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Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are “Too Distracting For Boys”

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Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For Boys"
  • Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, has banned female students from wearing leggings, shorts and yoga pants, allegedly because the clothes are “too distracting for boys.” Sigh, and body policing and the “Are Leggings Pants?” debate continues. Some grown men can’t handle yoga pants, either. Maybe President Obama should issue an executive order banning them entirely? [Evanston.Patch.com]
  • The founders of a “revenge porn” site, where sexually explicit images of women are posted without their consent (usually sent in by their exes), have been ordered to pay $385,000 for posting photos of a woman taken when she was a minor. [Ars Tehnica] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

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Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up.

Yes. That’s right. Keep reading »

If You’re Not Getting Paid Fairly, Maybe It’s Because Men Are “Better Negotiators,” Says Texas Republican Chief

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  • “Men are better negotiators,” according to Beth Cubriel (a woman!), the executive director of the Texas GOP Party. “I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become negotiators.” Y’hear that ladies? Unequal pay is your fault because you didn’t negotiate well enough. [Huffington Post]
  • A new viral video shows a father beating his 13-year-old daughter with a belt, supposedly after she left from home for three days. Blogger Demetria Lucas explains why physical abuse of young women by their supposed male role models is teaching them all the wrong lessons. [The Root] Keep reading »

Awesome Kickstarter Project Wants To Launch A Line Of Female-Centered Condom Cases

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Janice Chan, a Brooklyn lawyer-turned-entrepreneur (read: badass) is tired of the judgment women sometimes receive for carrying condoms. She also didn’t like storing her condoms in fancy business card cases or makeup bags when going out, but the only condom cases she found on the market were geared toward men. Now she’s created a company called The Plan A Project that creates beautiful condom cases for women, which are small enough to fit inside even the tiniest clutch.(We know, because she sent us a couple samples!) Keep reading »

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

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  • A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if her fetus has a heartbeat will still remains. [LA Times]
  • A (female!) Minnesota state rep said that wanting equal pay and sick leave makes women “look like whiners.” Waaaaah, I just want to be treated like a human being! [Feministing]
  • Eight stories of everyday sexism, as told by female journalists. Had BuzzFeed reached out to me for this story, I could have contributed lots more stories. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott As “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott As "Mick Jagger's Girlfriend"
  • Nevermind that fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died today from an apparent suicide, modeled for Chanel, styled Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds campaign, outfitted a number of Hollywood films, and made gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and numerous other celebs. According to The New York Times, the most notable thing about this extraordinarily accomplished woman was that she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend. :::head desk::: [Twitter.com/NYTimes]
  • So, the anti-abortion “abolitionists” are a big bucket of offensive/crazy, huh? [MSNBC]
  • Rupert Murdoch called gay people “bullies” and urged Irish people to boycott Guinness after the beer brand pulled out of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over its exclusion of LGBTQ folks. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Refusing To Review Books Marketed To One Gender Is Counterproductive

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The British newspaper The Independent announced yesterday that it would no longer be reviewing any book that was specifically marketed at one gender. While their announcement certainly did its job – garnering a wave of free publicity for the newspaper and allowing them to slap their own backs quite forcefully – it’s not helping the young men and women they claim to be looking out for or the authors whose books will be measured by these new standards.

Most authors have little to no say in how the books they write are marketed. Those decisions are made by highers-up at publishing companies, with the actual writer just hoping that their book will manage to somehow stand out from the pack of new releases. Choosing to boycott a book based on to whom it’s being marketed is kind of like boycotting a band based on who goes to their concerts – there is not much that the actual creator of the work can do. Keep reading »

“Cunt” Is Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

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Lily Allen: “Of Course I’m A Feminist”

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“Of course I’m a feminist … I know that I get talked to in label meetings and by executives like a woman. It’s demoralising and sneering, and we apparently don’t have an opinion. It’s done in a way to make you feel ashamed, whether they know they’re doing it or not. There are women in the room, in those meetings, and no-one says, ‘Don’t talk to her like that.’ That’s the only way I feel like it’s going to change, when people start saying, ‘You can’t fucking do that!’”

Lily Allen fans were collectively confused last week when the pop star was quoted in The Shortlist saying she “hates” the word feminism because “it shouldn’t even be a thing anymore.” The “Hard Out Here” singer continued that there was no “man version of feminism” and that “I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy.” The blogosphere veritably exploded. Plenty of people wondered why Lily, who has spoken up about feminism, politics and body image issues numerous times, would say such a thing. Well, she would like a do-over: Lily told the UK’s The Debrief that she was misquoted and misunderstood. What she apparently meant was that feminism should no longer need to exist, because men and women should be treated equally, and that jealousy amongst women is as harsh as anything the patriarchy does. I still think she should be more careful how she speaks, though. [The Debrief UK]  [Image via Getty]

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