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Sweden Shop Under Fire For Making Employees Reveal Breast Size

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A lingerie shop in Sundsvall, Sweden, is in trouble for requiring that employees wear placards revealing their boob size. A Swedish employment tribunal (which sounds more smiley and blond than frightening) found the company guilty of gender discrimination, and awarded employees financial compensation for the gaffe. Keep reading »

Controversy! Swedish Store Opts For Curvy Mannequins, World Implodes

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A Swedish department store is at the center of a maelstrom of controversy after it used larger mannequins in its in-store displays. Spotted in a Swedish H&M, the move was lauded by the group Women’s Rights News for offering up a more realistic example of what women’s bodies look like, and more than 30,000 commenters responded.

The decision certainly makes sense in light of research that shows that female consumers respond negatively to skinny, beautiful models selling them consumer goods. For reference, the new curvy models are much closer to the average size of American women — a size 14 — than the typical model form, which ranges from between a 4 and 6.

And in light of the fact that nearly 70 million American women are overweight, stores would likely benefit from using mannequins that actually look like us. [Yahoo]

In Sweden, You Can Pay To Pretend To Be Homeless For The Night

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You’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to be homeless, right? (No, not at all). Wouldn’t you like to pay for the privilege of pretending to be homeless for the night? (No, not really). Faktum Hotel, in Gothenberg, Sweden, will give you the opportunity. For just $10, you can get to be a real live homeless person. (Okay). Says the “room” description: “Feel the city’s pulse from dawn to dusk at Gullbergsvass. This delightful dwelling is just a stroll from the romantic Dreamer’s Quay: a source of inspiration to musicians and artists alike. And all under the noble eye of the Skansen Lion from his centuries old fortress.” Keep reading »

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction

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Dear Roger Tullgren AKA The Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction,

A lot of people claim to lead a heavy metal lifestyle, but as far as I know, you’re the only one who has had three separate psychologists confirm that your obsession with heavy metal is actually a clinical addiction. After you were fired for skipping work to attend metal shows and blasting Black Sabbath all day, you got the Swedish government to help support your lifestyle. How? Well, you described it best: “I signed a form saying: ‘Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labor market. Therefore he needs extra financial help.’”

Roger, even though you’re no longer receiving disability benefits, I feel compelled to tell you that I love your heavy metal style. Never change, OK? And if you ever need a date for a hardcore show, I’m pretty sure I have enough black eyeliner for both of us.

XOXO
Winona

[Oddity Central]

Swedish Teens Riot After Slut-Shaming On Instagram

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  • High school students in Sweden staged a riot after a 17-year-old student posted a question on Instagram asking for “sluts” to be identified, which garnered a list of 200 pictures of 13- and 14-year-old kids. In response, other students — including older siblings — went after the original poster and then rioted in the streets and at the mall. Damn, Sweden. You’re making us Americans look like we don’t give a shit about slut-shaming! [The Local SE]
  • Will a third attempt at a U.S. women’s soccer league be able to stay afloat? [New York Times]
  • On creating the best possible sexual assault policies for universities. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Why the GOP needs more black women. [The Root] Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

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Mommie Dearest is The Frisky’s new biweekly column about being a mama.

I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn’t want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture? (I don’t even have a patio.) The holiday season provides me with an ample supply of these catalogs, depositing no less than three catalogs a day into my mailbox. However, they’re not all fantasy furnishings and expensive gadgets. The majority of the catalogs I receive actually cause me to roll my eyes, gnash my teeth and fill my already stuffed recycling bin to the brim: toy catalogs promoting tired traditional gender stereotypes. Keep reading »

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