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I’ve been on quite a hiatus from posting recently due to various factors, including a two-week long vacation and moving into a new apartment. Today, I read some news that made it so easy to get back into blogging.

The first “sex robot” has been released. Her name is ROXXXY (so original!), and in addition to having the features of other “real dolls” she can “speak and listen, and actually learns what her owner likes and dislikes.” She can also talk about sports! It’s a guy’s dream, right? A woman who is there for sex and to talk sports, but who isn’t actually a real woman. ┬áThis continues to make me sick, and I’d really like to meet one of the men who are actually purchasing these robots (which cost a mere $7000), and find out what on earth they are thinking.

As if women aren’t already taught to believe that they should look like dolls (see, e.g., the Barbie franchise), now there are actually robot dolls that men can choose instead of real women. Honestly, it makes me sick. Also, does anyone else think there’s a weird Stepford element going on here?

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Jezebel has a great post today on women in sports. The post discusses two recent articles published in the New York Times and The Daily Beast where the authors spend most of the articles talking about the beauty and maternity habits of female athletes. The post states:

Female athletes seem to serve as a never-ending well of material for those obsessed with both the female body and the importance of femininity. There seems to be a real difficulty marketing athletic women to the general public without resorting to these tricks, which continually reiterate that this is about a woman in sports, a female athlete, someone with two X chromosomes.

I think this is a fascinating issue, one which I am not very well-versed. But with my new internship at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), I have been exposed to some great information about women in sports thanks to Helen Carroll, a truly amazing woman. Other great sites to check out are: It Takes A Team and Pat Griffin’s blog.

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