clifford Chance is under fire for distributing a five-page memo to female employees with specific dress code critiques and advice for how to conduct themselves professionally.  Not surprisingly, the firm is now being criticized for a “sexist” focus on only their female employees.

I don’t disagree that a focus soley on the behavior and appearance of only female employees is sexist. Specific pieces of the advice are problematic.

But taken all together, is the advice Clifford Chance gave to its female employees wrong or bad? Nope. Keep reading »

Texas Brewery Advertises Blonde Ale That “Goes Down Easy,” Offers Eyeroll-Inducing Defense Of How Funny It Is

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Sex jokes and beer go together like bros and cluelessness. Case in point: Deep Ellum Brewery’s  Blonde Ale, which is features a blonde Kewpie doll on the can with the slogan “Goes Down Easy.” The slogan and image is also featured on the side of a hot pink company van. It’s a sexual innuendo about blowjobs — get it?  Clearly that’s what the Texas craft brewery intended when they advertised their smoother alcoholic beverage, with little regard for women who find the suggestion they “go down easy” offensive. Keep reading »

UN Women Campaign Shows Real, Scary Google Autocomplete Answers When You Search “Women”

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We may be living in the Internet age, but too many people in this age are still Cro-Mags. A new campaign by UN Women illustrates this beautifully: the various images of multiracial women show the autocomplete results of actual Google searches for phrases like “women need to” and “women shouldn’t.” The results are stuff like “women need to be controlled,” “women cannot be trusted,” “women shouldn’t work,” and “women should not speak in church.” On each image is a time stamp of the date, 09/03/13 these actual Google results were found. Powerful. And disgusting. [AdWeek]

The Best Responses To Slate’s Troll-y Piece On Young Women & Drinking

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I wrote my own response to “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk,” the Slate piece by Emily Yoffe that put the onus on young women to stop getting drunk so they are less susceptible to sexual assault. But here are some other kickass responses on the Internet:

  • “How To Write About Rape Prevention Without Sounding Like An Asshole,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel
  • “No. 1 Surefire Rape Prevention Tip For Ladies: Don’t Exist,” Katie Baker, Newsweek
  • “College Men: Stop Getting Drunk,” Ann Friedman, AnnFriedman.com
  • “Slate Forgot That The One Common Factor In Rapes Are Rapists,” Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire
  • “‘Dear Prudence’ Columnist Publishes Rape Denialism Manifesto Advising Women To ‘Stop Getting Drunk’,” Lori Adelman, Feministing Keep reading »
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