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Deadline Hollywood Columnist Whines That “Ghostbusters 3″ Won’t Have Enough Testosterone

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  • Some asshole is worried that “Ghostbusters 3” — rumored to be directed by “Bridesmaids“‘s Paul Feig — is going to suck because it’s said to focus on an all-female cast. GROSS, women ghostbusters? Everyone’s childhood memories are RUINED!  ”Signing Feig would be great news for Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and maybe Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Rebel Wilson, but what about the rest of us?” writes Mike Fleming, Jr. What about the rest of us indeed? Oh, cry me a river of Slimer tears, dude. [The Hollywood ReporterThe Mary Sue via Deadline Hollywood]
  • Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay was profiled this weekend while shopping at Best Buy and of course people on Twitter had to be racist about it. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Blogger Fixes UK’s Victim-Blaming Alcohol/Rape PSA

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Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on the ground laughing, says, “One in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking.” With a Photoshop edit from the blogger behind Two Thirds Nerd, the PSA now reads, “Three in three reported rapes happens [sic] when someone decides to commit rape.”

As the blogger wrote regarding responses she’s received from her initial tweet, “[the original ad] reinforces and validates the belief that women are responsible for avoiding rape, and, therefore, responsible for anything that might happen, also. The onus is always placed on the woman to not get raped, rather than the man to not rape.” She’s right, of course. Still, I’m dismayed that when we talk about sexual violence, alcohol use and abuse becomes a verboten subject. I’m reminded of a response I wrote to a Dear Prudence column about young women and drinking: victims shouldn’t be held responsible for the crimes committed against them, but not addressing binge drinking culture (or underage drinking in America) is ignoring the conditions in which a lot of sexual violence occurs. I wish talking about drinking and binge drinking could more peacefully coexist with talking about sexual violence, because it feels very much like you’re on one “side” or the other. [Feministing via Two Thirds Nerd]

New LEGO Set Features Three Women Scientists!

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LEGO has received steady pressure to include more women figurines in more diverse roles. Well, good news: they have listened to their fans and a new LEGO play kit out this month features three female scientists — a paleontologist, chemist and an astronomer — as part of a “Research Institute” set. Several years ago, scientist Ellen Kooijman proposed 13 different mini-figs for a female scientist set on the LEGO Ideas site, where fans can propose new sets. She even traveled to LEGO’s headquarters in Denmark to discuss the issue with the toy engineers. In June, the company announced hers was the winning idea for 2014 and Kooijman posted LEGO’s prototypes for three of her “Research Institute” mini-figs on her blog. As you can see from the photo above, there’s lots of fun bits and pieces and one of the mini-figs is even wearing glasses! I haven’t played with LEGOs in years, but I just might want this set for myself. But you have to act fast: according to NPR, the set is already out of stock online. [NPRScientific American] [Image from Scientific American via Ellen Kooijman]

Pennsylvania Police Accused Of Discriminating Against Women In Physical Fitness Test

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  • The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over the allegation that its physical fitness test discriminates against women. . [ [Huffington Post; CBS Local]
  • One Chinese city is paying families about $161 to give their daughters the mother’s last name in order to encourage the idea that girls can carry on a family bloodline. [Market Watch]
  • Emma Watson posted a picture of herself laughing in response to a Turkish politician’s comment that women who laugh in public are not chaste. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

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  • Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire]
  • Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave “Guardians Of the Galaxy” a bad review, going so far as to slam her with sexist insults. High five for the male colleague who stood up for her. [The Mary Sue]
  • How much do I love these Turkish women posting pictures of themselves laughing in response to a politician’s remark that women’s laughter is unchaste? [Guardian UK]
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome is poorly defined and used to blame and criticize mothers. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Turkish Politician Admonishes Women For Laughing In Public

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  • The deputy prime minister of Turkey said women shouldn’t “laugh in public” because it’s “inviting in her attitudes” and unchaste. Look more miserable, ladies. [Huffington Post]
  • A former Hobby Lobby employee named Felicia Allen claims that three years ago while she was pregnant, she was fired when she applied for medical leave. Allen also said the evangelical Christian-owned company — which was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court that it can deny coverage of birth control to their employees — expressed no interest in hiring her back after her child was born. [RH Reality Check]
  • An appellate court ruled today that a 2012 Mississippi law that would force the state’s only abortion clinic to close is unconstitutional. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »
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