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Four Men Arrested In NJ For Filming Sexual Assault On Drunk Teen Girl

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  • One teenager and three adult men in New Jersey have been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunk 15-year-old girl, filming the assault, and showing the video to other people. The teen was told that she had been assaulted at a backyard gathering, which she does not remember at all, and police found video shot on an iPhone that confirmed the assault. Various charges against the men who assaulted this girl include manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual assault. [Clutch Magazine via NJ.com]
  • Republicans in the Senate just blocked an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that employers with religious objections could deny birth control coverage to their female employees. [Think Progress]
  • Find out more about “Las Libres,” a documentary about women in Mexico who have been charged with homicide for having abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

I Get Where ‘The Blonde Vegan’ Blogger Is Coming From, Because I Had Disordered Eating Gussied Up As Being “Vegetarian,” Too

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Last month, a blogger named Jordan Younger announced in a blog post that she had eaten some fish. This wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except the blog was called The Blonde Vegan and Younger’s post was titled “Why I’m Transitioning Away From Veganism.

Younger used to be a vegan for both health and ethical reasons. As she explained in her post, she felt “nourished and fueled” by her plant-based diet and she was satisfied in her commitment to being cruelty-free. (She also, it should be noted, called herself “addicted to juice cleanses.”)

For awhile, her healthful living seemed to be going well. But then, all of a sudden, her body changed. Younger explained that she no longer felt filled up after she ate, and began to have stomach aches and “wild and ravenous sugar cravings.” She also felt like she could no longer focus. Yet, she writes, “I spent the next several months ignoring my body’s internal cues. … [M]y body didn’t feel GOOD & I wasn’t listening to it.” Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton Hits Up “The Daily Show”

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  • … and nope, she still hasn’t formally announced whether she’ll run for president yet. But she gets pretty damn close! [The Daily Show]
  • Adele will release a new album, 25, next year and head out on tour. [Just Jared]
  • “Scandal”‘s Scott Foley and his wife are expecting their third child. Mazel tov! [Huffington Post]
  • Adrienne Bailon is finally getting that Rob Kardashian tattoo removed. It’s been six years. This is why you don’t get tattoos of people you’re dating on your body. [US Weekly]
  • Danielle Radcliffe is trying to quit cigarettes in “smoking rehab.” [Daily Star UK] Keep reading »

Oh Hey, Texas: New Planned Parenthood Clinic To Open In Dallas

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  • Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas, that meets the state’s new laws requiring clinics to have the same standards of a “ambulatory surgical center.” It’s not exactly a secret that the TX legislature passed those requirements in order to shut down women’s health clinics and restrict abortion access. I wonder how these so-called “pro-lifers” feel now. [Dallas News]
  • A young man in rural India was accused of attempting to rape a married woman, so the woman’s husband was advised by the local village council to sexually assault the accused rapist’s 14-year-old sister in retaliation. By the local cultural norms, ruining her “purity” would get revenge on her older brother. The village leader and the rape victim’s brother are both now in jail. [CNN] Keep reading »

Cameron Diaz Hooked Up With A Lady, But It Wasn’t Her BFF Drew Barrymore

  • Cameron Diaz will have you know she did not hook up with Drew Barrymore, because that would be like hooking up with her sister. [Huffington Post]
  • Leighton Meester, who is currently appearing on Broadway in “Of Mice And Men,” penned a thought-provoking essay on The Huffington Post about the feminist subtext in the play pertaining to her character, Curley’s wife.  [Huffington Post]
  • Zoe Saldana says we have to get busy making movies about women in history. “We preserve more male history than we do female,” she told Marie Claire. “We have to preserve it. No more complaining.” [Celebitchy]
  • This is fucking scary: the intruder/stalker who broke into Sandra Bullock’s L.A. home made it all the way to her bedroom door. He was carrying a notebook fill with photos and letters to her, in which he called her “my wife by law.” [TMZ] Keep reading »

Italian Mayor Wants To Ban Same-Sex Kissing In Public

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  • The mayor of Borgosesia, Italy, wants to ban gay couples from kissing in public because — pearl clutch — think of the children! He is proposing a ban that would fine couples 500 Euros for kissing in public. “I don’t like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection,” he told an Italian newspaper. “It’s a question of respect. And I’m convinced that it’s also morally harmful for children.” [Huffington Post]
  • Last week, while looking for his ex-wife, Ronald Lee Haskell killed his former sister-in-law, her husband, and four of their children. The sole survivor of this rampage was a 15-year-old girl who played dead until she could call the police. Haskell had a record for domestic violence. How is it possible he was able to own guns? [Mother Jones]
  • I’m not sure I can even bear to watch the ladies of “The View” interview Jada, the 16-year-old girl whose rape went viral on social media. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

16-Year-Old Jada Posts Powerful #IAmJada Photo

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This powerful image before you is Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Texas who was sexually assaulted at a party last month and doubly victimized when pictures taken of the assault went viral online. The hashtag #jadapose shot around the Internet, with kids posing like Jada lying on the floor.  I hope this photo of Jada, her fist raised alongside the hashtag #IAmJada, will become the new Jada pose. [Twitter.com/RonanDaily]

Woman Who Accused Conor Oberst Of Rape Issues Statement Recanting Her Accusation

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“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.”

This is a statement released by Joanie Faircloth, a North Carolina woman who last year, in the comments section of an xoJane article, accused Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst of raping her when she was 16. (The comments have since been deleted.) Oberst has always denied the allegations; in February, he sued Faircloth for libel. According to the statement, she contacted Oberst’s lawyers today with this notarized recant. Well, shit. [SPIN] [Photo: Getty]

New York Times Cover Story Reveals How Hobart & William Smith Massively Failed Student Rape Victim

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It has the elements of so many sexual assault allegations before it: fraternity members, a lot of alcohol, football players, freshman girls. And like too many other stories about sexual assault, this one also includes a university that failed a sexual assault victim and allowed campus rapists to get off scot-free.

This weekend, The New York Times published a gut-punch of a piece (on their front page, in fact) about a young woman called Anna who is a student at Hobart & William Smith, a college in upstate New York. During her first few weeks of college, Anna was sexually assaulted while drunk by several football players on the night of a frat party. After Anna sent texts that she was afraid, a friend found her drunkenly bent over a pool table, face down, surrounded by six or seven football players, including one right behind her who had his pants down. Keep reading »

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