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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 »

Fox News Brings On “Princeton Mom” (Who Is Divorced) To Teach Women How To Keep Their Husbands Happy

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It's The Spinster Police!
  • “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton may be divorced — which she blames on marrying a man who didn’t get an Ivy League education like she did, obvs — but that won’t stop her from wagging her finger at your relationship. In a segment on “Fox & Friends” about our poor, unappreciated menfolk, Patton warned women have been “emboldened by these antagonistic feminists” and advised we all give the man in our lives a little more attention like bringing him a drink when he comes from home from work. You don’t want to end up a spinster with 13 cats, do you?
  • Children with same-sex parents actually fared better than their peers with opposite-sex parents, according to an Australian study. [Queerty]
  • Women throughout the South are already turning to DIY abortions in response to restrictions on abortion access. [Truth Out] Keep reading »

Life After Dating: Marriage Has Changed My Relationship To Feminism — And That’s OK

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My husband and I met  and got married all within five months. Kale had been visiting from Australia on a year-long tourist visa when we fell in love. Marrying not only kept us together, but launched us into a lifetime side-by-side. It didn’t really feel like a choice or a decision; it was obvious to both of us what we were going to do. And that means that I put just about zero forethought into what our marriage would “mean” for me as a woman or for us as a couple.

I’d thought about marriage long before I got married, sure. As a little girl I played house, pretending to be married to my teddy bear (his name is Gregory and I still have him). I had a serious relationship in my 20s with a man — Ex-Mr. Jessica — who I’d thought I would marry and have children with. While dating Ex-Mr. J, most of my thinking had been around the work/career balance and justifying to myself how I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, if possible, for a time. However, I hadn’t put too much thought into how the day-to-day drudgery of marriage would go. It seemed so far off. Keep reading »

European Court Upholds France’s Ban On Face-Covering Veils

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All The Single Ladies (Are Getting Politicians Excited)!

"Cold Beer And Titties"
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This is what teen boys in Texas campaigned for at a civics conference. Read More »
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Suffragette Snark
Who says feminists are humorless?! Read More »
Coping With Sexism
How to Ignore the Relentless Flow of Sexist BS So You Don't Live in Constant Rage
How to ignore the relentless flow of sexist BS so you aren't enraged. Read More »
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I don’t have much money to donate, so I assume politicians don’t care about me personally. But I guess I forgot about various “voting blocs” and how I’m probably listed on a sheet somewhere as “female,” “middle-class” and maybe “shrieking feminist harpy.” Even though — obviously — all Latinos or veterans or parents don’t vote the same way, politicians and their henchmen know they can reach these groups by appealing to issues that are important to them. And according to The New York Times, the voting bloc du jour, the one that could make a difference in the 2014 midterm elections, are single women. Keep reading »

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