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16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

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Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games.

But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a “prostitute” by misogynists back home. Keep reading »

“There Are No Feminists On My Team,” Says U.S. Women’s Basketball Coach

  • The U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team coach Geno Auriemma has said that “there are no feminists on my team … we’re not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team.” I guess he is trying to say talent wins out above all?  But way to not understand feminism at all, dude. The reason the team you coach is allowed to play in the Olympics is because of women’s equality. [Blisstree]
  • …. nevertheless, NPR declares it the “Year Of The Woman” at the London Olympics. [NPR]
  • A woman who braids hair has won a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah over regulations that would have required her to get a cosmetology license. The state of Utah could not prove that hair braiders — who oftentimes are immigrant women for whom attaining a cosmetology license would be a struggle — were a threat to public health. [Seattle Times] Keep reading »

Old Sexist Dude Concerned Olympic Athletes Are Unfeminine

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“Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips; [they are] totally indistinguishable from men. Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers. Their appearance is just pathetic.”

You know how sometimes crusty old dudes say laughably sexist things? Like, things you can’t even waste the energy getting offended about because they’re so preposterous? Meet Turkish columnist Yuksel Aytut, who wrote a column called “Womanhood Is Dying At The Olympics.” Yes, seriously. Womanhood is dying. All those female athletes are running, swimming and kicking soccer balls when they should be back at home rubbing their husband’s feet. Such a shame!

Oof. Obviously this man has not clicked through a slideshow of women’s beach volleyball butts. [WonketteDaily Mail UK]

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Described As A “Mean Girl”

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Today, The Washington Post ran a column praising 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as a tenacious athlete. In fact, you could describe columinist Sally Jenkins’ piece as gushing. So it’s unfortunate in an otherwise awe-filled piece that Jenkins’ made a poor choice of words (emphasis mine):

This was her first Olympic gold medal attempt in a grueling program of seven planned events — and on top of that, she had had to swim a semifinal heat in the 200 freestyle less than 15 minutes earlier. But with about 25 meters to go in the backstroke, a mean girl took possession of her.

Whoa, hold up. Why does winning have anything to do with being a “mean girl”? Keep reading »

WWE Announcer Cracks A Kobe Bryant Rape Joke

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  • On “Monday Night Raw” last night, WWE announcer Abraham Washington cracked a rape joke about a wrestler, saying the guy was “like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado … he’s unstoppable.” WWE issued an immediate apology. (In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; prosecution dropped the charges days before the trial against him was set to begin. Bryant had maintained the two had consensual sex.) [TMZ]
  • Robert Pattinson has already moved out — and now he Kristen Stewart are going to battle for custody over their dog, Bear. Also, R-Patz wants to have a “man-to-man” talk with Rupert Sanders, the “Snow White and the Huntsman” director with whom Kristen cheated. [The Sun UK, Celebrity Cafe]
  • Lana Del Rey covered Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” at a concert in Australia, prompting Courtney Love to tweet at Lana, “you do know that song is about my vagina, right?” Ooooookay, Court. [PopCrush]
  • While filming a sex scene for “The Canyons” in which she had to go topless, Lindsay Lohan asked the male crew members to strip down to their boxers. [TMZ] Keep reading »

26 Olympic Sports We’d Excel At

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Look, I’m a little intimidated about heading to the Olympics next week to hang out with a bunch of people who are Really Good At Sports. I’m not good at sports and typically only play them when I’ve been unassumingly tricked into them by a friend who says that it’s faster to ride bikes someplace than to drive a car. And yes, I treat my body like a decommissioned Orange Julius machine.

But that doesn’t mean that me and the rest of the mostly-sedentary Frisky staff aren’t gold medalists at other things in life. That’s why I asked everybody to tell me what they’d likely win a gold medal in. After all, if competitive race walking is an actual Olympic sport, can competitive closet organizing — in which my Virgo soul would easily get the gold — be far behind?

Tell us: What would you win a gold medal for? And if you need me, I’ll be polishing my Olympic gold medals for Eating All The Tacos and Being Able To Discern What Song Sampled What Other Song.

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NASCAR Fans Jeer Lady Driver For Sucking (But Do It Sexistly So)

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There’s criticism (“You suck”) and then there’s criticism that hits below the belt because it gets specific about someone’s race, gender, or sexuality (“You suck because you’re fag”). The latter is what happened this weekend to NASCAR driver Amber Cope, whose not-good driving interfered with a more experienced driver. As the car blog Jalopnik puts it, Amber Cope and her twin sister Angela Cope “have been trying to work their way into racing with mostly weak results.” But that doesn’t mean the appropriate way to criticize either one of them for a job poorly done is to use the word “c**t.” Keep reading »

Ralph Lauren Unveils The Uniforms He Designed For The U.S. Olympic Team

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Today in Things That Aren’t Cute: these uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic Team. Blazers, berets, knee-length skirts — the company’s statement says the outfits aim to “embody the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship,” but I think they’re more “Phillips Exeter Academy, sailing, affected accents from a place that doesn’t exist, that kid you know named John Charles Johnson III, your mom’s Valium in the mirrored bathroom cabinet, and things that do not and will never genuinely define America as a whole unless, of course, you happen to be asking Ralph Lauren.” I grew up in Connecticut. I know this shit.

Muslim Women Now Allowed To Wear Headscarves In Professional Soccer

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  • FIFA, the organization that governs professional soccer, has reversed its ban on Muslim athletes wearing the hijab after FIFA’s medical committee approved two types of headscarves which won’t pose any danger on the field. [ESPN]
  • A newsletter put out by Boston cops is filled with sexist, racist and all around icky jokes. [Bitch Magazine]
  • The CIA is cracking down on sexual harassment within its ranks. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Meet the female Marine Corps officer who believes women should not be allowed in combat roles. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Let’s Be Friends: 17-Year-Old Girl Who Pinched Butts At The College World Series

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Candice Sortino in trouble for pinching butts!

Dear Candice Sortino,

I know you are facing criminal charges for the recent stunt you pulled at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. When asked why you made a mad dash out on to the field to pinch two baseball players’ butts you responded “Because there were so many people watching and it’s against the rules and you get tackled too.”  You rebellious little minx. I know you think that you got “caught up in the moment” and made a mistake, but I, for one disagree.

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