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Yes, don't you dare be authoritative and demand equal pay, but don't whine about being paid unfairly either. In fact, just shut up and let the men do whatever they want.
 
Out of all places, the Times? WTF :(
Asking for a raise, especially when unequal pay is in play, should never be grounds for termination. 
There’s a history behind the upheaval. Recently, I’m told, Abramson learned that she was earning much less than her male predecessor.
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As Historiann said in her blog, lean in, get fired.

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18-year-old Mighty Girl Megan Grassell was shocked when she went shopping with her younger sister, Mary Margaret, to buy her first bra: “The choices for her, and for all girls her age (the 11-15 age group)... were all padded, push-up, and sexual. Not only that, they did not fit her body properly." So the Wyoming high school senior decided to design a bra made with the needs of girls her sister's age in mind. She started her own bra company, Yellowberry and is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter to “build, manufacture, produce, market, and distribute Yellowberry bras to girls in the US and around the world.”

Megan vividly remembers watching her sister trying on bras clearly intended for an older age group: ‘Mary Margaret, you can't wear that!’ I whispered to my 13 year old sister in the dressing room as she tried on a leopard push-up bra. 'Yeah, um… I don't… I don't look like this…' she giggled and looked at me with sheepish eyes.” Wherever they went shopping, “[w]e came across the same thing at every store: push-up features, underwires, and padding that were all part of the standard to make a girl ‘grow’ two cup sizes. I remember thinking to myself in anger, 'What is the hurry to grow-up so fast?'" 

She thought, “Where were the young, cute, and realistic bras for girls?!” -- but when she got home, she realized, “I could do it; I could make those bras for girls... a bra that is unique, colorful, and young made for all girls who love and enjoy their youthful, yellow stages in life.” Megan recalled, "In early April, my mom and I had no idea what we were doing. We ordered sample materials, hardware, and elastic from Seattle." Over time, she developed many more prototypes and gradually perfected her bras which she designed to be simple, cute, and age-appropriate. 

Megan knows she is facing challenges in making Yellowberry succeed: after all, she is still a full-time student and planning to leave home for college in the fall to study business marketing and Mandarin. But she believes that Yellowberry can “continue under my leadership to grow and develop” and Megan is motivated to reach more girls like her sister: "as a protective big sister, I felt passionate about making these." 

To help support Megan's Kickstarter campaign, visit http://kck.st/1gfEzzd. You can also check out their designs and learn more about Yellowberry at http://www.yellowberrycompany.com/ 

For two great guides for girls ages 8 to 12 on body changes during puberty, including breast development and selecting a first bra, we highly recommend the newly released "Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body" (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-to-girl) and the bestselling classic "The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls" (http://www.amightygirl.com/the-care-and-keeping-of-you-1). 

For our review of more puberty-related resources, check out our blog post on “Talking With Tweens and Teens about Their Bodies” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2229

For many resources to help prepare your Mighty Girl for her first period -- including several first period kits -- check out our blog post “That Time of the Month’: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=3281

And, for an excellent resource for parents that explores how sexualized clothing and messages are being directed at ever younger children and offers age-appropriate guidelines to help parents counter the sexualized messaging directed at kids, check out "So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids” at http://www.amightygirl.com/so-sexy-so-soon
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ERMAGHERD GIRLY BITS IN UR MANSPACE!!!

Part of why I bother so little with nerdfandoms anymore is precisely this sort of crap.  I enjoy missing a lot of TEH FANBOI DRAMAH.  But having been made aware of this DRAMAH by +Lilith Dark and +The Mary Sue (http://www.themarysue.com/idw-windblade-comic/), my best option for coping is to reborrow this comic from the Mary Sue article and share it.

And if you're like the dude here, decircle me and go away because you fall below my clued-in threshold requirement.

Image source: http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1998
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"If this tactic is allowed to stand, if it succeeds, if Present Obama capitulates to a small minority of extremists, then we will have given both this legislature and all future ones, the absolute power of tyranny via deadlock.

"If allowed to become precedent, our government will permanently cease to function in any effective manner, perhaps not immediately, but eventually and if history is any guide it’ll be sooner rather than later."

#USA   #Shutdown   #GOP  
"L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs"     - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Commonly translated as: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions   The President cannot give in. He. Can. Not. And you don’t want him to...
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This maybe perhaps the smallest oldest surviving ecosystem in the world. A garden in a bottle, planted by David Latimer in 1960 was last watered in the year 1972 before it was tightly sealed. David Latimer, 80, from Cranleigh in Surrey wanted to experiment how long the ecosystem will survive and to everybody’s amazement the little world is still thriving entirely on recycled air, nutrients and water.
 The only external thing fed to this bottled-garden was light without which there would be no energy for plants inside to create their own food and continue to grow. Other than that this is an entirely self-sufficient ecosystem, with the plant and bacteria in the soil working together.
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I have friends who choose to wear head scarves and I support their right to choose that for themselves, but that's the point: it should be each individual's choice, not something required of anyone by law, by other people, by their male relatives, by anyone.

#freedom   #choice  
Going out in public without a hijab can get you 70 lashes and 60 days in prison, but these women are taking the risk
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So...this is a Thing that Exists.

As my favourite quote said, "Why don't they just make better shoes?"

#EverdayWhat #DesignerSurgery 
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Personally I'm more in favour of removing the ribs and little toes of the people behind the advertising that influences women to feel that they need plastic surgery in order to appear fuckable. Or that fuckable is any way to derive one's self-esteem.

Pass me the bolt cutters.

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Predictably, the followup from the article +Kimberly Chapman posted the other day: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/06/us/massachusetts-upskirt-ban/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 

Charles Dickens had the legal system pegged very accurately in Bleak House. Why the #### is it necessary to write an explicit ban for every single kind of way people can be stupid assholes? The spirit of the original law was pretty damn clear. And if I don't have an "expectation of privacy" under my clothes, where the hell do I have it?
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ERMAGHERD GIRLY BITS IN UR MANSPACE!!!

Part of why I bother so little with nerdfandoms anymore is precisely this sort of crap.  I enjoy missing a lot of TEH FANBOI DRAMAH.  But having been made aware of this DRAMAH by +Lilith Dark and +The Mary Sue (http://www.themarysue.com/idw-windblade-comic/), my best option for coping is to reborrow this comic from the Mary Sue article and share it.

And if you're like the dude here, decircle me and go away because you fall below my clued-in threshold requirement.

Image source: http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1998
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"Really" indeed. Thanks for the reminder, society.
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'And of the 950 words allotted to the XX science panel at the NASW meeting, 264 were devoted to what the men in attendance at the session had to say. That stands in contrast to the 238 words given to what women on the panel and in the audience at this session on women in science writing had to say, words that trail off in the post without even an end punctuation. Not only that, but the section devoted to the men's commentary begins with, "But some of the most powerful and significant statements came from men."

'Really.

'Six women sit on a panel before a standing-room only audience, show data (courtesy of unable-to-attend Kate Prengaman) demonstrating the monstrous inequality of recognition and work that women in science writing receive, deliver powerful personal stories about the multitude of experiences they have had over their careers--some of them jaw-droppingly unbelievable--but the "most powerful and significant statements came from men." '
 
Perhaps that's part of what got us where we were in the first place, this willingness to lapse back into the programmed complacency of sexual inequality and unreported sexual harassment. The "where" was a panel on women in sc...
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In the lead-up to the final half-season of Breaking Bad, much of the discussion of the show centered on how creator Vince Gilligan and his writing staff had treated Skyler White, and how audiences had responded to her.
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