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Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

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  • Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went to a job interview if she agreed to certain conditions. Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to take parenting and substance abuse classes, as well as establish education and childcare trusts which contain no less than $10,000. That last provision sounds extremely unreasonable to a low-income mother, in my opinion, but likely reflect the tens of thousands of dollars in donations that Taylor received after her arrest became public. Hopefully Taylor’s children, who were taken by Child Protective Services, can be reunited with their mom ASAP. [The Root] Keep reading »

Israelis Told They Have To Remove “Men Only” Signs Off Bomb Shelter

no women allowed sign

A rabbinical court in Israel was recently ordered to remove  ”men only” signs from its bomb shelter. The gender segregation in the bomb shelters  would be keeping with the Orthodox Jewish practice of separating the sexes. As The Week notes, the court had a separate space for “women only,” but it was amidst the regular courtrooms in a room only accessible by a code and “did not appear to provide extra security or protection.” So, like, not really a bomb shelter? Keep reading »

Here’s A Fundraiser For That Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting Her Daughter Play Outside

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  • A fundraiser on YouCaring.com is collecting donations for Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mom who was arrested for “child abandonment” because her nine-year-old daughter was playing alone at a park while Harrell was at her job. As of right now, the fund has blasted past the $10K goal and is only growing higher. [YouCaring]
  • Meet the Detroit assistant prosecutor who has pushed for over 3,000 abandoned rape kits to be tested. The vital DNA evidence collected in rape kits can, and has, caught dozens of serial rapists. [TIME]
  • Mia Henderson, a Black trans woman, was found beaten to death in Baltimore. The 26-year-old was the sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock. [Queerty]
  • Rep. Todd Akin says “a number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape,” which is interesting, considering he was the one who said rape makes the body “shut down” so you don’t get pregnant. [Slate] Keep reading »

Rose McGowan On Being Told She Was Intimidating Hollywood’s Men In Charge

“I had an agent that told me not to speak in meetings because I was too intelligent and it was stressing to the men. It was a woman that told me that. I didn’t say anything, then I went to my car and kind of cried and then I was, like, ‘Fuck you’… [I]t’s been amazing changing gears and doing things that honor my brain….I spent the better part of 15 years not being myself, and I’m just kind of over that.”

“Charmed” actress Rose McGowan told “HuffPost Live” that two years ago, she was scolded by an agent for speaking well in meetings. She says that only lately has she gotten comfortable acting like her true self and speaking her mind instead of blending into what she thought others wanted her to be in the male-dominated film business. Her full interview is pretty kickass, and full of clever observations about the overt sexism she’s seen over the years in Hollywood. [Huffington Post]

Four Men Arrested In NJ For Filming Sexual Assault On Drunk Teen Girl

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  • One teenager and three adult men in New Jersey have been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunk 15-year-old girl, filming the assault, and showing the video to other people. The teen was told that she had been assaulted at a backyard gathering, which she does not remember at all, and police found video shot on an iPhone that confirmed the assault. Various charges against the men who assaulted this girl include manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual assault. [Clutch Magazine via NJ.com]
  • Republicans in the Senate just blocked an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that employers with religious objections could deny birth control coverage to their female employees. [Think Progress]
  • Find out more about “Las Libres,” a documentary about women in Mexico who have been charged with homicide for having abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Firefighter Danae Mines Is The First Woman To Be Featured In The FDNY Calendar Of Heroes

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Firefighter Danae Mines Is The First Woman To Be Featured In The FDNY Calendar Of Heroes

Danae Mines, a firefighter of 11 years, has long been one of New York City’s few women in the position. Now, she’s taking on another first — the only woman to be featured in the formerly dudes-only FDNY Calendar of Heroes.

The annual display of sexy firefighters raises money for the FDNY Foundation — and gives us all an excuse to gawk at shirtless heroes for a good cause. Mines’ interest in the calendar wasn’t met with the enthusiasm her male peers usually receive. Mines told the New York Daily News that she was told that only men were allowed to be featured and that “if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.” Considering that all of the men featured in the calendar are scantily dressed themselves, a comment like that is positively blood-boiling. It seems that Mines felt the same way: “I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I was determined.” After all, it only makes sense that anyone who risks their life everyday to protect others, male or female, deserves eligibility for such honors. Keep reading »

Oh Hey, Texas: New Planned Parenthood Clinic To Open In Dallas

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  • Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas, that meets the state’s new laws requiring clinics to have the same standards of a “ambulatory surgical center.” It’s not exactly a secret that the TX legislature passed those requirements in order to shut down women’s health clinics and restrict abortion access. I wonder how these so-called “pro-lifers” feel now. [Dallas News]
  • A young man in rural India was accused of attempting to rape a married woman, so the woman’s husband was advised by the local village council to sexually assault the accused rapist’s 14-year-old sister in retaliation. By the local cultural norms, ruining her “purity” would get revenge on her older brother. The village leader and the rape victim’s brother are both now in jail. [CNN] Keep reading »

Nerd Girl Porn: Ethan Hawke & 10 Other Men Who Are Feminists

What was Pat Robertson’s famous quote about feminists again? Ah yes, feminism “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Sheesh, who wants to be associated with that?

Understandably, if “feminist” is a dirty word for some women, identifying yourself as one can be downright scary for some dudes. But even in the face of ignorance regarding what feminists actually believe — that men and women are equal and thus should be paid the same, educated the same, have equal access to health care, and get equal structural support from society — some men are not afraid to fly their feminist flag.

Take Ethan Hawke, for example. In one of those silly “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” puff pieces in US Weekly, Hawke very simply stated as fact #8, “I am a feminist.” So easy, so simple. That didn’t hurt, right?

After the jump, here are 10 other dudes who are not afraid to use the F-word…

This Japanese Artist Was Arrested For Emailing 3-D Print Data Of Her Vagina

This Japanese Artist Was Arrested For Emailing 3-D Print Data Of Her Vagina

Today in bizarre: a Japanese artist has been arrested for obscenity after allegedly emailing data that would be used to make 3-D prints of her vagina. Megumi Igarashi works under the name Rokude Nashiko, which translates to something along the lines of “bastard kid,” and a major goal of her work is to make the female body less of a taboo topic. She’s been known to mold all kinds of materials into the shape of genitalia because, according to her, the vagina is hidden away in Japanese society. Keep reading »

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