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trending feminist news outdoor research reply to gq sexist photo essay for the win
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So GQ recently did an article showcasing Fall clothing as a backdrop to male climbers in Joshua Tree National Park:




Well, Outdoor Research didn't like how the women in the story were only portrayed as accessories to the climbers, frolicking in tiny bathing suits and adorning the men as stereotypes.





So they took it upon themselves to answer GQ's article, picture-by-picture using bad*ss women climbers:





Read the original GQ article here, and OutdoorResearch's awesome feminist response article here.

OutdoorResearch, you have one more fan right here.


#EverydaySexism


trending news body positive mermaid thighs
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For your body positivity of the day, Twitter has erupted with the "Mermaid Thighs" craze as an antidote to the thigh gap. "Mermaid Thighs" are thighs that touch:










To show your love for damn fine thighs, use the hashtag #mermaidthighs





body image parenting This Meteorologist Is Celebrating One Full Week Without Being Body-Shamed for Her Pregnancy Weight
Via: John Boel
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The description that was posted with this picture on Facebook reads:

We are celebrating today because Lauren has gone one week without someone saying something mean to her about baby weight gain. That's a new record. Big day is only 9 weeks away!

A week without having something mean said to her is a new record? Great job, guys, way to get someone excited about bringing a new baby into the world. At least the comments seem more supportive, so it's not all bad. 

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Via: Mic
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2015's been crowned the year of the female orgasm.

Household celebrities like Amy Schumer and Nicki Minaj spoke out with strong advocation, and outright demand for women worldwide to receive the sexual satisfaction they're deserved.

There's more wood to chop though; Cosmopolitan shared a survey this year, which reveals only 57% of women achieve orgasms during sex with their partners. It's time to close the orgasm gap folks.

This new released website, OMGYES, serves as an online orgasm training program, and actually provides the aid of real women to show through many differing techniques, how they make themselves come.

The site arranges what appears as a vast vocabulary bank full of equally tantalizing techniques, in a practical version of taxonomy based on female pleasure. Knowledge is power folks.

OMGYES users can then pretty much practice till they're perfect via an interactive touchscreen, which broadcasts realtime feedback. So, essentially an orgasm coach in the palm of your hand. Technology's a beautiful thing, ain't it?

Sure, in a brighter, better world full of sunshine and rainbows, there'd be no such thing as blue balls, but nobody's perfect. Some of us definitely suck at bringing others to orgasm.

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Via: Mashable
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What do you expect? The young man's already a hunk and a half of a chiseled Spaniard pop star with gushy vocals that pretty much epitomize bottled up lust.

Coupled with his not so vaguely sexually expressive tour title: 'Love and Sex' Tour, undergarments were bound to fly.

Now we have the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena shaking his head and barking that the women organizers in attendance at the show should be "whipped with toxic stingray tails", referring to an ancient form of punishment.

Sirisena described the women that attended the Iglesias concert as reportedly removing, then chucking their bras and panties up on stage. Sirisena went on to say this is the "most uncivilized behavior that goes against our culture." Apparently stingray lashes were administered on criminals in Sri Lanka. Like, nope.

Stephen Colbert writes an op ed for Glamour about gender equality.
Via: Glamour
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Stephen Colbert took a break from making random cable access shows in Michigan with Eminem to write an opinion about gender equality in Glamour magazine.

Ever since he left The Colbert Report to take over for David Letterman's The Late Show, which begins September 9, Colbert has been staying in the headlines through both hilarious stunts like the one above and drawing attention to his personal causes.

His editorial in Glamour combines his irreverent, often silly, humor with real questions about the state of gender equality:

And mine is not the only field that lacks enough women. Where are all the lady blacksmiths? What about the bait-and-tackle shopkeepers, pool maintenance professionals, building superintendents, or CEOs of Fortune 500 companies? Why are all those minions shaped like tiny phalluses? Why did Mad Max get top billing in Fury Road when he was essentially just a grunting tripod for Charlize Theron's rifle? Of course, historically, our thriving U.S. president industry definitely skews male—but that could change in 2016. Carly Fiorina, all eyes are on you.

Even when women do succeed, their stories often aren't told. Did you know that the first computer, ENIAC, was programmed by six female mathematicians? If it weren't for those pioneering women, we might not have computers at all. And then how would people read empowering listicles like "20 Hot Actresses Without Makeup! (#5 Will Make You Question God!)"?



And through out it all, despite falling into some strange tangents, he presents a promise for how The Late Show will function under his hosting.



Point is, I'm here for you, and that means I'm going to do my best to create a Late Show that not only appeals to women but also celebrates their voices. These days TV would have you believe that being a woman means sensually eating yogurt, looking for ways to feel confident on heavy days, and hunting for houses. But I'm going to make a show that truly respects women, because I know that there's more than one way to be one. Maybe you're a woman who likes women. Maybe you like women and men. Maybe you're a woman who's recently transitioned. Maybe you're a guy who's reading this magazine because your girlfriend bought a copy and it looked interesting.



It's just another example of how proactive Colbert is about his influence and how he chooses to use his promotional time.

Women get cold in the office air conditioning because of sexism.
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A new study in Nature Climate Change, snoozingly entitled "Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand", has revealed some underhanded reasons why women may get cold in the office environment.

The study by Boris Kingman and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, published Aug. 3, looked at the comparative metabolic rates between men and women and qualified that with the standards related to thermal comfort in the western workplace.

According to New York Magazine:

[M]ost office buildings set their thermostats using a formula based on the metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man. Yet because women are often smaller and have more body fat than men, they also tend to have slower metabolic rates — meaning that the current standards for air-conditioning are way too cold for most women. After studying women doing seated work while wearing light clothing, researchers found that women's average metabolic rate was 20 to 32 percent lower than the rates used to determine standard office temperatures.



The study has since picked up a number of proponents worldwide, discussing personal experience and anecdotal evidence that corroborates the findings.



The study recommended changing office temperature standards to reflect the average metabolic rates of men and women. This would probably involve turning down that air conditioner a little bit.

Men will deal with it and it might just set new expectations of business attire.



Bonus: lowering air conditioning would help conserve energy, saving money and lowering emissions. It's win win!

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