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Frisky Rant: You Are Not My Dad, So I Am Not Your ‘Sweetie’

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I hear a lot of weird shit on the street. Many people, apparently, feel that they have license to say whatever they so please to me. Generally, it doesn’t bother me, but “sweetie”’ is where I draw the line.

The other day I walked to grab a coffee and held the door for a respectable-looking gentleman who was also leaving the building. “Thank you, sweetie!” He replied. I know he was just trying to be nice, but I am an adult leaving my place of work for a coffee break. In what way did it strike this man as appropriate to call me his “sweetie”? Keep reading »

Woman Solves Unwanted Dick Pic Problem By Sending Picture To Mom

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Trevor and Sarah dick pic

Ladies, ever get a creepy, unwanted dick pic or jerk off shot from a dude online? There you were, talking about your favorite Jay-Z song and then all the sudden — blam! — there’s a dick all up in your inbox. That’s what happened to Sarah, who had posted a profile on the dating website Let’s Date, hoping to find someone nice. The 20-year-old Long Island, New York, woman was was minding her own business, talking about the weather — literally, talking about the weather — with a guy named Trevor, when he surprise dick-pic-ed her.

Sarah was understandably upset. “I don’t need to be disrespected by someone I don’t know,” she texted back to him. Sarah told Trevor to leave her alone, but he didn’t listen, and instead responded with a barrage of insults. Time and again she asked that he stop messaging her, but he wouldn’t.

But rather than just getting mad, she got even. Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Slippery Rock Prof Tells Student To Suck His Dick

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College is a great place to explore new subject areas: Critical thinking, philosophy, dick sucking. What’s that? You college didn’t specialize in dick sucking? You must not have gone to Slippery Rock University, in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Because a professor there, Robert Ammon Jr., seemingly offered that as an option to one of his students. The dick-sucking incident goes back to a 2010 trip  to Spain the sports management professor took with a bunch of students. Ammon was supposed to act as something of a chaperone to the 19 kids, but ended up drinking with them at a bar. First, he bragged that he’d had more than 100 partners. Then, when another student asked who his favorite student was, he pointed to one girl in the group and said that she’d be his favorite “if she sucked his dick.” Keep reading »

Beijing Police Suggest Women Avoid Miniskirts To Prevent Sexual Harassment

Miniskirts Banned
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... so that sluts don't tempt men to assault them. Read More »
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The story is always the same: officials find it too hard to tell men to control themselves and not sexually harass women, so they place the responsibility and blame on women instead.

In this instance, Chinese police have asked women to refrain from wearing revealing clothing on buses or subways. According to China Daily ,“Women should not wear minimal clothing, such as miniskirts or hot pants when taking public transportation and should call police promptly if they are sexually harassed.” In case women just can’t resist wearing hot pants on the subway, police suggest that women use shopping bags, newspapers, or magazines to cover themselves up. Keep reading »

Iowa Senate Republican Staffer Says She Was Fired After Reporting Sexual Harrassment

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#IAskedPolitely
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I Was Sexually Harassed
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  • Kirsten Anderson, a former staffer for Iowa Senate Republicans, said she was fired hours after reporting and providing documentation of sexual harassment. According to WHO TV,  Anderson said “male staffers and senators used sexist language, commented about her body and her clothes.” [WHO TVRaw Story]
  • A Facebook page that is a “direct threat” against Rep. Jackie Speier has been shut down and referred to Capitol police. The page had several disparaging comments on it from active duty service members. Rep. Speier was targeted for helping to shut down a page run by active Marines which mocked violence against female troops. [NBC News]
  • A former “hero cop” Richard DeCoatsworth who once sat next to the First Lady at a presidential speech has been accused of raping two women at gunpoint and numerous other crimes. [Jezebel]
  • A so-called “crisis pregnancy center” has moved next door to an abortion clinic in Charleston, West Virginia. [RH Reality Check]
  • On the feminism of Beyoncé (and no, this one’s not from Ms.!) [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: How To Talk To Girls

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... while trying to run errands at my local store. Read More »
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Dear Gentlemen Of The World:

Hello. My name is Sara Benincasa. Pleased to meet you. I’m an author and a comedian and a human with a vagina, otherwise known as a “lady-person.” I’m about to school you in exactly how to tell a stranger lady that she is great. I’m also going to teach you how not to talk to girls you don’t know.

But first, I’d like to tell you a story. I know, women be talking, am I right? But seriously guys, listen up, for I have knowledge to share. Useful knowledge. Think of my words as tools, and your brain as a box in which to place said tools, and a mutually satisfying encounter as the project you are building with these tools.

Okay then. On to the story. Keep reading »

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