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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

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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 »

West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
Give Teens EC?
Pediatricians urged to discuss, prescribe Plan B to teenagers. Read More »
"Gateway" Sex-Ed?
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Ohio wants to ban sex-ed that might be "gateway" to sexual behavior. Read More »
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Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school.

According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened to call up Wellesley College to complain that Campbell had “bad character” because she refused to attend the abstinence assembly and filed a complaint with the ACLU because the public school event was hosted by a conservative religious organization.
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Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
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Jonah Mowry's anti-bullying video. Watch »
Columbia Suicide
Columbia university freshman jumps to her death on move-in day. Read More »
Nigel Hardy 4.17.2013

Another bullied teen took his life on Monday: Nigel Hardy, age 13, had been bullied due to his participation in an extracurricular activity he loved, cheerleading.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Hardy punched another boy, who was harassing him about cheerleading, which led to suspension from Hillview Middle School in Palmdale, California.  On Monday, following the suspension, Nigel Hardy’s father went to authorities after finding a suicide note and his handgun missing.Hardy’s body was later found 20 miles from his home with a gun nearby. Keep reading »

Louis C.K. Jokes (But Not Really) That Men Are The Biggest Threat To Women

John's A Dating Douche
Oh, that's why people think John Mayer is a douche. Read More »
Daniel Tosh Rape Joke
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
Dating takes courage!
Louis CK 4.17.2013
Dating Takes Courage!

Louis C.K. fans like myself groaned after the whole Daniel Tosh rape joke incident so we’re relieved it was a misunderstanding and that C.K. is at least slightly more feminist-minded.  In an article at Slate, David Haglund writes about Louis C.K.’s new HBO special, which includes what some people are calling C.K.’s “feminist rape joke“:

Halfway through the new special, C.K. starts talking about how dating is an act of bravery for all involved. “The male courage, traditionally speaking, is that he decided to ask” a woman out. (Note the careful caveat, “traditionally speaking.”) And if the woman says yes, “that’s her courage.” That kind of courage, he says, is beyond his imagining. “How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women.” A moment later he adds, speaking for all men, “You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease.”

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“Vaginas” Is An Appropriate Euphemism For “Women,” According To New Hampshire Republican Politician

Sexist Politician
Ernest Hewett 3.6.2013
"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »
Teacher Said "Vagina"
This high school science teacher is in trouble for saying the word "vagina." Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

I’m tempted to respond like a fourth-grader and refer to New Hampshire State Representative Peter Hansen as “penis” for the rest of this post.  But unlike this “fairly well-educated” man, I’m not of the mind that genitalia are acceptable substitutes for gender.  In an email sent to the New Hampshire House of Representatives list-serv Rep. Hansen wrote (emphasis ours):

“What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina’s [sic] of course. While the tales relate the actions of a solitary male the outcome cannot relate to similar situations where children and women and mothers are the potential victims.”

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