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Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

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  • Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times]
  • President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women. [New York Times, White House]
  • The number of women choosing to be stay-at-home moms has started to increase after a decades-long decline. [USA Today]
  • The CEO of OK Cupid called out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for donating to support the anti-gay California law Prop 8. But as it turns out, the dating site’s CEO may have an anti-gay track record of his own. [Queerty] Keep reading »

What Double Standard Drives You Crazy?

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Oh, good ol’ double standards! Reddit asked its users yesterday which double standard they hate most in modern society and commenters, both male and female, had some pretty sobering (and funny) observations to share. Do these ring true in your own life? Keep reading »

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

What A Frustrating Lesson!

OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesson about judgment on her first day of college calculus. The supermodel received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, but all her professor seemed to see when he looked at her was a pretty face. Watch this clip from “Oprah’s Master Class” as Cindy tells her sobering (and infuriating) story — and think twice before you assume someone is dumb just because she or he is attractive. [Huffington Post]

Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are “Too Distracting For Boys”

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Dudes, women wear yoga pants because they're comfy, not to turn you on. Read More »
Dos & Don'ts: Leggings
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Miniskirts Banned
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... so that sluts don't tempt men to assault them. Read More »
Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For Boys"
  • Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, has banned female students from wearing leggings, shorts and yoga pants, allegedly because the clothes are “too distracting for boys.” Sigh, and body policing and the “Are Leggings Pants?” debate continues. Some grown men can’t handle yoga pants, either. Maybe President Obama should issue an executive order banning them entirely? [Evanston.Patch.com]
  • The founders of a “revenge porn” site, where sexually explicit images of women are posted without their consent (usually sent in by their exes), have been ordered to pay $385,000 for posting photos of a woman taken when she was a minor. [Ars Tehnica] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

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Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up.

Yes. That’s right. Keep reading »

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott As “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott As "Mick Jagger's Girlfriend"
  • Nevermind that fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died today from an apparent suicide, modeled for Chanel, styled Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds campaign, outfitted a number of Hollywood films, and made gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and numerous other celebs. According to The New York Times, the most notable thing about this extraordinarily accomplished woman was that she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend. :::head desk::: [Twitter.com/NYTimes]
  • So, the anti-abortion “abolitionists” are a big bucket of offensive/crazy, huh? [MSNBC]
  • Rupert Murdoch called gay people “bullies” and urged Irish people to boycott Guinness after the beer brand pulled out of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over its exclusion of LGBTQ folks. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

While We Fight For Birth Control Coverage, Medicare Is Spending Millions On Penis Pumps

It's A Whole New Brand Of Double Standard!

We know that conservative Republicans go batshit insane over the idea of the Affordable Healthcare Act covering preventative health care like birth control. But thanks to “The Daily Show,” we now know that America has bigger problems, literally: Medicare is spending millions on penis pumps. The program has spent $172 million in the past five years, to be exact. Apparently there are a lot of limp penises in need in the United States. How did contraception manage to be considered a more controversial use of government money than a contraption that makes your dick big and hard? Of course, Samantha Bee addresses this hypocrisy in a way that nobody else could. [NARAL]

“Princeton Mom” Appears On “Today,” Offers A Wide Variety Of Archaic Bullshit Advice For Women

"Princeton Mom" Appears On "Today," Offers A Wide Variety Of Archaic Bullshit Advice To Women
"Work will wait. Your fertility won't."
Princeton Mom Is Lying
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Susan Patton gained attention and the moniker “Princeton Mom” nearly a year ago, when the Daily Princetonian published a letter to the editor from the Class of ’77 grad called, “Advice For The Young Women Of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had,” in which she advised Princeton’s female population to focus on finding a husband during their college years so they wouldn’t end up having to marry some dude who went to a, bleh, state school. Even Princeton women have a shelf life, you see. Well, Patton’s unsolicited advice scored her a book deal of course, which she promoted this morning on “The Today Show” and Savannah Guthrie was quick to go after Patton’s suggestion that college women should devote a whopping 75 percent of their time to man-hunting and only 25 percent towards professional development. “Doesn’t that seem a bit out of whack?” Guthrie asked.

HA, stupid Savannah, not when your eggs are rotting away inside of you! “Work will wait. Your fertility won’t,” said Patton. Yes, it’s not enough that this society has post-grad women all in a tizzy about their fertility — Patton thinks college fucking freshman should be focused on finding someone to put a bun in their oven. This woman is literally advising all young women, including those paying top dollar for an Ivy League education, to prioritize getting their MRS. degree over anything else so they don’t end up barren and alone. HOW. FUCK. Keep reading »

Beyonce Leans In, Appears In PSA To Ban The Word “Bossy”

Beyonce Leans In, Appears In PSA To Ban The Word "Bossy"
"I'm not bossy. I'm the boss."

I am decisively “meh” on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation and its focus on a feminist movement driven by/benefiting capitalism, but I can get behind their latest PSA campaign to ban the word “bossy,” as it’s frequently used to describe and diminish ambitious women. Beyonce is down with it too, appearing in the PSA above (along with Jennifer Garner, Diane von Furstenberg, and Condoleezza Rice, amongst others) in which she states, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” I just decided that Beyonce needs to do a song called “Bossy,” with that line as a lyric. And then it can be added to her soundboardt. Please? [NYMag.com]

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

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This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors.

What’s the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders.

It’s a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially of white women. Consider D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth Of A Nation,” that builds an entire narrative on the idea of the black brute. From the Scottsboro boys to Emmitt Till, history as well as popular culture, the justice system and virtually all other facets of American society still hold the deeply entrenched notion of Black men as people to be feared.

But the myth doesn’t stop with history. In a recent New York Times article, a White woman living in a mostly Caribbean community (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) gets physically assaulted by a Latino man and wonders if it’s her fault, as if moving into a mostly Caribbean community was the city-dwellers equivalent to “asking for it.” A few years ago, a woman, also writing for The New York Times, reported on her experience doing aid work in the Congo and hearing repeatedly from other European aid workers that sexual harassment, violence, and rape in those areas “is cultural,” instead of, as she duly notes, “a tool of war.” The myth that Black and Latino men are innately sexually aggressive is one that extends beyond our national borders. Keep reading »

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