Teen Girls Sue Backpage.com Over Sexual Exploitation

  • Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website Backpage.com for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site. [USA Today]
  • A federal judge has upheld a ban on abortions after 20 weeks in Arizona. [The Daily Beast]
  • Are you eligible for co-pay free contraception and preventative cancer screenings on August 1, when part of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect? Find out in this fantastic explanatory piece by blogger Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel. [Jezebel]
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a voluntary Latch On NYC campaign to keep infant formula locked up inside hospitals to encourage new moms to breastfeed. Instead of nurses offering formula, they will sign-out the formula if requested by the mom. Also, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to stop giving away gift bags filled with formula. [CBS News]
  • Appearing on Fox News this weekend, conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the landmark Griswold vs. Connecticut decision in 1965 was “wrong.” Griswold decided that Connecticut could not interfere with a married couple that wanted to use contraception, ruling they were entitled to “the marital right to privacy.”  [Raw Story]
  • Boston is fighting domestic abuse by teaching its teenagers how to break up their relationships without using physical violence. It’s part of a nationwide program called Start Strong that teaches healthy relationship dynamics to teens in 11 cities. [New York Daily News]
  • Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs has hired Cecilia Rouse, a former economic advisor for President Obama and a faculty member, as its new dean. [NJ.com]
  • Suzy Gershman, the author of 16 Born To Shop travel guides, died last week at age 64. [New York Times]


  • The musicians in Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band that was jailed for publicly speaking out against President Vladmir Putin inside a church, have pleaded not guilty. The official charge was called “hooliganism” for alleging inciting religious hatred. They each face up to seven years in prison. [New York TimesBBC]
  • Olympic cyclist Lizzie Armitstead of Britain took home the silver medal this weekend and promptly told reporters that female cyclists could use more financial support from sponsors. “We could get a lot more help from the top,” she said. [Businessweek]
  • And a bit more on gender and equality in the 2012 Olympics. [New York Times]
  • Bollywood star Sherlyn Chopras will be the first-ever Indian woman to appear in Playboy. [Newser]
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