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This Woman’s Spoken Word Poem About Her Abortion Is Incredible

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"I Am Not Ashamed"

This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. When the narrative is dominated by conservative Christians who claim all women regret their abortions, we need more women like Leyla (and Amanda, and Julia) speaking up to say that terminating an unwanted pregnancy was the best choice for everyone.

You can check out more videos about a woman’s right to choose at Upworthy’s new section, Feminent Domain. [Upworthy]

Roger Goodell On NFL’s Handling Of Ray Rice: “I Made A Mistake”

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  • In a press conference today NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is not considering a resignation of the league’s handling of Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée, which has been pretty much a hot mess from the get-go. Rice was originally suspended by the NFL for only two games; his team, the Baltimore Raven, terminated his contract after a video was released by TMZ showing him punching his wife in the face in the elevator. In his press conference, Goodell repeatedly said he was “not satisfied” with their response and admitted, “I made a mistake.” He didn’t specifically address what that singular “mistake” was, but said he is committed to “the opportunity we have to make a difference and do the right thing.” Domestic violence and sexual violence prevention programs for all 32 teams in the league will take place within the next 30 days. [New York Times]
  • Three Black women claim they were accused of being sex workers (specifically:”soliciting”) while sitting at the bar of the upscale Standard Hotel in New York City. A hotel employee later offered the women a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

TKE Frat Suspended At University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee As Police Investigate Date Rape Drug Party Claims

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Frat boys from Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee have been accused of slipping date rape drugs to young women at an off-campus party on Friday night after several female and one male student became so utterly incapacitated that police had to be called.

A UWM residence hall called the police three different times early Saturday morning after students came back to the dorm “unable to stand or walk.” All of the incapacitated students had X’s written on the back of their hands, which they said they got from the TKE party. And here’s where the part of the story gets weird. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Keep reading »

Zosia Mamet: Feminism Is “Not About Running A Fortune 500 Company”

“I think that the term [feminist] has been incredibly bastardized. I am a huge advocate of empowering women — the idea of women supporting each other and supporting themselves and making strong choices that make them happy. I think often feminism gets a very narrow definition. It’s not about making shit-tons of money and running a Fortune 500 company. It’s about doing what makes you feel good as a woman, and if that’s being a stay-at-home mom, you can be just as much of a feminist that way as you can as a fighter pilot. So in that way, yeah, of course.”

It’s a sign of the zeitgeist, I guess, when an otherwise frothy interview with an actress on one of the hottest shows on TV right now turns from face wash and lipstick to feminism? That’s what I choose to believe at least: “Girls” star Zosia Mamet spoke with Allure about makeup tips and fielded a question about whether she calls herself a feminist. Mamet, who writes a column for Glamour, has written a critique of “lean in” feminism before. Her answer was somewhat one-dimensional — I mean, it takes an enormous amount of privilege in the first place to choose to be a stay-at-home mom — but otherwise I solidly agree with Mamet. Women’s equality is about much more than a privileged, elite group of women being financially successful under capitalism. [Allure] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Kate Hudson & Goldie Hawn Claim They Can See Dead People

  • Kate Hudson told a British talk show host that she and her mom Goldie Hawn both have the ability to “see dead people” by sensing a “fifth energy” around them. Hudson explained, “It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things.” Oooooooookay. [Daily Mail UK]
  • A 40-something woman broke into Keanu Reeves’ home early Monday morning and sat down in a chair in his library. Reeves stumbled upon the woman, who explained she had come to meet him, and calmly chatted with her until he was able to dial 911. Creeeeeepy. [TMZ]
  • Giuliana Rancic said she isn’t sure that “Fashion Police” will continue without Joan Rivers. [US Weekly]

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Labor Organizer Ai-Jen Poo Is Another MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner

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