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Mississippi Museum Stops Being Douchebags, Allows Lesbian Couple To Hold Commitment Ceremony

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  • A public Mississippi museum that refused to allow two lesbians to hold a commitment ceremony on its grounds has relented. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forest Museum in Jackson had a policy of discriminating against same sex copules, but since it is a public museum and there is no state law against it, the women will be allowed to rent the venue. Good for them! [Seattle Times]
  • Police in Florida (of course) “forcibly” pulled a tampon out of a woman during a strip search on the side of the road for, get this, rolling through a stop sign. Jesus. What is wrong with people? [Broward Palm Beach New Times]
  • Stressed out men prefer the bodies of heavier-set women, according to a new study. Or maybe men just prefer hips and boobs? That’s a possibility, too. [TIME]
  • An anime convention offered Ginny McQueen, a cosplay enthusiast, $200 to strip down to lingerie or pasties at an upcoming conference — despite the fact she is not a stripper or a burlesque performer of any kind. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Being A Sikh Feminist

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In light of this weekend’s tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, we thought our readers would be interested to learn more about this religion. We reached out to the Sikh Feminist Research Institute for some thoughts on Sikhism. 

Often I am asked of when I first became aware of being a feminist. This question takes me back to the deepest recesses of my memories of early childhood, since it was my mother who was my first feminist role model. She would frequently give me feminist pep talks: “You want to be a pilot? Yes, of course you can become a pilot!” or “Your favourite color is blue? Sure, blue is a great color.” Often defiant of male authority, a natural and equal partner in running the household, she was both bread-winner and the CEO of our home.

As I grew older I would often wonder about the origins of my mother’s feminist ideas. Not having had the opportunity of a formal education due to the poverty following forced migration at the time of Partition, it was apparent she had no access to the feminist theorists I would come to prize in later life. Instead her ideas emerged from the Sikh historical narratives she was raised on and the strong women in her own life. The re-telling of the lives of Sikh women would provide fodder for bed-time stories, both awe-inspiring but also re-assuring of a universe that made sense where women and men are equals. Keep reading »

Elizabeth Banks Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

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  • Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama’s overall support for women’s health care. (No one tell her “30 Rock” character Avery Jessup that she did this, okay?) [YouTube]
  • Two different people have told me they just couldn’t read this Esquire article about women “whining” because it is just too obnoxious. You’ve been warned. [Esquire]
  • An Orthodox Jewish member of the Boro Park neighborhood in Brooklyn does not want security video cameras posted for a bone-chilling reason: he is concerned that any domestic violence captured on camera will be dealt with “outside the community.”  [Forward]
  • What to do when your friend group has a case of the Creepy Dude. [Captain Awkward] Keep reading »

Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot At Moscow Concert

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Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot

Last night at her concert in Moscow, Madonna appealed for the release of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band which has been jailed for five months after speaking out publicly against President Vladimir Putin. This video sent chills up and down my arms as Madonna spoke about censorship, democracy and freedom. What an incredible reminder not to take our freedom of speech for granted.

The three women were charged with hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” at a Moscow church and praying for Putin to be removed from the presidency. During their five months of imprisonment, the women say they’ve been mistreated in jail. Their trial began on Monday and the women have said their judge is biased against them. I’ve been writing about Pussy Riot daily in Today’s Lady News, but Mother Jones has a good recap here. [YouTube]

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

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Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the best way to counter street harassment is to walk calmly up to the whistler or catcaller in question and politely let him know that he needs to learn how to speak to women in a respectful way.

It’s because of her that I finally said something to the Hasidic men who harass me in my neighborhood. Keep reading »

Did The U.S. Gymnasts Do Their Hair In Solidarity With Gabby Douglas?

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  • Gymnast Gabby Douglas was (preposterously!) criticized for her laid-back hairstyle while competing in the Olympics and it appears that three of her fellow U.S. gymnasts — Ali Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney — all did their hair in a similar way last night in solidarity. Cute! [BuzzFeed]
  • Medical groups in Texas are pushing back against a proposed rule that would forbid doctors from even discussing the option of abortion with patients. [Think Progress]
  • Newsweek illustrated their most recent issue about the 101 best places to eat in the world with … uh … a picture of a woman about to perform fellatio on some asparagus. [Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting]
  • Three must-read women’s perspectives on the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. [Glamour] Keep reading »
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