JC Penny’s back to school catalog tries to get “girly”

Back to back, two t-shirts from JC Penny today that send exactly the message girls need when heading back to school: we don’t need to learn, we’re pretty and boy crazy (teehee).

via JC Penny.

JC Penny has already taken one of the shirts down stating,

We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale.  Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize for any concern we may have caused and assure you that we are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that [our customers] ...

Back to back, two t-shirts from JC Penny today that send exactly the message girls need when heading back to school: we don’t need to learn, we’re pretty and boy crazy (teehee).

via JC Penny.

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The Wednesday Weigh-In: Feminist art edition

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, including the fact that only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women.

Her piece underscores the need for more works like these: new feminist art pieces that are currently featured in a MoMa show on interactive design called “Talk to Me”.

To me, the belt that simulates menstruation is sort of ridiculous, but I really like the other stuff. And as Courtney pointed out, design tends to be a male-dominated space, so its great to ...

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, ...

Vice President Dick Cheney: Convenient Storyteller

Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells great stories. Too bad most of them aren’t true.

Cheney is currently on a book tour promoting his new book In My Time. And as in past years, when Cheney’s mouth is moving controversial, questionable, and inaccurate things come out. This book tour is yet another attempt by Cheney to revise history and pretend that the Bush administration didn’t make deadly mistakes.

Cheney gleefully admits that as a result of the revelations in his book, “there are going to be heads exploding all over Washington.” Well, gee that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

It’s pretty interesting to watch a man go from talk show to ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells great stories. Too bad most of them aren’t true.

Cheney is currently on a book tour promoting his new book In My Time. And as in past ...

American Apparel expands collection, runs contest for plus sized models

American Apparel, jilted lover of the hipster fashion elite, recently announced that it’s expanding its collection to include plus sizes, and is holding a contest for new plus sized models.

The company’s history of bullshit is well-documented. They’ve faced criticism from feminists and non-feminists alike for their sexist ad campaigns, accusations of sexual harassment at all levels of the company, and labor practices.

Which makes me quite cynical about this latest maneuver. Has American Apparel seen the body-positive light? Or is it just part of a dying company’s futile quest to maintain relevance with its fickle market demographic? Apart from having a more diverse group of women to add to its cadre of spandex-clad models, will this new ...

American Apparel, jilted lover of the hipster fashion elite, recently announced that it’s expanding its collection to include plus sizes, and is holding a contest for new plus sized models.

The company’s history of bullshit ...

Domestic violence: still not chic, artistic or cutting edge

The image pictured above is an ad for a hair salon.

It depicts a woman with a black eye sitting on a couch in a dress with her hair done up, and her apparent abuser standing behind her, holding out a piece of jewelry (presumably to make up for inflicting the black eye).

The implication of this ad is that, as a woman, your desire to be beautiful should extend to any situation, even when you’re being beaten by your partner.

It’s tired, offensive, and disgusting, and it’s rightly inspired a number of people to speak out (see comments here).

When I come across such glibly sexist and unambiguously violence-apologist media, I’m often left with frustration that my feeling of rage ...

The image pictured above is an ad for a hair salon.

It depicts a woman with a black eye sitting on a couch in a dress with her hair done up, and her apparent abuser standing ...

Quick Hit: Texas judge blocks key parts of sonogram bill

Some good news: a judge in Texas ruled that parts of a sonogram bill that was slated to pass in Texas would actually be unconstitutional, specifically forcing physicians to show a woman the sonogram against her will.

via Reuters.

The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday, was a major part of Republican Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry’s agenda in this year’s Texas legislative session.

But the judge, in a victory for abortion rights activists, ruled in a preliminary injunction that there was cause to believe such a requirement was an unconstitutional burden on doctors.

“The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective ...

Some good news: a judge in Texas ruled that parts of a sonogram bill that was slated to pass in Texas would actually be unconstitutional, specifically forcing physicians to show a woman the sonogram against her will.

What We Missed

Women undergrads: still not equal. Articles about women undergrads not being equal: still running in the Style section.

Lt. Dan Choi is in federal court this week, on trial for his anti-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protesting outside the White House.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to be appointed to the SCOTUS bench, doesn’t think she could be confirmed if she were nominated today – because of her history of working with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project.

Women undergrads: still not equal. Articles about women undergrads not being equal: still running in the Style section.

Lt. Dan Choi is in federal court this week, on trial for his anti-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protesting ...

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