Today’s Lady News: Chicago-Area Campus Sex Assaults Rarely Prosecuted

  • Campus sexual assaults are rarely prosecuted as felonies at Chicago schools, according to a depressing piece in the Chicago Tribune. Many sexual assaults that police agree are rapes are prosecuted as misdemeanor battery charges, allegedly because they are easier to prosecute. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry is decrying President Obama’s international promotion of gay butt sex. What, you didn’t know that the president promotes gay butt sex in other countries? WELL HE DOES. [Think Progress]
  • Blogger Sady Doyle on the new feminist genre the “lady loser comedy,” where ladies like Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids” and Charlize Theron in “Young Adult” are allowed to be not perfect. [In These Times]
  • Ntozake Shange, the author of for colored girls who’ve considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, has a new book of essays coming out called Lost in Language and Sound. [Ms. Magazine]
  • A transgender woman named Vandy Beth Glenn has won an appeal that she was illegally fired from her job after she told her boss she planned to transition her gender from male to female. [The GA Voice]
  • On Malia Obama and the trouble with being a tall teenaged girl. [GOOD]
  • Nigeria banned gay marriage last week, despite the fact it is already illegal in Nigeria to be gay. [BBC]
  • Afghanistan’s president has asked for international aid past the 2016 planned withdrawal. What will this mean for Afghan women? [Daily Beast]
  • What makes Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, tick. [BBC]
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