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Annie Lennox Throws Shade At Miley Cyrus: “Behaving Like Pimp & Prostitute At The Same Time”

“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos. You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualized imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough. I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don’t give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny — utilized and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.”

’80s British singer Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics wrote a post on Facebook this Saturday clearly directed at Miley Cyrus (“You know the ones I’m talking about”). A skeptical Lennox hopped aboard the same bandwagon as Sinead O’Connor, who last week alleged that Cyrus is being exploited by the record industry and needs to have better handlers. Cyrus was rudely dismissive of O’Connor’s open letter last week, comparing the singer who has struggled with mental illness to Amanda Bynes.

It was classy of Lennox to write these comments without calling out the twerking singer directly — but nevertheless, she found herself adding more commentary on Sunday:

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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London’s First Ever Young Poet Laureate

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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London's First Ever Young Poet Laureate

Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of poems, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, was published in 2011. She has a BA in creative writing and even teaches workshops on using poetry to heal trauma – and she’s not even halfway through her 20s yet. Warsan was chosen from six young finalists, and she will now undertake a residency at the Houses of Parliament and spend the next year creating work that reflects on London. Carol Ann Duffy, London’s current poet laureate, announced Warsan as the winner as part of National Poetry Day. Her willingness to be candid and speak her truth in her work is something we could all stand to learn from. ”It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district,” said chief executive Dennis Hone, “and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.” Congratulations! [BBC; Well & OftenWarsan Shire]

Senator Wendy Davis Announces Run For Texas Governor

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  • Hellllll yeah! Senator Wendy Davis — you know, of Texas filibuster fame — has officially announced she is running for Governor of Texas. [CBS]
  • While I’m not a huge fan of book banning in general, I have to say this was a good call: an eight-year-old girl in Berkeley, California successfully lobbied a local bookstore to stop selling two versions of children’s books called How To Survive (Almost) Anything!  The book with “BOYS ONLY” on the cover explained how to survived adventures like a shark attack and whitewater rapids, when the “GIRLS ONLY” version included stuff  like surviving a fashion disaster and a breakout. After the child complained, a bookstore employee agreed the books were offensive and pulled them from the shelves.  [Today.com]
  • The Supreme Court will consider the scope of a federal law that bans people who have been convicted of domestic violence from owning a gun. [Feminist.org, Think Progress]
  • Republican Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana called CNN’s Carol Costello “beautiful” and “much too young” to have grandchildren before asking her if she had “any idea” how much Obamacare would cost. Condescending much? [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen Who Dated Younger Student, Enters Plea Deal For 4 Months In Jail

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Kaitlyn Hunt, a lesbian teen in Florida who was charged with having sexual relations with a minor after her younger girlfriend’s parents objected to their consensual relationship, has entered a plea deal which will require jail time for four months. Hunt, who dated her 14-year-old girlfriend while she was 18, will also have two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring and nine months of monitored probation.
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Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

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  • Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory “conspiracy” in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It’s the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary “Small Town Gay Bar,” which Newton is trying to reopen. [Advocate]
  • New York City’s newest public advocate Letitia James has become the first-ever African-American woman to hold citywide office. Congrats! [Madame Noire]
  • Seven ways the government shutdown will hit women the hardest … including halting investigations into how colleges are handling sexual assault allegations. [Slate, Huffington Post]
  • Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on sexism in the literary world and being shunted into the “chick lit dungeon.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

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  • Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion “as a woman’s right.” Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that is their decision; they have to live with that decision.” When pressed, Anita Perry said abortion “could be” a woman’s right, adding, “Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don’t agree with it and that’s not my view.” But don’t go thinking that the wife of Governor Perry speaks for herself. Nope, you are wrong-wrong-wrong. Rick Perry has informed reporters that his wife simply misspoke, huffing, “From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place and you pounce upon it.” Bad Republican wife! Bad! Bad! [Huffington Post]
  • How low-income moms and infants will be hurt by the government shutdown. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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