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  • Comedian Christina Walkinshaw was performing as an opening act at Yuk Yuk’s in Casino Niagra in September 2012 when guys in the audience started yelling at her “Show us your tits!” and then “Show us your bush!” After the show — during which the headliner tried to get the staff to kick the sexual harrasers out, to no avail — she confronted the woman who ran the show for the casino, asking why she didn’t remove the audience members. The woman then told her, “Oh! Sorry! We thought you liked it!” She later found out that an upcoming gig had been cancelled because of the “incident.” [The Globe & Mail]
  • A federal judge has granted an injunction requested by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU against a new law in Arkansas that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. [AP]
  • Two Democratic politicians in New York have introduced a bill to end deceptive practices by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” [RH Reality Check]
  • What is trans feminism and why is it necessary? [Jezebel]
  • Petitions are calling for the firing of the Steubenville football coach. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Mychal Denzel Smith on doing the emotional work of being a male feminist. [Feministing]
  • “We don’t pay you to pee” and other reasons we need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. [National Women's Law Center]
  • Where are all those female-driven comedies that were supposed to have exploded after “Bridesmaids”? [Flavorwire]
  • On why we have to stop policing and questioning Beyoncé’s feminist credentials. [PolicyMic]
  • A feminist of color explains why she can’t watch “The Mindy Project” anymore. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • Breast cancer activist Barbara Brenner has died at age 61. [Ms. Magazine]

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  • On how the British drama “Call The Midwife” (which airs on PBS and is awesome!) handles the subject of illegal back-alley abortions. [Acculturated]
  • A group of Canadian women have filed a class-action lawsuit against the maker of faulty birth control. [France24]

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