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Someone May Have Thrown A Shoe At Hillary Clinton During A Speech

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  • A woman allegedly threw a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today  while she was onstage in Las Vegas giving a speech. Clinton ducked and wasn’t hit by the flying footwear. The woman was taken into custody and will be arrested. WTF is wrong with people? [Talking Points Memo]
  • Which one of these things is not like the other? Buying a new car, carpeting your home, and having an abortion. Go tell your answer to Missouri’s Republican State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger. [Think Progress]
  • A Louisiana teacher called a 12-year-old girl a “sassy slut” in front of students and only got punished with six days’ administrative leave. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

These Pictures Of Real-Life Rosie The Riveters Kind Of Blew My Mind

World War II’s real-life Rosie the Riveters look a lot like the ads themselves — only way cooler. Rosie first came to be as a character in 1942, and during the war, three million women worked at plants building tanks, guns and aircraft bombers. The campaign didn’t exist solely to motivate women to work — a lot of effort was also put into encouraging men to accept the idea of their wives taking on jobs in male-dominated industries, because apparently, some dudes at the time had a serious problem with it. A lot of us heard about this stuff in fifth grade history class, but what I didn’t know is that there are lots of real pictures of these hard-working ladies out there. I always associated the women’s war effort with those famous propaganda posters, but the real-life photos preserved by the Library of Congress are way more interesting to look at (and I know it’s not the most important part, but I have to admit, I freaking love their style). The pictures make me stop and think in a way that my childhood textbooks could never quite conjure up. As much as the turbulence of today’s world scares me, I can’t fathom what it must have been like to make the kinds of tough choices these ladies did in a time that was even more uncertain than right now — and in a society that was much more closed off to women. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

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Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year, the beloved young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson has thrown her support behind a fundraiser for the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network (RAINN), one of the main resources in our country for survivors of sexual violence.

Anderson is the author of Speak, a YA novel about 16-year-old Melinda Sordino, who is raped by a classmate at a house party the summer before 9th grade. Melinda calls 911, and the police break up the party, but she runs before she can tell anyone about the assault. When school begins, Melinda is shunned by her former friends for getting kids in trouble. Eventually, she stops talking almost entirely, grows isolated from her parents and tanks her schoolwork.

But Melinda is also mentored by a fellow outcast, an art teacher. She is able to name what happened to her and find her voice again. Published in 1999 and sadly still relevant in post-Steubenville, Speak explores the post-traumatic stress disorder that survivors suffer after an assault, but also the social ostracization of victims of sexual violence instead of perpetrators.

Throughout April, donations for RAINN will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Speak‘s publisher, Macmillan, in honor of the book’s 15th birthday. I called Laurie Halse Anderson this week and we spoke about the success of her best-selling book, teaching consent to teens, and recent controversial statements made by the president of RAINN about how “rape culture” doesn’t exist. Our conversation begins, after the jump!

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Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

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This Teacher Was Suspended For Being Transgender And There's Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school.

According to one Lumberton father:

“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”

The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

The Soapbox: The '80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar, my eyes tear up with love and the fiercest of joys, pride in the people I hold close to me. I have experienced moments that hurt my heart, that disappointed me, moments that underlined how privilege can alienate and divide us. I spoke to academics, I spoke to sex workers, I spoke to sex workers who were academics. It was a weekend of realizations, inspiration, determination … and I came away from it all feeling exhilarated and ready to change the world.

I also realized that the sex wars are still very much A Thing. There are still Good Feminists and Bad Feminists, though the definition of which is which varies depending on who you ask. It’s saddening to see us fighting each other, women who have been called prudes for asserting their sexual choices attacking women who have been called whores for asserting their sexual choices … and vice versa. This is, of course, exactly what the patriarchy wants. While we bicker about whether or not porn is empowering, we are being systematically marginalized, turned away from jobs, thrown out of school, our kids and our workspaces and our money and our privacy taken away from us. The act of having sex on film or any other sex work may empower some and humiliate others, or we might start feeling one way and eventually feel another. (The same holds true for food service workers, though we ask that question far less often). In our current culture we are all experiencing and navigating the effects of capitalist patriarchy. Keep reading »

Study: Teen Girls Fantasize About Sex As Much As Teen Boys

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Adolescent boys think sexual aggression is flirting, apparently? Read More »
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Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For Boys"
  • According to a small study of 800 Swedish teens, boys and girls fantasize about sex the same amount! The Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics study also found that teen boys were more likely to have watched porn (not too surprising) but that teen girls who watched porn were most likely to have had sex. [Nerve]
  • Senate Republicans blocked an equal pay bill, because what else is new? [New York Times]
  • Brandies University in Massachusetts has changed its mind about issuing an honorary degree to the women’s rights activists Aayan Hirsi Ali. Ali, the author of Infidel, is a vocal critic of Islam, particularly for some of its practitioners’ more extreme treatment of women. In a statement, Brandeis said that Ali’s views are “inconsistent with [our] core values.” [New York Times] Keep reading »

UVA Men’s Swim Team: “2 Of Us Are Gay, The Other 3 Don’t Care”

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The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.

Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »

Alcohol-Free Bars All The Rage In U.K.

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All the nightlife, hold the hangover.

That’s the pitch behind a growing number of alcohol-free bars springing up in the U.K. Skyy News reports that the increasing popularity of the establishments, often funded by anti-alcoholism charities, could signal a change in attitude amongst English youth. Read more on Huffington Post…

Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

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  • Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times]
  • President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women. [New York Times, White House]
  • The number of women choosing to be stay-at-home moms has started to increase after a decades-long decline. [USA Today]
  • The CEO of OK Cupid called out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for donating to support the anti-gay California law Prop 8. But as it turns out, the dating site’s CEO may have an anti-gay track record of his own. [Queerty] Keep reading »

It Happened In Florida: McDonald’s Customer Strips Down To Her Thong, Goes Apeshit For Soft Serve

It Happened In Florida: McDonald's Customer Strips Down To Her Thong, Goes Apeshit For Soft Serve
Save Yourself A Cup, Lady!

Did you ever read the Ramona Quimby books? One of my favorite stories is when Ramona literally cannot fight the desire to squeeze an entire brand new tube of toothpaste, emptying it in long, satisfying stream into the sink. I wanted — nay, WANT — to do that so bad. The only thing I want to do more is to turn on a soft serve ice cream machine and let it just GO. Just watch that perfectly tubular icy treat just poo out of the machine everywhere. I don’t know why, but it’s a desire that burns deep inside. And like Ramona Quimby before her, this random woman at a McDonald’s lived my dream for me. But first she had a fit for some unexplained reason, stripped down to her thong and destroyed the establishment. Oh, and then she served herself a cup of that ice cream. I’m not sure what her damage is, and I’m sure she’s headed to the clink, but I’d say she’s earned that soft serve. [Dlisted]

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