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The U.S. Supports Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Covers, Citing Free Speech

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  • The U.S. State Department has voiced public support for Charlie Hebdo’s past and future satirical magazine covers, citing the importance of free speech. [RawStory]
  • French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for Facebook comments that were perceived to support Charlie Hebdo gunman Amedy Coulibaly, in what some critics see as a censorial move that shines light on the hypocrisy of the “Je suis Charlie” movement. [The Intercept]
  • Here’s a summary of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue, in English. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

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  • Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin]
  • Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast]
  • Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch] Keep reading »

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

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  • Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Judge G. Todd Baugh, the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim “acted older than her age” and was as responsible as the older man who assaulted her, has been publicly reprimanded by his peers. Baugh only sentenced her rapist, a 47-year-old teacher at her school, to 31 days in jail. The victim later committed suicide. [Los Angeles Times]
  • India is struggling with a surfeit of men due to a prevailing cultural preference for sons, which has led parents to abort fetuses once they learn the gender is female. [Reuters] 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 »

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

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Uganda will finally outlaw female circumcision. Read More »
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Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK.”

The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite, stipulated any evidence of FGM should be reported to police and educators. Currently over 24,000 girls under age 18 are at risk of having their clitorises and labia removed, said the report, because they live with women who had FGM themselves. Keep reading »

British Government Goes Up Against Female Genital Mutilation

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  • British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a huge foreign aid plan to eradicate female genital mutilation across the world. FGM has been performed on roughly 140 million women worldwide with the intention of removing parts of their genitalia so they do not feel sexual pleasure. The government hopes it can reduce female genital cutting by 30 percent over the next five years. [The Daily Beast]
  • Slate columnist William Saletan has responded to critiques — by me, Clarisse Thorn, Dan Savage and others — about his Slate.com column this week criticizing BDSM. Here’s his response. [Slate] Keep reading »
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