Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban

  • Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban’s maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the Saudi royal family for money. [Guardian UK]
  • Yup, the new laws restricting abortion in Texas are bullshit. [New York Times]
  • Wondering how much you earn compared to women in other states? Check out this map  that illustrates the gender pay gap state-by-state. [Forbes]
  • An interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the last four doctors in America to openly provide third-trimester abortions. [The Hairpin]
  • Why reproductive rights groups want to woo men, too. [Think Progress]
  • Are women of color only allowed to have white love interests on network TV? (True, Olivia Pope was only with that older Black gentleman for a hot second …) [Clutch Magazine]
  • A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers is being sorta-accused of fictionalizing Kate Losse’s memoir Boy Kings about working at Facebook in the pages of his new novel, The Circle. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • Vermont will consider a bill for paid sick days, which would force employers give up days off for employees to care for themselves or family members. Lack of paid sick days adversely affect mostly women, who are often the main caretakers for loved ones. [Think Progress]
  • What does manhood mean in 2013? Ann Friedman investigates over at The Cut. []
  • Blame the feminist! Here’s Jessica Valenti on the top “tragedies” that feminism has wrought. [The Nation]
  • Will female candidates outdo male candidates on the next Election Day in Texas? [Texas Tribune]
  • On regaining control after a sexual assault through fitness. [RH Reality Check]
  • Meet Stacey Ferreira, the 21-year-old “real girl” who won Seventeen magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” scholarship contest. [Huffington Post]


  • Yemen’s human rights minister is seeking a minimum age for marriage to halt the scourge of sexual abuse of young girls who are “married” to adult men. Recently, an eight-year-old girl “married” to a 40-year-old man died from rape-related injuries inflicted on her wedding night. [BBC]
  • A 20-year-old woman and her 23-year-old boyfriend in rural India were tortured and killed in a so-called “honor killing” because they hoped to get married. [BuzzFeed]
  • Same-sex marriage in New Zealand = so hot right now. [AFP]
  • Five men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a high-ranking female Afghani police officer. [Radio Free Europe]
  • Check out a new women’s magazine in Russia called Wonderzine. [Calvert Journal]

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