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Blogger Fixes UK’s Victim-Blaming Alcohol/Rape PSA

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Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on the ground laughing, says, “One in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking.” With a Photoshop edit from the blogger behind Two Thirds Nerd, the PSA now reads, “Three in three reported rapes happens [sic] when someone decides to commit rape.”

As the blogger wrote regarding responses she’s received from her initial tweet, “[the original ad] reinforces and validates the belief that women are responsible for avoiding rape, and, therefore, responsible for anything that might happen, also. The onus is always placed on the woman to not get raped, rather than the man to not rape.” She’s right, of course. Still, I’m dismayed that when we talk about sexual violence, alcohol use and abuse becomes a verboten subject. I’m reminded of a response I wrote to a Dear Prudence column about young women and drinking: victims shouldn’t be held responsible for the crimes committed against them, but not addressing binge drinking culture (or underage drinking in America) is ignoring the conditions in which a lot of sexual violence occurs. I wish talking about drinking and binge drinking could more peacefully coexist with talking about sexual violence, because it feels very much like you’re on one “side” or the other. [Feministing via Two Thirds Nerd]

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

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  • Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Judge G. Todd Baugh, the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim “acted older than her age” and was as responsible as the older man who assaulted her, has been publicly reprimanded by his peers. Baugh only sentenced her rapist, a 47-year-old teacher at her school, to 31 days in jail. The victim later committed suicide. [Los Angeles Times]
  • India is struggling with a surfeit of men due to a prevailing cultural preference for sons, which has led parents to abort fetuses once they learn the gender is female. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

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  • A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish “habitually resident” foreign citizens living in the UK with 14 years in prison. [Standard UKGuardian UK]
  • LEGO will launch a mini-figure set featuring three female LEGO people as a chemist, an astronomer and a paleontologist. The idea was submitted to the LEGO Ideas website by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist. [BuzzFeed]
  • On the rise of the (poor) stay-at-home dad and why moms still do most of the childrearing. [The Atlantic, Think Progress]
  • Season two of “Orange Is The New Black” puts a focus on pregnancy in prison. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Sex Education In The UK Can Now Address Sexting, Porn

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  • Newly released supplemental updates to the UK’s sexual education guidelines suggest addressing LGBTQ relationships, sexting, and media literacy in regards to pornography. That sounds so … sensible. Meanwhile in America, some kids think yellow Skittles act as birth control. [Nerve]
  • Meet Lisa Fritsch, a Republican, who is the first Black woman to run for governor of Texas. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why aren’t more people talking about female genital mutilation happening in in the United States? [Cosmopolitan]
  • Computers sure are great for planning weddings, aren’t they, ladies? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

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This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who was in the UK for a Ryanair training course, is now trying to get her child back. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Emma Gray Is Britain’s First Female Shepherding Champion

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Dream job anyone?! British 27-year-old Emma Gray is not a shepherdess; she has just become the first woman in history to win the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League. The storied championship has never had a female winner in its 40 years. She began shepherding while helping out at her parents’ farm in Scotland as a young girl, and has been breaking boundaries ever since as Britain’s youngest in the profession. Gray told the UK’s Daily Mail:

“I am really proud to be the first woman to have won the trials and I feel overwhelmed by it all … I was one of only a handful of women taking part; it is a very male-dominated sport, so it feels like an amazing achievement.” Keep reading »

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