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04/19/2007


Veet's 'Don't Risk Dudeness' Ads Border On Homo- And Transphobic: VIDEOS

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Veet is advertising its hair-removal products with ads that implying that women turn into dudes if they go even one day without shaving their legs and armpits. The ads go a step further by suggesting that men are rightfully repulsed by such women, depicting them as a bearded, bearish dude with a lady's voice.

The not-so-subtle subtext is that if you don't conform to men's standards of beauty, you're a unattractive dude worthy of rejection from your boyfriend, taxi drivers, EMTs, manicurists, Veet and viewers at large. Furthermore, being attracted to any person with body hair makes you gay or a lover of mannish women.

Yes, the ads are meant to be lighthearted and funny, but the underlying sexism, homophobia and transphobia has not gone un-noticed by ad groups.

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An Editor Once Mistook Gloria Steinem's Feminism For Lesbianism: VIDEO

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In an interview with PBS' Makers, American feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem revealed that one of her early editors mistook her for a lesbian because she wrote about gender equality:

An editor, a friend, nice guy (laughs) at Show magazine where I’d been freelancing, after I was writing feminist articles and was identified writing about feminism, he called up several mutual friends and said, “Y’know, I didn’t know that Gloria was a lesbian.” Cause he just couldn’t believe that anybody who wasn’t a lesbian and wasn’t interested in 'getting a man' quote unquote would be interested in equal pay or being treated equally and this was a very nice guy.”

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Q&A: 'Concussion' Director Stacie Passon Talks Marriage Equality and the Future of Gay Cinema

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Stacie Passon's debut feature Concussion made a big impression at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was snapped up by the Weinstein Company's RADiUS label after just one screening.  In the film, Robin Weigert (who you may know for her Emmy-nominated turn as Calamity Jane in HBO's Deadwood) plays Abby, a disillusioned housewife who embarks on a double life in the city as a high-end escort.  I spoke with Passon on the phone as her producer Rose Troche -- of The L Word -- drove her to Williamsburg after a day of interviews in Manhattan.  Concussion opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday.

JC: I wanted to hear in your words how you came to this story and how the project started.  What was the genesis for you?

Stacie Passon Headshot 300DPISP: I just wanted to make a little film in the backyard with my friends.  When I showed the script to Rose, she felt that it sort of deserved a little something bigger, so we quickly ramped up the production.  Robin [Weigert, who plays Abby, the film's main character] was the first reel that I was just totally blown away with.  That was really the genesis of the project: getting Robin and Rose on really took it to a different level.

JC: You didn't think this would be a film that would go into theaters?

SP: Oh no.  I live in Montclair, New Jersey and I have a lot of friends who are techies; all we talk about are new digital platforms.  I just wanted to make a film that I could monetize--being with a film collaborative was my highest thought.  Or maybe I could put it on Vimeo and charge for it.

I knew that the lesbian audience was an underserved audience.  I didn't set out to write a lesbian themed movie; it just sort of came in.  My intention for it was, let's put on a show.  And it was born out of a need to do something creative after a career of serving clients.

JC: Right.  You were a commercial director?

SP: Yeah.

JC: As for the story itself--the script and the writing process--is it based on your own experiences?  Where did the idea come from?

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Bryan Fischer: Hillary Clinton Won't Win In 2016 Because She'll Be A 'Saggy Old Woman' - VIDEO

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For Towleroad readers, the AFA's Bryan Fischer is the homophobic gift that keeps on giving. Any time there's a controversy surrounding gay people...be it human rights violations in Russia, homophobic politicians, or futile attempts to revive anti-gay laws, we can always count on Fischer to spew ignorant and hateful vitriol. 

But we'd like you all to know that Fischer is more than just a homophobe. He's also a vocal and blatant misogynist. His most recent brush with sexism came earlier this week on his radio show, where he dismissed the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency simply because of what she might look like in three years:

"She's just going to be too old, going to be too saggy, gravity will have done too much of its mojo on her; she's just going to look old and tired next to virtually anybody that the Republicans run out there."

We're not exactly sure what's most problematic about his so-called "logic". Maybe it's the fact that Fischer doesn't seem at all concerned with his own sagginess...

Judge his comments for yourself, thanks to Right Wing Watch ... AFTER THE JUMP...

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Liz Carmouche Wins Historic UFC Match Between Two Openly Gay Fighters - VIDEO

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Saturday's televised match between Carmouche and Jessica Andrade marked a few firsts. It marked the first televised women's bantam-weight match, as well as the first UFC match between two openly-gay fighters. 

Earlier this week, both fighters recognized the groundbreaking nature of the match. Andrade told reporters via a translator:

“I hope this is opening doors for other people to be open about who they are and how they feel. We want to show everybody that we’re not different from anybody else. Whatever you sexual orientation is, it doesn’t affect how you work or who you are or what you do.”

Along those same lines, Carmouche noted that the two women's orientation was not as big a deal as some might make it out to be:

“I do think it’s great. It shouldn’t be a focus on our sexual preference. It’s not who we are as fighters. It’s just an aspect of who we are as people. It’s nice to finally drift away from that.”

Carmouche's victory came via a TKO in the second round, according to Fox Sports. 

"Carmouche spent much of the first round locked in a guillotine choke, however, Andrade never was able to ratchet it down before time expired in the first...From there, it was all Carmouche. She pummeled Andrade with punches and nearly had a couple of submissions before the bout was stopped with a minute left in the second."

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Check Out These Fierce Allies Of Texas Women's Rights: VIDEO

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Full Frontal Freedom has released a role-reversing political parody based on Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' and inspired by the women of the Texas legislature and their allies. Rick Perry better watch his back!

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