Archive for May, 2010

Hate Cheaters, Love America: The Commercial

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Michigan family lawyer Ryan Hill is so morally outraged by extramarital affair dating website Ashley Madison that he launched the "My Marriage Matters" campaign—and shot this awkward television spot—to bring the cheating service down. The result: Schmaltzy piano, sexy infidelity shots, and Hill doing the Bill Clinton thumb-gesture in front of a waving American flag. [...]

Vintage Victim-Blaming: Feminism Causes Rape, and Other Crime Prevention Tips

Explanations I've heard, in 2010, for why rape happens to the people it happens to: Women don't lock their doors, women wear revealing clothing, women wear sexually suggestive footwear, women take the stairs, women walk outside alone, women drink too much. What I don't generally hear stated aloud is the assumption behind most of these [...]

Mr. and Miss Capital Pride Shall Not Get High, Destroy Things, Wear Black Jeans

Traditional beauty pageants come with all sorts of strange entrance requirements. In order to compete in the Miss America pageant, for example, a constestant must be an unmarried woman who has always been female, has never been pregnant, and has never engaged in any "immoral" or "indecent" activities.
D.C.'s annual LGBT pageant, Mr. and Miss Capital [...]

Washington, D.C. Not Safe for Hook-Ups?

Looks like the female condom alone won't solve the HIV crisis among the District's women: According to Tiffany West-Ojo, a rep from the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration, conversations about preventing the spread of HIV should touch on more than just protection—they must also "focus on the sexual behaviors of Black women and heterosexual men in [...]

The Morning After: The Fights of Summer Edition

* Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown welcomes summer, and all the irrational fighting it brings. Kicking off fighting season for Doyle: Tequila-fueled feminist infighting!

Gay Marriage in D.C.: One Officiant, Three Months, 44 Same-Sex Weddings

When same-sex marriage was legalized in D.C. this March, Mike Newman offered himself up to officiate local gay marriages free-of-charge. Since them, Newman has wedded 44 of the District's same-sex couples—and one opposite-sex pair. Here's a taste of the ceremonies he's seen:

Tonight: Raise Money to Help Local Victims of Sex Trafficking

Want to learn more about stopping sex trafficking in D.C.? Tonight, attend the D.C. chapter of the Younger Women's Task Force's "Cheers to Choice" fundraiser, and rub elbows with such experts on local trafficking as Councilmember Phil Mendelson, the Polaris Project's Julie Janovsky, and Courtney's House's Tina Frundt (also: wine!). The $15 ticket [...]

If Girls Never Went Outside, Sexual Assaults Wouldn’t Happen

Georgetown Girl points out this WJLA story from earlier this month on a recent sexual assault near the Georgetown University campus. The story is targeted at warning college-aged women to stay inside at night: "Keep in mind, the victim was walking around late at night by herself, and authorities are urging young people to be [...]

The Morning After: First Cougar Supreme Court Justice Edition

In a 7-2 decision, the Court decided those shoes are to die for.

Rating recent commentaries on issues related to Elena Kagan's appearance:

Sex Work and the Problem of the Teetering High-Heels

In her Friday Washington Post column, Petula Dvorak came to the realization that the District's sex workers aren't exclusively criminals—sometimes, they can be victims, too. Dvorak profiles Tina Frundt, the woman behind the local Courtney's House shelter for victims of human trafficking. "Frundt was once a slave herself, forced into prostitution in the District [...]

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