Facebook Vows To Revisit Policy On Violence Against Women Following Feminist Campaign

  • Facebook has vowed to update its policy on gender-based hate speech following a successful campaign by feminist media group WAM, in which 15 companies and counting pulled their advertising from Facebook. Activists pointed out to companies how their ads are running alongside content that depicts sexual violence against women. You can read Facebook’s statement on hate speech, posted this afternoon, here.  [Woman Action MediaThink ProgressWomen Action Media]
  • The Supreme Court told Indiana to stop messing with Planned Parenthood. [Raw Story]
  • The Washington Post published an entire article about the White House counsel’s …. shoes. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking at the West Point graduation this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the “scourge” of sexual violence in the military must be “stamped out.” [CNN]
  • Actress Ashley Judd is not running for senator of Kentucky, but Heather French Henry, a 2000 Miss America pageant winner, just might. [The Daily Beast]
  • A student secretly taped a high school abstinence-only assembly and leaked it to the public. And, well, you probably would believe the dumb stuff they are teaching kids …. [Think Progress]
  • A school that provides job training to impoverished Appalachian women is expanding its reach. [Washington Post]
  • On good Indian girls, race, and bad sexuality. [Racialicious]
  • “Star Trek” and feminism: three ways the sci-fi series needs to change. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Sarah Klein, who was known as the burlesque performer Sparkly Devil, died at age 36 this weekend in a car crash in California. [Raw Story]


  • Some Afghans took to the streets of Kabul to protest a decree by the president to acknowledge women’s rights. [Washington Post]
  • South Korean women who were forced into sex slavery during World War II canceled a meeting with a Japanese mayor who recently said that “comfort women” were necessary for Japanese soldiers. [New York Times]
  • The member of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot who went on a hunger strike after she was banned from her own parole hearing has been hospitalized. [Raw Story]
  • Two Pakistani women became the first Muslim lesbian couple to marry in a civil ceremony in the UK, then immediately applied for political asylum claiming their lives would be at risk in Pakistan. [Birmingham Mail UK]
  • Meet an Indian woman who is taking over a traditionally male job as a nightclub bouncer. [BBC]

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