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Lose weight or else
Chicago's Taylor Townsend, 16, is the world's top-ranked junior tennis player, but the U.S. Tennis Association wouldn't pay her way to the 2012 U.S. Open because she weighs too much. Her mother, Shelia Townsend, had to foot the bill to bring Townsend to New York. Following a flurry of publicity, now the association is saying it will reimburse Townsend for her expenses.

Many former and current players weighed in on the controversy, the most vocal being from former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport: "I'm really disheartened by this Taylor Townsend news :( makes me sad. Also makes me wonder if any females were involved in decision making."

Source: www.womentalksports.com

"Paul Ryan claims his budget is in keeping with the moral values of our shared [Catholic] faith. I disagree. Our faith strongly affirms that we are ALL responsible for one another. We ALL share responsibility to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is properly implemented. This is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do."

-Sister Simone Campbell at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Source: www.youtube.com

Bikini-clad surprise
Who says only scantily clad women can pose with new cars? In a new Toyota ad running only in Japan, gender identity is turned on its rear. When a model clad in bikini bottom and jacket removes the jacket and turns around, the audience discovers he's a man. The model, 19-year-old Ukrainian Stav Strashko, says he isn't transgender, isn't doing drag.

He just proves that gender isn't always neatly defined.

Do you think this ad will ever run in the U.S.?

Source: www.alternet.com

Write on
BIC is marketing a pen to women, BIC Cristal for Her, in pastel colors with a "key benefit" (BIC publicity words) of being "thinner for a better handling for women."

Here's one online review:
"I love BIC Cristal for Her! The delicate shape and pretty pastel colors make it perfect for writing recipe cards, checks to my psychologist (I'm seeing him for a case of the hysterics), and tracking my monthly cycle. Obviously, I don't use it for vulgar endeavors like math or filling out a voter application, but BIC Cristal for Her is a lovely little writing utensil all the same. Ask your husband for some extra pocket money so you can buy one today!"

Source: www.amazon.com


Our vote matters
"Some women won't vote this year because ... we have carpool duties, or ... we have to get to work, or ... our vote doesn't matter, or ... it's raining. Let's stop making excuses. Let's remind one another that voting is a privilege that women were not afforded up until a very short time ago. This year let's all get out to the polls and fight the good fight!"

-Theatre Unbound flier for its new play "The Good Fight," about women's suffrage struggles in the early 20th century

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