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Swedish Teens Riot After Slut-Shaming On Instagram

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  • High school students in Sweden staged a riot after a 17-year-old student posted a question on Instagram asking for “sluts” to be identified, which garnered a list of 200 pictures of 13- and 14-year-old kids. In response, other students — including older siblings — went after the original poster and then rioted in the streets and at the mall. Damn, Sweden. You’re making us Americans look like we don’t give a shit about slut-shaming! [The Local SE]
  • Will a third attempt at a U.S. women’s soccer league be able to stay afloat? [New York Times]
  • On creating the best possible sexual assault policies for universities. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Why the GOP needs more black women. [The Root] Keep reading »

“Bad Barbies” Girl Gang Terrorizing The Bronx

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  • There’s a girl gang called the “Bad Barbies” in The Bronx who are an offshoot of a larger Latino gang throughout New York City. Hmm, ladies, this is not the sort of gender equality we support. [New York Post]
  • The New York Times had an in-depth piece this weekend about the town of Steubenville, Ohio, and the sexual assault of a young woman, possibly by members of the high school football team. [New York Times]
  • Will the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre finally force us to have a conversation about violence and masculinity in America? [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »
"Nice Guys" Who Rape
Intent isn’t everything, but it does matter. Read More »
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On The Newtown Massacre
Thoughts from a woman who went through a violent attack at her school. Read More »

Ireland To Clarify Abortion Law Following Death Of Woman Who Was Refused Medical Care

Savita's Death
Savita Halappanavar
The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
I'm From Ireland
... and I'm so grateful I had my abortion in America. Read More »
"Pro-Life" No More
How one woman lost faith in the pro-life movement. Read More »
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Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland’s University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage.

Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic fluid, and a doctor said the fetus would not survive outside her body. She had the “shakes,” was “shivering” and “vomiting” for several days. Halappanavar and her husband repeatedly asked to terminate the pregnancy, but the hospital refused, telling her “This is a Catholic country” and they could not perform an abortion so long as a fetal heartbeat was detectable. On October 28, Savita Halappanavar died of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL.

Women in Ireland have had a right to an abortion if their life is at risk since 1992, after an Irish Supreme Court ruling. But today, Ireland’s Minister of Health announced the Irish government will introduce a new law to clarify specifically that abortions are legal when the life of the mother is at risk. However, the health of the mother will still not be reason enough for an Irish doctor to terminate a pregnancy. That is still unacceptable.  Keep reading »

Woman Wins $1.5 Million Settlement After Being Accused Of Lying About Sexual Assault

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  • Sara Reedy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has won a $1.5 million settlement after she was falsely accused of both theft and lying about a sexual assault. The gas station where a then-19-year-old Reedy was employed was robbed and she was forced to perform oral sex on the burglar at gunpoint. But the cops decided she stole the money herself and was lying about the attack and insinuated she had a drug problem. She fought back against the police and sued for their mishandling of her case, exposing a larger issue of law enforcement’s insufficient response to investigating sexual assault. Now she’s 27, has won a lawsuit against police and is working to make sure no woman ever has to go through the same ordeal as she did. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

BC A Human Right
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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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Free birth control means fewer abortions, says study. Read More »
"Pro-Life" No More
How one woman lost faith in the pro-life movement. Read More »
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Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.

That idea makes sense. However, Jindal’s advocacy seems less about the principle of women’s reproductive rights and more about being butthurt that Democrats were able to use Republicans’ own words and beliefs to bludgeon them in the last election on the women’s rights issue.

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Girl Talk: I’m Paid Less Because I’m A Woman, But It’s Mostly My Fault

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Caitlin Moran
Bitch Magazine killed a Caitlin Moran interview. Read More »
Who Pays?
A flowchart to help know who should pay on a first date. Read More »
Feminism Dead?
Apparently. And it's all your fault. Read More »

I was talking to my guy friend about Caitlin Moran’s book How To Be A Woman, which led us to the topic of money. I said that I am a feminist, but I am not completely resistant to guys paying for my meals on dates because most guys I know make more money than women. (That is my personal experience.)

“Do you really think you make less money because you’re a woman?” he asked. “In 2012, in New York City, where everyone is equal? You really think that’s what the problem is?”

At his work, he said, women and gays made up a majority of the employees, and he hinted at the implication that he was the one being slighted, being in the white, male, heterosexual minority. Keep reading »

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