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

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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
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Author Jodi Picoult says book reviewers favor white men. Read More »
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The NYTimes has appointed it's first-ever woman executive editor. Read More »
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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 »

5 Things You Should Know About Malala Yousafzai, The 14-Year-Old Girl Shot By The Taliban

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Hillary Clinton is all about empowering women and children. Read More »
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Remember that time we went to war in Afghanistan in order to root out the militant Islamic fundamentalist group the Taliban? Wonder of wonders, that didn’t work so well, because it seems the Taliban is alive and well (though in a somewhat diminished capacity), and particularly prevalent in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan. That’s where, earlier this week, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai — a prominent and outspoken activist on behalf of girls’ education — was attacked by Taliban forces, shot twice, and left to die. Keep reading »

14-Year-Old Girls’ Rights Advocate In Pakistan Shot And Injured By Taliban

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  • A 14-year-old girl who fought for education for girls in Pakistan was shot while walking home from school. She has written for the BBC about life under the Taliban as a girl and won the National Peace Award For Youth. The local Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting Malala Yusafzai for being “a Western-minded girl” who “always speaks out against us.”  She is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar. Our thoughts are with her. [Al-Jazeera, BBC]
  • Frisky contributor Melissa Petro addresses the guidance counselor who was fired from her job because she had previously worked as a sexy model and asks whether racy previous careers make women unfit for working in education. It’s a subject Petro unfortunately knows much about: she resigned from her job as a New York City public school teacher after it was made public that she had once been a sex worker. [xoJane] Keep reading »
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