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Texas Quietly Works To Restore Funding For Women’s Health

Andrea's Pap Smear
A look at just how difficult it is to get a Pap smear in Texas. Read More »
TX Cuts PP Funds
Texas to cut off funding for poor women's health care at PP clinics. Read More »
TX Fetal Pain Bill
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Texas legislators introduce anti-abortion "fetal pain" bill. Read More »
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If you’re like me, you might be doing a double take. Take your time. Pause. Read the headline again. Your brain has not jumbled the words. It does say restore, not restrict.

If you’ve been following the gradual dismantling of access to family planning and women’s health services across the United States, you’re probably shocked and excited by this news. Texas is still trying to restrict access to abortion with new clinic regulations and a so-called “fetal pain” bill, but in terms of family planning and basic access to women’s healthcare, legislators are biting their tongues and working quickly and quietly to restore the funding that they dismantled in flamboyant fashion in 2011.

According to The New York Times, State Representative Sarah Davis (R) said, “The major difference is we’re not fighting about it. We’re just doing what’s right for women and the state.”  Davis, who is against legal abortion, is the only Republican member of the House Women’s Health Caucus. She helped the two sides come together in a compromise. She attributes this compromise to the reaction of voters who were more than peeved that non-abortion providing clinics closed in their districts. Keep reading »

Disney Isn’t “Brave” Enough To Leave Princess Merida As Is

Another Disney Princess
Sofia the First photo
Meet the newest addition to the Disney princess lineup. Read More »
Leia A Disney Princess
Princess Leia learns how to be a Disney princess from Ariel and Cinderella. Read More »

When Disney’s “Brave” came out last year, I was thrilled. So excited, in fact, that I went to see the movie at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, complete with a pre-movie live show!

I am a not-so-closeted Disney fan. Though I’d never take my love this far, I did grow up a mere 25 minutes from Disneyland, had an annual pass all through college, and, at 25, toted around a (somewhat embarrassing) Disneyland laptop sleeve given to me by my best friend.

So how could this ginger of Scotch-Irish descent not be stoked to watch the animated story of a stubborn, Scottish, redheaded princess? I couldn’t resist! I hadn’t lacked for a ginger Disney Princess to pretend to be while growing up, but Merida felt so much more authentic than Ariel. She had wild frizzy hair (no dinglehopper could comb that mass), and fierce independence — she’ll fight for her own destiny, thank you very much.
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7 Celebs Whose Scandals Threatened Their Endorsement Deals

Oh, the ever complex symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their corporate sponsors.  Making each other money one handshake and photograph at a time.  Yet all can go awry quite quickly in the fickle world of celebrity.  Do something scandalous?  It could cost you … a buttload.

It has been quite the few weeks for celebrities and brands: from Mountain Dew pulling Tyler The Creator’s racist commercia, to the Reebok CEO’s strange comments about Rick Ross, to Lil Wayne and his own problems with Mountain Dew.  Nothing makes  you apologize like the potential end of a deal. In honor of these rocky relationships, we dug through the list of tainted brand/celeb relationships.  From fallen sports stars to non-role model supermodels, click through to see who else fell from the graces of corporate sponsorship.

Reebok Drops Rick Ross
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Over his "date rape" song. Read More »
Celebs Who Owe Tax $
Celebs Who Swear By The "Sex Diet"
These 10 celebs owe serious back taxes. Read More »
Oh, Rihanna
Rihanna and Chris Brown maybe did the nasty in a public restroom. Read More »

“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

Color Of Domestic Violence
On Kasandra Perkins and the color of domestic violence. Read More »
Saudi Olympian called "Prostitute"
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16-year-old Saudi Arabian female Olympian called a "prostitute." Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
No More Abuse 5.1.2013

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, “No More Abuse,” has been launched in the desert of women’s rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a “victory” of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with a lengthy post script: in a full abaya, with a male relative present, in designated spaces.) Keep reading »

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
Plan B Progress?
The FDA considers making the morning-after pill over-the-counter. Read More »

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision – Tummino v. Hamberg – mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA announced two major changes to purchasing the emergency contraceptive:

  1. It has lowered the purchasing age to 15.
  2. It will be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. Keep reading »

LEGO Construction Worker Stickers That Build Sexism!

