Tennessee Reintroduces “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

  • Tennessee’s state Senate has reintroduced a bill that would ban elementary and middle school teachers from discussing homosexuality because it is not “natural” reproduction. The bill reads that anything other than natural reproduction is “sensitive,” “inappropriate,” and “best explained and discussed in the home.” Clearly if children are not exposed to gayness, they will never end up gay. That totally works. [Feminist.org]
  • On the secret squads of Orthodox Jews that enforce “modesty” codes with Mafia-like threats. [New York Times]
  • On the problems with using gender essentialism to address sexual violence. [Feministing]
  • Meet Rev. Matthew Westfox, an advocate for faith’s role in increasing abortion access. [MSNBC]
  • Feminist activist Michelle Kinsey Bruns talks about the time she told a whole Amtrak car filled with anti-abortion activists all about her abortion. [Feministing]
  • On the depictions of women’s careers onscreen. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Patty Andrews, a singer with The Andrews Sisters, died yesterday at age 94. [New York Times]
  • Geradline Rhoads, former editor-in-chief of Women’s Day magazine, who oversaw the mag during the height of Second Wave Feminism, died this weekend at age 98. [New York Times]


  • A Christmas ad from the UK company Asda has been deemed not sexist, despite over 600 complaints to the British media watch agency. [Marketing Week]
  • Laurie Penney on the online culture of misogyny. [New Statesman]
  • An interview with filmmaker Lena Kahn, whose new film is “The Tiger Hunter,” on being a Muslim woman in Hollywood. [Muslimah Media Watch]
  • On the women of the United Arab Emirates who are kicking sexism out of soccer. [The National]
  • Ceija Stojka, an artist who painted her experiences in Nazi concentration camps — where she was sent as a child for being Roma (a gypsy) — died this week in Vienna at age 79. [AP]

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