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Irish Bookies Bet On Whether Oscar Pistorius Will Be Convicted Of Murdering His Girlfriend

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Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

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  • Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury’s guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn’t behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator’s semen in her bed — hadn’t behaved like a victim and the perpetrator had not behaved like someone who had committed “a series of violent crimes.” The perpetrator had been sentenced to 25 years for raping the woman. W.T.F. (*** Thanks to reader Tina for the links!) [Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Citizen News, ABA Journal]
  • On how Lifetime’s reality show “Preachers’ Daughters” shows that everything is wrong with purity culture. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Spain Is Close To Banning Abortion

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  • Spain is close to banning all abortions, except in the case of rape or severe risk to the mother’s health. [NPR]
  • A federal judge ruled that Kentucky must acknowledge same-sex marriages performed in other states. (KY has yet to address a lawsuit asking the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.) [New York Times]
  • ABC’s new sitcom “Mixology” is apparently filled with crude jokes about rape, “whores,” and violence against women. Sounds like quality programming, Walt Disney Company. Family values indeed! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • On how the benefits of breastfeeding have been somewhat overstated. [Slate] Keep reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

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  • In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and due process. However, gay couples will not be allowed to marry immediately because a stay was issued on the ruling, pending an inevitable appeal. [New York Times]
  • On the thin female characters of “True Detective”… [The New Yorker]
  • But maybe the show treats its female characters badly for a reason. [Slate]
  • Buy an old “purity ring” on eBay and raise money for Planned Parenthood! (Spoiler: the ring didn’t “work.”) [Virginity Movie]
  • Project Rose in Phoenix, Arizona, is working in conjunction with police to have sex workers arrested in order to “save’ them. How fucked up is that? [VICE] Keep reading »

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

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  • The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual courage awards last night during his “State of the State” speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised their “story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them…No one rescued them, they rescued themselves—first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom.” It was their first public appearance together since their escape. [ABC News, NBC News]
  • Emails reveal that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveal that he reportedly had a doctor fired from a Milwaukee medical center because she had modeled bikinis in the past. [Slate Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Blasts New York Times For Gender Bias In Story About Late Night Hosts

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  • “The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!” This is how a New York Times article about Jimmy Fallon’s move to “The Tonight Show” references Handler — albeit in parentheses — in a paragraph with all the other male hosts of late-night. Handler has hosted “Chelsea Lately” for nearly seven years. “What bothered me was that when I was listed in a paragraph with the late-night hosts, I was the only name put in parentheses.,” Handler wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post. “While much of the press has kindly acknowledged my contribution to the late-night landscape I feel over the years, several media outlets have marginalized my presence in the late-night game. I imagined my sustained on-air presence would eventually triumph over any possible gender biases.” What she said. [The Wrap, The Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Most Of Us Won’t Live Long Enough To See Gender Parity Among Leaders

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  • New findings show that gender parity among professional leadership roles apparently won’t happen for 71 years. Progress may be happening … but it’s happening sloooowly. [LA Times]
  • After clashes this week with police, which included being whipped and beaten, feminist punk band Pussy Riot released a new video today criticizing President Vladmir Putin and the Sochi Olympics. [Huffington Post]
  • Here’s NPR politics reporter Nina Totenberg reminiscing about being a female reporter in the 1970s. [NYmag.com The Cut] Keep reading »

2014 Report On Women’s Status In U.S. Media Finds Same Shit, Different Day

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  • Pale, male and stale: this continues to be the way the mainstream media looks in 2014. A new report by the Women’s Media Center on the status of women in the U.S. media finds that whether it’s Sunday morning talk show guests, Hollywood directors, or sports reporting, you are probably hearing it from a white dude. You can read all the summarization and analysis of the 2014 report’s findings at the link. [Women's Media Center ]
  • An Iowa subcommittee advanced a bill that would allow women to sue abortion providers if they later regret terminating their pregnancy. [RH Reality Check]
  • Oh for fuck’s sake: the Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County wants to reduce the prosecution of domestic violence because some of them are “silly” and “deserved.” [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

Pussy Riot Tweets Paddy Wagon Selfies After Sochi Olympics Arrest

  • The two members of Pussy Riot arrested outside the Sochi Olympics tweeted selfies from inside a police wagon today. Authorities still haven’t explained why members of the group, who were planning to perform a new protest song, have been detained. [Daily Dot, Queerty, New York Times]
  • How evangelical university Patrick Henry College (also called “God’s Harvard) has failed victims of sexual assault. [The New Republic]
  • On Adrian Broadway, a 15-year-old Black girl in Little Rock, Arkansas who was shot and killed after egging a car. The 48-year-old man who shot Adrian fired his gun multiple times into a car filled with seven teens. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Gay Foreigners Banned From Adopting Russian Children

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  • Russia has banned adoptions by same-sex couples from countries where same-sex marriage is legal. (The United States has already been banned from Russian adoptions for a year now.) Single folks from countries where same-sex marriage is legal are also banned from adopting Russian children now, too, because obviously if you’re single and want a baby, you must be gay/a child molester. Ugh, Russia, UGH.  [CNNLGBTQ Nation]
  • Making sense of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ statements about a ban on abortions at 20 weeks. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »
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