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Woman Has Baby, Gets Arrested By Tennessee Police For Using Meth While Pregnant

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  • Tennessee has arrested its first new mother under a new law that charges women for assault for using narcotics while pregnant. A 26-year-old mom was arrested after she tested positive for meth, which she admitted to using before her baby’s birth. Call me crazy, but maybe quality drug rehabilitation treatment might work better than throwing addicts in jail?!  A law like this automatically targets anyone who isn’t financially privileged enough to afford rehab in the first place. (Also, sneaky way to give rights to fetuses, everyone!)  [Think Progress]
  • On Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, abortion, and the politics of respectability. [Bitch Magazine]
  • I don’t even want to click a story with “revenge rape” in the headline. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On The World Cup, Objectification & The Problem With Thigh Candy

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When my feminist friends and I began our communal Facebook message thread, we envisioned a no-holds-barred place to discuss careers, gender politics, and the gospel of Beyoncé. But ever since soccer season took the Internet by storm, our only mentions of “Flawless” have concerned abs. In the past week alone, my “progressive” peers and I shared 10 “World Cup Hottie” listicles, 18 winky faces, and too many Netherlands-based puns to count.

As over-the-top as our behavior was, we were never ashamed. There was an implicit empowerment to our objectification, like a hard-earned reward for eons of inequality. Even when I read our conversation (and watched a video of Ronaldo slow-motion jogging) in a very public, very crowded coffee shop, I didn’t bother to turn down my laptop brightness. If anyone saw my screen, I trusted they would be impressed: I wasn’t some creepy guy browsing Google images of Megan Fox — I was a proud woman, flaunting the sex drive to which I was entitled! Keep reading »

The “Stop The Beauty Madness” Campaign Gets Real About The Value We Put On Appearance

Created by writers Robin Rice and Lisa Meade, the Stop The Beauty Madness campaign aims to shake women out of the belief that they are not beautiful and to wake us up to the impossible aesthetic standards we’re held up to. The ads, which can be seen here, state some not-so-pretty truths about the way our culture perceives women. Like the photo above, they’re not exactly pleasant realities, but the campaign’s choice to present them without sugarcoating strikes me as very bold. Few body acceptance campaigns are as direct and brutally honest as this one — and that’s the point. Stop The Beauty Madness wants to create a better world for women’s worth than the one we currently live in, and has even put together a free 10-week audio series that will encourage listeners to better understand unfair beauty standards and the road to self-acceptance. More information about the campaign is available on its website or on Twitter via the hashtag #StopTheBeautyMadness. [The Gloss]

Study Reveals “Three Fat-Shaming Moments Per Day” For Overweight Women

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  • Overweight women experienced an average of “three fat-shaming moments per day,” according to a new study published in the Journal Of Health Psychology. The study examined the psychological effects that bullying by fat-shaming has on women. Here are just a few fuckin’ heartbreaking stories that women shared: “Boyfriend’s mother denied me access to food, also stated that I was so fat because I was lazy”; “The dentist was worried I might break his chair.”; “Teenagers made animal sounds (moo) outside of the store.” I knew this stuff happened but it’s fucking horrible to actually read. [Science Of Us]   Keep reading »

Mayor Fires Obstetrician Who Refused To Inform Patient Carrying Badly Deformed Fetus About Abortion

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  • The mayor of Warsaw, Poland, fired the obstetrician who heads a maternity hospital that refused to provide information about abortion to a patient carrying a badly deformed fetus. The patient was not told by the doctor, who is Catholic, where she could obtain an abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy (when abortion is legal in Poland in cases where the fetus is not growing normally). Thus, the patient delivered the baby, who was put into intensive care with brain deformities. Warsaw’s mayor (a woman!) said the doctor overreached her faith into a medical setting — and I wholeheartedly agree. If your “conscience” prevents you from doing your job properly, maybe you’re in the wrong career. [ABC News]
  • A pregnant woman in a Texas jail is being denied methadone, which is used to get off heroin. Being denied methadone, which is reportedly safe to be taken during pregnancy, could badly impact her pregnancy. [RH Reality Check]
  • This is an intense and beautiful comic about one woman and her rapist. [Medium] Keep reading »

YouTube Star Laci Green Tackles The Three Myths Of Feminism

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"Feminists Are Man-Haters, Man-Hatin' It Up"

Who is Laci Green and where has she been all my life? Like a sex-positive Disney star on speed, Laci hosts a YouTube channel called Sex+ where she covers everything from hymens and consent to buttplay and sex with disabilities. Laci is also a loud and proud feminist and yesterday she posted a video addressing three common myths about “The F Word” — that is, feminism. It’s more for the new-to-feminism types — like, say, your little sister — but I for one am really glad that chipper, upbeat and funny videos about feminism exist. [YouTube]

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

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  • A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check]
  • Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a promotion of the deputy editor Dodai Stewart, who is Black.  [The Grio; Capital New York]
  • A new law in South Korea would protect young performers, such as K-Pop stars, from being coerced into sexualized portrayals. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013
Rejected Robin Thicke Songs
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Announce That They’re Separating
Songs about Paula Patton that did not make the cut, unforch. Read More »

The first time I really listened to the lyrics of “Blurred Lines,” I was like, “This is my JAM!” It only took a few minutes of Googling and reading my favorite feminist blogs, though, before I started becoming horrified and dismayed at the feminist community’s reaction to the song. The Daily Beast kicked off a knee-jerk party by calling it a “rape song,” and from there it was over. Feminist blog after feminist blog started jumping on the bandwagon, then the fervor spread to major news outlets, and all summer I was mired in language that made me feel excluded from a community into which I’ve invested not only my time and energy, but also my identity.

Let me be clear, Robin Thicke as a person seems like a giant douchenozzle and his latest album is pathetic. But I looooove “Blurred Lines.” The accusation that it’s “rapey” is unfounded if you look at the entire song in context: It’s about two sexually expressive people flirting. That’s it. At no point in the song does the male narrator imply that he’s willing or going to bypass consent. The idea that it’s about the “blurred lines of consent” was projected onto it by people who came to the song with prior hangups. The “blurred line” he’s referring to is the line of knowing or not knowing if the person you’re flirting with is into you. Like, “I’m pretty sure I know you want it, but you haven’t expressly said so, so we’re still in this hazy flirting territory.” He doesn’t say — at all, ever — “I know you want it, and whether or not that’s actually true, I’m going to take it.” But nonetheless, that’s what it was made out to be. Keep reading »

Zooey Deschanel Rants About Feminism In InStyle (Stars, They’re Just Like Us!)

“Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that. And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me.”

Zooey Deschanel has always been pretty upfront about her disinterest in having children and in August’s InStyle, she calls out the tabloids for their complicity. You tell ‘em, sister!  [InStyle]

“Fox & Friends” Addressed Women In The Workplace & It Actually Wasn’t Terrible

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Yes, I Actually Watched Some Fox News

As I read the chyron “Girls Gone ‘Mild’: Book Advises Women Not To  Raise Their Voices,” I was all ready to watch this Fox News segment advising women on how to carry themselves professionally in the workplace and then kill it with fire.

But as Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit And Success, addressed “Fox & Friends” this morning about ways women can up their gravitas in the workplace, I found myself thinking, Hey, this is not such bad advice. Keep reading »

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