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Abortion Ban In Washington, D.C., Fails

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  • A bill to ban abortion in the District of Columbia has died in the House of Representatives. The bill, proposed by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), would have criminalized abortion after 20 weeks including in cases of rape and incest. [Politico]
  • Last night, the writer Gore Vidal died. Today, blogger Garland Grey over at Tiger Beatdown reminds us of a not-so-rosy aspect of the author’s life: defending rapist Roman Polanski. [Tiger Beatdown]
  • Yes, you could go to jail for admitting to rape on Reddit. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

TV Station Staffed By Fully Veiled Women Launches In Egypt

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  • A new TV station called Maria recently debuted in Egypt which employs and is run by women who wear the face-covering niqab veil. Journalism students say they couldn’t find jobs in television, even ones where they would not appear on camera, because they are covered except for their eyes. Maria launched on July 20 and airs four hours a day on parent channel Al-Omma. So far it is all volunteer-run. [CNN]
  • Companies with women on their boards outperformed similarly-sized companies by 26 percent, according to a study by Credit Suisse. [Think Progress]
  • Artist Marina Abramovic is holding a women-only lecure at the Melton 2012 music festival in London, which will be entitled “The Spirt In Any Condition Does Not Burn.” Although she hasn’t explained what the lecture will be about or why it will be women-only, she has indicated it may be about exploring femininity. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Teen Girls Sue Backpage.com Over Sexual Exploitation

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  • Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website Backpage.com for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site. [USA Today]
  • A federal judge has upheld a ban on abortions after 20 weeks in Arizona. [The Daily Beast]
  • Are you eligible for co-pay free contraception and preventative cancer screenings on August 1, when part of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect? Find out in this fantastic explanatory piece by blogger Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel. [Jezebel]
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a voluntary Latch On NYC campaign to keep infant formula locked up inside hospitals to encourage new moms to breastfeed. Instead of nurses offering formula, they will sign-out the formula if requested by the mom. Also, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to stop giving away gift bags filled with formula. [CBS News] Keep reading »

Olivia Munn Addresses That Long Ago Controversy About Her Being On “The Daily Show”

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Olivia Munn On Ellen
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Tina Defends Olivia
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“With ‘The Daily Show,’ I felt like [people criticizing her] were only satisfied when everyone fit into a certain box. “Pretty and stupid” — one box. “Smart and funny” — another box. I believe they fit into this other box, which is, ‘hates women who are pretty and smart and funny.’

The only thing I can do is look at the people who have supported me. Tina Fey is the one who recommended me to the creators of [Munn’s short-lived sitcom] ‘Perfect Couples’ on NBC, and she wasn’t thinking about my breasts. And Jon Stewart would not jeopardize his show to cast some girl based on her looks. I think a lot of women should realize that when we’re putting each other down, you’re putting the same glass ceiling over you that you are on me. The only difference is that I will find a way to go around that. I refuse to live in a world where somebody’s gonna tell me who I am.”

– Olivia Munn addresses that long-ago criticism of her appointment to “The Daily Show,” which rankled some ladybloggers, including me. At the time, what bothered me was that of all the funny women in all the land that Jon Stewart could have cast on his show, he chose a funny lady who was also young and beautiful who had also taken her clothes off a lot in magazines. It seemed … annoying. I don’t believe I personally was trying to put her in a box, just that I felt annoyed by how she wasn’t owning up to using her sexuality to get ahead — which is fine, just own up to it. In retrospect, it seems like criticizing her personally may have done more harm than good. She makes good points here and actually sounds pretty rad. So, I’m sorry, Olivia. (Not that you care what I think, but hey.) [NY Post]

The Soapbox: The Thing That Is Funny About Rape

Tosh Is A Sexist Jerk
Sure, he "apologized," but he's still a lazy, sexist jerk. Read More »
Daniel Tosh Rape Joke
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped by five men. Read More »
Rapists Know...
...that the answer is 'no' when they rape. Read More »

Wouldn’t it be funny if the boys that photographed themselves assaulting Savannah Dietrich got raped right now? Also, that priest, Monsignor Lynn, who is going to serve three to six years for failing to investigate sex abuse claims against priests — wouldn’t it be hilarious if he were raped in prison? And Jerry Sandusky? Just picture him in the showers with a bunch of bigger guys! Are you laughing? No? Well, that’s because imagining someone getting raped is about as humorous as imagining someone stepping on a landmine or getting car-jacked. It’s terrifying and no one deserves it.

But using rape in a joke is another story. A couple of years ago, I taught a writing course at The New School called Humor and Controversy. The premise was that humor artists like Margaret Cho, Chris Rock, and Sarah Silverman speak with more insight and honesty about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, gender, religion, and class than most politicians, which is why comedy is important. Students were encouraged to use wit and self-deprecation to shed light on thorny issues. One prompt was to write an essay entitled “My Rape Fantasy.” Keep reading »

Male Veterans Get Job Training, Female Veterans Get Knitting Class

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  • A North Carolina ministry has been hit with a sex-discrimination complaint after it was found that it provides job training services in fields like truck driving and culinary arts only to men. The alleged job training  for women includes Bible study, yoga, art therapy — here’s the kicker —and knitting. All of these are truly helpful skills for the job search. The best part is that the Asheville Buncome Community Christian Ministry receives federal funding for this! [Think Progress]
  • A lesbian in Omaha, Nebraska, who had homophobic slurs carved into her skin by three masked men on Sunday spoke out publicly for the first time yesterday. [CNN]
  • Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $2.5 million to help pass same-sex marriage in Washington state. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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