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Today is National Cupcake Day! Here are some cupcakes shaped like vulvae, courtesy of STFU Sexists.

“The greatest victories in the battle for life are not going to be won in the halls of government. It’s going to be won in the hearts of men.” Rick Perry: paternalistic, creepy, and I forgot the third thing.

After a Catholic school in Australia forbade a girl from enrolling because her parents are lesbians, a call for new anti-discrimination laws.

Schools in the UK are launching a new program to help students spot signs that their classmates have been forced into marriages.

This Utah middle school outed one of its students to his parents.

Gay dads, like regular dads, get excited when they find out they’re going to be granddads!

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/courtkneestl/ Courtney

    I’ll be honest – those cupcakes look delicious!

  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    Rick Perry “I forgot the third thing” jokes just keep on getting funnier to me.

  • http://feministing.com/members/erinreed/ Erin

    Hey now, gay dads ARE regular dads!

  • http://feministing.com/members/madgastronomer/ MadGastronomer

    Oh, Feministing, really?

    When you call straight dads “regular dads,” you set up gay dads as being not-regular, not-normal. How about, “Gay dads, like straight dads, get excited when they find out they’re going to be granddads!”

  • http://feministing.com/members/tariq/ daria

    it’s rubbish that religious institutions are exempt from the law in NSW. not having the church and its institutions bound by the anti discrimination laws doesnt just leave queer people(and others) exposed to discrimination it also undermines the spirit of the law. it’s purpose is not just to protect, it is to send the message that queer people are equal and deserving of protection to those who still think it is ok to be heterosexist or cissexist and also to queer people who might feel marginalised. the fact that religious institutions are exempt from this law also allows for the human rights of queer people to be infringed upon by allowing protection of “religious freedoms” to encroach upon and override them signaling that queer rights and people are of lesser importance. Gah! that this happens everyday gives me the s#!*%.

  • http://feministing.com/members/kunene/ Thando

    Not sure how I feel about the use “regular dads” and “gay dads” in this post. It makes it seem like homosexual parents are in some way “irregular”.

    That said, I love this website and everything that you all do!

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    The STFU Sexists site doesn’t seem to like those cupcakes very much. Does the simple acknowledgment of vaginas somehow negate transgendered women? What might be a good image to make a cupcake of that would celebrate transgendered women as well? I think there should be celebration of both cis and transgendered bodies and beings.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ejdoyle/ Emmett J Doyle

    Somehow I’ve passed over this post about five times and didn’t register that the cupcakes were vuvlas until a passing monk (I go to a Catholic university) stopped, stared, then harumphed at me as he passed me at my computer and set me off wondering what I’d done… good times with Feministing.

    • http://feministing.com/members/ejdoyle/ Emmett J Doyle

      *he

    • http://feministing.com/members/limelightqueen/ Zoe

      How does a monk know what vulvas look like?

  • http://feministing.com/members/sibyldisobedience/ Amanda G

    So, women who have vulvas aren’t allowed to celebrate them, even in silly cupcake form, lest trans women feel left out? Let’s not be ridiculous.

    • http://feministing.com/members/angelh/ Angel H.

      You’re assuming only women have vulvas. Let’s not be transphobic.

      • honeybee

        No she isn’t – she said “women who have vulvas”.

        Your hysteria [Comment Moderators note: seriously? Hysteria? I'm not even redacting it because seriously?] hurts all of us.