Elizabeth Banks Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

  • Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama’s overall support for women’s health care. (No one tell her “30 Rock” character Avery Jessup that she did this, okay?) [YouTube]
  • Two different people have told me they just couldn’t read this Esquire article about women “whining” because it is just too obnoxious. You’ve been warned. [Esquire]
  • An Orthodox Jewish member of the Boro Park neighborhood in Brooklyn does not want security video cameras posted for a bone-chilling reason: he is concerned that any domestic violence captured on camera will be dealt with “outside the community.”  [Forward]
  • What to do when your friend group has a case of the Creepy Dude. [Captain Awkward]
  • Kate J.M. Baker from Jezebel hung out with 24-year-old anti-abortion extremist Lila Rose (and her pretty hair). [Jezebel]
  • A representative from the bigoted, anti-gay American Family Association has publicly endorsed kidnapping children from gay parents. [Towleroad]
  • An anti-abortion activist will face a jury trial for sending a threatening letter to an abortion provider in Kansas. [Feminist.org]
  • Sandra Fluke, who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show for testifying before Congress about the need for birth control coverage in health care reform, will introduce President Obama on a campaign trail stop in Denver. [Denver Post]
  • Fox News host Alisyn Camerota is defending a segment she did questioning whether the gymnast Gabby Douglas was patriotic enough because she wore a hot pink leotard instead of a more “patriotic” red, white and blue one. [Huffington Post]
  • Illustrated musings from the late Susan Sontag on love. [The Atlantic]
  • A viral video of a “mob molestation,” or women being sexually abused in a public by a group, has put street harassment under the microscope in India. [Al Jazeera]
  • An Australian court has sided with a prostitute who sued a motel owner for discrimination when he refused to rent her a room to work from in Moranbah, Queensland. I like this woman on account of the fact she referred to herself as “a tenacious little terrier.” Telegraph UK]
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