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8 Countries Where Pride Week Still Couldn’t Happen — And What Would Happen If They Tried

While so many people around the world throw extravagant parties to recognize the LGBTQ community, it’s important to remember that not everyone shares the same freedoms.

Lauren Holter |

More Than 150 Artists Are Demanding Copyright Reforms For Sites Like YouTube

As we are well aware, laws should adapt and change with the times. In the age of YouTube, there have been a number of lawsuits and discrepancies regarding copyright protections and distribution…

Liz Magee |

A New Bill In NYC Will Actually Let New Yorkers Identify As Multiracial On Official City Forms

I mean, it’s 2015. This is progress, but it’s also “progress.”

Megan Reynolds |

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

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…

The Stir |

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

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…

Rachel Krause |

Boise’s Homeless Population 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…

Ami Angelowicz |

China Says To Go See Your Parents … Or Else

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…

Mary Odell |

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

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…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger |

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

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…

Sarah Gray |

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…

Newser |

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

Jessica Wakeman |

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…

Leonora Epstein |

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.

Kelli Bender |

New Bill Proposed To Protect Designers From The Knockoff Biz

A new bill to appease the fashion industry’s gripes with copycat issues has been proposed by Senator Charles Schumer. Interestingly, the bill doesn’t exactly cut down the Forever 21s and…

Leonora Epstein |

African-American Hair Braiding Salons Tied Up In Legal Battles

Bureaucracy has not taken kindly to practitioners of African-American hair braiding. In Illinois, there’s been a crackdown on salons that offer the service and haven’t conformed to the state’s ridiculous…

Leonora Epstein |

Shakira Shakes Up Controversy Over Arizona’s New Immigration Laws

If I wasn’t already slightly embarrassed to admit that I grew up in Arizona, I am now. With the announcement of the new immigration laws, I want to boycott the…

Ami Angelowicz |

Would You Sue The Other Woman For Alienation Of Affection?

If you ever, like Elin Nordegren, have the misfortune of finding out that an “outsider” has been interfering in your marriage, and you happen to live in Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi,…

Jessica Goldberg |

10 Ridiculous Lady Laws That Are Still On The Books

Even though Paris is the fashion capitol of the world, it is still technically against the law for a woman to wear pants there. Someone should tell the police quick…

Ami Angelowicz |

10 Activities That Should Be Illegal To Do While Driving

After hearing the appeal of a man who was caught using his mobile phone while driving and fined $350, a German judge is making the argument that this shouldn’t be…

Catherine Strawn |

10 Totally Bizarre Sex Laws

Laws are supposed to protects us, but when the government decides to get in our pants, some crazy stuff goes down! Here are some actual sex laws truly for the…

Simcha |
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