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Crazy Girl Only Gets Butt & Lips In Matchbox 20’s “She’s So Mean”

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I am a lifelong, unabashed, unapologetic Matchbox 20 superfan. I own all their albums. They were the first band I ever saw in concert. I’ve even paid money just to hear the lead singer Rob Thomas to speak on a panel about music. I will defend his talented songwriting skills to the death. You want to take this outside, bitch? Because I will fight you. I will fight you in an alley. (Winona understands.) I’m beyond pumped for their new album and was super-excited when Amelia IMed me their new music lyric video, “She’s So Mean.”

So I was beyond not pumped when I actually watched the “She’s So Mean” video and my overwhelming emotion was “Ew.” Keep reading »

Republican Rep.’s Spokesman: “Hurl Some Acid” On Female Democratic Senators

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  • The campaign spokesperson for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), a guy named Jay Townsend, wrote a Facebook message about senators who support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but paid their male staffers more than their female staffers.  Townsend wrote, “Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” It never fails to shock me how dumb people in politics can be when it comes to writing Facebook comments. [Raw Story]
  • This teen girl is smarter than us all: Snigdha Nandipai, 14, from California, won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee on the word “guetapens.” [MSNBC]
  • North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a bill that will grant reparations of $50,000 to poor women and women of color who were forcibly sterilized between 1929 and 1974. [Jezebel]
  • A New Mexico health official said she was asked by the governor to resign after she gave a TV interview and said teenagers should use condoms to prevent the spread of STDs. Go ahead and keep your head in the sand, New Mexico, and hope your teens don’t get herpes. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Female Pilot Tosses Passenger Off Plane For Sexist Comments

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  • A female pilot in Brazil tossed a passenger off her flight because he was making sexist comments about women’s ability to fly airplanes. As much as I understand her desire to kick him off, I wish she’d kept his bigoted ass on that flight and shown him how well she could fly a plane. Everyone is getting way too nuts on airplanes lately. [Feministing]
  • Five things to know about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which got a renewed push this week. [Think Progress]
  • Let’s check in on Navy women who serve on submarines two years after the decision to allow them. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Fired For Being Hot? Secular Woman Finds Working For Orthodox Jews Who Want Her To Cover Up With A Bathrobe Not Such A Great Job Fit

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Lauren Odes, 29, of New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit alleging gender and religious discrimination against her former employers after she was supposedly fired for being “too attractive.” In April, Odes was hired at lingerie distributor Native Intimates in New York City, which is run by Orthodox Jews, to do data entry. (Odes herself is Jewish, but more secular.) Almost immediately, her supervisor told her that she was “too hot” and her breasts were “too big”; she was also asked to tape down her boobs. On her second day at work, when her outfit — a tee shirt and jeggings — still upset her employers, they told her to put on a bathrobe they had in the office. Odes said she then left the office to go buy herself a more “modest” outfit — and got fired while she was shopping. Keep reading »

Crew Team’s “Check Out Our Cox” Shirts Fail To Amuse

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I dunno, I think “Check out our cox” is a pretty funny slogan for a men’s crew team. (The person who directs the boat is called the coxswain or cox for short.) But a student who witnessed the Tuft’s University men’s crew team wearing their “Check out our cox” shirts to a Spring Fling dance was not amused, and filed a “bias incident” report of sexism. The team was then suspended from rowing by their own coaches, which would have kept them out of an important championship game. Fortunately the suspension was lifted by the president of Tufts — correctly assessing that people were perhaps being a wee bit too sensitive. Please, let the preppies have their penis puns! [Boston.comTufts Daily]

Nicki Minaj Says Asking Her Not To Cuss Is Sexist

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“Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words? Nobody stops them and says ‘Would you stop swearing… for the children, please?’ … I don’t want children cursing. I’m very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music. … Don’t you think it’s strange, though? I used to see Eminem in concert and people were bringing their little brother or whatever. Nobody stops them and says [she adopts a posh English accent], ‘Would you stop swearing, Eminem, for loads of money?’ I don’t get it, I don’t get it.” 

