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  • Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks and an alleged rapist of two women, has been ordered by a British judge to return to Sweden where the assaults allegedly occurred. Assange is accused of pinning one woman down and puncturing a condom he wore while raping her, as well as starting to rape another woman while she was sleeping. According to NPR, “In Sweden, a person who has sex with an unconscious, drunk or sleeping person can be convicted of rape and sentenced to up to six years in prison.” Julian Assange’s case has been a lightening rod for activists of all stripes because many believe his arrest over convoluted and confusing date rape incidents were politically motivated by the U.S. government, whom his Wikileaks cables were responsible for embarrassing. [Jezebel]
  • The blog Black Voices addresses the problem with Beyoncé’s “blackface” photos for L’Officiel. [Black Voices]
  • Aaron Traitster — the brother of Salon.com writer, Rebecca Traitster — penned a piece on why more men need to speak up about their support for reproductive rights. [Salon]
  • The male high school wrestler who refused to wrestle a girl explains his decision. [CNN]
  • Over at Feministing, Frisky contributer Chloe Angyal reminds us it is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. [Feministing]
  • Six anti-abortion protestors were arrested outside of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office in Washington, D.C. to try to draw attention to their support of the House of Representative’s recent vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood. [Politics Daily]
  • Just a reminder that no actresses of color are going to win the Oscar this year … [ColorLines]
  • … However, Whoopi Goldberg says the lack of black Oscar nominees is not a trend. [The Grio]
  • WNBA star Ashja Jones is branching out into footwear and making shoes for women with larger than average size feet like her — a size 13! [Black Voices]
  • Meet retired Brigadier General Wilma Vaught who shared with National Public Radio her experiences since joining the Air Force in 1957 and what it has been like for her to advance through the military in the ensuing decades. [NPR]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Speaking at a U.S. Department of Agriculture conference, President Bill Clinton said that improving education opportunities for girls and women will help curb population growth around the world, which leads to other problems. [Bloomberg]
  • U.S.-based female employees of French advertising firm Publicis Groupe have filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the company. [Forbes]
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