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Laverne Cox: “Loving Women Is Revolutionary”

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“Everyone is a complicated human being, and everyone is strong and weak and funny and scared, and we get to have the full range of emotion experienced with these women. I don’t want to make a centralizing comment about womanhood, because I think that’s problematic from a feminist perspective, but we just see these amazingly complicated women, who are strong, and vulnerable, and scared, and want to support each other at the end of the day.

I think about #YesAllWomen and the culture of misogyny that I believe we exist in that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge. I’ve said loving transgender people is revolutionary, but I think loving women — really loving women, is revolutionary too, in a social context that is deeply misogynistic, deeply does not celebrate women. And we have pockets of that, we do have places where we celebrate women a lot, but I think the way the culture is aligned and structured is misogynistic. It just is. So it’s really great to have a show that creates spaces that really do celebrate women and our diversity, and not just one kind of woman. That’s revolutionary.”

Transgender actress Laverne Cox spoke to ELLE about the complexity of the characters on “Orange Is The New Black” and what an impact that can have on viewers by portraying women as complicated people. I love Cox’s willingness to talk about subjects like misogyny and feminism in interviews. It’s really refreshing to have an actress on a hot show in the public eye right now who talks about those topics with candor. [ELLE]

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

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  • Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called “Anna” wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked her in the face with it when she posed for pictures at his apartment. Uncomfortable, “Anna” left his place. But she claims she received a phone call from his assistant, Leslie Lessin, asking her to come over and “make out” with Richardson for his birthday. (She said no.) Oooookay. [Jezebel]
  • How The Washington Post misused data on violence against women in that piece urging women they’ll be safer if married. [Five Thirty Eight]
  • Reddit has banned an infamous subreddit forum about beating women. [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Mandy Hansen, The First Female Crew Member On “Deadliest Catch”

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Mandy Hansen, The First Female Crew Member On "Deadliest Catch"

“Deadliest Catch” is one of my favorite reality shows. I love watching marathons of it when I’m sad or depressed, because nothing makes me feel better about my current life situation than being reminded that it could be worse, and specifically, that I could be in the middle of a 24-hour shift on a tiny crab boat in the middle of a hurricane on the Bering Sea, with snot and fish guts frozen to my face. That being said, the show is a total sausage fest — crab fishing is an industry dominated by men, and the show’s cast reflects that. Besides one husband and wife captain team, you rarely, if ever, see a woman on the show.

But 18-year-old Mandy Hansen is about to change that. Keep reading »

Boko Haram Reportedly Kidnaps Up To 40 More Women In Nigeria

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  • As many as 40 more more women in Nigeria have reportedly been kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group responsible for kidnapping over 200+ schoolgirls in April. A local told AFP that young mothers were singled out and taken in this latest kidnapping. [Al Jazeera]
  • The retrial for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in Florida who was jailed for firing a “warning shot” in the air when she was attacked by her abusive husband, has been postponed until December. No one was injured when Alexander fired the gun, although children were in the house. She was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released in November, but now the state attorney is pursuing 60 years. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

18-Year-Old Girl In Pakistan Survives Attempted “Honor Killing”

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  • An 18-year-old girl in Pakistan survived an attempted “honor killing” for marrying the man she loved. Her father, brother, aunt and uncle shot her twice, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped her body in a canal. Luckily, the victim was helped to safety by two passersby. However, recently a pregnant 25-year-old woman in Pakistan was murdered in an “honor killing” because she married a man of her own choosing. [New York Daily News]
  • R. Kelly’s 14-year-old teen son, Jay, has reportedly been outed as transgender. Not so surprisingly, some of the media coverage is pretty terrible. [ColorLines]
  • New Hampshire’s governor is expected to sign a bill that would mandate 25-foot “buffer zones” outside of reproductive health clinics to keep anti-abortion protesters from harassing staff and patients. [Boston.com] Keep reading »

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

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  • A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish “habitually resident” foreign citizens living in the UK with 14 years in prison. [Standard UKGuardian UK]
  • LEGO will launch a mini-figure set featuring three female LEGO people as a chemist, an astronomer and a paleontologist. The idea was submitted to the LEGO Ideas website by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist. [BuzzFeed]
  • On the rise of the (poor) stay-at-home dad and why moms still do most of the childrearing. [The Atlantic, Think Progress]
  • Season two of “Orange Is The New Black” puts a focus on pregnancy in prison. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

How Feminists Watch Commercials

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How Feminists Watch Commercials

Actually, yes, this does accurately sum up how I watch both shaving cream commercials and the E! channel. For the sake of comediennes Akilah Hughes and Suzanne Hitchman, I hope other feminists are able to laugh at this, too. [YouTube]

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

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  • A minister in India’s ruling party said about rape: “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.” [Guardian UK]
  • Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times]
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register]
  • On being a victim of street harassment at eight month’s pregnant. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Russian President Vladmir Putin Calls Hillary Clinton “Weak,” Says “It’s Better Not To Argue With Women”

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“It’s better not to argue with women. But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”

Well, we already knew Russian President Vladmir Putin‘s feelings on uppity women, so is it really a surprise that he made sexist comments about Hillary Clinton — and all women, really — and her leadership qualities in an interview posted on the Kremlin’s website? No, no we are not. Goodness gracious, Clinton hasn’t even announced a 2016 presidential run yet and already this horridness is starting. [Huffington Post]

Lana Del Rey Is More Interested In “Intergalactic Possibilities” Than Feminism

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“For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept … Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. … I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities.”

Of all the dumb reasons various famous women have given for why they don’t identify as feminists or care about feminism, this one from Lana del Rey has got to be my absolute favorite. First of all, I love space — I’m going to see Neil deGrasse Tyson speak tonight, squee! — but I also love feminism and I’m so glad that there’s enough room in my heart for both and I don’t have to choose. Secondly, can we take a breather from asking every female celeb on the planet for their thoughts on feminism and instead ask them for their feelings on Tesla? Just to mix things up. [The Fader]

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