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Domestic Violence Victims Could Qualify For Asylum

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  • A ruling by the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals has found that a woman who fled her abusive husband in Guatemala met one of the criteria for asylum, which is that she belongs to a particular social group (in this case, I think, women who are domestic violence victims). The woman fled her country in 2005 after police refused to help her. An immigration lawyer will now rule on her case; doing so could mean other victims of DV could seek asylum as immigrants. [Fox News Latino]
  • I just can’t even with this “let men be men” catcalling nonsense, Fox News. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

Are We Really That Surprised Male Politicians Made Comments To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand About Her Weight?

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is publishing her memoir in two weeks, which is already dominating headlines for the ugh-iest of reasons. In Off The Sidelines, Gillibrand reveals several occasions when male colleagues have made sexist comments about her appearance and once even squeezed her stomach. (Just warning everyone now, if you squeeze my stomach, I will unrepentantly smack you.)

Gillibrand is the mother of two and, like many moms, worked hard to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy. But the weight gain didn’t go without remarks. As per People and TIME, one story Gillibrand shared was when an “older, male” colleague approached her in the congressional gym and said, “Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” Another colleague one said to her, “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.” Yet another colleague once squeezed her stomach and said, “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!” Keep reading »

Women Lie About Rape, Says Spanish Politician

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  • The mayor of Valladolid, Spain, told a radio show he’s afraid of getting into an elevator alone with a “girl” (yes, he called adult women “girls”) because she could tear her clothes off and fuck him and then falsely accuse him of rape. Quite rightly, everyone is now asking DA FUQ?!  Hooray, for once it is not an American politician who said something stupid and offensive about sexual assault! [Slate]
  • Georgia, Arkansas and Mississippi are the worst places in the United to raise girls, according to a new report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute. [Feminist.org]
  • A school superintendent in Oklahoma called female students who violated the dress code “skanks” and asked them to bend over to prove their shirts were too short. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston Refuses To See Motherhood As A Measure Of Her Worth

“I don’t have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and … if they’re not checked, then I’ve failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child … I’ve birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I’ve mothered many things and I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.”

Jennifer Aniston gets a pretty raw deal when it comes to the press. Tabloids have spent the past decade or so trying to corner her into a “desperate for a baby” role, which couldn’t be further from her reality. In a funny and down-to-earth interview with Carson Daly on”The Today Show,” Aniston said that she still doesn’t know why complete strangers are so fascinated with her childfree status. She’s perfectly happy with where her life is and feels no need to justify her womanhood to anyone else. [Huffington Post] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Taylor Swift Just Realized She’s Totally A Feminist

“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And, now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. … Becoming friends with Lena — without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for — has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”

Hell yeah, Taylor Swift! It’s so lovely to see a young, female celeb, initially confused about what it means to be a feminist thanks to bullshit stereotypes, realize she’s been one all along. We always knew it, but we’re glad to see Taylor finally embrace the label. Welcome to the club, Tay! [The Guardian]

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

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  • Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original contact with Facebook with pretty much ignored (as well as contact made by family and friends). Four-and-a-half months later, Facebook finally took down the offending content only after they were contacted by police. Ali is now suing the site for 10 cents for every one of Facebook’s 1.23 billion users. [Cosmopolitan.com] Keep reading »
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