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Irish Politician To Swap Lives With Single Mother For A Week

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Like an episode of “Wife Swap” with feminist underpinnings and adorable accents,  an Irish politician plans to swap lives for a week with a single mother of three.

Senator John Gilroy from County Cork in Ireland will live trade lives with Andrea Gagley, an activist with Single Parents Acting For The Rights Of Kids. Gagley works a part-time job and takes a college course while raising her three sons on her own. She issued the challenge to politicians on the Facebook page for Ireland’s Labour Party and Gilroy, a married father of two, took her up on it.  He will live on her salary for a week while working at her part-time job and collecting her Lone Parent Allowance and Child Benefit Allowance (which I assume are Irish versions of welfare).  ”He is in for a very harsh landing. He may work long hours but he has back-up at home to facilitate that, whereas I have to do everything myself,” Gagley said. The Irish Herald reports that several production companies are seeking to make a documentary about Gilroy and Gagley’s “life swap.” Keep reading »

Study Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccine And Promiscuity In Girls

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  • Pay attention, concern trolls: there is zero link between the HPV vaccine and increased promiscuity in vaccinated girls, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers have compared the sexual behavior of young women who were vaccinated against HPV at age 11 or 12 against girls who weren’t vaccinated and found no marked difference in behavior. Critics of HPV vaccinations for girls have long clutched their pearls that young women would behave more sex knowing that they were protected from strains of the cancer-causing virus. [Newser]
  • An economics professor explains why using contraceptives make good economic sense. (tl;dr babies are expensive) [New York Times]
  • The Duggar family from “19 Kids & Counting” are campaigning for Rep. Todd Akin, he of the “legitimate rape” comments. Of course they are. [Politico] Keep reading »

How To Get On The Front Page Of UK Newspapers: Be A Male Writer Or One Of The Middleton Sisters

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A British watchdog group called Women In Journalism has carried out a four-week study of UK newspapers and had these dismayingly sexist findings about who ends up on the front page:

  • Male writers
  • Photographs of Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, or missing child Madeline McCann
Hmm. Not very good options.

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Argentina Allows Woman Trapped In Sex Slavery To Have Abortion

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  • Argentina has allowed a woman who was forced into sex slavery to have an abortion. The 32-year-old woman had been kidnapped and forced into a prostitution ring, which got her impregnated. A judge had initially refused to allow her an abortion because he said there was no proof she had been raped. (In the predominantly Catholic country, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or to save a woman’s life.) The abortion was finally done today after the ruling was overturned. [BBC]
  • Reddit’s general manager explains why he won’t ban creepiness in the form of “creepshots” and “jailbait.” [BuzzFeed]
  • On how women of color and low-income women are collateral damage in the war on women. [ColorLines]
  • Philadelphia police are throwing a fundraising party for a cop who was fired for punching a woman. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Does Street Harassment Keep You From Exercising?

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When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women’s existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participants in India’s Delhi Half Marathon were female and one of the reasons they gave for why women in India don’t run is the “stares and calls from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.” In other words, women don’t go outside to exercise when they live in fear of street harassment. Keep reading »

Elizabeth Banks Producing Feminist Sitcom About Women’s Studies Professor & Playboy Bunnies

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  • Oh squee of squees! Elizabeth Banks from “Wet Hot American Summer” and “30 Rock” is producing a sitcom for CBS about “the culture clash as a feminist professor rooms with Playboy Bunnies and they all struggle for their own sort of empowerment.” I’m over Playboy Bunnies as a pop cultural discussion point for feminism. But whatever! I guess I’ll have to take my feminism on mainstream TV where I can get it.  [Perez Hilton]
  • The man who raped a 73-year-old woman in Central Park last month also sexually assaulted two other women on the day of the attack before he was arrested. He had also sexually assaulted two elderly women in the past. Hmm, here’s an idea: don’t let rapists out of jail.  [NYMag.com]
  • A brief history of Mitt Romney flip-flopping about abortion, based on his recent comments that messing with abortion rights is not on his agenda. It’s also probably worth reading his “Pro-Life Pledge” on the National Review website, too.  [Jezebel, National Review] Keep reading »
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