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Tennessee Could Change Its Constitution To Repeal Protections For Abortion In Any Circumstance

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  • Tennessee’s state constitution could be changed so that it doesn’t protect abortions in any circumstance, ever. [Slate]
  • A new PBS documentary series is delving into white identities and many of the delusions white people have about race in America. [The Grio]
  • GamerGate is becoming the most distilled example of misogyny in American culture. [Deadspin] Keep reading »

Cosmopolitan Editor Reminds The World That Women Can Be Both Smart And Sexy (Sadly, The World Still Needs Reminding)

I have as many hangups about Cosmopolitan as the next feminist, but I love editor-in-chief Joanna Coles’ mission to make the magazine and its website a more well-rounded read. In an interview with NPR this morning, Coles, who has been in the position just two years, made it clear that she actually gives a damn about heavier topics like across-the-aisle politics and reproductive rights. She also pointedly defended a woman’s right to be a multi-faceted person who cares about both serious issues and lighter things in life (what a novel concept). Emily Ratajkowski of “Gone Girl” (and the “Blurred Lines” video) is on the cover of this month’s issue baring lots of skin, but the magazine also includes a lengthy article advising women on how to ask for a raise. To me, that seemed pretty cool — why shouldn’t a Cosmo reader be able to enjoy her sexuality and still kick ass in her professional life? This exchange followed, which Coles defended like a boss: Keep reading »

The Vatican Is Easing Up On The Vitriol About Gays Without Changing Church Doctrine

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  • The Vatican is changing its tone in the way it talk about gay people, if not its actual attitude toward them. [The Daily Beast]
  • A law against revenge porn with a sentence of up to two years in prison has been proposed in the UK. [Marie Claire]
  • Even if two parents share domestic and professional work equally, that sense of equality might not rub off on their sons. [PsychCentral] Keep reading »

Kristen Stewart Thinks It’s ‘Ridiculous’ To ‘Say You’re Not A Feminist’

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Another name can be added to the growing list of celebrity feminists– and this one comes with some great commentary about gender equality on the big screen. In an Oct. 11 interview with The Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern, Kristen Stewart talked about the rarity of strong and complex female protagonists in film and the double standards experienced by many women in Hollywood.

While she admitted she doesn’t see herself as the type of person to “stand up and affect change” when it comes to talking about issues in the news, Stewart did make some great points about why many women are rejecting the feminist label, telling Stern, “It’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.” Read more on Huffington Post Women…

5 Ways To Support Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai’s Mission

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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls’ education rights, just became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Price. She shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian advocate who campaigns against child labor and exploitation. Yousafzai came into the international spotlight in 2009 when she began blogging anonymously about life under Taliban rule for the BBC and expressed her desire to continue her education. Her community in the Swat region of Pakistan had been overtaken by the Taliban the year before, and local schools had begun closing left and right. Eventually Malala was publicly identified as the blog’s author, and in 2012, Taliban forces barged onto her school bus and shot her in the head. Malala miraculously survived and was airlifted to England for recovery, where she still lives with her parents and brother. Instead of intimidating her into silence, the shooting made Malala even more determined to fight for the thousands of girls around the world who are still unable to attend school without fearing for their lives. After the jump, a few ways we can all help further her cause!  Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai Wins The Nobel Peace Prize For Her Work In Education Activism

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  • As we told you this morning, Malala Yousafzai, along with fellow education activist Kailash Satyarthi, won the Nobel Peace Prize. In a press conference today, the youngest ever recipient of the honor said, “I’m proud that I am the first Pakistani and I am honored that I am the first young woman or the first young person to be receive this award. I’m thankful to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me to fly.” [NBC News]
  • This extraordinary long read looks at the ways in which social media platforms refuse to help women who are victims of harassment on the sites. [The Atlantic]
  • Read about the first female four-star admiral in the US Navy and her path to the prestigious position. [NPR] Keep reading »
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