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Muslim Women Now Allowed To Wear Headscarves In Professional Soccer

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  • FIFA, the organization that governs professional soccer, has reversed its ban on Muslim athletes wearing the hijab after FIFA’s medical committee approved two types of headscarves which won’t pose any danger on the field. [ESPN]
  • A newsletter put out by Boston cops is filled with sexist, racist and all around icky jokes. [Bitch Magazine]
  • The CIA is cracking down on sexual harassment within its ranks. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Meet the female Marine Corps officer who believes women should not be allowed in combat roles. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

“Seventeen” Promises To Stop Photoshopping Models

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  • In response to a Change.org petition, Seventeen magazine has said it will no longer alter the body size or face shape of the models posing in its magazine. The petition was created by Julia Bluhm of Waterville, Maine, and garnered over 84,000 signatures which were hand-delivered to the executive editor of Seventeen. [Change.org/Seventeen]
  • North Carolina’s Republican-controlled state legislature has overrode a veto by Governor Bev Perdue, effectively defunding the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics. State funding is not used for abortion services, so the defunding will only be hurting those who go to Planned Parenthood clinics for other services, like Pap smears and cancer screenings.  [Huffington Post]
  • The FDA has approved the first quick, over-the-counter HIV test. OraQuick uses a mouth swap and can tell your HIV status in less than 40 minutes. [AP] Keep reading »

Oh My, It’s First Lady Cookie Bake-Off Time

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  • The cookie bake-off between the First Lady and her husband’s opponent’s wife is afoot. You can’t see me rolling my eyes, but trust me, it is happening. Please, please, please, can Hillary run for president in 2016 so the world can learn Bill Clinton’s Rice Krispy treats? [Slate]
  • We know all about the men who were involved in the Watergate scandal — but about the women? [NPR]
  • Happy 40th birthday to PFLAG, the support group for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. [After Ellen] Keep reading »

Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
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Mississippi learns the hard way abstinence-only sex ed sucks. Read More »
Coat Hanger Abortions
A Mississippi pol doesn't think coat hanger abortions are a problem. Read More »
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Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state’s only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. However, that was not going to happen as all four of the clinic’s OB-GYNs live out of state, in part because they, their families and neighbors are horrendously harassed by anti-abortion extremists. Only one of the practicing OB-GYNs has admitting privileges at the local hospital; the others have not been granted them yet.  Had the law gone into effect today, women’s access to safe and legal abortions would have been even more impeded as they would have been required to drive out of state, which requires time and money. Keep reading »

Feminism Is Dead, Declares Donatella Versace

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Donatella didn't want real women modeling her new H&M line. Read More »
Donatella's Life Advice
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Donatella's Day
A glamorous glimpse at Donatella Versace's average day. Read More »

“Feminism is dead in the world. It comes from another time. I’m a feminist. I want to fight, but I don’t see many people with this desire to fight for something. Women don’t help each other, especially in fashion. I know Miuccia [Prada] … but that’s it. Nobody else.”

– Oh look. Commentary from noted gender studies scholar Donatella Versace, who allegedly said she did not want her line for H&M photographed on “real women” for a New York Daily News promotional feature instead of professional — and likely thinner — models. That may be a more business-savvy viewpoint to take, but not such a feminist one.  (And make an effort to look a little bit less like Victoria Gotti, because I seriously cannot tell them apart.) [Telegraph UK]

Shanghai Subways Blames Women For Sexual Harassment

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  • Don’t want to be sexually harassed on the subway system in Shanghai, China? Then don’t dress like a slut! Someone within the subway authority posted a photo of a woman wearing a revealing dress to the number two subway line’s official Weibo account — the country’s version of Twitter — along with the comment: “If that’s what you wear on the subway, then no wonder you will be sexually harassed! There are perverts riding the subway every day and we can’t catch them all. Girls, you’ve got to respect yourself!” Ab. Surd. [MSNBC]
  • The Air Force is investigating a growing sexual misconduct scandal out of Lackland Air Force base in Texas, where a dozen male boot camp instructors allegedly assaulted, harassed, or had sex with female recruits. One boot camp instructor has even been accused of raping or sexually assaulting 10 women. [Washington Post]
  • Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic, which will have to close on July 1 after a new, restrictive law goes into effect, has filed a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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