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‘Always’ removes Feminine Logo to accommodate Transgender Men

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Staple sanitary product brand, ‘Always’ has announced its controversial decision to remove the feminine logo from the brand’s packaging to accommodate the transgender men who use the products.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) greenlighted the switch to abolish the female sexual identity mark after being pressured by transgender activists.

In June, transgender campaigner Ben Saunders reportedly contacted Always on Twitter, questioning why the brand used feminine logos on all of their packaging.

At the time, another activist who goes by Melly Bloom on Twitter made the same complaint asking why it was ‘imperative’ to have the Venus sign on their products.

Both feel that the company, owned by Proctor & Gamble, exclude transgender and non-binary people who use the items.

Since both complaints were made, Always has said it will now aim to remove the signs from their packaging from December 2019, with aims to have it distributed everywhere by February 2020.

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Watch: NASA astronauts take first all-woman spacewalk in history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir embarked on a historic 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station to replace a battery charge/discharge unit.

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H&M receives Backlash over controversial Product Shot… again

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In January 2018, H&M came under fire after a product shot on the Swedish fast-fashion brand’s UK site used a black child to advertise a hoodie that says “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The retail giant issued a corporate apology that still people dissatisfied and angry.

The aftermath resulted in a major decline in sales and practically tarnished the brand’s reputation, particularly with the Black community.

As the company attempted to restructure its internal culture throughout 2019, H&M has dropped the ball again according to some.

A new uproar has sparked across social media over one of H&M’s “Back to School” product shots. The theme focuses on every day after school appearances of school kids, highlighting a more natural-unkept look. The keyword being unkept.

One of the shots listed on the brand’s e-commerce site features a Back child with her natural hair undone. While it was intended to mesh with the narrative being sold to customers, some feel it looks like the model’s hair wasn’t combed at all compared to the models of other races.

One social media user even took it upon himself to retouch her hair using photoshop her to provide an example of how the styling during the shoot should have been handled.

On the contrary, others feel this is a prime example of the Black community displaying self-hate for their natural tresses.

The company commented via Twitter this morning: “We truly believe that all kids should be allowed to be kids. The school[-]aged kids who model for us come to the photo studio in the afternoon after school and we aim for a natural look which reflects that.”

What are your thoughts? Is the outrage necessary or is H&M at fault?

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Plenty of Fish Dating Platform has declared itself Team #NoFilter –– Here’s why

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The online dating hub Plenty of Fish wants users to put their best — and unfiltered — face forward.

In a press release on Tuesday, the site announced that it was “implementing a face filter ban across the platform” and would begin to remove photos that feature them after a poll found that 75 percent of single people said the use of filters “heavily altered someone’s appearance to be deceptive.”

According to POF, which surveyed 2,000 single people in the United States for the poll, 25 percent said they believe potential dates are “pretending to be someone they’re not” when they post a photo on their profile with a face filter. Twenty-five percent of singles said their first thought when seeing a potential match with a face filter on their profile is that they’re pretending to be someone they’re not.

“When looking for a partner online, it’s important that users feel like they’re seeing their matches as the real them in their photos, and not the glossed over, puppy-faced version a filter would supply,” the site said in its blog post.

The worst offender was the dog filter, which gives users floppy dog ears on the top of their head, a dog nose, and a wagging tongue when the person opens their mouth. The filter was made popular by Snapchat and Instagram.

The poll also cites, 22 percent of people said they dislike the filter being used in a dating profile photo. Other filters those surveyed don’t care for are the bunny filter, the fake glasses, the flower crown and the deer filter.

Face filters are arguably more popular among women, but a spokesperson for Plenty of Fish told NBC News in a statement on Wednesday that 53 percent of single females surveyed in the poll said the filters should be prohibited.

The spokesperson said they have not received any pushback about the ban.

Plenty of Fish has more than 150 million registered users worldwide since launching in 2003.

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