Italian Politician Calls For Colleague Cecile Kyenge To Be Raped

  • A right-wing female politician in Italy has been kicked out of her party after she called for Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first Black Cabinet member, to be raped. Dolores Valandro wrote her comment on Facebook and has since removed it, claiming it was a “joke.” Ha … ha? [Huffington PostClutch Magazine]
  • Nitza Quinones Alejandro is the first-ever out lesbian Latina to be confirmed to a federal judgeship. [Advocate]
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) pointed out that the immigration bill gives preferential treatment to people with education and “marketable job skills,” which has the potential to adversely affect women who seek to emigrate here from countries that won’t give them those opportunities. [Jezebel]
  • Why working class women are better off injured than pregnant. [Gothamist]
  • On Hollywood’s priorities and the “impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.” [NPR]
  • Erotica, high heels, and handbags: is this how Washington, D.C.’s press should cover powerful women? [Media Matters For America]
  • Good news: 92 percent of America’s LGBTQ folks say the world has become a more tolerant place for them in the last 10 years, according to a new Pew survey. []
  • To fight sexism in gaming, men need to play female characters. [Slate]
  • “This Is The End” and how Emma Watson redeems the rape joke. []
  • Lois Lane and the case for the female superhero. [Atlantic Wire]
  • Check out The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s advice for his young daughter Scottie. [The Hairpin]


  • Whoa: watch how this Australian Army chief shows the right way to confront sexual abuse in the military. [Jezebel]
  • Four Iranian women talk to NPR about their hopes for today’s election. [NPR]
  • Muslim women in India are speaking out against the practice or “oral divorce,” in which men can divorce their wives simply by text messaging them to say so. [New Indian Express]
  • Female college graduates in Britain expect to earn less than their male peers, according to a new study. [Telegraph UK]
  • An Australian radio host has been fired after asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner, who worked as a hairdresser, is gay. [BBC]
  • Check out this new photo exhibition in Madrid, Spain depicting the feminist movement of the 1970s. [Guardian UK]

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