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Gun Manufacturer In India Exploits Rape Fears With New Purse-Sized Revolver

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  • A gun manufacturer in India has built a small revolver that can fit inside a purse in the hopes that women can use it if they’re about to be victims of a sexual attack. But it’s priced at around $2,000, meaning that only relatively wealthy Indian women will be able to protect themselves this way. Clearly the much more important thing to prioritize is changing men’s attitudes and behaviors towards women. [TIME]
  • A judge in Oklahoma declared the state constitution’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday. [Politico]
  • Dencia, a dark-skinned Nigerian singer, released a skin whitening cream called “Whitenicious,” with photographs showing how lightened her own skin has become. She’s marketing the skin whitening cream as a “skincare product.” [Clutch Magazine]
  • New Hampshire’s state senate has introduced a bill to create a 25-foot buffer zone outside clinics which provide abortions to protect patients from anti-abortion protesters. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Texas Husband Sues Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

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  • The husband of Marlise Munoz, a braindead woman in Texas who allegedly suffered a blood clot in her lungs, is suing the hospital where she is being kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes. She is 16 weeks pregnant and the hospital believes they have to follow a state law keeping her body alive to support the fetus. Her family is quite rightly arguing that this is cruel. [RH Reality Check]
  • Pope Francis — who recently said something that was actually sensible about breastfeeding in church — called abortion “horrific” in his State Of The World Speech. He referred to aborted fetuses as “victims” and “children who will never see the light of day.” [Huffington Post]
  • Samantha Geimer, the author of The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski, did an interview with Feministing. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Woman Battling Breast Cancer Criticized For Tweeting & Blogging About Her Illness

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  • The New York Times’ Bill Keller and his wife Emma Gibley Keller (in the UK’s Guardian — which has since been removed) have criticized a woman named Lisa Bonchek Adam, a blogger who is battling stage IV breast cancer, while questioning the “ethics” of writing about terminal illness and comparing it to “funeral selfies.” The whole thing is so strange. I’m not sure why writing about one’s illness would be unethical. [In These Times, New York Times, Guardian UK]
  • CeCe McDonald has been released from prison! [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Teen Viewers Of “16 & Pregnant” Have Screwed Up Perceptions Of What Teen Parenthood Is Really Like

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  • ‘Heavy viewers’ of the shows “16 And Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” — especially ones who are teens — believe that teen mothers have “an enviable quality of life, a high income and involved fathers,” according to a new study by Indiana University. Researchers said heavy viewers believed things like it is not difficult to find childcare, it is easy to complete high school, and teen parents have a lot of time for themselves. Oh, MTV, what hath you wrought?  [ScienceDaily]
  • Here’s what you need to know about CeCe McDonald’s case. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Five productive ways to ask Lena Dunham about nudity on “Girls” … [Think Progress] Keep reading »

New Survey Illustrates What Different Countries Think About How Muslim Women Should Cover Up

  • Check out this interesting chart from the Pew Research Center illustrating the results of a new survey that asked respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other countries which woman “is dressed most appropriately.” The study found that participants preferred that women cover their hair, but not always their face. [Pew Research Center via Foreign Policy]
  • The brother of a Planned Parenthood receptionist who was murdered by anti-abortion extremists inside her clinic is headed to the Supreme Court next week to argue on behalf of buffer zones outside of clinics. [Boston Globe]
  • The former Florida State student allegedly sexually assaulted by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston announced plans on Monday to file a civil lawsuit against the football player and the Tallahassee Police Department. Florida declined to charge Jameis Winston after he was accused of sexually assaulting the student at a party in 2012. [The Root] Keep reading »

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

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  • Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the cast. “SNL” announced earlier this week that it had cast Sasheer Zamata, a performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’ll join the show as a featured player on the January 18th episode hosted by Drake. Congratulations, ladies! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Meanwhile, Amy Poehler doesn’t want to talk about it. [Salon] Keep reading »

“Orange Is The New Black” Actress Laverne Cox Teaches Katie Couric About Doing Interviews With Trans Women

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  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, the trans woman on “Orange Is The New Black,” and model Carmen Carrera appeared yesterday on “Katie” and Katie Couric kept pushing the issue of their genitalia. Fast foward to 2 minutes and 45 seconds into this video where Laverne explains to Katie what focusing on transitions — the surgeries, the hormones — takes the attention away from the real issues that face trans folks every day: discrimination, violence, lack of legal protections. “By focusing on bodies, we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination,” she says. Well put. [Salon Keep reading »

Transgender Woman Cece McDonald To Be Released From Men’s Prison

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  • CeCe McDonald, a transgender Black woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, will be released. CeCe was attacked in Minneapolis by a group of people yelling racist and bigoted slurs, one of whom also threw a drink at her. CeCe stabbed and killed one of the men and claimed self-defense. She eventually plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Her arrest has drawn international attention because not only because she was defending herself against an attack, but because she was sentenced to a prison full of men. [MSNBC]
  • The Supreme Court has halted same-sex marriage in Utah, where it was legalized on December 20 and quickly appealed by the state. Around 900 gay and lesbian couples have married in UT since the emergency order was handed down today. [TIME]
  • Ma’lik Richmond, the high school student convicted in the sexual assault of a female classmate in Steubenville, Ohio, has been released from a federal detention facility. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Teen Maps Her Recovery From Anorexia Over Instagram

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  • Antonia Eriksson isn’t like most 18-year-olds on Instagram. She’s got the selfies and the food porn, but for her, Instagram is something different: it’s about charting her path to recovery from an eating disorder. Her account used to be entitled @fightinganorexia and began in September 2012, when she was hospitalized near death. Her very first picture was from a hospital bed. Now she posts photographs of healthy foods and of her stronger, healthier body after workouts. [The Daily Dot, Instagram.com/EatMoveImprove] Keep reading »

Is Coming Out Now “Low Key” For Celebs?

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  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is just the latest celebrity to publicly come out and elicit a big “So what?” Perhaps her method of doing so — through an end-of-the-year Facebook posting — might have something to do with it.  [New York Times]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary injunction for some Catholic groups who object to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on birth control. [MSNBC]
  • Sex workers in China are treated brutally by the criminal justice system if arrested. [New York Times]
  • On “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” sexual harassment and women in finance in the 1980s. [TIME] Keep reading »
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