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California Bill To Expand Porn’s Condom Usage Dies In Committee

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  • A bill to increase pressure on the porn industry to comply with an existing law requiring adult performers to wear condoms during sex scenes filmed in Los Angeles County has died in committee. The new bill would have required HIV testing and expanded the law’s reach to all counties in California, as many XXX film sets have left LA County to skirt the rules. [LA Daily News]
  • Columbia University announced a new sexual assault policy today, but is receiving criticism from student activists for apparently avoiding their inclusion in developing it. [Huffington Post]
  • A startup scrapped a contest after they got backlash for offering a free smartphone to women who could get 50 “likes” after they uploaded pictures of themselves with the company logo written on their body. [The Verge] Keep reading »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: “Women Are An Oppressed Category Of People”

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“[People are coming out against the label ["feminist"]? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets it. It’s refreshing — so refreshing — when men acknowledge that feminism is vital, instead of focusing on the progressive advances women have made and assuming we can all go home ‘cuz sexism is fixed now. Pay attention, men’s rights activists: this is just one of the many reasons ladies love JGL!  [The Daily Beast]

Watch Nikki DeLoach of “Awkward” And “Talk Nerdy” Host Cara Santa Maria Talk About Sexism In Hollywood

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Nikki DeLoach, who plays Lacey on MTV’s “Awkward,” and Cara Santa Maria of the podcast “Talk Nerdy” paid a visit to “The Rubin Report” to talk about sexism in Hollywood. The names of the highest-paid actors and actresses in the industry have been released, and even though both genders on the list are swimming in millions, there’s still a significant gap between what male and female film stars rake in. Both ladies had some pretty interesting thoughts on the matter, and Cara weighed in with this commentary:

“I worked in the sciences for a long time before I came into production and started working in front of and behind the camera, and people talk about sexism in STEM all the time – science, technology, engineering, math – and how women don’t have the opportunities that men have and how we’re really working really to push through the glass ceiling. When I got into production I thought it would be a relief…it’s almost worse in Hollywood than it is in the sciences. Women don’t have as many opportunities available to them.”

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Ladies, Get A Pap Smear To Become A Teacher In Sao Paulo, Brazil

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What does a woman’s past sexual experience have to do with her teaching skills? Just about everything! That’s why the education department in Sao Paolo, Brazil gets all up in the ladybusiness of potential female employees. According to women’s rights activists in Brazil, as cited by The Washington Post, women are required to prove their virginity via a doctor’s note or undergo a gynecological exam to test for cancer. At the direction of the Health Ministry, the education department says they want to ensure that female hires won’t be taking any longterm leaves due to health matters, because the cervix is the only place on a woman’s body where she can get sick. Stay on top of it, Sao Paolo! We wouldn’t anyone with carnal knowledge teaching our children.[Washington Post] [Image of gynecologist's office via Shutterstock]

Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lucy Coffey Is The Oldest Living Female Army Veteran

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lucy Coffey Is The Oldest Living Female Army Veteran

At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey is the United States’ oldest living female military veteran. Coffey was an accountant-statistician and served in the procurement office through the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. With 150,000 members during the war, the WAC was the first group of women besides nurses to be members of the Army. When she enlisted in 1943 around age 37, Coffey had already been turned away from the military several times for being too short or slim. Throughout the war, she served in Australia, Dutch New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Keep reading »

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