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From company’s product page: Alexa Zombie shown after being shot w/ “Macho Gaucho” rounds at 5 yards.
From company’s product page: Alexa Zombie shown after being shot w/ “Macho Gaucho” rounds at 5 yards.
Zombie "ex"
Zombie Industries is marketing a life-sized, female zombie mannequin for target practice called "The Ex" that bleeds when you shoot it. Its tagline reads: "Be warned, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but a man scorned is nothing to mess with!"

The company, which also has "terrorist" and "Nazi" models, says that it made "The Ex" in order to have all groups of undead monsters represented in its product line and that any of its 15 male versions could be an ex-boyfriend (although none is specifically named that). Reviews for "The Ex" are all positive, the company says.

"This isn't just some green-skinned, generic-looking zombie mannequin," writes Charlotte Hannah of twirlit.com. "The name, the ad copy and the highly sexualized design make The Ex an uncomfortable addition to a world in which intimate partner violence is a very real and scary thing."
Sources: twirlit.com, MSN News, zombieindustries.com

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen


The Feminist Factor
In a new poll, 55 percent of women voters in 2012 self-identified as feminists, an increase of 9 percent since 2008's presidential election. The percentage rose to 68 percent if those polled were given a follow-up question that included this definition of feminism: "someone who supports political, economic and social equality for women."

"It's time to acknowledge that it wasn't just women who made a critical different in re-electing President Barack Obama, but feminists. It's time to add another metric beyong the gender gap to our post-election analysis: the Feminist Factor."
-Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority president and Ms. publisher
Source: Lake Research for Ms. magazine, Feminist Majority Foundation and Communications Consortium Media Center

Where abortions are free
In France-where reproductive rights are treated as a health issue, not a religious or political one-a new law that took effect in April provides for free abortions, that is, they are reimbursed 100 percent. Previously, 80 percent of the fees were covered. The law also doubled the fees paid to hospitals that provide abortions as an incentive to offer that service. Abortion is legal in France within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or if the life of the mother or child is at risk. Also under the new law, contraception will be free to girls ages 15 to 18, although it is not free for those older than 18. The measures are part of President Francois Hollande's campaign promises.
Source: Ms. Magazine

Mortgage damage
Women in Chicago are less likely to have their mortgage loans originated than are male applications-even if they have a male co-applicant.

According to the Woodstock Institute in its fact sheet "Unequal Opportunity: Disparate Mortgage Origination Patterns for Women in the Chicago Area":
• Female-headed joint applications are 24 percent less likely to be originated than are male-headed ones.
• The disparity between female- and male-headed joint home purchase applications holds true across all racial categories, controlling for loan-to-income ratio, and is most pronounced for African-American women, whose applications are 34 percent less likely.
• The racial and gender disparities among joint applications are even more extreme for refinance loans. Female-headed joint refinance applications are 39 percent less likely to have loans originated than are male-headed ones.
• The disparity between female- and male-headed joint refinance applications is more severe across all racial categories, controlling for loan-to-income ratio, and is most pronounced for African American women-44 percent less likely.
Source: The Woodstock Institute

Still dying in childbirth
For many women, becoming a mother can still be a health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
• The U.S. maternal mortality rate has doubled in the past 25 years, despite our spending $98 billion annually on hospitalization related to pregnancy and childbirth.
• In 2008, the U.S. ranked 50th in the world in maternal deaths per 100,000 births.
• African-American women were 3.2 times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth than were white women.
Source: Face the Facts USA (George Washington University)

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