Women Get Real: On Lammily, Leggings, Lorde and Rape Culture

Abby Zimet

Judging from a heartening trickle of stories, more and more women seem to be reaching their Network-inspired "mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-any-more" mindset towards the mountain of sexist crap they daily confront in their lives, and not a moment too soon. Making the rounds: a small wise gesture by 17-year-old pop star Lorde, who was so pissed at a perfect photoshopped image of herself that she posted another, zits and all, proclaiming "flaws are okay." A protest and petition by middle school girls in Illinois against a school rule banning leggings and other tight pants because they might be "too distracting" for boys, during which girls astutely argued the rule suggests "we should be guilty for what guys do" and wittily posted signs reading, "Are my pants lowering your test scores?" A Twitter protest of too many woefully ignorant responses to and denials of the reality of a prevalent rape culture with the hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen. And a new campaign by Nickolay Lamm, the guy who created an "Average Barbie" with the reasonable facsimile of a normal body, to make an even more realistic doll with the message that "average is beautiful." Dubbed Lammily, she has average proportions, dark hair, limbs that move in more configurations that Barbie's eternal offering of a cheese platter, and will eventually include different ethnicities and body types. Here's the kicker: Lamm started a Crowdtilt campaign to raise money to begin production. He was seeking $95,000. With days left in the campaign, he's raised $488,130, or 514% of his goal. Guess some people are ready for change.

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