Cognitive Dissonance

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Instead of calling the photo of Anne Hathaway’s crotch a ‘mishap’ or ‘wardrobe malfunction’ (as everything I’ve seen about it has), all articles should actually be about the person who snapped the pic and begin with ‘A creepy, despicable photographer was caught violating common decency in a photo they sold for money this week…’

Political cartoonist and professional rabble-rouser Matt Bors on Facebook today.

This is another example of institutionalized misogyny. Instead of people just not taking pictures of a woman’s genitalia because human decency, it’s Anne Hathaway’s fault. Essentially, if she didn’t want a paparazzi to take an upskirt shot, she shouldn’t have put herself in that situation where he could get the shot.

Don’t give me any shit about “she should” either — I had a boob fall out of a wrap dress I thought was pretty modest (and tied tightly). It happens. I’ve seen enough dude ass crack to last a lifetime — does it mean I should photograph it? Put it on the internet? 

Filed under Privacy creepy Anne Hathaway Seriously common decency upskirt disgusting misogyny Matt Bors

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Four Tips for Male Journalists Who Want to Discuss Women’s Health

Some advice to male talking heads on covering reproductive rights…

Of the 146 guests who have come on cable news shows to discuss the decision between Monday and Thursday, 91 were men. MSNBC’s Morning Joe has come under fire from Democratic congresswomen for not inviting women, other than show co-host Mika Brzezinski, who disapproved of the Obama administration’s initial policy, to appear on the program. And at Politico, Mike Allen’s presented the White House’s decision-making process as a boys-against-girls fight pitting strategy-minded male advisors against women who were tightly focused on the actual issue at hand: making sure women can get insurance-covered access to contraceptives. And since men in media seem to have so much trouble figuring out how to cover women’s health issues, it’s time to help them out with some simple advice.

Here’s the thing about birth control: It’s for people who don’t want to become pregnant, nor be responsible for getting someone pregnant. However, hormonal birth control has other applications besides preventing pregnancy. It’s used to treat many health conditions.

All in all, this is pretty good advice for covering this issue and not sounding like a total chauvinist tool. I’m getting sick of the moralistic lecturing that I see on both liberal and conservative outlets. My brain has been playing this gif on a loop:

Why? Because restricting access to contraception in any way makes the above more likely. Also, Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) - you might restrict it, but you’ll never ban it. This assault on contraceptive coverage is one more piece of the war on those who’d like control of their bodies and the decision to bear a child.

Note to Catholic bishops - while you worry about hormonal birth control maybe preventing some maybe-not Catholic children being born, children who were already born died of starvation and preventable disease. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Contraception birth control reproductive rights politics gender religion privacy health insurance health care Catholic Catholic Church media male privilege

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Predator drone spy plane used in civilian arrests

In the U.S. 

To be precise, in North Dakota:

Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties. He also called in a Predator B drone.

BRB, building a blanket fort and never coming out. 

Filed under drones predator drones North Dakota no just no crime privacy seriously? what? no no no fuck no

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This exists:

Airport security screenings now include the use of x-ray machines called “body scanners.” These are highly sophisticated devices which can see through your clothing. They are capable of creating a “nude” image of your private body parts, in revealing detail. At we are sensitive to your desire to maintain your personal dignity consistent with safe air travel. As such we have designed the products below as privacy wear for family travel.

Our garments have been imprinted with a special ink which tests have shown will create an opaque blur to help keep the details of your private body parts, private. These items are intended to be worn beneath your normal outer clothing as comfortable undergarments of high quality at a reasonable price.

The youth tee is a tad creepy:

The market for his undergarments might be gone now that TSA is going to use generic outline images that don’t display your swimsuit area. Personally, I feel that when a market for products like this legitimately exists, maybe we’ve gone a little too far.

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