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  • How excited am I for “Brave,” Pixar’s first-ever movie to give a female character the lead??!! [Think Progress]
  • An Indiana judge has stayed a new law which forbids Medicaid patients from using Planned Parenthood. The judge ruled the law violates federal Medicaid rules and “will exact a devastating financial toll on [Planned Parenthood Indiana] and hinder its ability to continue serving patients’ general health needs.” Damn straight. [Indianapolis Star]
  • But don’t rest on your laurels just yet: Texas may soon become the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood and yesterday Wisconsin’s governor signed a budget that cuts funding to its Planned Parenthood. [Think Progress, Think Progress]
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota officially announced this morning she intends to run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. [NY Times]

  • The New York Times examines the push by several states to ban abortion after 20 weeks. [NY Times]
  • I am not sure I even want to read this op-ed by conservative columnist Ross Douthat about sex-selective abortions in developing countries because it will probably piss me off. [New York Times]
  • A former Muslim employee of Abercrombie & Fitch is suing the clothing company for religious discrimination because it fired her when she refused to remove her hijab veil while working in the stockroom. [Feministing]
  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages enacted by individual states and providing them the appropriate benefits. (And we have the Clinton administration to thank for DOMA, ahem.) [Feministing]
  • Is it sexist to call Rep. Michele Bachmann a “flake”? [The Week]
  • Breaking news: “fat” does not mean “lazy.” [Shameless Mag]
  • Check out these fascinating ways Richard Scarry’s children’s book ,Best Word Book Ever, has updated itself to reflect changing gender roles. No more “pretty stewardesses!” [The Good Men Project]


  • Human rights reporter Mac McClelland on how consensual violent sex helped her overcome her post-traumatic stress disorder, which she got from reporting on sexual violence in Haiti and other dangerous locations. [GOOD]
  • Indonesia has banned migrant workers from being employed as maids in Saudi Arabia after one woman was beheaded after she allegedly killed her abusive boss. [TIME]