He pimped his wife to voters as a potential contestant in a local “beauty contest” that involves skimpy swimwear, topless parades and simulated sex acts – (edited to addwhich to be fair I’m sure he didn’t know was quite so “risque”, but it’s still totally objectifying his wife). (Video here of both McCain’s “quip” and a typical night’s entertainment in the contest) As I’m sure you’ll all
Remember when Jennifer Laycock of The Lactivist was stomped on by Big Pork for selling a T-shirt saying “The other white milk”?
“Your use of this slogan also tarnishes the good reputation of the National Pork Board’s mark, in light of your apparent attempt to promote the use of breastmilk beyond merely for infant consumption”,
the Pork Board whined, with a side serve of insinuation that The Lactivist was a sexual lactation fetish site. (Or were they really, truly freaked out that she is just fine with toddlers and preschoolers breastfeeding, not just infants – and thought that that any association with all that booby malarkey would reflect badly on an organisation that intensively tortures pigs before making them into bacon? We’ll never know.)
Facebookers have probably been following the saga of Scrabulous, the online game that looks and behaves rather like Scrabble. Scrabulous was well put together, and allowed me to play with my friends all over the globe, in group and one-on-one games.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Despite their IP claims being rather, erm, shaky, Mattel-Hasbro seems to have brought down Scrabulous; it’s now only available for people who don’t live in the USA or Canada.
“Not to worry!”, they bugled. “We’ll bring out our own authentic version for you!”
So says the advertisement below for skin creams. While the cosmetics industry is still full of nasty beauty myth tropes, at least it’s no longer quite as condescending as this.
This phrase just makes me want to hurl: “wistful dreams of being some big strong man’s little dream girl”. Infantilising much?
Kyle Payne, fauxminist, predator, and sexual assaulter, is up for open sentencing on August 11, though he is asking for it to be postponed so that he can continue his “counselling” and solicitation of “letters of support”.
Kyle Payne was a rape crisis advocate, women’s studies student, and resident advisor at his university. While “looking after” an unconscious drunk student in his care, he undid her shirt and took a photograph and video of her breast.
He has now published a statement on his blog, closed comments on it, and emailed a bunch of feminist bloggers to alert them to it. Yeah – he’s soliciting letters of support from feminists, in an effort to influence his sentence. Mm, that’ll go well:
From John Scalzi: Another Entry in the Annals of “People Who Haven’t the Slightest Idea What They’re Saying” Awww, look. Someone’s trying to lecture me on speech and the Internet! A fabulous exploration into what does and what does not constitute a repression of “free speech”. The comments thread (alert: very long) includes a welcome segue into the desirability of… Read more →
What other feminist funnies do you see around the place that make you smile? Add a link to an image in comments and I’ll use my Super-Duper Admin Powers to reveal it to other readers. For those who wish to offer a contrast, what about those “feisty woman” funnies you see around the place that only reinforce stereotypes about men… Read more →
This (long) post is inspired by the tapes of self-styled seduction guru Dimitri The Lover (AKA James Sears) that are being discussed on blogs all over at the moment (or at least linked to with a LOLOLOL!!1!), and the arguments as to whether they are genuine recordings of a creep or performance art from a guy engaging in viral marketing… Read more →
Kiwis and Aussies, the deadline for the Third Down Under Feminists Carnival July edition is coming up at the end of the month! The carnival is scheduled to be published around the 5th August at Audrey and the Bad Apples. If you’ve written something feminist this month, or read something on an Australian or New Zealander blog that has appealed… Read more →
Continuing this week’s “WTF?” series, here’s the teaser trailer for Bitch Slap Movie“, scheduled for theatrical release around Christmastime. They’ve been promoting the movie this weekend at Comic Con. It’s all breasts, guns, and sexy, sexy violence. I guess this is BDSM porn for teenagers who won’t admit it? (Yet?) The blurb: Bitch Slap is a modern throwback to the… Read more →
Via Catherine Price at Salon comes the story of Olga Murray, who devised a simple, practical philanthropic solution that has virtually eradicated a tradition of starving Nepalese farming families selling their daughters into indentured servitude. 1n 1989 Murray was horrified to learn that in poor farming districts a daughter would be sold into domestic slavery to wealthy families for as… Read more →
Lazy writers on long-running TV shows are giving me the stabbies quite often, but this particular one is still irritating me after a whole week, so it must be aired. When Dr Nikki Alexander, cool-calm-collected forensic scientist, realises that she’s alone with someone she’s just deduced is the murderer, and tries to leave but he chases her into the garden,… Read more →
Ok, so this was *everywhere* last year. But some of the readers who’ve come aboard since then may not have seen it. The discussion today about oppressive beauty ideals and the resultant social insecurities that lead to immense profits for the cosmetic surgery industry reminded me of how the same social insecurities also lead to immense profits for the Diet… Read more →