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Meet The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Taking On The Defense Of Marriage Act

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  • Meet 83-year-old Edith Windsor, the widower whose fight against the Defense of Marriage Act is headed to the Supreme Court (Windsor vs. United States). Windsor had a 40-year-long relationship with Thea Spyer, whom she married in Canada. But because her marriage to a woman was not recognized in New York State, Windsor was required to pay $600,000 in taxes that she would not have owed if she had been married to a man. DOMA allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and therefore Windsor was not treated as the surviving spouse. [New York Times, Feministing, Ms. Magazine]
  • Civil rights activist Angela Davis Activist Michaela Angela Davis is launching a campaign called “Bury The Rachet” to take negative focus off black women in the media, especially on reality shows, and instead focus on black women’s professional accomplishments. [Madame Noire, The Grio]
  • Hey, even Colin Powell supports the removal of abortion restrictions on military women! [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

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  • A woman named April Roller is suing her former employer for unlawful termination after it fired her for taking too many bathroom breaks while she was pregnant. Roller was also given a person trash can to barf in at her desk rather than go to the bathroom to puke. I bet that increased workplace productivity! Is this company serious? For less than nine months, they couldn’t deal with a pregnant woman puking and peeing? [The Gloss]
  • North Carolina’s decision to issue “Choose Life” anti-abortion license plates is unconstitutional because NC doesn’t offer similar plates in support of reproductive rights, a judge ruled on Friday. [WRAL]
  • Two retired military women, one a former Air Force flight nurse and another an Army Colonel, were among the first people to be married last week after Washington State’s law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
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"Nice Guys" Who Rape
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Send This To Your Friend Who Says “I’m Not A Feminist, But …”

Taylor Not A Feminist
Taylor Swift appears on 'Good Morning America', NYC
Taylor Swift doesn't consider herself to be a feminist. Read More »
Katy's Not A Feminist
... but she says she believes in the strength of women. Read More »
Mayer Not A Feminist
Why I'm disappointed Yahoo's Marissa Mayer doesn't call herself a feminist. Read More »
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Mindy Nettifee
Mindy Nettifee Spits Some Truth

We all have one: that girl friend or coworker or cousin who says things like “I’m not a feminist, but I think women should be paid as much as men and make medical decisions about their own bodies.” You have probably had many, many patient conversations informing them they actually are a feminist and must now stop shaving their legs to free up more time for our ritualistic Male-Bashing And Baby-Eating Ceremonies.

Save your breath next time and send them this righteous rah-rah girl power poetry performance from the slam poet  Mindy Nettifee. It’s about a year old, but well-worth hearing. Who wants to be president anyway? [Upworthy]

Women In Military Shouldn’t Disrupt “Band Of Brothers” By Serving In Combat Roles, Retired General Writes

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  • A male retired Army general penned an op-ed for the Washington Post about why women should not openly serve in combat roles, which apparently seems to stem from wanting to “protect” lady-soldiers from rape and not breaking up the “band of brothers.” [Washington Post]
  • Here’s why the Violence Against Women Act is stalled in Congress. [Huffington Post]
  • Check out critic Anita Sarkeesian’s TEDxwomen talk in which she discusses the crazy trolls who bombarded her with death threats after she tried to do a feminist critique of video games. [Kotaku] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Hugo Schwyzer’s List Of Ways Men Are “Fighting” Sexism Is Really Lame

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Thanks, but no thanks. Yesterday, Jezebel posted an article by resident man feminist Hugo Schwyzer (who, full disclosure, contributed to The Frisky in 2010-2011 ), exalting five ways men are fighting sexism these days. Titled “Thanks, Guys: Five Ways Men Are Fighting Sexism,” Schwyzer, who teaches women’s studies classes at Pasadena City College, notes that men are undoing sexism, really! He includes the following examples: A rant video from Jay Smooth, calling out men who were bullying videogame blogger Anita Sarkeesian; the creation of a Tumblr called MenAgainstAssholesAndMisogyny; the work of performance artist Carlos Andres Gomez, who wrote a love poem called “You Are Everything,” full of ’80s references; an article in The Atlantic calling for an end to “violent masculinity”; and the movement to end the “bro hug.”   While I laud any man who recognizes his internal privilege and wants to address the social and historical oppression of women, this is not what I had in mind. Keep reading »

Lesbian Couple Of 35 Years Finally Obtains Washington State Marriage License

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  • A lesbian couple who’s been together for 35 years got the first-ever marriage license for a same-sex union as soon as it became legal in Washington state at midnight last night. So cute, hooray for marriage equality! [Queerty]
  • Congress is inching closer towards ending the ban on women in the military from using their health insurance to cover abortions in cases of rape and incest. [Washington Post]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a highly favorable pick for a hypothetical 2016 presidential run, according to a Washington Post poll. [Feministing]
  • This very afternoon, Michigan state senate politicians could be reviewing five pieces of anti-abortion legislation. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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Obama Supports Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
On Abortion In Ireland
She is from Ireland and she's grateful she had her abortion in the U.S. Read More »
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