You've made it to the proverbial hump. Here's some of the latest news to get through it.
With the prevalence and move towards "neat and tight" labia, women who don't fit into this category and don't care to are taking to the Internet to support one another in the most recent incarnation of the labia pride movement. [Salon]
Hey, it's Friday! Happy early weekend, and here's a bunch of news from around the web.
• The champion Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Though early reports speculated that the shooting death may have been a case of mistaken identity, Pistorius apparently has a history of domestic incidents. [The New Yorker]
• You're not the only one who's infuriated by the way politicians, including our president, refer to women only in relation to other people. We The People created a petition you can sign to urge Obama to cease using the "wives/daughters/mothers" frame in his speeches. [We The People]
• At Mommyish, Lindsay Cross has a personal essay about experiencing street harassment where you least expect it—namely, in front of your child. [Mommyish]
Yesterday we debuted our cover on Twitter and Facebook and today we're excited to share even more. Now you can read select articles from the issue while you salivate at home for your pen-weilding, orchid-saving, baby sloth–allied Emily Dickinson issue. (Wait, you're not a subscriber? Subscribe or join the B-Hive today!) Click through for more info on the articles and to hear from art director Kristin Rogers Brown on our cover!
This V-Day, show your solidarity in ending gender-based violence by joining One Billion Rising – a worldwide anti-rape protest. To find a rising happening near you today, take a look at the handy dandy event finder. [One Billion Rising]
• After a series of murders of transgender people in the city, the Washington D.C. Mayor's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs announced a partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office that will "enhance USAO's ability to bring criminals to justice in cases where hate or bias might have been a factor in a crime committed against an individual from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community." [Autostraddle]
• Were you wondering what that weight-watching, wine-swilling scamp Bridget Jones has been up to lo these many years? If so, you're in luck come November, when Helen Fielding's new book hits the shelves. [GalleyCat]
• Tech entrepreneur Jason Calcanis responded to Jamelle Bouie's piece on how an "implicit network" affects the diversity of tech journalism with an obnoxiously escalating series of tweets that hit nearly every square on the How Not to Talk About Race bingo card. [Gawker]
• Lulu, a new app that allows users to exchange information about dateable men, is drawing ire from users of Reddit. Apparently creepshots of unsuspecting women and girls is cool, but reviewing men is "straight-up harassment." Let's just say they're both awful and leave it at that?
• Famous ginger beanpole Anne of Green Gables has been recast as a sultry blond on the cover of a new edition of the young-adult classic. [BuzzFeed] What's next, book publishers, Pippi Longstocking with a razor-cut bob and a belly shirt?
Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, and have a great weekend!
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