BIC: Alienate your customers #LikeABoss

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For Woman's Day in South Africa, pen manufacturer BIC decided to post a message to female customers on social media... Straight out of the 1950s.   The advert, which is supposed to be "empowering", encourages women to look like infants, act like dolls, and think like their male counterparts in order to achieve success in the workplace. Charming. I ...

Female genital mutilation: shifting from tradition to education

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This article was first published on Malta Today.  Before their 12th birthdays, hundreds of thousands of girls worldwide undergo a painful and very dangerous procedure known as Female genital mutilation (FGM). Often done in unsanitary conditions, the procedure is traditionally performed by an older woman with no medical training. Girls are held down and, without the use of ...

‘Hawn, sex!’ – Why cat-calling is sexual harassment, not a compliment

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  Where I'm from, cat-calling is so common, it is almost seen as a national stereotype. Woman walks down the street; man rolls down car window and makes a noise to, presumably, show his appreciation, usually accompanied by some hastily and loudly uttered proposition. So common an occurrence is it, that some people joke about it and ...

Why Hustler’s porn parody of HBO’s Girls is really making me angry (and how the reaction to the news is probably even worse than the news itself)

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“Girls”: from left, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke in “Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident,” (Season 1, ep. 07, first aired May 27, 2012)   Here's what's been massively pissing me off today: Hustler has filmed a porn parody of HBO's Girls. Yep, the porn industry is trying to hang on to the coattails of Lena ...