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This Hilarious Twitter Thread Roasting The Way Male Authors Describe Women

Thank you, Literary Twitter for starting our new favorite hashtag challenge. The fun stems from the #OwnVoices hashtag, which addresses the voices of marginalized communities. The hashtag naturally had its critcs; among them was a male author that insisted he was living proof that men are capable of penning realistic female characters. After Gwen C. Katz  shared some super-cringey passages of his proof, the challenge was born. 

Women on Twitter quickly began parodying the passages, describing their most coveted features in hilarious and painfully flowery fashion. Many of these tweets show greater writing chops than we've seen in some books. While the fetishization of female characters is certainly getting old, we could read these farcical tweets all day.

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Rose McGowan, an American actress released the following statement regarding her general disapproval of the X-Men: Apocalypse poster:

‘There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film.'

She went on to wrap up her interview with Hollywood Reporter, regarding the matter, with:

"I’ll close with a text my friend sent, a conversation with his daughter. It follows: ‘My daughter and I were just having a deep discussion on the brutality of that hideous X-Men poster yesterday. Her words: 'Dad, why is that monster man committing violence against a woman?' This from a 9-year-old. If she can see it, why can’t Fox?"

The poster, as you can see from above depicts the villain Apocalypse essentially choking the living sh*t out of Mystique. McGowan's not the only one to step forward to express some outrage. The internet reactions are already running amok, check 'em out below. Because if you're like me, you probably had no idea who the heck Rose McGowan was..






What do you guys make of all this?

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LA Meteorologist, Liberte Chan, was wearing a sparkly cocktail dress for the morning weather report. Maybe it wasn't the most appropriate attire for the occasion but apparently it was a just a backup because the outfit she had planned didn't work with the green screen.  As a follow up to the incident, she and her other co-anchors read some of the emails she received. She and her other coworkers maintain that the sweater incident was just a joke in light of all the emails but other people weren't so sure. There was a lot of outrage on Twitter, in additon to some people supporting Chan and her fancy outfit. 


via @JulieOfcharsky, @TraciABanks ,@EliotETC

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Alex Purdy was looking for life long friendships, support and maybe some philanthropy when she joined her sorority. What she got was a house full of mean girls. When she left Greek life she made this video hoping to inspire change. She says this in the description:

This video is a reflection of my experience in a sorority. I decided to leave last semester and make this video to share my thoughts on how greek life can change for the better. I want to make it clear that all matters are purely my opinion. If you relate to some of the things I said, please share this video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #sororityrevamp to help inspire others to bring sororities back to their roots.


She mentions girls being given weight loss pills to encourage them to lose weight and girls being told to dress more provocatively so that "boys will like them".  Her biggest problem was the lack of compassion her "sisters" had toward each other. So far she's received mostly words of encouragement for her video. 

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Emma Watson is on the cover of Porter this month, and she revealed an interesting new tidbit about her powerful 2014 feminism speech to the magazine. Apparently, prior to giving the now-famous speech, Watson was told to avoid mention of the word 'feminism' altogether:

I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism’ because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible. But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?


If you missed Watson's speech, or just want to revisit her words, you can catch it in full below:



Fail of The Day: Store Pulls 'For Her' Pink Pencils After Online Backlash
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Women need pink pencils. How else are they supposed to write down things like their grocery list and wedding plans? DUH.

That, obviously, sounds ridiculous. But that is the message one blogger thinks UK department store John Lewis was making with their pink "For Her" pencils.

After online backlash, the store told Mashable they would pull the pencils from shelves.

The pencils features sayings like "Girl Boss," "Glamorous" and "Buy The Shoes!"

Writer Hannah Dunleavy had some things to say about them:

Yes indeed, if you are heading to an important meeting, nothing says 'respect me' more than a pink pencil with the words Girl Boss on. I only hope no one makes the mistake of taking the 'Buy The Shoes!' pencil into a meeting and has to leave to go shopping. Can you imagine!

But seriously, women love shoes, don't they? And glitter and bling and smelling roses. It's a wonder we get anything done at all.

On the other hand, some women saw no problem at all with the pink pencils.

To each their own?

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Tucker Carlson and the crew over on Fox & Friends are aghast that Popeye has lost his traditional pipe and tattoo in the updated movie. Thing is, all we've gotten from Genndy Tartakovsky's take on Popeye is test footage, so it's a little preliminary to assume we've seen anything resembling a final design for the Sailor Man:



But the supposed emasculation of Popeye leads them into looking at the new Thor, and a four-year-old design of Wonder Woman, and how it's obvious that feminism and liberalism are turning superheroes into America hating wimps.

They did get one thing right, Wonder Woman deserved her own movie years ago.

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Poet, Mark Grist, recites his poem that expresses how his attraction to women lies in their level of intelligence and their ability to carry engaging conversation.

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Yesterday, Anita Sarkeesian unveiled the second episode of her Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series, which analyzes a variety of tropes that are perceived as sexist in video games. And as it was the case with the premiere of the pilot episode, the feminist author's second vlog post was immediately challenged by her detractors who managed to temporarily take down the video by abusing the "flag as inappropriate" button before it was restored shortly thereafter.

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As any working mom can attest, academic and State Department consultant Anne-Marie Slaughter is certainly on to something when she makes the case that feminists sold women a load of BS when it comes to having it all.

From the July/August issue of The Atlantic:

It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.