Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. []
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate]
  • Meet nine women who are remaking the conservative movement in America. [The Daily Beast]
  • Female philosophers address whether the discipline is welcoming to women. [New York Times]
  • Musician and artist Yoko Ono speaks about her role as a feminist crusader. [Independent UK]


  • Orchestral conductor Vasily Petrenko said that women conductors can’t be as dedicated to their craft as male conductors because of their families and that “a cute girl on the podium means musicians think about other things.” [Evening Standard UK]
  • Spain’s government plans to tighten the country’s abortion laws. [Local ES]
  • I can’t even deal with the slap-on-the-wrist sentencing of this rapist in India. [Christian Science Monitor]

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