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File this under sad and scary. According to a new study by the University of Arizona, one in four women would chose severe depression over obesity, one in six would chose blindness. If you ever think for a minute the pressure to be thin isn’t devastating, think again.

On the Long Island killer and the price we pay for a society that criminalizes sex work and forces sex workers into the margins.

Over 100 Michigan law grads walked out of commencement because of anti-gay presenter Rob Portman. What this tells me is we have a whole new generation of lawyers that think anti-gay legislation is bullshit and are ready to fight to overturn it. As Lil John would say, “yee-yah.”

A boy in Cambridge, England wore a skirt to school to protest the ban on boys wearing shorts over the summer.

Female Genital Barbi-fication. Can I get a ‘oh hell no’?

Lindsay has more on the purpose of slut walk and debunking the “slut construct.”

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  • http://feministing.com/members/ohlookitssara/ SaraC

    A couple thoughts about the UofA study (though clearly it shows that women view obesity as more stigmatizing than depression, I get it):

    1. Obese is not just overweight (which the link article fails to get, using the terms interchangeably). Obesity is, the majority of the time, a serious health risk. It’s then not just about being socially stigmatized, but also about potentially having to deal with high blood pressure, diabetes, difficulty getting around, etc.

    2. I can understand some responders thinking “Well, if I’m an alcoholic or obese, I’ll probably become depressed anyways, so I’d rather JUST be depressed”.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    About the slut construct: it’s absolutely true there’s no connection between the way a woman dresses and her sexual behaviour. I look kinda butch, don’t wear makeup, or do my nails, or wear heels, etc. And I’ve slept with give or take a hundred guys. That would make a lot of people call me a slut. No one would guess by looking at me. I still pick the dick. I don’t just want any guy to stick it in. So the author has my enthusiastic endorsement when she says to police to just “do their damn job.” Right on.