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The Terror Pixie and the Sexy Indian: Your sex and gender morning roundup

October 6, 2010 - 09:30 AM
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Sexy Halloween costumes fail to embrace diversity. Even the racist ones! (Yandy.com)

Catherine Herridge, the Fox News reporter who claims the network retaliated against her for filing discrimination complaints, is popularly known as "The Terror Pixie" for her short haircut. Fun fact: According to the Washington Post, Herridge's hair holds important implications for her ability to report on homeland security: "Herridge, 42, is the small-boned, pixielike woman from Fox News Channel with the kind of short, tousled hair that's convenient for reporting from places where using a blow dryer can't be a priority."

For years, female reporters' blow dryer priorities have restricted our reporting capabilities to very limited sectors, such as hair salons and private bathrooms. Finally, Herridge has broken journalism's hairstyle barrier with but her tiny bones.

Clinton Portis only accepts massages from women, refers to his genitals as his "private spot."

The Washington Blade interviews the Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Zolziak on her "bi dabbling." Best sentence has nothing to do with bisexuality: "Zolciak is working on a book informing women how to land their own 'Big Poppa' and has a new single, 'Google Me,' coming out Tuesday."

Washington Post defends Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech.

Holla Back DC update: Last week, women were harassed in the library, harassed in Adams Morgan, and harassed on TV.

NBC Washington examines the phenomenon of D.C.'s black, gay Republicans.

HIV testing began at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles yesterday.

Following my criticism of the proliferation of racist sexy Halloween costumes, one skeptic argued that the existence of the "Sexy Indian" getup is a positive sign—that it is a mere indication of the widening acceptance of the full range of human sexuality, and that we should never shame a woman who happens to express her sexuality through dressing as eroticized racial groups. I'm all for embracing fetishists on Oct. 31, and I'm on board with the shaming part—I'm more into shaming the companies that make money off this—but I'm not ready to embrace blatant racism just yet! A quick perusal of Yandy.com's 25 pages of sexy Halloween costume offerings reveals that the Sexy Halloween Industrial Complex is almost exclusively catering to the tall-thin-white-ladies-in-oversize-fuzzy-legwarmers contingent of human sexuality (and the men who like looking at them). Racist sexy Halloween costumes: Not the great equalizer, just yet!

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