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Military Ban Lifted On Women In Combat: Here’s What People Are Saying About It

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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
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Military women finally get specially designed body armor. Read More »
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Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted a ban that prohibited women from openly serving in combat roles in the military. This would entail overturning a 1994 rule that bans women from certain ground combat roles, thus opening up more jobs to servicewomen. Women have already been attached to ground units performing these jobs — they just haven’t been properly credited for it.

Yesterday, Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Join Chiefs Of Staff, officially overturned the 1994 rule. “Everyone is entitled to a chance,” Panetta said.  According to The New York Times, the Army is now creating gender-neutral standards for all their positions but will not be lowering the physical standards required just so that women can be admitted.

All week there have been reactions to lifting the ban, both for and against. I’ve rounded up some of the responses: Keep reading »

Texas YMCA Denies Family Membership To Lesbian Parents

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  • A YMCA in Tyler, Texas, is allegedly refusing to give a family membership to two lesbian parents, even though they did issue them such a membership a decade ago. The YMCA is now claiming the couple needs to have a marriage licence, despite the fact Texas doesn’t issue same-sex marriage certificates.  [Think Progress]
  • Cue the op-ed arguing that the Secretary of Defense shouldn’t have lifted the ban on women in combat. Apparently we can’t handle men pooping around us! [Wall Street Journal]
  • Two Democratic female senators have reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would require employers to prove that difference in pay is based on merit instead of gender. It also protects employees from being penalized for filing a pay discrimination claim. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Sundance Survey: Female Directors Fare Better In Indie Films Than Hollywood

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Rachel Weisz doesn't understand why male actors aren't called "strong," too. Read More »
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Bret Easton Ellis made a sexist comment about director Kathryn Bigelow. Read More »
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Jodie Fosters says studio execs see female directors as a risk. Read More »
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  • Women directors fare far better in indie films than they do in the mainstream Hollywood machine, according to a new study out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Women are still woefully underrepresented in all filmmaking roles in Sundance films, however. [Guardian UK]
  • On the geography of abortion access in America. [Daily Beast]
  • Indian caste councils have asked for “greater understanding” for families for committing domestic violence against their sisters and daughters, AKA so-called “honor killings.” Women’s rights advocates in India suspect 10,000 people are murdered by “honor killings” each year, usually women killed by family members. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Tweeting Pictures Of Your Boobs Isn’t Really Feminist, Y’all

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Some Anti-Abortion Fool Sat Up In A Tree During The Inauguration And Screamed About Babies

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  • An anti-abortion protester climbed up a tree — just like a bear! — at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., today, holding a sign that read “Pray to end abortion” while screaming from amidst the branches. I bet that showed everyone. What I think is really funny is that the police just let him stay up there, assuming he’d either fall out or climb down. [The Gloss]
  • A drawing by the artist Kara Walker, which depicts a black female slave performing oral sex on a white man, was covered up at the Newark Public Library after patrons protested the image. The library has finally agreed to uncover the drawing and also invited Walker to come speak at the library to discuss her work. [Madame Noire]
  • On how poor women are becoming the face of abortion. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Guy Talk: Why A Straight Man Like Me Cares About Transgender Rights

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Singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender. Read More »
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Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
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Fox News illustrated a story about trans folks with "Mrs. Doubtfire" graphic. Read More »

Over the weekend, the UK’s Observer published an editorial about transgender people that crossed a bunch of lines. It’s not really worth repeating the things that the author wrote, but they included the sort of slurs that, if used against, say, black people or women, would make your eyes pop out. The Observer has since removed it, but it was full of “N-word” level stuff, with an editorial tone dripping with self-righteous, “if you don’t want to be called these things, stop being the way you are” privilege.

It was gross, in other words. I tweeted about it throughout the day on Sunday, when it ran, as I learned more about the author or different things occurred to me. Most of the rest of my tweets from that day were about football, which meant that I got some confused replies from people who follow me because they like when I make fun of Matt Schaub. I’m not transgender, and I don’t have any close friends or family who are, so why was I treating that editorial like it was personal? I am a dude who is straight and cisgender (that is, someone whose gender identity matches their biology) and who seems to have no stake in this fight.

Here’s why I take transgender issues personally… Keep reading »

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