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Employers can add to the wage gap without even realizing it, which is why this new law is so important. READ MORE »


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Good news, creeps and perverts: yesterday, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that it is legal to photograph or film underneath a woman’s skirt. The judge ruled that women don’t have the reasonable expectation not to have their vagina filmed without their consent in public, as “peeping tom” laws only apply to private dressing rooms… READ MORE »


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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on the subject of abortion. But it’s not reproductive rights, per se, that the Court will be hearing about: this time it’s a matter of clinic safety.

McCullen vs. Coakley is a lawsuit against a 2007 Massachusetts law that forbids anti-abortion protesters… READ MORE »


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The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she’s unable to discuss this sensitive subject with… READ MORE »


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Twelve years ago, Massachusetts inmate Robert Kosilek sued the state for the right to a sex change. Convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, Kosilek is serving a life sentence, and claimed that the surgery was necessary to effectively treat gender dysmorphia. After two lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to… READ MORE »


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It’s a scary world out there! Hot coffee can be spilled. Butt sweat simmers on the bus seat. Sometimes there is old, lint-covered gum on the wall of a Gap changing room. And on top of those horrors of daily life, the American suburbs are teeming with gays.

Stacy Trasancos of Massachusetts, where gay… READ MORE »


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Stop the presses, people! Teenagers are on the Internet … reading about sex … and how to do it safely. SCANDAL, right? It is in Massachusetts. MariaTalks.com is a race-, gender- and sexual-orientation-inclusive sex ed website for teens created by the not-for-profit AIDS Action Committee with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. READ MORE »


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On Monday, eight-months-pregnant Darlene Haynes of Massachusetts was found dead in her bedroom, her unborn baby cut from her womb. Amazingly, this tragic murder has a silver lining: Darlene’s baby girl has been found alive. Police found the baby with one of Darlene’s friends, Julie A. Corey, in New Hampshire yesterday. When some of Darlene’s… READ MORE »


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In June, there was a controversy in the news about a high school in Massachusetts with 17 pregnant students — four times as many as the school usually has. When Time first wrote about it, they interviewed the school’s principal, Joseph Sullivan, and he talked about how there was a pregnancy pact among the teenagers. READ MORE »


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Someone in Milford, MA, has a lot of time on their hands and the desire to annoy everyone in town. This person is leaving dozens of pairs of pantyhose, almost always black and queen sized, are frequently left near a school bus stop. Some pairs are new, some used. One day, Milford resident Laurie Warich… READ MORE »


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Following in California’s footsteps, the Massachusetts state senate voted to repeal a 1913 law that prevents the state from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be legal in their home states. [NY Times]
Remember the “Liberty Fries” fiasco? Well, the hoity-toity French are embracing the American hamburger now. [NY Times]
Acting out a… READ MORE »


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You can serve the entire country in the military, but the military won’t let you serve yourself. Did you know that our troops in Iraq aren’t allowed porn? (If only The Frisky’s cookies could talk, we’d never get drafted!) Our poor overseas personnel who are risking their lives aren’t even allowed to have dirty magazines. READ MORE »


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The possible pregnancy pact story continues! One of the pregnant teens, 17-year-old Lindsey Oliver, told Good Morning America there was, in fact, no pact, just as reader Go-To-Girl suspected. “No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna … they were already pregnant before… READ MORE »


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So, remember that teen pregnancy pact story we wrote about yesterday that was featured in Time? Well, one of our frequent commenters, Go-To-Girl, pointed us to a blog post she wrote where she theorizes that the pact story is actually a bit of a scam. After doing some serious number crunching and some nosing around… READ MORE »


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Most sexually active teen girls probably live in fear of the day they miss their period, but a group of high schoolers in Massachusetts all decided to get pregnant and raise their babies together — 17 of them succeed, and one was even knocked up by a 24-year-old homeless man, according to Gloucester High School’s… READ MORE »


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It’s wonderful that gay couples can get married in Massachusetts, but if they break up and want to get divorced, they’re kind of screwed. In Rhode Island, the top court ruled that gay people who get married in Massachusetts can’t get divorced in Road Island because lawmakers there only define marriage as a union between… READ MORE »