Posts tagged "massachusetts"

Massachusetts Judge Rules It’s Legal To Take Photos Up Women’s Skirts

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 room…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2014

6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

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 protester…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

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…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Inmate Granted Right To Have Sex Reassignment Surgery

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…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 5, 2012

Woman Won’t Leave The House Because She’s Afraid Of Gays

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2011

Teen Sex Ed Web Site Needs To Stop! Why? Because It Talks To Teens About Sex

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.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2011

Slain Mother’s Baby Found Alive

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’…

By: Daniela Guernica / July 30, 2009

MA Teen Pregnancy Pact: The Conclusion

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.

By: Catherine Strawn / August 13, 2008

Pantyhose Is Driving Massachusetts Town Mad

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…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 23, 2008

Wednesday Quickies!

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…

By: Annika Harris / July 16, 2008

No Porn For Troops

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.

By: Simcha / June 27, 2008

Pregnant Teen Says There Was No Pact

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…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 24, 2008

Massachusetts Teen Pregnancy Pact A Total Sham?

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 20, 2008

High School Girls In MA Want To Get Pregnant

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’…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 19, 2008

Divorce Is Not An Option

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 betwee…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 15, 2008