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Violence Against Women Act Might Actually Pass The House Of Representatives

Senators Against VAWA
These guys didn't even want to bring VAWA to a vote. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week.

VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money to process rape kits, and prosecute men accused of abusing women. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Well, it’s not. Apparently violence against women is A-OK for some of our politicians. Last year, VAWA hit a snag in the House, which refused to pass a Senate version of the bill allocating funds to undocumented women, same-sex partners, and Native American women who are abused by non-Native American men. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Left Ballet Over A Dance Injury

Dealbreaker: No Dancing
He would not shake his groove thang. Read More »
Take A Dance Class!
Seriously, you've gotta try it. Here's 6 reasons why. Read More »
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It was a typical Orange County night at the tail end of a long, lazy winter break. The plethora of yogurt shops in the neighborhood were closing, and even if you craved a Starbucks treat, it was too late in suburbia. The few dive-bars in the area boasted their usual divorcee crowd. My mom, dad and I finished a late dinner and now it was time to select our entertainment. Movie night at the Gray house is not only standard, but also probably the best post-nine-o’clock activity in town.

“What do you want to watch?” my mom asked, flipping through the movies in On Demand. She stopped suddenly, staring at me with calm yet focused eyes, “Do you think you can handle ‘First Position’?”

“Sure,” I responded casually. I understood why she was tentative to suggest watching a documentary about young ballet dancers, yet I was feeling confident. Friends and former co-workers had repeatedly suggested the film and I was in a safe, comfortable environment. I was all in. “Let’s do it!” I took a deep breath and settled in (Snuggie and all) to watch the story of six young dancers dedicating their lives to ballet, as I had for so many years. Keep reading »

An Answer For Fox’s “The Five” Host Bob Beckel: Yes, Rape On College Campuses Happens

After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
What Is Manhood?
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Nothing gets me up on my soapbox more than comments about rape, especially rape on college campuses. It seems that despite the plethora of statistics laid out plainly in nifty little infographics, the public remains woefully ignorant to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape right here in the U.S. of A. Even scarier is that members of the media with a mass audience espouse this same ignorance.

Take Fox’s “The Five” host Bob Beckel. When discussing Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar’s comments about keeping guns off campus by saying that on-campus call boxes and rape whistles should suffice to protect against rape, Beckel asked, “When was the last time you heard about rape on campus?” Keep reading »

GOP Congressman Says VAWA Has A “Motherhood-And-Apple-Pie Title” — What?

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  • Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he’ll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22.  His reasoning?  ”Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title,” and if “you voted on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here.”  Funny thing is, the title holds true to the content of the bill and has since 1994.  Sadly, this is not the most ridiculous quote from the interview.  Despite being unsure of his vote he is against domestic violence because “most men can handle [violence] a little better than a lot of women can.”  Yeah, go ahead.  Read that last line again. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin Says Abortions Remove A Woman’s Largest Organ & 5 Other Politicians Who Are Clueless About The Female Body

In shocking news to everyone, as a fetus you were your mother’s largest organ!  Or at least that’s what Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is now claiming.

The bill she introduced this week requires a series of demanding requirements of abortion clinics who perform this “big surgery.”  According to the Huffington Postthese regulations could potentially close the sparse five remaining abortion clinics in Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bill:

“Would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications”

Rep. McClurkin’s reasoning for such harsh new regulations: the removal of an organ is a serious surgery, and by her estimation a child is an organ.  Rep. McClurkin’s assertion is ridiculous for so many reasons.

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Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Fetal Personhood"
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Fetal personhood laws want a fertilized egg to legally be a person. Read More »

New York Governor Cuomo Looks To Update State’s Abortion Laws

VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
Crazy AZ Abortion Law
According to new AZ law, pregnancy begins 2 weeks before conception. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to update abortion laws in New York by removing restrictions on late term abortions (past 24 weeks), which have previously been available only if a woman’s life is at risk.  His proposal also includes allowing licensed practitioners to perform abortions, and changing the regulation of abortion to the state’s public health law rather than the penal codes.   [New York Times]
  • More uplifting news from politicians: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced his campaign to end violence against women and is calling on 10,000 to rally at City Hall to end domestic violence. [Feministing]
  • According to analysts and pollsters, how women feel about gun control could be a major factor in the 2014 midterm elections. According to Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, women think less about guns as a Second Amendment right and more about safety.  [The Columbus Dispatch] Keep reading »

Oscar Pistorius Denies Reeva Steenkamp’s Death Was Premeditated Murder

Athlete Accused
Oscar Pistorius
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with murdering GF Reeva Steenkamp. Read More »
Premeditated Murder
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Olympian Oscar Pistorius accused of murdering model girlfriend. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »

This morning, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius faced his first bail hearing regarding the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and disputed the premeditated murder charge against him. The higher charge caries the most intense bail requirements of South African law, according to The Atlantic.

Here’s an update on where the case is at… Keep reading »

The AP Is Weird About When Gay Couples Can Be Called “Husband” Or “Wife”

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The Associated Press has clarified their journalistic standards on reporting about same-sex couples and they have some weird rules about when to refer to a partner as a “husband or wife.” According to a memo from the AP’s standards editor, which was reprinted by Romenesko, they will only do it if the word “husband” or “wife” is from a quote. But if a gay couple is legally married, the AP still refers to them as “partners” or “couples” instead of “husbands” or “wives”. Keep reading »

“One Billion Rising” Today To End Violence Against Women And Girls

One Billion Rising
Just some of the acts of violence that women worldwide endure. Read More »
A Prayer For Men
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Watch video of Eve Ensler's "Man Prayer." Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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End Violence Against Women & Girls Now

If you’re not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine’s Day, there’s an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.  ”The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine’s Day as the play is staged around the world to raise money for local rape crisis centers.  

This year, V-Day also marks the grand finale of Ensler’s year long One Billion Rising campaign. The One Billion Rising name and collective goal derives from a statistic that one in three women will suffer abuse or rape in their lifetime; out of the seven billion people populating the world, that means roughly one billion women will be victims.   Keep reading »

Limp Boehner Jokes About Foreplay

Politics Vs. Love
Can you ignore someone's politics in love? Read More »
Men Quoted In Media
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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
Please Go, Todd Akin!
Republicans urge Rep. Akin to drop out of the race. Read More »

“Slow down. Slow down. How about a little foreplay? There’s a bipartisan conversation going on in the Senate. There’s a bipartisan conversation going in the House. Let these things work their way along. It is too early to talk about legislation going on in one house or the other.”

– This was Speaker John Boehner’s cringeworthy response yesterday to a question about immigration reform.  Okay, can we just all say “ewww!”  Yo Boehner, if the phonetic pronunciation of your last name is already a dirty joke in the making, best not bust out the sex metaphors! [Huffington Post]

 

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