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New Spanking Law Would Make It Legal For Parents To Leave Kids Black And Blue

Spanking Kids

Right now, child protection laws in Kansas only allow spankings that don’t leave marks. Democratic State Rep Gail Finney has proposed a bill that would legalize 10 types of hand spankings and smacks to use while punishing your child. Parents can also give permission to others to spank their children. Read more on The Stir…

A New California Law Will Allow Minors To Digitally Remove Online Activity

Governor Jerry Brown signs a new CA law

Let’s hope this will one day extend to apply retrospectively, too… A new piece of California legislature, signed off on by Governor Jerry Brown, has the potential to clear up a whole slew of problems for the minors of the future. The law, which will go into effect in 2015, will require Internet companies to remove online activity from their services if they are requested to do so by an underage person, seemingly with a click of a button. Because this is the sticky Internet we’re dealing with, there are naturally a few loopholes — the information will only be taken offline, not erased from servers entirely, and minors won’t be able to control content that has been posted or reposted by others. But it’s certainly a step in the right direction for an era of adolescents who are left and right producing the kind of photos, videos, and, ahem, online diaries that make us go, “Ooh, you’ll regret that one day.” Unfortunately, it’s a little too late for Miley Cyrus, but things are looking up for the next generation of youth to lack self-control! Which is all of them, of course. [The Verge via Refinery29]

Boise’s Homeless Population Now Legally Required To Be Nice

Boise's Homeless Now Legally Required To Be Nice

Last night, Boise city council passed an ordinance that will force its homeless to be friendlier when asking you for spare change. The new legislation, which goes into effect on January 2, will make it illegal to solicit for money in certain areas of the city. People will still be allowed to panhandle — but only at sidewalk cafes, ATMs and in roadways. In addition, the ordinance specifies that panhandlers must not be “overly aggressive.” What does that mean exactly? Keep reading »

China Says To Go See Your Parents … Or Else

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A lot of parents play the guilt card if you don’t visit enough. You never write! You never call, either! But China will actually fine you or throw you in jail for not stopping by to visit Mom and Dad. The country is having some pretty big problems with its population: as the number of people over 60 years old exceeds 194 million, the government is looking for new ways to ensure that children care for their aging parents. In an attempt to solve this problem, a new phrasing of an existing law came into effect this week that threatens fines or jail time for grown children who do not visit their elderly parents enough. What exactly does “enough” mean? The law isn’t clear. And how does the Chinese government plan to catch people who aren’t visiting enough? Are parents supposed to rat out their kids? Clearly this law is a direct result of China’s “one child policy” which has been in effect for the past 30 years. There are far too many elderly people for the young and able to support. Even in individual families, it is a huge burden on a single child to take care of both of his or her parents. The Chinese government mostly hopes that this law will serve to encourage children to visit their elderly parents, but there’s a good chance it’ll just vastly increase the number of lawbreakers in China. [The Christian Science Monitor] [Annoyed Asian woman photo via Shutterstock]

5 Things You Need To Know About Texas’ Anti-Abortion Bills––And The “Feminist Army” Fighting Them

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Texas Abortion

If you don’t live in Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of House Bill 60 (HB60) and Senate Bill 5 (SB5), a pair of rabid anti-abortion measures that aim to effectively outlaw abortion across the entire state. I’ve followed the HB60/SB5 saga through the articles and Twitter updates of Texas pro-choice activists (and Frisky contributors!) Andrea Grimes, Dan Solomon, and Jessica Luther. These three are part of a group of hundreds of citizen activists who have set up camp at the State Capitol to demand access to reproductive healthcare, and they’ve been working their asses off to stop these bills. Keep reading »

New York Governor Cuomo Looks To Update State’s Abortion Laws

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  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to update abortion laws in New York by removing restrictions on late term abortions (past 24 weeks), which have previously been available only if a woman’s life is at risk.  His proposal also includes allowing licensed practitioners to perform abortions, and changing the regulation of abortion to the state’s public health law rather than the penal codes.   [New York Times]
  • More uplifting news from politicians: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced his campaign to end violence against women and is calling on 10,000 to rally at City Hall to end domestic violence. [Feministing]
  • According to analysts and pollsters, how women feel about gun control could be a major factor in the 2014 midterm elections. According to Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, women think less about guns as a Second Amendment right and more about safety.  [The Columbus Dispatch] Keep reading »

Arizona Bill Would Expose Airbrushed Ads

If you’re going to airbrush a woman in an ad, you must include a disclaimer exposing the wrinkle-hiding, curve-thinning lie—at least if an Arizona lawmaker gets her way. The proposed bill seeks to make it illegal in the state for advertisers to enhance a photograph without attaching a note that reads: “Postproduction techniques were made to alter the appearance in this advertisement. When using this product, similar results may not be achieved,” reports the Arizona Republic. Read more…

Will MTV’s “Skins” Run Afoul Of Child Porn Laws?

I smell a publicity stunt: MTV is worried future episodes of “Skins,” its new show about the hormone-laden escapades of a posse of Baltimore teens, will run afoul of child pornography laws because of too much sexxxy sex. “Skins,” which debuted on Monday, is an Americanized version of a popular show in Britain; however, the UK — and Europe in general — have much more liberal attitudes towards sexuality, especially in youngsters. Most of the actors or non-actors on MTV’s scripted programs or reality shows are adults over the age of 18. However, some of the actors on “Skins” are as young as 15 and acting out sexual acts onscreen could, by some interpretations of the laws, be seen as trying to arouse viewers. (Granted, I’m not an expert on the laws regarding this subject.) Keep reading »

Did You Know It’s Technically Illegal For Women To Wear Pants In Paris?

I live in Paris. And I wear pants. Which apparently means I’m in big trouble. I got a crazy talking to the other day from a man sitting next to me in a cafe when he told me what I was doing was illegal. I panicked for a second, hoping that my heroin stash hadn’t fallen out of my bag or that the security tag from my stolen shirt wasn’t showing. No, all good there, so what was the deal? “You’re wearing pants,” the creepster said. “You know it’s against the law for women to wear pants in Paris, right?” Keep reading »

Hollywood Party Crashing Could Soon Earn You Jail Time

Thanks to movies like “Wedding Crashers” and incidents like the Salahis’ not-so-official invite to the White House, party crashing has become more of an occupation than a form of trespassing. Well, California is trying to take the glamour out of sneaking in through a window or slipping past a bodyguard; the state’s lawmakers are looking to make inviting yourself to someone else’s shindig an offense that is punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Keep reading »

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