Ohio Seeks To Ban Sex Ed Teaching “Gateway” Sexual Behavior

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  • A finance committee in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to restrict sex educators from mentioning “gateway” sexual behavior — i.e., anything “non-abstinence” like fingering and groping. Y’all know that abstinence-only sex ed doesn’t actually work, right? [Innovation Ohio, My Fox 28 Columbus]
  • A federal judge has prevented the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, from closing by blocking a law that would have forced it to shut its doors. [FeministingThink Progress]
  • Not down with those “I Need A Hero” T-shirts being sold to women and girls by Disney? Then there’s a Change.org petition you may want to sign. [Daily Dot]
  • This is a very necessary essay about how not all trans people feel “trapped in the wrong body.” [BuzzFeed]
  • A sex-segregated playground for Satmar Jews has opened in New York State. [New York Observer]
  • On the sex workers of Silicon Valley. [CNN Money]
  • A gay rights group in New York State has kicked off an ad campaign encouraging passage of a bill to protect people’s gender identity called the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. Such a bill is essential so situations like the one in Idaho, where a trans woman was charged with trespassing for using the women’s bathroom in a grocery store. [Times-Union]
  • How should the law deal with kids who maliciously circulate sexual photos? [Slate]
  • Actresses on “Mad Men” are reluctant to call their characters feminist. [Bitch Mag]
  • “The Central Park Five,” a Ken Burns documentary about the five young black and Latino men who were falsely accused of raping a Central Park jogger in 1989, airs tonight on PBS at 9 p.m. ET. I’ll be watching. [PBS.org]

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