Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced. [Huffington Post]
  • Slightly more men than women think that rape jokes should be “off limits” to comedians, according to a small poll by CBS for Vanity Fair’s comedy issue. [Think Progress]
  • Women are now one-third of America’s doctors and lawyers … but we’re still not getting paid equally. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Some good news: the evangelical organization Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade For Christ) demoted a man who refused to allow women to teach Bible study. [Religion Dispatches]
  • On the Down Syndrome community and controversy over abortion. [Jezebel]
  • Two sexual assaults have been reported at Yale University this past week. It may not be news that two sexual assaults actually happened, given the prevalence of rape on college campuses, but it is certainly news that they were both reported. [Yale Daily News]
  • Why women drinking tea was once considered an act of feminist defiance. [NPR]
  • A must-see from Sundance 2013 is going to be “Anita,” a documentary film about the Anita Hill trial in which she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. [Indie Wire]
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg on the women of “Treme” and David Simon’s female characters. [Think Progress]
  • Check out these ridiculous vintage posters of monsters attacking fair young maidens. [Flavorwire]


  • Meet an Afghan woman, roughly age 18, who survived an attempted so-called “honor killing” by her brother. [New York Times]
  • A village in India has banned women and girls from using mobile phones without a family member’s supervision because, you know, sluts. [New York Times]
  • The British version of the men’s magazine FHM is on blast after making jokes about rape/violence against women in its January issue.  [Huffington Post UK]
  • Meet the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa, who have no words for or knowledge of homosexuality or masturbation — but they do report having sex (“searching for children”) several times a night. [The Atlantic]
  • On breaking sexual health taboos in Nigeria. [Guardian UK]
  • Three lessons from the London Feminist Film Festival. [Racialicious]

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