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This week's round-up includes: the rarity of plus size fashion, an ASU professor's brutal arrest for jaywalking, complaining about periods, being masturbated at in public, and extra credit for not shaving.
- Why Is Trendy PLus Size Fashion So Rare, Especially When It's Proven Extremely Effective? by Marie Southard Ospina at Bustle (Keywords:fashion, fat, plus size)
In one year, ModCloth’s plus business has doubled, evolving into a multi-billion-dollar industry. From working with only 35 plus designers at the start, they now work with over 160, and offer over 1,200 styles at any give point. After surveying over 1,500 women, the folks at ModCloth found out that plus-size customers place 20 percent more orders on their site than the straight-size customer. And when you think about it, that last stat isn’t all that surprising. Considering that more women wear a size-16 than 0, 2 and 4 combined, selling a plus range is undoubtedly a positive move — for both the customer, and the brand.
- ASU Professor's Brutal Arrest: When Minor Offenses Lead to Major Abuse by Isha Aran at Jezebel (Keywords: police, violence, arrest, assault, racial profiling)
In the dash camera video, Ore, whose only threat was walking across a street to avoid construction on the sidewalk, clearly attempts to reason with the police officer, but is met with disregard which escalated into violence.... Ferrin throws her to the ground, exposing her as she was wearing a dress. When the officers pull her to her feet and Ferrin attempts to adjust her dress and pull it back down, she kicks Ferrin in the shin. As Ferrin cuffs her, the other officer tells her to relax.
- &^(*$#% OUCH!: Or, on complaining about periods. by Robin Marie at Disrupting Dinner Parties (Keywords: menstruation, blood, pain, body image, communication, complaining, gender roles)
Women do talk about their periods, of course; but it seems to me that this only happens with freedom and nonchalance when in the company of exclusively other women. Or at least this has been my experience ever since I first got my period, at the ripe age of 16; every time I mentioned it in front of other people, my sister – always the guardian of what is appropriate and polite – would shoot me a look and sometimes even growl silently at me through her teeth. To this day, when I whine about it on facebook, she leaves messages to the extent of “what am I going to do with you?”
- Women being masturbated at in public isn't as rare as you might think by Laura Bates at The Guardian (Keywords: (childhood) sexual assault, women, masturbation, power)
"When I was 13, a man sitting across from me on a crowded train took his penis out and fondled it. No one did anything."
There are some experiences that sound so extreme, so shocking, that there is a general consensus they must be very rare indeed. People would like to assume, understandably, that this story is a horrifying anomaly. But when I retweeted one woman's experience of being masturbated at this morning, the response was overwhelming.
- Arizona Professor Offers Extra Credit To Female Students Who Stop Shaving Their Armpits by Judd Legum at ThinkProgress (Keywords: gender roles, society, grooming, shaving)
Many of my friends didn’t want to work out next to me or hear about the assignment, and my mother was distraught at the idea that I would be getting married in a white dress with armpit hair. I also noticed the looks on faces of strangers and people around campus who seemed utterly disgusted by my body hair. It definitely made me realize that if you’re not strictly adhering to socially prescribed gender roles, your body becomes a site for contestation and public opinion.
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