Little Girls & LEGOs
LEGOs are the perfect gender neutral toy. Why make them "girly"? Read More »
President Barbie
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Meet "I Can Be President" Barbie! Read More »
Wonder Woman LEGO
A Wonder Woman LEGO lady is coming! Read More »
catcalling construction worker LEGO Sticker
  • Last week the blog Talking To Strangers posted about a LEGO sticker showing a construction worker figurines catcalling, “Hey Babe!” LEGO issued a response, where they said, “To communicate the LEGO experience to children we typically use humor and we are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a minifigure was portrayed here.” I’m still scratching my head.  What is funny about the normalizing of street harassment? [Talking To Strangers]
  • A 15-year-old New Jersey teen named Saheela Ibraheem is headed to Harvard next year after being accepted to 13 other prestigious schools including, MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, Brown and Williams College.  [Clutch Magazine]
  • More in outstanding women, Jennie Lamere, was not only the only female entered in the TVNext Hack Event, but she was also one of three to be titled “best in breed” and win prizes from sponsors.  Her creation, Twivo, would allow you to block tweets about certain shows to avoid spoilers!  She’s a clear reason why we need more girls in tech! [Evolver.fm] Keep reading »

Five-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies At Indian Hospital

India's New Rape Laws
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India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
What Is Manhood?
Times Of India respect women newspaper ad
Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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India's rape culture is out of control. Read More »
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Last night, a five-year-old girl died in a hospital in India from cardiac arrest, succumbing to wounds suffered when she was raped.

According to a hospital official, the child had been in a coma for over a week and suffered brain damage as a result of being smothered during the attack to stifle her cries.  Two men have been arrested in conjunction with the assault.  One allegedly lured her to a neighboring farm, and the other, a friend of her parents, raped her. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Was In A Sorority & I’m Not A Psycho

Amazing Sorority Letter
Rebecca Martinson wants her sisters to shape up. Read More »
Sorority Email Read Aloud
And it's even more bitchtastically deranged! Read More »
My Sorority Rush
Julie Zeilinger surprises herself by rushing a sorority at Barnard. Read More »
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My phone blips. Another email. Given that I’m stuck at an un-jaywalkable intersection in the East Village, I pause to open it. It’s another reply to my sorority sister’s chain email. The subject line from  35 emails ago simply reads: “Interesting.” I’m immediately engrossed, missing the walking man and chance to cross the street.

Earlier this week, another email sent off to “sisters” surfaced on the internet. It has received hundreds of thousands of reads, an onslaught of comments and at least two well-known dramatic readings. Rebecca Martinson’s virulent, expletive-filled rant confirmed and probably strengthened everybody’s stereotype of Greek life.

Her email evoked many emotions. I was embarrassed for her and disgusted with the email. I was incredulous that she could send something like that to an entire chapter of girls that she pays dues to be a member of. (Also that she used email, when everybody knows can easily be forwarded or published.) I thought of my own past Greek Weeks with amusement. But mostly I recalled the intense and all-consuming nature of the Greek system — the politics, the rankings, the jockeying for connection to a certain fraternity, the endless events, the rivalry of shirts and styles. I remembered what it was like to care so much about the frivolity. Keep reading »

New Mexico Republican Calls 19-Year-Old Labor Advocate A “Bitch”

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  • New Mexico GOP official Steve Kush called a 19-year-old labor advocate from the group Working America a “radical bitch” over Twitter. He also made rude comments about her on Facebook, which were responded to by Bob Cornelious, former Republican party county executive director, insinuating that she was a prostitute.  Cornelious later apologized, but as of this posting, Kush has not.  [Huffington Post]
  • President Barack Obama will address a Planned Parenthood Gala group on Friday morning. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said, “President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights.”  The gala will honor champions of women’s health including Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lena Dunham and Tumblr. [Colorlines, Politico]

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The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Red Umbrella Project
The Red Umbrella Project helps sex workers write their truth. Read More »
Military Trafficking
The military's dirty human trafficking secret. Read More »
Backpage.com Sued
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Teen girls sue Backpage.com over sexual exploitation. Read More »

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms.

Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV transmission.” If used correctly, rubbers can also prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Yet having pockets full of  condoms could also lead to a potential prostitution arrest by law enforcement, or even be used as incriminating evidence by prosecutors in trial.  If trafficking victims, sex workers, LGBTQ persons and others are targeted by law enforcement, what is the incentive to have safe sex? Keep reading »

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