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The Year Of Women In Media: A (Depressing) Supercut

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Burgers, Booty & "Blurred Lines"

All year long, The Frisky has blogged about representations of women and girls in the media. And what a year it was! The Onion tweeting Quvenzhane Wallis a “cunt.” The “slap Hillary Clinton” game. The music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”  Miley Cyrus’ everything. I could go on and on and on. Or you could watch this supercut from the folks behind the documentary “Miss Representation” of the highs and lows of women’s representations in the media in 2013. To be honest, it is reeeeally depressing when the sexism over the course of an entire year is condensed into two-second clips and presented all at once. And that’s even with me disagreeing with every single example used in this supercut. You know that ladyblogger cliche, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”? The truth is, we really haven’t. [YouTube.com/MissRepresentation]

Rashida Jones Addresses That Time She Told Other Women To “Stop Acting Like Whores”

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You may remember back in October when Our Collective Imaginary Best Friend/”Parks & Rec” actress Rashida Jones gave everyone a big case of the “UGHs” when she took to Twitter to complain about the over-sexualization of female celebrities. In a series of tweets, Rashida mused “she who comes closet to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular” with the hashtag #stopactinglikewhores and urged us “to take a look at what we are accepting as the norm.”

I didn’t disagree with Rashida Jones’ observations. But using “whore” as a derogatory term? Not cool. And implying women are “whores” for behaving sexually in ways you may not like? Really not cool.

In the January issue of Glamour, Rashida addresses the blowback to her remarks and how she was “shocked” (really?) by the responses: Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Why, Yes, This Is An Actual Ad For The D.C. Metro

  • Seriously, D.C. Metro? “Can’t we just talk about shoes?” [DCist via The Wire]
  • After Sasha Fleischman, a genderqueer/agender student in Oakland, California, was set on fire on a city bus by an attacker, other teens wore non-genderconforming clothing in solidarity. [Queerty]
  • These anti-drinking rape PSAs from the UK are cringeworthy. [Jezebel]
  • Police in Nigeria freed 16 pregnant teen girls being held captive in a “baby factory.”  The girls were between the ages of 14 and 19 and were forced to carry babies which would then be sold. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Taking Nude Photographs Of 15-Year-Old Girl

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“Shocking and disturbing.”  These are the words of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier after an officer was arrested on Monday for the production of child pornography by taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl. Keep reading »

On Calling Cosmopolitan A “Deeply Feminist” Magazine

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On Monday night at a media industry event, a reporter from Capital New York asked Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles about her magazine and feminism. Coles responded that Cosmo is “deeply feminist,” and covers issues like “equal pay for equal work,” “sensible control for guns,” and “access to contraception and access to abortion, should, God forbid, you need one.”

Expounded Coles,

“There’s nothing more mainstream than equal pay for equal work. I mean, it’s completely obvious that’s what feminism should be for, and for women’s right to choose what happens to their own bodies. It’s unbelievable in 2013 we happen to be talking about this, but the battle over healthcare, the battle for women’s right to choose their own contraception, that ludicrous panel full of old men in Washington ruling what women could and couldn’t do—where is feminism then? Where are all the left-wing academics? Actually, Cosmo has been out there clamoring all along for this.”

Some feminists are not so happy about this, perceiving Coles’ remarks as dismissive of academics in areas like gender studies, race theory, history and others that have had a direct result on feminist advances of the 20th and 21st century. But I’m actually happy that the editor of the most major women’s mag in America didn’t run screaming in the other direction when the F-word came up.
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Today’s Lady News: ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops Over Abortion Policies At Hospitals

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  • The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for Tameska Means, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, who was exposed to dangerous infections after her water broke after only 18 weeks of pregnancy but Mercy Health Partners in Michigan did not even offer to induce labor or remove the fetus. Instead, Means suffered in pain until she miscarried, going to the hospital seeking help a total of three times. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops makes directives for medical care at Mercy Health Partners. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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