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Joy Covey, Former Amazon.com Executive, Dies Suddenly In Bike Accident At 50

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Joy Covey, the former CFO of Amazon.com and a pioneering woman in tech, died suddenly in a bicycle accident yesterday in San Mateo County, California, at age 50. Named by Fortune magazine in 1999 as one of the 50 most powerful women, Covey was the first chief fiscal officer of Amazon between 1996 and 2000. Working alongside CEO Jeff Bezos, she helped take Amazon.com public in 1997. According to her obituary on BusinessWeek, Covey dropped out of high school during her sophomore year and completed college in only two years. She reportedly had an IQ of 173 and became a CPA at age 19, before graduating with with joint business and law degree from Harvard. Covey joined Amazon.com at only 33-years-old and first served as CFO, then chief strategy officer of the e-commerce site. She left voluntarily in 2000 and most recently served as treasurer of the National Resources Defense Council. Covey is survived by an eight-year-old son named Tyler. [BusinessWeek] [PandoDaily] [LA Times] [Fortune] [Image via Facebook]

Pope: The Catholic Church Is “Obsessed” With Abortion, Gays

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  • In an interview published by 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and birth control. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the Pope said. “We have to find a new balance.” [New York Times]
  • Occidental College in California has settled with 10 female students, past and present, who accused the university of mishandling their sexual assaults. [LA Times]
  • A BBC reporter confronted former Rep. Ron Paul over his nincompoop plan for mothers to drop out of the workforce and homeschool their children. [Raw Story]
  • I have nothing but good things to say about this article in Bitch magazine about the history of anti-abuse activism in BDSM. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Obama To Name Janet Yellen As Chairman Of The Federal Reserve: Sources

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  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen will almost certainly be nominated by President Obama to lead the Fed, according to sources of the Washington Post. [Washington Post]
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has thumbed her nose at the Pentagon’s instructions and has blocked military benefits for same-sex couples from being processed in the state. [Politico]
  • Check out this piece on abusers, guns and the women they kill from our former Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes. [RH Reality Check]
  • Meet FORCE: Upsetting Rape, the feminist pranksters who punked everyone yesterday with their fake Playboy site, which had the “magazine” telling readers that consent is the key to good sex. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Famous Lady Thinkers Actually Holding A Debate On Whether Men Are Obsolete

The wage gap. Rape culture. Marriage equality. Racism. Violence against women and girls. Creepshots. Labor rights. So many important topics worthy of mainstream feminism’s attention today. Instead, the Munk Debates, a prominent debate society in Toronto, Canada, is holding a debate on whether or not men are obsolete.  Keep reading »

Labor Department: Minimum Wage For Home Care Workers — But Not Mary Poppins!

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Cher Refuses To Attend Russia’s 2014 Olympics Over Anti-Gay Bigotry

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  • First Andy Cohen, then Wentworth Miller, now Cher — everyone is telling Russia where to stuff it. (Well, not President Obama. Oh, Syria.) Cher revealed that she refused an invitation to serve as an “ambassador” at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to the country’s horrid criminalization of homosexuality. [Pink News UK]
  • Looking back on the Steubenville rape one year later. [Jezebel]
  • A doctor in Texas shamed a woman for sporting a big ol’ hickey. [Raw Story]
  • Remembering the four little girls who died in a Birmingham, Alabama church bombing — credited with igniting the civil rights movement — 50 years later. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

The Top 10 Clueless Moments From Bustle’s Bryan Goldberg In His New Yorker Profile

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The founder of Bustle.com sticks his foot in his mouth. Read More »

If you were on summer vacation when Bustle.com launched this summer, allow me to catch you up on the startup community’s version of a shitshow: in a piece on the tech blog PandoDaily, the founder of Bleacher Report, Bryan Goldberg, announced he had created a website for women. Bustle.com is not just not just any web site for women — it’s THE GREATEST WEBSITE FOR WOMEN OF ALL TIME. “Isn’t it time for a women’s publication that puts world news and politics alongside beauty tips?”  Goldberg wrote. “What about a site that takes an introspective look at the celebrity world, while also having a lot of fun covering it?”

Bustle hired a whole mess of low-paid young female writers and interns to crank out high volumes of content daily — a strategy Goldberg presented as women writing about content that interests them.  He, of course, would be the fundraising brains of the outfit  — as he so eloquently put it, “knowing the difference between mascara, concealer, and eye-liner is not my job.” Perplexingly, Goldberg also shared with the world his somewhat mangled definition of  feminism … which appears to be no more complicated than, you know, employing women: “Is [Bustle] a feminist publication? You’re damn right this is a feminist publication.”

Sadly for Goldberg’s feminist credentials, Internet sleuthing quickly discovered that Bustle would pay writers only $100 per day, which translates to about $24,000 a year pre-tax. So Bustle is a feminist blog except for that whole “paying women a living wage” part!  When Goldberg first PandoDaily article was widely mocked across the Internet (including on The Frisky) — the best headline was Amanda Hess at  XX Factor, “Man Creates Very First Website for Women Ever” — he tried again with an apology post, which basically somewhat backtracked on everything his first post had said.  Keep reading »

Illinois Pizzeria Offers Free Slices To Women Who Flash Their Boobs

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  • A pizzeria in Illinois is under fire for offering free pizza to women who flash their boobs to the staff.  Drew’s Pizza near the University of Illinois-Champaign have since removed the promotion from their social media pages.  [CNET]
  • The CW is developing “ZE,” a one-hour drama about a trans male teenager in Texas. “Ze” is a gender neutral pronoun used by a lot of trans folks. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • “Wadjda,” a film by Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour about a girl who wants to buy a bicycle, will be the first Saudi film entered into the Oscar foreign language category. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • This week, Berlin opened the Desert Flower Center, first clinic in Europe to treat women who have been abused by female genital mutilation (FGM). The clinic’s patron is the model Waris Darie from Somalia. [NewEurope] Keep reading »

University Of Edinburgh Bans “Blurred Lines” From Campus

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It was bound to happen sooner or later: a college banned “Blurred Lines” from campus for being too rapey-sounding.

The student union of  University of Edinburgh banned the Robin Thicke song as part of a policy called “End Rape Culture & Lad Banter On Campus,” which is seeking to make the campus safer sexually. Students apparently became aware of the song after it was played by a school DJ last weekend, who was instructed by a campus employee to “fade” the song. Keep reading »

Texas Company Apologizes, Burns Tied-Up Woman Decal

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