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California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

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  • Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. [Feminist.org]
  • A member of the all-female band Warpaint has apologized after saying Beyonce’s new album had her “basically looking like a slut.” [Pitchfork]
  • On the meaning of Lupita Nyong’o's ”Most Beautiful Person” distinction. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” Is My New Summer Jam

Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" Is My New Summer Jam
West Coast Represent!

Okay, okay, I get it, California, you want me to move back. I’m in! I’m game! And even if I wasn’t, the “Mad Men” premiere would have convinced me. It did not escape my notice that everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Etc. Etc. Etc. is miserable except Pete Campbell, who has found a new zest for life after moving to Los Angeles. Seriously, I never thought I would say this, but California Pete is my spirit animal. “The city’s flat and ugly, and the air is brown, but I love the vibrations,” basically sums up the feelings coursing through me as I write this post from a hotel bed in Glendale. I’m also listening to Lana Del Rey’s new single, “West Coast,” which, if it wasn’t 45 years too late, would totally be Pete’s summer jam. Instead, it’s mine. Listen above!

Style Muse: California Dreamin’

Well, after nearly 13 years in New York City, I’ve started to get a serious itch to move back to my home state of California. Maybe it’s just this exhaustive winter, but I haven’t been able to stop daydreaming about 75 degree February days spent at the beach, transcendent sunsets on the palm-tree specked horizon, and tacos — lots of tacos. Until I find my way back west, I’m looking to add a little Cali-inspiration to my wardrobe. Here are some pieces that are speaking to my SoCal-bred soul.

California Wants Law To Require “Affirmative Consent”

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  • California wants to rewrite the state law regarding sexual violence on college campuses to require both partners to give “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity. The legislation hopes to protect victims who were sexually assaulted while drunk or on drugs and couldn’t/didn’t give consent. The bill’s sponsors said they hope that this would be a paradigm shift for the way that colleges handle sexual assaults on campus, where alcohol is often involved. [Sacramento Bee Keep reading »

California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

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  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It’s the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate]
  • Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take the disease less seriously, according to research. [Sociological Images]
  • Between Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen, the two top jobs in global finance will soon be filled by women. [TIME] Keep reading »

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

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  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students’ gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs … [LGBTQ Nation]
  • … and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate]
  • Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what what? [Slate]
  • Here’s red carpet correspondent B.Scott speaking on MSNBC and doing an interview with Janet Mock  about his gender identity discrimination lawsuit against BET. The network pulled B.Scott off the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards because they objected that he wasn’t wearing more “masculine” attire. [The Root, Janet Mock] Keep reading »
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High School Teacher Ken Bencomo Fired After Marrying A Man

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Since Proposition 8 was struck down in the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. Unfortunately, just because something is legal doesn’t mean that people are suddenly more accepting and open-minded about it.

Ken Bencomo of Rancho Cucamonga taught at St. Lucy’s Priory, an all-girls Catholic school in Glendora, California, and was head of the English department. Bencomo is gay and for 10 of the 17 years he has worked at St. Lucy’s, school officials knew his sexual orientation and had even met his partner. Yet after all this time, Bencomo was fired from his position just days after he married his partner, Christopher Persky, according to The San Bernadino Sun. According to USA Today, the school justified their decision, saying that gay marriage goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Officials apparently did not have a problem with Bencomo being gay, they just had a problem with him getting married to the person that he loves. HUH? Keep reading »

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Enters Counseling For Sexual Harassment

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
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  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment by seven women including constituents and former employees, said he will enter counseling for two weeks in August. Filner, who has been repeatedly asked to resign by former friends, will undergo “behavior counseling” at a clinic for “intensive therapy.” Empathy rehab? Filner has admitted his behavior (including butt grabbing and kisses) was “wrong” and “intimidation,” but has not verbally referred to the abuse as sexual harassment. [CNN, Los Angeles Times]
  • North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory announced he will sign new laws restricting abortion access in the state, which were passed yesterday by the state Senate. The legislation would require clinics that provide abortions to adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, among other restrictions. Gov. McCrory had promised during his campaign last year that he wouldn’t approve any further abortion-related measures. [RH Reality CheckWashington Post]
  • The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss Kahn, has been charged with “aggravated pimping” in connection with accusations he paid for sex with women, including at sex parties. DSK, who resigned from the IMF after allegedly sexually assaulting a maid in a New York City hotel room (criminal charges were eventually dropped), has claimed he didn’t know any of these women were sex workers. [NPR] Keep reading »

30 Signs You Were Born And Raised In California

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30 Signs You Were Born And Raised In California

I’ve lived in New York City for the last 12 years, but before arriving here in June 2001, I was a born-and-raised California girl. I grew up in San Diego and went to college in Santa Cruz — nearly 21 years of Golden State livin’. And even though I’ve earned the right to call myself a New Yorker, I will always be a California girl at heart. Here are 30 signs that California love runs through your veins. Keep reading »

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Admits To “Intimidation” Of Women, But Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment

We’re so used to politicians and bigwigs who refuse to take accountability for their behavior that when somebody does admit they did something wrong, it is kind of … weird.

Amidst allegations that he had groped numerous woman, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, released a public apology on Thursday admitting there was some truth to sexual harassment allegations against him. Admitting “I need help,” the 70-year-old confessed in a DVD provided to the media that “I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior.” However, the mayor vehemently maintains he is not guilty of sexual harassment.

Numerous women he has allegedly sexually harassed, including constituents and a former employee, tell a different story. Keep reading »

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