In an effort to cut down on teenage smoking in France, an organization called Droits des Non-fumeurs (Non-smokers Rights) is launching a new ad campaign targeting young people.  The tagline: "To smoke is to be a slave to tobacco."  Innocent enough- it even makes sense.  But apparently the only images they could think of to pair with the slogan are these ridiculously offensive images of young boys and girls sucking on the cigarette dicks of creepy ... Read More
Okay.  I love this commercial.  I've watched it a million times and still laugh every time he says, "I'm on a horse."  And then it ends, and I feel like a bad feminist because there's no getting around the fact that the entire thing is based on gender stereotypes. Ahem: "Sadly, your man isn't me- but if he stopped using lady scented body wash he could smell like me."  "It's an oyster with two tickets to that THING you love." "Look again, the ... Read More
Just in case you need another reason to love the man, in a recent meeting with President Obama, the Dalai Lama brought up the need for more women in leadership roles: "I also mentioned the female, biologically, more sensitive about others’ pain … about others who are suffering. I wish, you see, the amount of leadership more female … should take the leadership role." While a part of me bristles at the assertion that women are biologically more ... Read More
[video: New Law Requires Women To Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting Abortion 425x344] Hilarious but scarily too realistic.  Already there are laws that force doctors to show women an ultrasound before they can undergo the procedure (Kentucky's trying to pass that law right now.)  And currently a pregnant Iowa woman is being jailed for trying to murder her fetus after she fell down the stairs, voluntarily went to the hospital out of concern ... Read More
"As for a man’s cheating, 'that’s a thing that girls let slide, because you have to,' said Emily Kennard, a junior at North Carolina. “If you don’t let it slide, you don’t have a boyfriend.'"Sounds like a quote from Cosmo right?  It's from a New York Times article, "The New Math on Campus" by Alex Williams.  Basically, the article is saying that a horrible outcome of women outnumbering men on college campuses is that girls ... Read More
It's Facebook's Doppelganger Week and everyone is changing their profile pics to a celebrity they either look like (or more often) wished they looked like.  Anyway, it reminded me of the craze on Facebook a month ago when a ton of women on facebook started updating their statuses with their bra color in order to raise awareness for breast cancer.  I really want someone to tell me how updating your status with Cindy Lou Who: lacy black is "raising ... Read More
I really love Top 40's pop/hip hop.  Normally, I just tell people that, as a middle school teacher, I have to listen to it so I can relate to my students.  But it's all lies.  I mean, it does help with the whole relating thing but really it's just so I can dance around my house to Three 6 Mafia.A lot of the time the lyrics are objectifying and gross (the Ying Yang twins got deleted from iTunes one night in a fit of feminist rage).  But, if you ... Read More
Abortion can have a happy ending.  Seriously.  But you wouldn't think so by watching American TV shows or movies.  Most of the time the A-word isn't even mentioned and the plot dives straight into "Oh noes, how will I raise this baby on my own!" Of course, then you have the adoption genre with shows like Glee that have characters waffling between adoption and teen motherhood.  Juno goes as far as to enter an abortion clinic before deciding ... Read More
I actually have a V-Card.  No joke.  When I was high school a really terrible abstinence only program called Aim For Success invaded my school.  They were kind enough to inform us that if we had sex we would be like dirty, used toothbrushes and no one would want to use us again. They passed out actual Abstinence Pledge cards for us to sign (and if you didn't sign you were probably a God-hating, disease-ridden slut).  But I think my favorite ... Read More
I'm a bad driver.  I speed.  I take turns too fast.  I tailgate the hell out of that idiot with the "No Fat Chicks" sticker on his bumper.  And yes, the dance party to Lady GaGa IS more important to me than putting on my blinker.  I have no problem admitting these are bad driving behaviors. However, while general aggressiveness and an unabashed love for pop techno may be contributing factors to this problem- the fact that I have a vag is ... Read More
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