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Birthday cake causes kerfuffle at Louisiana State Capitol

November 22, 2016

A Louisiana senator is accusing her colleagues of misogyny after they celebrated a birthday with a cake decorated in the shape of a bikini-clad woman.

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson found the offending dessert, which included details like a unicorn tattoo on the torso and candles sticking out of the breasts, in a break room at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The cake had been made in honor of Rep. Mark Abraham’s birthday, and a sign attached to its box read: “Happy Birthday Mark Abraham. He likes his cake and eats it too!!!!”

Peterson tweeted a photo of the cake with a caption that read: “The LA St Cap not a ‘locker room’! If folks want to celebrate bdays like this, don’t do it here! #offensive #lalege.”

In an interview with Mashable, Peterson said she approached Abraham about the cake. “I said some language I’m not proud of using,” she admitted. When Abraham reportedly told Peterson to cover the dessert up if it offended her, she “smashed the sign into the cake and then threw it away.”

Abraham told The Advocate that he would have removed the cake if someone had “politely” said they found it disagreeable.

The cake was made by the wife of state Rep. Jack McFarland, who said he “didn’t feel it was offensive.”

It is the second time this year that a “joke” by Louisiana lawmakers has elicited cries of misogyny. In May, during a debate about a bill to regulate strip clubs, Rep. Kenny Havard submitted a written amendment that mandated strippers be no older than 28 and no heavier than 160 pounds. He later claimed it was a joke about overregulation.

Read the full story at Mashable.