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Oklahoma Cuts Funding For Planned Parenthood

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  • Oklahoma’s Department of Health has cut funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in the state which have received funding for 18 years. The department did not provide a reason for not renewing its contract for the Women Infant and Children program, which provides food vouchers, baby formula and health screenings for low-income women and their kids. I love it when people are so “pro-life” that they can justify cutting health services for babies. Planned Parenthood sources say the cuts are politically motivated.  [Feminist.org]
  • Author Jennifer Weiner confronts her own daughter about body-shaming after she hears her kid calling another little girl “fat.” [Allure]
  • New research on working parents found that women are “more realistic” about combining a family with a career. [Harvard Business Review]
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Conviction Overturned For Man Who Raped Mentally Disabled Woman (Or: Today, I’m Ashamed To Be From Connecticut)

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  • Connecticut’s state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman because there was no evidence that she did not refuse to have sex with him. Richard Fourtin, Jr. raped a woman with severe cerebral palsy who has the mental functioning of a three-year-old child and cannot verbally communicate. But the conviction has been overturned on the grounds that the was no evidence the victim bit, kicked or screamed to signify her refusal of consent. This, assholes who try to put the words “forcible rape” into our laws, is an example of why you’re wrong.  [NBC Connecticut]
  • An Ohio appeals court has upheld a 2004 law that bans the use of the abortion pill (RU-486) after the seventh week of pregnancy. [Feminist.org]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte at XX Factor attempts to explain why Rep. Todd Akin believes that women who aren’t pregnant can get abortions. [Slate] Keep reading »

Walmart Sued (Again) For Sex Discrimination

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  • Three women in Tennessee filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against Walmart today — a li’l something the company is intimately familiar with — because they claim they were paid less than their male colleagues and told they could not be promoted to manager because it’s “a man’s job.” [New York Daily News]
  • The gays are taking over! Well, not quite. But LGBTQ congressional candidates are running for public office in record numbers. [Huffington Post]
  • If you feel like listening to Rep. Todd Akin say more awful things, well, today is your lucky day! [Slate] Keep reading »

Mom Defends “Pizza Boy Rapist,” Suggesting Alleged Victim Was Drunk

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 Victim Blaming 101: Of course she wasn’t raped — she’s just lying! Or drunk! Or both!

Sadly, victim blaming is in full swing with the “pizza boy rapist,” a 16-year-old boy who allegedly raped a 35-year-old woman in her New York City apartment. Cesar Lucas was delivering a pizza on Saturday night on the Upper West Side and was let into the building by a doorman; after he delivered his pizza, he told police that he started turning the knobs of doors in other apartments. When he found one that was open, he entered and climbed on top of a sleeping woman while her seven-year-old child slept nearby. The victim told the Post he covered her mouth and told her to be quiet. Before he left, he apologized and stole the woman’s iPhone and $20 from a wallet.

The young man confessed to police that he raped her and sickeningly explained that he was “horny.” But now his mother is blabbing to The New York Post and suggesting the alleged victim was “drunk.” Because you know how us ladies get when we’ve been drinking: we invite random teenage pizza delivery boys into our apartments, have consensual sex while our child is sleeping on the same bed, and then give them our iPhones as a farewell gift! Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Oh Please, Pinterest Isn’t “Killing” Feminism

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My name is Amelia. I am a feminist. I also have a Pinterest account. If a recent lengthy piece on Buzzfeed (wait, Buzzfeed does “lengthy”?) is to be believed, these two things are antithetical. According to Amy Odell, the editor over at Buzzfeed’s lifestyle vertical, Shift, Pinterest is “killing feminism.” So, as a feminist who uses Pinterest, I’m, like, killing some part of myself, I guess?

Odell’s thesis is based on the fact that Pinterest’s 23 million users are overwhelmingly female (60 percent) and that they use it to curate “retrograde, materialistic content,” like “recipes, home decor, and fitness and fashion tips,” which Odell claims are staples of women’s magazines that the Internet was “supposed to help overcome.” Odell also derides the fact that Pinterest users don’t go there to read articles, which I find kind of hilarious coming from someone employed by a website that is dominated by photos and funny captions, her lengthy screed notwithstanding. Odell says websites like Jezebel, Feministing, and The Hairpin are examples of places on the internet where women “can find smarter, meatier reads just for them,” but is clearly disappointed (and even surprised) that their existence hasn’t done away with the female desire to “scrapbook every imaginable physical aspect of their dream lives.”

Call me crazy, but I don’t see what the fucking problem is. Keep reading »

IKEA Photoshops Women Out Of Saudi Arabian Catalog

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Saudi Arabia plans women-only cities so they can be "separate but equal." Read More »
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Saudi women with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up. Read More »
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Photoshop, you beast! Look at all the problems you cause.

I kid, I kid. The real problem here is Saudi Arabia’s backwards attitude towards women, which is the reason why IKEA airbrushed all the women out of its Saudi catalog. As you can see from these side-by-side photos which landed on the cover of Stockholm’s Metro newspaper, a charming domestic scene lost the female model so as to be deemed acceptable.

It’s just like the time an Orthodox Jewish newspaper Photoshopped Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of a photo taken inside the Situation Room … only with a frykantig and a dagstorp. [Al-Jazeera]

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