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Models Under 18 In New York Will Soon Be Protected By Child Labor Laws

Child Model's Rights
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The Model Alliances petitions for child model's labor rights. Read More »
Racism In Modeling
Chanel Iman has been told "We already found one black girl." Read More »
"Girl Model" Documentary
This movie pulls back the curtain on underage modeling. Read More »
Models Eating Cotton Balls
Models are eating cotton balls to feel full.
Some models go to desperate measures not to gain weight. Read More »
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We know that some models pursue dangerous measures in the hopes they will join the cadre of elites. We know that being a top model means million-dollar contracts and the key that unzips Leonardo DiCaprio’s pants. And we also know that many modeling agencies are all too happy to exploit preteen and teen girls, putting their sexual, mental and physical health at risk in pursuit of big bucks and prestige. Agencies get a cut of the money, after all. The 2012 documentary “Girl Model” (which is screening on Netflix now — go watch it!) pulled back the curtain on the lack of protections for underage models, especially ones who have traveled from faraway foreign countries, alone, don’t speak English or know their rights — like, say, you shouldn’t have to suck anyone’s dick to get a gig.

This week, New York’s state legislature took a step in the right direction by passing a bill that will give models under age 18 the same legal protections as child actors and other young performers. The laws would apply to both print and runway models.  Keep reading »

The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Red Umbrella Project
The Red Umbrella Project helps sex workers write their truth. Read More »
Military Trafficking
The military's dirty human trafficking secret. Read More »
Backpage.com Sued
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Teen girls sue Backpage.com over sexual exploitation. Read More »

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms.

Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV transmission.” If used correctly, rubbers can also prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Yet having pockets full of  condoms could also lead to a potential prostitution arrest by law enforcement, or even be used as incriminating evidence by prosecutors in trial.  If trafficking victims, sex workers, LGBTQ persons and others are targeted by law enforcement, what is the incentive to have safe sex? Keep reading »

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

Last week, we uttered a collective, “UGH, ARIZONA!” over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we’re heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption:

Given what’s happening in Arizona now, I thought this might be a good time to show off this photo, taken by my partner Dave at his doctor’s office in Manhattan.

Well done, Doctor Dave! [Towleroad]

NYPD’s Misguided Strategy To Get Domestic Violence Victims To Cooperate

Domestic Violence Arrest
Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada photo
Chad Ochocinco was arrested for domestic violence this weekend. Read More »
On Abused Women
Facts about why abused women stay with their abusers. Read More »
Abuse Registry?
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Should there be a registry for people who commit DV? Read More »
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If you abuse your partner you deserve some serious jail-time.  Nobody could argue with that.  Yet, according to The New York Post, the New York Police Department’s method of getting a victim to cooperate and close a case could potentially do more harm than good.

According to the Post, a March 5 memo written by Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski outlines the tactic: background check both the victim and perp.  If the victim has any outstanding warrants use that to sway them from backing out of police cooperation.  According to the Post’s source, “They want us to use that as leverage to force them to remain cooperative,” close a case and put an abusive partner behind bars. Keep reading »

Breaking News: You Can Be A Feminist And A Stay-At-Home Mom

Wanting To Stay Home
Jess wants to be a stay-at-home mom someday if she can. Read More »
Wives As Homemakers
How our Hitched columnist Andrea became a homemaker. Read More »
Traditional Men
I'm a feminist, but I want to date a more traditional dude. Read More »
Stay At Home Dads
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Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
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I expected the worst when I heard that that New York magazine would be writing an article about “The Retro Wife,” about how some liberal feminists are embracing retro lifestyles by staying-at-home. Well, I didn’t expect the worst. But I expected your typical scoopfuls of women-don’t-need-or-want-feminism-anymore BS, which, as Anna North at BuzzFeed Shift notes, are all too common in lifestyle articles about work/life balance in women’s lives.

Instead, I found “The Retro Wife,” by Lisa Miller — while light on factual analysis and more reliant on anecodtes — spoke to me. Keep reading »

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

VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
Crazy AZ Abortion Law
According to new AZ law, pregnancy begins 2 weeks before conception. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
  • 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 »
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