Archive for April, 2010

The Week’s Most Popular Blog Posts: Aesthetic Empowerment Edition

Last week on the Sexist:
1. We Know the Way to End Prison Rape. Is It Too Expensive?, in which it's not, really.
2. When Will "Aesthetic Plastic Surgery" Empower Men Too?, in which Jesus Christ makes an appearance, in the form of a bronze aesthetic surgery sculpture.
3. With Great Cleavage Comes Great Responsibility, in which boobs.

4. [...]

Playgirl Goes Gay, and the Straight Guys Love It

Daniel Nardicio has served as the director of marketing for Playgirl magazine since August of 2009. Since then, Nardicio has introduced three crucial developments to the long-time beefcake mag: (a) Acknowledgment of the magazine's gay readership; (b) a nude Levi Johnston; and (c) "The Shaggin' Wagon" (above).
Yesterday, Nardicio circled his magenta, man-centric wagon outside of [...]

Sexist Beatdown: Rethinking Virginity Edition

On Monday, Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown will speak at Harvard's "Rethinking Virginity" conference, a summit on the state of sexual purity.
But before she Rethinks virginity, Sady must first Think it! Accordingly, I have volunteered to help Sady pop the proverbial cherry of Virginity Thinkin', a rite of passage every ladyblogger must endure, and which [...]

The Morning After: Neutral Frowns Edition

* s.e. smith has an excellent discussion of how the "Smile, Baby" phenomenon intersects with both feminism and disability:
My baby mouth was turned down, exactly like my fourth grade mouth, exactly like my mouth right now. That’s because that’s the neutral position for my mouth. . . . People have hassled me about this for [...]

C.L. Minou on Boobs, Beauty, and Being Trans

So, I've been pretty hard on breast implantation lately. First there was this screed against justifying breast augmentation as empowering. And then there was this dissection of the plastic surgery industry in general. And then C.L. Minou, a writer I admire very much, sent me an e-mail basically saying, "Hey! I am a woman who [...]

When Will “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” Empower Men, Too?

Dr. Val Lambros is five years into a 20-year study of how the face ages. Every five years, Lambros sits a group of study participants in front of a 3-D camera, maps out their faces, and then painstakingly aligns the images to see what time has wreaked upon their pores, wrinkles, [...]

Adrian Fenty Mistakenly Appreciates Ex-Gays

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), everyone's favorite advocacy group for the oppressed minority that wasn't, hasn't just been successful at inventing new sexual orientations. Now, PFOX has also managed to secure the "appreciation" of people who don't actually appreciate them—like District Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The Morning After: Savage Vajazzling Edition

* Dan Savage weighs in on vajazzling:

When Stalking and Groping Is Hilarious

Did you read this Sexist story about a woman who was cornered in an empty parking garage late at night, forced to surrender her phone number, and then sexually assaulted by a stranger, and wonder, "Why is everyone approaching this so seriously?" Well I've got just the event for you!

Rap Sex Euphemism: “Stanky Leg”

The cataloging of sexual euphemisms in rap songs continues. This time:
SEXUAL EUPHEMISM: "Stanky Leg"
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