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Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

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This Teacher Was Suspended For Being Transgender And There's Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school.

According to one Lumberton father:

“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”

The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

The Soapbox: The '80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar, my eyes tear up with love and the fiercest of joys, pride in the people I hold close to me. I have experienced moments that hurt my heart, that disappointed me, moments that underlined how privilege can alienate and divide us. I spoke to academics, I spoke to sex workers, I spoke to sex workers who were academics. It was a weekend of realizations, inspiration, determination … and I came away from it all feeling exhilarated and ready to change the world.

I also realized that the sex wars are still very much A Thing. There are still Good Feminists and Bad Feminists, though the definition of which is which varies depending on who you ask. It’s saddening to see us fighting each other, women who have been called prudes for asserting their sexual choices attacking women who have been called whores for asserting their sexual choices … and vice versa. This is, of course, exactly what the patriarchy wants. While we bicker about whether or not porn is empowering, we are being systematically marginalized, turned away from jobs, thrown out of school, our kids and our workspaces and our money and our privacy taken away from us. The act of having sex on film or any other sex work may empower some and humiliate others, or we might start feeling one way and eventually feel another. (The same holds true for food service workers, though we ask that question far less often). In our current culture we are all experiencing and navigating the effects of capitalist patriarchy. Keep reading »

Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

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  • Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times]
  • President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women. [New York Times, White House]
  • The number of women choosing to be stay-at-home moms has started to increase after a decades-long decline. [USA Today]
  • The CEO of OK Cupid called out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for donating to support the anti-gay California law Prop 8. But as it turns out, the dating site’s CEO may have an anti-gay track record of his own. [Queerty] Keep reading »

President Obama Will Issue Two Executive Orders On Equal Pay

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  • President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that will force federal contractors to submit information to the Labor Department about employees’ pay along with their race and gender, as well as ban them from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with one another. [NPR]
  • A 10-year-old girl in Senegal who became pregnant after she was raped by a neighbor won’t be allowed to have an abortion. Senegel punishes women who terminate pregnancies with as much as 10 years in prison. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Here’s how Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill are pushing Congress to allocate more money to the U.S. Department of Education to fight sexual assault on college campuses by enforcing laws more strictly. [Huffington PostBuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Survey: Millennials Are Most Willing To Move For A Wife’s Job

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Some things do change for the better: a new survey found that more than half of millennials questioned said they would move if it benefitted their wife’s career. Compare that with 43 percent of Baby Boomers and 28 percent of pre-Boomers. The survey by Mayflower moving company didn’t provide many more specifics, but I’d be curious to know how millennial couples come to make those decisions. Does it have to do with money? Health benefits, 401K and perks? Cost of living? I would hope that all partners would hypothetically be willing to move for their loved one’s job, but there are dozens of tiny practical decisions that need to be made about it. I’m happy to report that I’m in one such relationship, though: my husband and I stayed in America instead of moving back to his home country of Australia in part because of my career here. Life of the modern woman. [USA Today] [Image of couple moving via Shutterstock]

May I Interest You In A Back-Alley Abortion, Madame?

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  • On the terrifying return of the back-alley abortion. [Huffington Post]
  • A trans woman student at a North Carolina college was hassled by campus security after she used the women’s bathroom. [Advocate]
  • The governor of West Virginia vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it “unconstitutional.” [Feminist.org]
  • The president of Harvard University announced the creation of a sexual misconduct task force. The task force appears to be a response to an anonymous letter published in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper by a student who got the runaround from the administration after she was sexually assaulted.  [The Harvard Crimson] Keep reading »

Shirley Manson Is Sick Of “Over-Sexualized Imagery,” Ready For More “Female Provocateurs”

“I feel like there has been such a dearth of female provocateurs over the last decade. It’s been wonderful to watch women dominate the pop charts — to truly dominate — but unfortunately we’ve had to pay a price for that kind of success, which is that the less malleable female musician has really been pushed aside. We haven’t heard a lot from women coming from more of a “punk” ethos, for lack of a better term. So I’m excited to see an underground swell of girls with a lot of attitude and a lot to say. They’re using their intellect as opposed to their assholes. I’m so sick of over-sexualized imagery right now. When women first took it and ran with it it felt very exciting, but now it feels sort of tedious. I want to hear what women have to say as opposed to what they look like in a bikini.”

Shirley Manson spoke to Styleite recently about her favorite makeup brands (MAC, obviously) but also to chat about women in music who inspire her right now. I’m not too surprised that she’s so over the boobs squirting whipped cream and the naked rides on wrecking balls in the current pop landscape. But have hope, Shirley! Go out for all-black mani-pedis with Lorde, or whatever it is that “female provocateurs” do for fun. [Styleite] [Image via Getty]

Women Don’t Apply To “Male-Sounding” Job Postings, Whatever That Means

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  • A small study of 260 people found that women are deterred by the language in job postings, particularly when “male-sounding” words are used like “aggressive” and “assertive.” Instead, ladies responded to ads using words like “sociable” and “dedicated.” Surprise, surprise, language in job postings didn’t deter dudes at all. [EurekaAlert]
  • Do you work for one of these 71 companies which don’t want to cover birth control in their health insurance plans? If Hobby Lobby is successful at the Supreme Court, these non-religious businesses just might be able to do so. [Mother Jones]
  • Welcome to North Carolina, where Republican wannabe-politicians tell 6th graders that gay marriage is like “a man marrying a dog.” [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, “Anonymous Vs. Steubenville,” about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »

Black Women’s Hair Is Under More Scrutiny With The Army’s New Grooming Regulations

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  • The Army released new regulations on Monday for hair and grooming which seem to specifically target Black women’s hairstyles. The new regs now forbid braids or cornrows larger than a quarter of an inch (dreadlocks and twists have already been banned since 2005). As a result, Black women who wear their hair this way have to either get a new hairstyle or cover it with a wig. [Huffington Post]
  • Hobby Lobby is fighting the Obama administration not to pay cover contraception for women in their health care plan, but they seem to have no problem at all investing in contraception makers with their retirement funds. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »
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