Miss Italia and misogyny banned as state broadcaster cleans up its act

Beaming into the cameras as two middle-aged male presenters placed a silver crown on her impeccably glossy hair, 19-year-old Giulia Arena looked delighted to have emerged victorious from the 2013 Miss Italia contest. To the emotive strains of Over The Rainbow, and with the massed ranks of failed contestants behind her in skin-tight silver mini-dresses,…

French intellectuals under fire after demanding right to visit sex-workers

A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a magazine petition in which several high-profile male journalists, commentators and actors demanded the right to visit sex-workers. The petition – deliberately styled along the lines of a famous 1971 feminist appeal to legalise abortion lead by Simone de Beauvoir – was aimed…

Thailand racism row reignited by Unilever ad for skin-whitening cream

An advert for a skin-whitening cream which appeared to offer university scholarships to students with fairer skin has stoked a debate over racism in Thailand, where Unilever – the company behind the ad – has been forced to apologise for any “misunderstandings”. The “Citra search for clear, soft and glowing skin” asked female students to…