Battle of the Sexists: Brazil Versus the Middle East?

Lourdres Garcia-Navarro is a Peabody award winning journalist who works for NPR as foreign correspondent. She recently relocated from the Middle East (where she had been covering the Arab Spring) to Sao Paulo, Brazil — a move she thought would be a relief because, after years spent living in conservative countries and… » 3/17/14 1:40pm 3/17/14 1:40pm

Brazilian Dude Pissed About His Lulu Rating Sues the Company

A Brazilian law student who's pissed about his apparently low rating on the no good, very bad dating/non-consensual objectification app Lulu is suing the company, arguing that allowing anonymous and disparaging comments to be posted about a person is unconstitutional under Brazilian law. » 1/11/14 2:30pm 1/11/14 2:30pm

Police Officer Calls Brazilian Bus Gang Rape a 'Satisfaction' of…

Last Saturday, an American woman and her French male companion were trapped on a public van in Rio de Janiero by three men. For six hours, they beat both and raped the woman as the suspects took turns driving the van. Finally, the couple was taken to an ATM at the outskirts of town to withdraw money before being dumped … » 4/01/13 11:30pm 4/01/13 11:30pm

Shampoo Ad Warns Dudes: If Your Hair Is Too Nice, You're Basically a…

It's possible to write a lengthy tome on hair and gender. In King Charles' day, it was totes cool for a dude to have long, lustrous locks; in the late '60s and '70s, counter-culture hippies and rockers from David Crosby to Lynyrd Skynyrd let their hair grow long and wild and free. In the '80s and '90s, we had Fabio,… » 3/19/13 6:20pm 3/19/13 6:20pm

Transphobia Is a Goddamn Embarrassment to Us All

In case you missed it, for almost a week now there's been a jolly olde shitstorme a-brewing between a couple of British feminists and a whole lot of angry trans activists and allies. It started off innocuously enough—it could have begun and ended with a whimper if certain parties hadn't been such unyielding, bigoted… » 1/14/13 7:00pm 1/14/13 7:00pm

Enterprising Brazilian Hookers Sign Up to Learn English Before the…

The first rule of business? Know your customer. Brazilian sex workers are on it: The Association of Prostitutes is offering free English classes, since the Confederations Cup takes place in Brazil this June and the World Cup takes place in Brazil in June 2014. (Prostitution is legal in Brazil.) » 1/08/13 5:40pm 1/08/13 5:40pm

Prison Guards Apprehend Cat Trying Adorably to Sneak Into a Brazilian…

A fleet-footed black-and-white cat was captured back on Dec. 31 by prison guards in Brazil's northeast Alagoas state after it was caught sneaking around with a little parcel of tools strapped to its body, which is both the cutest and cleverest jailbreak plan ever devised. It's also reason enough to take a long, hard… » 1/06/13 12:30pm 1/06/13 12:30pm

The World's Tallest Teen Girl, Elisany Silva, Has a 5'4" Boyfriend

At 6'8", a 17-year-old Brazilian girl named Elisany de Cruz Silva—we wrote about her back in 2010—has a rare form of gigantism caused by a benign tumor in her ptuitary gland (which doctors have since removed). Since the age of 13, she's suffered from severe joint pain and migraines, and her lifelong aspirations of being … » 12/29/12 4:45pm 12/29/12 4:45pm

Brazilian Woman's Virginity Sold at Auction for $780,000

So, that virgin auction just ended, and we have a winner. And by winner, we mean enormous loser, because what grown man buys a virgin off the internet? He's obviously not looking for a great sexual experience, and if it's for the novelty of having sex with a woman with an intact hymen, that's iffy seeing as that thing … » 10/25/12 10:00am 10/25/12 10:00am

Bizarre Brazilian Beauty Pageant Murder Is a Lifetime Movie Waiting to …

In "Nothing Good Ever Came From or Happened At a Beauty Pageant with the Exception of Alana Thompson" news, a Brazilian beauty queen hopeful has allegedly confessed to plotting the murder of her perceived #1 competitor. It's like Drop Dead Gorgeous came to life but super sad because it's real (but also kind-of less sad… » 10/01/12 10:00am 10/01/12 10:00am

As Rio Gains Fashion Cred, Transgender Models Might Get Lost in the…

As part of its Fashion Week Internationale series, Vice has made a documentary that explores the various tensions that currently surround race, gender and body type in Rio de Janeiro's burgeoning fashion industry. As the city sits poised like an extremely fashionable ocelot to become the fifth of the preeminent fashion … » 9/14/12 6:15pm 9/14/12 6:15pm

The Rio 2016 Logo Will Make You Want to Hold Hands and Sing with the…

If you dislike the idea of the Olympics being represented by logo that looks like a puzzle some mischievous housecat has broken into pieces, then you probably didn't like the London 2012 logo. The great thing about the Olympics, however, is that every four years, new graphic design teams and ad agencies have the… » 8/14/12 10:25pm 8/14/12 10:25pm

Brazilian Women Taking Back Control of Their Birth Canals

Brazil, the land of talking exotic birds, is wrestling with a childbirth culture that has, in recent years, relied on interventionist procedures such as C-sections. More than half of all babies born in Brazil are delivered via cesarean, a figure, according to the Associated Press, that rises to 82 percent for women on… » 8/13/12 1:00pm 8/13/12 1:00pm

Dog ‘Love Hotel’ in Brazil Opens to Much Braying and Panting

You know it, you love it, you want it, so come and get it, doggystyle. That's what the in-flight magazine ad for a new Brazilian "love hotel" for dogs would say if dogs could read and make decisions about where they took their vacations. As it happens, no such ad currently exists, which is why it is my solemn duty to… » 7/11/12 9:15pm 7/11/12 9:15pm