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feminist news round-up 10.11.13

Image Screengrab: Bloomberg

Image Screengrab: Bloomberg

Lululemon founder says fat thighs are to blame for sheer pants

In a stunning move of dickery and PR self-sabotage, the co-founder and chair-person of athletic wear brand Lululemon has blamed the size of women’s thighs for the fabric of their pants being thin. ‘It’s really about the rubbing of the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time and how much they use it,’ he said, dismissing the crazy idea that it was the quality of the fabric that made the pants sheer. His wife, co-founder Shannon Wilson, essentially face-palmed beside him before attempting to recover the situation.

13-year-old boy suspended for wearing colourful bag, school totally sucks

Skyler Davis, an 8th grader from Kansas, has reportedly been suspended from his school for wearing an over-the-shoulder ‘purse’ (looks just like any other bag to me). Despite having no rules against such wear, Skyler’s school has suspended him ‘until he agrees not to wear it’. The principal claims there is an ‘unwritten rule’ that says kids can’t bring bags or purses into the classroom – seems like a totally legit reason for telling a boy not to wear a purse. Good job on supporting individuality, Anderson County Junior Senior High School.

Rachel Griffiths to play Julia Gillard in new TV drama

Melbourne production company WTFN has acquired the film and television rights to Kerry-Anne Walsh’s book The Stalking of Julia Gillard and says Griffiths has signed to play the lead role. The show is expected to screen on Australian TV in 2015.

American Apparel under fire for super inappropriate voodoo window display

Attention-loving American Apparel is never far from the headlines, particularly in feminist circles. This time, the brand has earned the ire of the African and African-American communities for its appropriation of ‘an actual African spiritual system associated with good health and well-being’, voodoo, as part of a spooky Halloween window display. ‘It baffles me as to why a store would make the decision to mis-appropriate a sacred spiritual system that is old as time in Africa itself. Alas, we know that even hipsters — for all their self-congratulatory “progressive” ways — can be just as bigoted and racist as anyone else,’ writes Shantrelle Lewis for Ebony. Check out the petition for more info.

In other news:

Kenya faces condom shortage

Charlotte Dawson dropped by management team for discussing mental health issues

In Lip this week:

Sweden introduces classification system to motivate gender equality in film

Pregnancy is leading discrimination complaint for Aussie workers


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