Bollywood Actress Slapped in Face for ‘Wearing Short Dress’

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What the actual….? Since when does Islam dictate how a woman should dress? I don’t remember reading that anywhere in the Qu’ran. That’s just something patriarchy decided to slap on as a religious amendment to keep all of the power.

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A Bollywood actress was slapped in the face during a taping of a reality show by a male audience member, reportedly for wearing a short dress.

Gauhar Khan, a model and reality TV star as well as an actress, was assaulted on Sunday during the shooting of the final episode of the singing competition India’s Raw Star in Mumbai, the BBC reports.

According to police, the man said that “being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress.” He had been taunting her before the altercation.

The man was accosted by security and arrested. He was due in court Monday.

[BBC]

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Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch in a Feminist T-Shirt

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More people need to wear this shirt if they support gender equality.

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Well, looks like Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest male celebrity to proudly embrace the f-word. Behold:

ELLE UK called on the Sherlock actor to pose in a t-shirt featuring the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like,” created by equality campaigning organization the Fawcett Society. As part of its upcoming feminism issue, the magazine recruited Cumberbatch — along with other actors like Tom Hiddleston and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — to show their support.

Naturally, Cumberbatch’s many fans (also known as Cumberbitches) are pretty excited.

Here are Gordon-Levitt and Hiddleston:

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Luke Evans Has Been Out for Years, But He’s Finally Stopped Hiding

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This year, National Coming Out Day happens to coincide with the release of Dracula Untold, an accident of timing that’s actually fortuitous. The would-be action franchise kickoff features in the title role Luke Evans, an actor who has (until recently) been less than forthcoming about his sexuality. But Evans, at the very moment he stands at the precipice of major stardom with roles in the Dracula, Fast & Furious, and Hobbit franchises, would seem to be living more openly than ever. He’s proof positive that the work of coming out only begins with a declaration of one’s sexuality, that being open about identity is both rewarding and deeply challenging

Evans, an aspiring star in an industry not historically hospitable to gay people, has long been living in the aftermath of interviews, conducted very early in his career, in which he described himself as a gay man, most…

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Breasts Aren’t Sending Mixed Messages

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In a controversial, much-criticizedpost Wednesday on LinkedIn Pulse, business writer Bruce Kasanoff derided Jennifer Lawrence for daring to do the unthinkable (to him): bare her breasts in Vanity Fair magazine. Originally titled “Why Jennifer Lawrence’s Breasts Confuse Me” and later changed to “Why Jennifer Lawrence Confuses Me,” Kasanoff’s piece was riddled with ill-considered and outmoded ways of thinking about bodies, nudity and ownership of our stories. Kasanoff deleted the inflammatory article Thursday, telling Time.com via email, “My intention is to help people, not upset them.”

“If someone outraged me by publishing naked photos of my body, I’m pretty certain my next move would NOT be to then pose semi-naked for a national magazine, especially with a cockatoo,” Kasanoff wrote. As a man, Kasanoff will never know what it’s like to be a woman whose nude photos were stolen and leaked for the entire world to see, nor…

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J.K. Rowling’s Mysterious Riddle Was Solved

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About 24 hours after author J.K. Rowling posted an anagram on her Twitter account, a fan has finally solved the puzzle.

Emily Strong—a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who regularly updates her own blog and describes herself as a lover of “all things Harry Potter” in her Twitter bio—tweeted the solution at the Harry Potter author on Tuesday afternoon: “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.”

Rowling confirmed her answer within two minutes:

The anagram, according to TIME’s own interactive anagram solver, does indeed check out. It’s a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter spinoff that will soon hit the big screen as a trilogy.

Despite saying in her initial tweet that she was busy working on a novel…

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Latina Actresses Have It the Worst in Movies, Study Says

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Not at all surprised, though I was hoping for something different.

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Latina women are not getting a lot of screen time, but when they are it’s usually as sex objects, according to a new study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of California’s Annenberg School.

The group has long documented Hollywood’s lack of racial diversity, but their newest research finds that Hispanic actors and actresses may have it the worst. Of the 600 top-grossing films from the past six years, only 4.9% of speaking characters in the years surveyed were Hispanic even though 16.3% of the entire U.S. population is Hispanic and 25% of moviegoers are Latino.

And the few roles that Hispanic actors do get often require them to strip down: In 2013, Hispanic women were the most likely of all women to be partially or fully naked onscreen (37.5%). White women were next at 31.9%, followed by Asian (23.5%) and black (18.2%) women…

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