– Nicki Minaj did a great interview with the UK Guardian and talked about lots of feminist-y themes, including the scrutiny she’s put under for being a woman who sings some really “dirty” lyrics. Nicki talks about how she knows those two little girls on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Sophia Grace and Rosie — who rap clean versions of her songs have brought her a lot of attention, but that doesn’t make her kids’ singer. I love this woman. [Guardian UK]

Ukraininan Women Will Steal Your Husbands, According To This Dutch Commercial

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Today in Awkward Diplomatic Kerfluffles: the entire country of Ukraine is pissed at the entire country of The Netherlands for airing a commercial that implies sexy, sexy Ukrainian women are a bunch of husband-stealing sexpots. The ad was made by a Dutch energy company called NLE and references the Euro 2012 soccer games, which will be hosted by the Ukraine. (On a side note, any other Americans find it utterly impossible to keep Europoeans and their various soccer tournaments straight?!) The ad shows a woman Googling the words “Ukrainian women” and coming up with images of super sexy hot Ukrainian ladies. She then immediately goes and purchases an at-home beer tap, presumably so her husband will stay on his couch and not leave her for some random blonde chick in the Ukraine during a soccer match. Ukraine is now pissy that the commercial will affect tourism during the Euro 2012 games. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mitt Romney Spokesman Furiously Deleting Sexist Tweets

  • A new spokesman hired by Mitt Romney has furiously deleted tweets in which he made sexist comments about Callista Gingrich, Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. Richard Grenell has defended himself by saying tweets about Callista Gingrich’s appearance, for example, were only meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Uh huh. [Talking Points Memo
  • Wisconsin’s Planned Parenthood clinics have suspended use of the abortion pill (also called non-surgical abortions) after a new anti-abortion law has required women to visit a doctor at least three times before taking the abortion pill. [MSNBC]
  • A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services found significant health disparities for transgender folks, including those exacerbated by discrimination and prejudice. [Think Progress]
  • Foreign Policy magazine asked female politicians to play a game of “Women In Politics” Mad Libs. [Foreign Policy] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Focus On Amanda Bynes’ DUI Arrest Is Sexist

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  • A “friend” of Amanda Bynes (um, probably her publicist) tells gossip blog Radar Online that party-hardy comparisons to Lindsay Lohan after Amanda’s recent DUI arrest are “sexist.” The friend said, “Comparisons between the two are just ridiculous as Amanda has never been arrested for drug possession or for stealing anything … Amanda doesn’t harbor any negative feelings towards Lindsay, she doesn’t even know her, she just thinks it’s sexist that the two are being compared. Men in Hollywood that get arrested for DUIs don’t face the same scrutiny that women do and this is what really irks Amanda.” It’s true. It’s so, so true. [Radar Online]
  • Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder held a forum today to emphasize the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which is being stalled in Congress. [Feminist.org, Think Progress]
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Lena Dunham Addresses “Labia Saturation Point”

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“I think Sarah Silverman had a quote where she was like, ‘Sometimes with an old guy with misogyny you’re just like, “You cute old guy. You misogynist.” I almost feel like ['Two & A Half Men' co-creator Lee Aronsohn, who complained last week that too many women have shows on TV ] is holding on desperately to a world that no longer exists … I felt especially bad for him because it’s not even a funny joke. If you had a good quip, I’d be like, ‘Well, you’re a dick, but at least you’re a good comedy writer!’ But with that, I was like, ‘Come on, dude. “Labia saturation point”?’ It’s also so dumb. There’s three shows on TV about women, so I guess we really reached our limit. It’s not like three-quarters of the world is comprised of women, you idiot. 

I almost wanted to do a tweet, but I didn’t do it: ‘Since we’ve reached our labia saturation point on television, I’ve decided not to release “Girls.”‘ Like, ‘HBO’s behind me on this decision and we’re so sorry for anybody we’re disappointing, but we really can’t over-vagina the TV. Lee has spoken.’”

– Lena Dunham, creator of “Girls,” responds to Lee Aronsohn’s fretfulness last week over reaching “peak vagina on television.” Lena’s got a point: if you’re going to be a sexist asshat … at least be a funny sexist asshat. [Huffington Post]

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