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The Love Story Behind That Beautiful Photo Of A Woman Carrying Her Double-Amputee Marine Husband

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You might have seen this picture pop on your Facebook newsfeed sometime in the past couple days. A smiling woman stands in a lake, carrying her double amputee husband on her back, as he grins and holds her close. It was posted a couple weeks ago on the photographer’s Facebook page, and has since gone viral, garnering over 15,000 likes and nearly 4,000 shares. The people in the photo are Kelly and Jesse Cottle. Jesse is a Marine who lost his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan four years ago. Several months later, while trying out his new prosthetic legs at a local swim meet, he met Kelly. “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED, I wouldn’t have met her,” Jesse told ABC News. “I wouldn’t take it back ever.”  Keep reading »

True Story: My Date Called Me “Irrational” Over Dinner

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Here is a list of subjects in which I would consider myself an expert:

  • the best places in New York City to eat a pulled pork sandwich
  • the Starbucks locations with the most imcompetent baristas
  • the careers of Chris O’Dowd and Dawn Porter
  • season one of UK “Skins”; all the seasons of “The I.T. Crowd”
  • the best products by Benefit Cosmetics
  • anything and everything there is to know about panda bears

These are the frivolties that occupy my personal life. You probably do not know more about these things than I do. You just don’t. Really, don’t even try to tell me something about pandas.

Then there is my professional life: I’m a writer who writes predominantly about the experiences of women across the world. You could say I’m a feminist blogger or you could say I write about women’s political, societal and cultural issues. I have Google alerts for “vagina.” There’s estrogen all up in my RSS feed. I know a thing or two about a thing or two. Keep reading »

Anisa, A 10th Grader In Afghanistan, Murdered For Attending School

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Anisa, a young Afghani Afghan woman who had just completed the 10th grade, was murdered outside her home on Sunday, hit by six or seven bullets in her stomach. She had already survived a previous assassination attempt one day prior — likely for being a young woman who dared to make a life for herself. Keep reading »

Afghan Man Murders Cousin, 15, After Her Family Rejects His Marriage Proposal

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  • An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina’s throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in Afghanistan feel entitled to maim or murder women and girls who have angered them. [Guardian UK]
  • Some important marriage equality cases are headed to the Supreme Court tomorrow — read this and brush up on what’s going on. [Mother Jones]
  • Her ex and her fiance were the ones throwing punches, but some media outlets are victim-blaming Halle Berry for the violence. [Feministing]
  • U.S. professional soccer is making its third attempt to form a women’s league. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

What, Is The Taliban Getting Its News From Us Weekly Now?

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So you’re the Taliban. You’ve been fighting for your Islamic fundamentalist cause for a couple decades now. Sure, things were a bit easier before the U.S. decided to intervene and kick you out of Afghanistan, but you’re holding your own. But you are just not helping your cause — or credibility — by commenting on Prince Harry’s naked pictures. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

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  • If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called “honor killing” by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a military base until she could be placed in an Afghan women’s shelter, where she eventually was matched up with a husband. It’s a bizarre happily-ever-after story, but one I found extremely touching. [NPR]
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed an anti-abortion bill that would have increased restrictions on abortion providers and limited access to the morning-after pill by requiring doctors to be present for both the prescribing and taking of the pill. [Huffington Post
  • Techies! Ever wondered how many women hold IT jobs, run tech startups, or earn degrees in computer science? Women Who Tech has a handy-dandy infographic with all the details. [Women Who Tech]
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