British Government Goes Up Against Female Genital Mutilation

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a huge foreign aid plan to eradicate female genital mutilation across the world. FGM has been performed on roughly 140 million women worldwide with the intention of removing parts of their genitalia so they do not feel sexual pleasure. The government hopes it can reduce female genital cutting by 30 percent over the next five years. [The Daily Beast]
  • Slate columnist William Saletan has responded to critiques — by me, Clarisse Thorn, Dan Savage and others — about his column this week criticizing BDSM. Here’s his response. [Slate]
  • April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a Michigan lesbian couple, are attempting to adopt each other’s children and thus overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [Huffington Post
  • Some good news out of Texas, finally: our Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on a proposal by Rep. Jessica Farrar to over tun TX’s forced 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Irin Carmon of laments that there are no “Hillarys” — women who could feasibly run for president in 2016— in the current Democratic pipeline. []
  • Elizabeth Spiers on Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the double standard for women at the top. [The Verge]


  • On why South Sudan should support girls who refuse to be forced into child marriage. [Human Rights Watch]

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