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Comedian Loses Gig After Confronting Staff Over Their Lack Of Response To Sexual Heckling

Lampanelli's Schtick
Lisa Lampanelli's racist schtick abuses the art of comedy. Read More »
Daniel Tosh Rape Joke
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped by five men. Read More »
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Whitney Cummings on why it's okay for a woman to be pretty in comedy. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
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  • Comedian Christina Walkinshaw was performing as an opening act at Yuk Yuk’s in Casino Niagra in September 2012 when guys in the audience started yelling at her “Show us your tits!” and then “Show us your bush!” After the show — during which the headliner tried to get the staff to kick the sexual harrasers out, to no avail — she confronted the woman who ran the show for the casino, asking why she didn’t remove the audience members. The woman then told her, “Oh! Sorry! We thought you liked it!” She later found out that an upcoming gig had been cancelled because of the “incident.” [The Globe & Mail]
  • A federal judge has granted an injunction requested by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU against a new law in Arkansas that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. [AP]
  • Two Democratic politicians in New York have introduced a bill to end deceptive practices by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” [RH Reality Check]
  • What is trans feminism and why is it necessary? [Jezebel] Keep reading »

True Story: I Was Sexually Harassed At The Corner Store

Serial Groper
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... gets off scot-free, because that's how we do. Read More »
Stop Telling Me To "Smile"
Telling women to "smile" at you on the street is sexual harassment. Read More »
Gun Pulled On Flasher
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Woman pulls gun on flasher, flasher puts penis away and runs. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »

Ten minutes. I was hitting the 10-minute mark of just standing in front of the freezers, seemingly debating whether to buy a quart or a gallon of milk. Or perhaps unsure of which kind I wanted. Skim or whole? Maybe 2 percent? I had a pensive look on my face.

It’s the look I get when I’m frozen inside. Generally from shock. Often from fear. Almost always after a harrowing experience that’s left me momentarily paralyzed.

My allergies had been just horrific, but I’d decided to brave the run across the street to the little bodega anyway because I’d been out of dishwasher soap and milk and coffee filters for three days. As I walked up the steps to the entrance, two men walked out. Because I’m a woman who’s been trained by society not to look strange men in the eye when its dark out and they look potentially threatening, I didn’t. But they stopped in the doorway and came up close to me, speaking far louder than was necessary. “Whoa mama, look at those tits.” “Daaaaamn. Naw like really dog, daaaaaaamn.” One started masturbating and pushed up close to my face as I stared at the ground, trying to navigate around them. He rubbed himself and licked his lips as he undressed me with his eyes and loudly proclaimed what he’d do to me. Keep reading »

Facebook Page Run By Active Marines Mocks Violence Against Female Troops

Trump's Rape Tweets
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Donald Trump helpfully reminds us all men are rapists, always. Read More »
Rape In Military
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Defense Secretary vows to take sexual assault in the military seriously. Read More »
A Soldier's Thoughts
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Why an ex-soldier was reluctant to endorse lifting the ban. Read More »
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A Facebook page run by active Marines mocking violence against female troops has been taken down after it was publicly outed by a Congresswoman. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) penned a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the commander of the Marine Corps asking them to take action on the page, F’N Wook, which showed pictures of women with disrespectful, sexist, and violent captions. “Many of the pictures imply women only advance professionally by performing sexual favors,” Rep. Speier wrote in her letter. “And otherwise promote the idea that women are inferior and only useful as sexual objects and sandwich makers.”  One showed a picture of three female Marines with the caption, “Lesbian … still goes down on gunny for promotion.” Another showed a servicewoman with a black eye and the caption, “She burned the bacon only once.” Keep reading »

Serial Groper Gets Off Scot-Free, Because That’s How We Do

Gun Pulled On Flasher
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Woman pulls gun on flasher, flasher puts penis away and runs. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
BareMinerals Fail
They had frat boys hold signs reading "You look beautiful sweaty." Read More »
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Oh, FFS, America. Last year, New York City was captivated by the tale of the good-looking, really well-dressed, white man — totally the kind of guy who want to bring home to your bubbe — who was sexually assaulting women in public. The man the tabloids called the “Gentleman Groper” was later fingered as a lawyer named Paul Kraft, who plead guilty to groping or taking crotch shots of numerous women in wealthy neighborhoods like the Upper East Side or the Financial District. Here are some creepy examples of stuff he did. Gross, right? Well, you’ll be … surprised … to hear he’s gotten off without jail time. Keep reading »

UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

Catcalling LEGOs
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Now we're teaching kids construction workers yell "Hey, babe!" Read More »
Street Harassment
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Stop Telling Me To "Smile"
Telling women to "smile" at you on the street is sexual harassment. Read More »
  • [UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not "translate" well, and adding "Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour." — CollectiveAction DC] Now here’s a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had “DC fraternity boys” (their own phrasing) hold signs at this weekend’s Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. Sounds innocuous, right? Well, the signs read stuff like “You look beautiful sweaty” (creepy!) and “Cute running shoes!” (Um, thanks?)  If what they wanted was encouragement, they could have chosen slogans that don’t focus on how you look — especially since “You look beautiful sweaty” totally sounds like some creepy comment a dude would make catcalling you. Getting people to cheer on runners would have been a sweet idea. But “frat boys” telling you how attractive you look while running a marathon? FAIL. We must always make the frat boys happy, mustn’t we? Who planned this event, Rebecca Martinson? [Collective Action DC, Facebook.com/BareMinerals]
  • A conservative group is calling up voters in South Carolina and asking, “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch [the Democratic contender] if I told you she had an abortion?” SLEAZY. [Think Progress]
  • A brief history of “women aren’t funny.” [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

India Enacts Tougher Rape Laws — But They’re Still Not Perfect

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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Another woman has been gang raped on a bus in India. Read More »

Over the past few months, India has been racked with high-profile gang rapes and deaths of little girls and women. From the three sisters under age 11 who were sexually assaulted and murdered to the student who was gang raped with a metal rod, which mangled her insides so badly it eventually killed her, the brutality of the country’s rape culture is horrific. One of the main problems with the rape culture in India has been placing the onus on the victim instead of the perpetrator — society as a whole, including police, had been blaming women for being out in public where they could be attacked, instead of punishing the men who hurt them.

The new laws aren’t perfect. First of all, as legal scholar Karuna Nundy for the BBC notes, the laws only protect the “modesty” of women, not boys, men or transgender folks. Additionally, marital rape is still legal (including if the wife is a minor ages 15 through 18) and homosexuality is still criminalized.

Alas, it is with cautious optimism that we welcome India’s new spate of laws criminalizing rape and other acts of violence which went into effect yesterday. Keep reading »

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