China’s 5 Arrested Feminist Activists Have Been Released From Custody


The five Chinese feminist activists who were arrested in the days leading up to International Women’s Day for handing out brochures about sexual harassment have been freed from custody. The Chinese government says that the women will be under surveillance, and that police can summon them for questioning at any time. [CNN]


Two students from Troy University in Alabama raped an incapacitated woman on a beach in Panama City, Florida while hundreds looked on. A video of the rape was shot and a portion was released that didn’t show the assault itself but demonstrated just how many people were standing by and doing nothing to intervene as it happened. Both students have been arrested and charged with sexual battery. [Jezebel]


A 65-year-old German woman who has 13 children is pregnant with quadruplets and will be giving birth this summer. She has been receiving fertility treatments involving donations of both sperm and eggs, and her gynecologist is optimistic about the pregnancy regardless of her age and the quadruple pregnancy. Why is she doing this? “Children keep me young.” [YouBeauty]


The Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction shortlist has been released, including Laline Paull’s The Bees, Ali Smith’s How to Be Both, Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests, Rachel Cusk’s Outline, Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone, and Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. Chair of judges Shami Chakrabarti says that “What they have in common is you can’t put them down.” Add them to your reading list! The winner will be announced on June 3. [The Guardian]

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