Feminist Jay-Z news is the best kind of news.

Halloween may be over, but we’re loving this mom who’s publicly telling the other parents at her son’s preschool that it’s not okay to try to bully her five-year-old son for dressing up as a girl for the holiday:

If you think that me allowing my son to be a female character for Halloween is somehow going to ‘make’ him gay then you are an idiot. Firstly, what a ridiculous concept. Secondly, if my son is gay, OK. I will love him no less. Thirdly, I am not worried that your son will grow up to be an actual ninja so back off.

In the wake of this week’s elections, the AP took a look at sexism in American politics (and name-checked some of the media outlets that perpetuate it. Hello Gawker.) The conclusion? Petty, gender-based attacks are holding back aspiring female politicians:

Bennett said the prospect of sexist attacks deterred many women from running for office and was a reason why scores of other countries have a higher proportion of women in their national legislatures than the U.S., which remains at 17 percent.

Our friend the Rogue Anthropologist talked about the most important lessons she’s learned since graduating from college:

The major one, which I sort of knew in college but hadn’t understood fully or first-hand (especially since I lived in a city where there’s no end to non-profits telling you about the individual difference you can make in the world’s problems): whatever I can do to address injustice won’t be done alone. Real change requires collective action and power.

We dream of the day we can start a column called “The Week in Anti-Sexist Mainstream Rap Lyrics,” but until then, let’s take solace in the fact that Jay-Z has denounced the lyrics to his 2000 hit “Big Pimpin”:

Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not “Big Pimpin.” That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh.

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