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

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FSU Suspends Jameis Winston For Half A Game For Yelling “Fuck Her Right In The Pussy” On Campus

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  • Florida State University suspended star quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of an upcoming game on Saturday after he stood up on a table on campus and yelled “Fuck her right in the pussy!” The school called his behavior — which is apparently part of some dumb meme — ”offensive and vulgar.” [New York Times; Deadspin]
  • Female students at Tottenville High School on Staten Island in New York City say they’re being targeted by the school’s new dress code, which bans short-shorts, miniskirts, tank tops, low-cut blouses, halter tops, tube tops, midi shirts, and visible bras/underwear. (FWIW, hoodies, bandanas, hats and bandanas are also banned.)  [Staten Island Live (1); Staten Island Live (2)] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: We Need To Talk About Criminalizing Pregnancy

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A new Tennessee law makes it legal to charge a woman with child abuse and assault if she takes illegal narcotic substances while pregnant. The first woman who was arrested under this new law was a 26-year old woman whose baby girl tested positive for methamphetamines after being born. The woman was reportedly arrested on her way out of the hospital. Although she was later directed to a rehab, this new law may set a terrifying precedent to all pregnant women.

Laws like this are disguised at protecting babies, but in fact just feed the prison pipeline and deter pregnant women from seeking healthcare.  If we really want to uplift the status of women, then community resources and further education better serve this, rather than the cycle of incarceration for one nonviolent act after another. Keep reading »

The Paycheck Fairness Act Fails In Congress (Again)

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  • The Senate failed yet again to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, which would have strengthened an employee’s ability to fight pay inequality and prohibited them from retaliation by employers. Republicans have long opposed the bill, which they believe will negatively impact business owners. [Politico]
  • This woman recounts reporting her sexual assault at a school already under investigation for Title IV violations. [The Toast]
  • On the little known feminist origins of Wonder Woman. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I’m A Feminist Who Loves Miss America And That’s OK

This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion“ rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise sympathetic post, called the pageant “a collective American Nelson Muntz moment.” And Bustle redubbed Ms. America ”Miss Symbol of Conventional Gender Mores.”

Every year, I read these posts lambasting the Miss America pageant for being sexist, lame, irrelevant, and outdated, and the contestants themselves for being little more than a dumb person’s idea of ideal American femininity, anthropomorphized celery stalks liberally smeared with self-bronzer and Bonne Bell purple eyeshadow. And I agree with them, to some extent. (That flip-cup rendition of “Happy” wasn’t stellar, let’s just leave it at that.)

But mostly they just make my eyes roll into the back of my skull. Keep reading »

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

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  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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