Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

  • A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women. All the more reason to use another primary form of contraception,  ladies and gents.[TIME]
  • Russia has banned advertisements for abortion. [Reuters]
  • Here’s Courtney Andrews, a teenage rape survivor who saw rapist (a neighbor) get off with a slap on the wrist, on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show this weekend.  [MSNBC]
  • The Chinese government is actively discouraging Muslim women from covering their faces with a veil in public in a new campaign called “Project Beauty.” [France24]
  • All of the appreciation and respect to Diane Derzis, who is fighting to keep open the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, which she owns. [Columbian]
  • I will read anything that Susan Faludi has to say about feminism. [The Baffler]
  • On white feminists showing up for Michelle Obama when the First Lady’s feminist credentials were criticized by Michelle Cottle, a white writer for The Daily Beast. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Afghanistan may reintroduce public stoning for adulterers. [The Wire]
  • Why is the female chair of the Washington State GOP being paid $20,000 less than her predecessor? [Mother Jones]
  • Mormon women are planning to commit civil disobedience for the second year in a row on Wear Pants To Church Day on December 15. [NECN]
  • A Saudi woman who moved to Yemen to marry her boyfriend after his marriage proposal was rejected by her family is being granted asylum by the United Nations officials in the country.  The UN said it’s possible she could be killed if she returned home. [BBC]
  • Sally Ride’s life partner Tam O’Shaugnessy spoke out about the legacy of Ride, who was America’s first female astronaut. [Towleroad]
  • Rush Limbaugh has defended his gross comparison of gang rape to filibuster reform — surprise, surprise. [Media Matters For America]
  • Olivia Robertson, an archpriestess of the Foundation of Isis, a religious order devoted to worshipping “the divine feminine,” died at 96.  [Telegraph UK]
  • Mavis Batey, one of the few women to work as a World War II code breaker on the Nazi’s “Enigma” code, died at 92. [New York Times]

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