Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

  • Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL, BUT FOR MEN — have been squeezing his dick too tight and are cutting off blood flow to his brain? [Think Progress]
  • Homophobic school teacher Diana Medley has been suspended after lobbying for an LGBTQ-free prom. [Feministing]
  • Arkansas’s House of Representatives has advanced a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother is at risk. The original version of this bill would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, around roughly six weeks of pregnancy. [Salon]
  • House Republicans introduced their own version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips protections for LGBTQ victims. EYE ROLL. [Think Progress]
  • Liz Carmouche, the UFC’s first openly gay fighter, will compete in the league’s first-ever female bout tomorrow night against Ronda Rousey. [Advocate]
  • Muslim women in Orange County, California, do not have to remove their headscarves while in police custody, following an ACLU suit. [CBS]
  • On the importance of men seeing women as human beings. [The Atlantic]
  • Most women misunderstand how IUD birth control works, according to a new survey. [Reuters]
  • Women don’t talk more than men, so why do people believe that they do? [Slate]
  • An interview with “Community” writer Maggie Bandur. [Maura]
  • Mistakes journalists make when writing about sex workers. [Tits & Sass]


  • Rape is not a “marital right,” say the women of Lebanon. [CNN]
  • Afghanistan’s parliament still has not passed a ban on violence against women. [NPR]
  • Meet the black feminist Cuban hip-hop group, Las Krudas. [WomensENews]
  • Egyptian women speak out about sexual violence they experience at protests. [NPR]
  • Meet Saira Shakeep Sada, Afghanistan’s first female district governor. [Al-Jazeera]
  • On how sexism keeps women out of Kenyan politics. [Reuters]
  • On women’s fight for their rights in Tunisia. [New York Times]
  • The Afghan army is now training women to serve in the special forces. [AP]

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