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Victoria’s Secret shouldn’t dictate what ‘sexy’ is if transgender models don’t fit its ‘fantasy’

Another day, another non-apology from a man. Victoria’s Secret issued a message on behalf of its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Ed Razek, clarifying statements that Razek made in Vogue about why the lingerie brand hasn’t cast trans models in its tentpole fashion shows.  SEE ALSO: Victoria’s Secret announced its list of ‘What Is Sexy’ and...CONTINUE READING
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‘Will and Grace’ takes on the not-so-innocent bystanders in #MeToo episode

In December of last year, two months after the Harvey Weinstein exposé, Matt Damon made the point that “one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s—load of guys […] who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.” His comments were swiftly derided, because...CONTINUE READING
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As other offices storm the streets, Google’s LA protest is quiet and sequestered

Is it really a walk out if you barely… walk out? Google offices around the world protested sexual harassment and workplace discrimination at the company on Thursday. But in Los Angeles — a center of the #MeToo movement, thanks to Hollywood — Googlers staged a more staid, internal affair than the rabble-rousing actions of their...CONTINUE READING
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Please understand: Conservative Judaism is not the same as political conservatism

In Pittsburgh on Saturday, a gunman opened fire at the city’s Tree of Life synagogue. At least 12 people were shot and at least four people killed at the Conservative congregation. As news began to spread of a shooting at the “conservative” house of worship, commentators on Twitter noted the difference between Conservative Judaism as...CONTINUE READING
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‘Distracted boyfriend’ meme is sexist, says Swedish advertising watchdog

How did anyone ever express themselves before the “distracted boyfriend” meme — the internet‘s favourite way to convey disloyalty, longing, disapproval, and jealousy all at once? Now, advertising agencies in Sweden will have to think of a way — or at least think twice before they employ the meme of the year. The Swedish advertising...CONTINUE READING
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Grindr aims to stamp out discrimination on its platform with ‘Kindr’ initiative

Grindr has long had a problem with discrimination. It’s evidenced by profiles which are openly racist, with terms like “Black=block,” “no gaysians” or “no chocolate or rice” that are written in these bios. SEE ALSO: Bumble launches digital snooze button that lets you take a mental health break Now the gay dating app is looking...CONTINUE READING
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and the immense pressure to feel seen

Recently, the LA Times asked me to name the first time I saw myself represented onscreen. The answer I gave the interviewer was long and winding and delved into the many different ways I have and haven’t seen myself at the movies – demographically, relationally, emotionally. By the time it got to print, though, it...CONTINUE READING
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The CBS sexual harassment exposé is a reminder that this was never just about one bad guy

At this point, the sexual harassment allegations against CBS head Les Moonves sound sickeningly, depressingly familiar. Four women who spoke with The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, including actress/writer Ileana Douglas, writer Janet Jones, and producer Christine Peters, recounted Moonves touching or kissing them without their consent during work meetings.  Two more, including writer Dinah Kirgo,...CONTINUE READING
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City rallies behind 13-year-old entrepreneur after a racist moron calls the cops

You’d think people would stop calling the cops on young black kids who aren’t actually affecting their lives in the slightest, but here we are. At least this time the end of the story is a bit more heart-warming. Jaequan Faulkner, 13, set up a little food stand outside of his home in Minnesota to...CONTINUE READING
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