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The New Scarlet Letter

A 16-year-old girl reports on the slut-shaming practices growing in prevalence among high-school students:

A recent Facebook posting I saw had a picture of a half-naked girl, lying on bed. The boy who posted it tagged the picture so that everyone could see it and go to the girl’s page. Within less than an hour, the photo had about 443 likes and 261 comments. Comments like “your life is officially shot LMAO,” and “I think she gonna cut her veins when she see this.”

I could relay a story like this pretty much every week, but the perspective of the writer makes this specific article particularly compelling, I think. Lacking the sophisticated perspective and sociological vocabulary of an adult feminist, Temitayo Fagbenle relates these quotes and anecdotes in a bald, simple style that drives home just how lacking teens are in tools that could help them constructively process this sort of pervasive, low-level misogyny.

Via The Frisky.

Bodyform Fake Apologizes for Their Fake-Misleading Ads

A week ago young Richard Neill posted his somewhat amusing pretend outrage at how Bodyform, a maker of feminine hygiene products, had misled him about the nature of menstruation and its effects on women. Bodyform has responded with a much more amusing apology.

Australian PM Lectures Opposition Leader for Sexism

If you’d like to hear a good, old-fashioned, righteous rant from a powerful woman, look no further than this video of Julia Gillard eviscerating Tony Abbot for his hypocritical stance on sexism and misogyny in government.

Only Monday Gillard endured sexual harassment from many Facebook users during a live Q&A.

The 12-Year-Old Slut Meme

Soraya Chemaly for The Huffington Post:

One of the offending page’s profile photos is of a pink-lipped and pouty child (she looks a lot younger than 12) wearing a tank top that reads “I love COCK.” Now, anyone can create a page in Facebook (published at Facebook’s discretion) and this page doesn’t openly advocate violence against 12-year-old sluts. It is, however, the virtual equivalent of street harassment and, as such, demonstrates the way the photography serves to exponentially magnify the effects of subtle and real violence along a broad spectrum.

Chemaly muddies her message by attempting to make too many points at once (see this post for my response to the idea that rape is too serious to joke about) and focusing on Facebook as some sort of special place where misogyny runs rampant, when in reality that place is Everywhere. But she’s right that allowing a page about “12-year-old sluts” to continue its existence seems like a no-brainer. Shame on Facebook—no stranger to censorship—for not taking action.