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Giving “feminine protection” a whole new meaning

Behold the Pink Stinger:

The copy is a riot:

A new trend in security systems is on the horizon that will inspire the self defense/security demographic, shock the criminal community and give a new-found respect to the dismal tampon sector.

Ladies can replace that monthly period with an exclamation mark as feminine hygiene goes lethal with The Pink Stinger, a taser/stun gun creatively disguised as a tampon…except for the buttons, prods and high voltage. This weapon of mass absorption aims to target a niche market consumer, that being the tampon wielding women who desire private and discreet security in a friendly familiar package.

The tampon taser/stun gun is the latest in portable and personal security systems. The beauty of this taser/stun gun, aptly named The Pink Stinger, is its ingenious design and ability to be concealed nicely and unassumingly into any purse for ultimate stealth. The taser’s gentle glide zapplicator easily fits in the palm of your hand for incredible comfort and protection and ready for honorable discharge at a moments notice. In addition, its fresh floral scent helps eliminate the smell of fear, not just cover it up.

Found at Laurie Toby Edison’s Body Impolitic.

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Feminist Trivia

I play on a pub trivia team, and one of my teammates is putting together a quiz of her own with some guys from a rival team. I mentioned to her that I’d like to see more questions about women, about women’s accomplishments, about historical events meaningful to women (not to mention more sports questions about women’s sports) in pub quizzes in general. To the extent that there are questions about people, they tend to be about men. And many of the rounds (like sports) are geared to what men are socialized to think is important.* Women aren’t exactly erased, but they’re overlooked. And if women and women’s concerns aren’t considered something worth knowing or learning about, then it’s a short step to women and women’s concerns being considered unimportant.

So, since Elizabeth agreed that more questions about women and women’s issues would be a really great and subversive way to get more people thinking about women-related factoids — because they could come up at any time on a quiz! — I’m doing a bleg for feminist trivia.

Melissa McEwan suggested Eve’s Quest, which she reviewed here, as a good source of trivia questions. But do any of you have any good sources of feminist trivia or factoids you can share with the class?

* Despite the fact that there’s a sports round every time and my team is mostly-female and mostly-uninterested-in-your-typical-American-sports, we win frequently. It helps that the Quizmaster is from Ireland and therefore, we escape the kind of football-and-baseball-centric sports rounds that favor American men. However, the Olympics are open to both men and women, and Liam’s sports rounds still largely ignore the women.


I’ve been threatening for some time to make up cards for troll bingo, but just never got around to it (plus, I lack the necessary technological skills).

But now, Lauredhel at Hoyden About Town has beat me to the punch and made up Antifeminist Bingo cards (via):

Be sure to read Lauredhel’s post for the details on how it came about and the reasons for the inclusion of “Patriarchy Hurts Men, Too” as an item.

Then print out and keep handy while reading some of the threads around here.

UPDATE: While you’re over at Hoyden, be sure to Feed the FAQ on feminism jargon and abbreviations for tigtog’s wonderful Feminism 101 blog.

Nobody puts the Silver Fox in a corner!

David Geffen beat out Anderson Cooper as the #1 gay in America? Sure, he may have a lot of money, but Anderson has the power of connecting with the people. And those eyes…

Other notables:
-Several bloggers made the list. We’re taking over the world.
-John Aravosis, Andrew Sullivan and Nick Denton beat out Tom Ford (who I can’t stand). Sucka.
-Am I the only person who didn’t realize Jodie Foster was a lesbian?

Final thoughts: It’s great that there are 50 well-known, powerful people who are out. It’s not so great that so many of them (including my own boyfriend) aren’t out enough to pose for the cover of the magazine.

Thanks to Ali for the link.

Celebrity Death Match: Alanis vs. Fergie

You Can’t Do That on Television: 1.
Kids Incorporated: 0.

I am of the firm belief that “My Humps” is the single worst song ever made. Ever. Nothing even comes close. If I could assassinate one person on the planet, it would probably be Fergie. I would rather stick rusty nails in my eyes than have to hear “My Humps” ever again. I would rather listen to “Who Let The Dogs Out?” and “The Macarena” on repeat, forever. I would rather eat a box of Krispy Kreme and wash it down with $2 California Merlot. I would rather utter the words, “You know, Bill Donahue kind of has a point…” I would rather be barred from played “Would You Rather” ever again.

You get the idea.

But Alanis may have just changed my mind. Amazing.

Thanks to Ali, who calls this a “true attack on pop culture patriarchy.”

All of my wildest dreams have come true.

Beyonce and Shakira have done a song together.

The song kind of sucks, and the video kind of sucks even worse, but I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. Beyonce. Shakira. Together in one song. It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven. And, yeah, the “pearly gates” might actually be made of rusty iron, but hey, I’m still in heaven.

I saw the video in the gym this morning, and then walked out of the gym to discover that my favorite espresso place has opened up a store across the street. Previously they were only all the way on Avenue C, which is a 15-minute hike from my apartment in the opposite direction of anywhere I ever go. But now I have a reward for getting my ass to the gym before class. And this is a major motivator. I was pretty close to tears watching them make my cappuccino this morning. They only have one size — and it’s not Starbucks-huge! They don’t offer any flavoring! They have a beautiful stainless steel Italian-made machine! The barista only used the middle of the shot, and removed the cup before the end! The foam was superior!

Beyonce. Shakira. Cappuccino.

The only thing that could possibly ruin my day would be Lauren shutting down Feministe to punish me for writing about Beyonce again.