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Utah To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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Pussy Riot Member Reveals Forced Daily Gynecological Exams While Imprisoned

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Pussy Riot Member Reveals Forced Daily Gynecological Exams While Imprisoned
  • Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, told the UK’s Guardian newspaper that her imprisonment included nearly three weeks of forced daily gynecological exams. Alyokhina spent almost two years in prison for a performance that was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. She and another member of Pussy Riot were released last week. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Check out this list of the best pieces from 2013 that every woman needs to read. [Huffington Post]
  • A writer over at HuffPo is real, real mad about recent criticism of “white feminism” and has proposed a rather lengthy Twitter hashtag in support of her demand that women of color feminists leave whitey alone. Yawn. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Teen Accused Of “Public Lewdness,” Kicked Out Of School For Reporting Rape

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  • An East Texas high school student was thrown out of her school after she reported a rape inside the band room from a fellow student. Officials shuttled them both to a program for troubled students, where the then-17-year-old had to see her attacker constantly. She was accused of committing “public lewdness.” This is a messed-up story and some great work by reporter Abigail Pesta. [MSNBC]
  • Uganda has passed a law against homosexuality which punishes gay behavior with life in prison. [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »

Judge Overturns Utah’s Ban On Gay Marriage

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  • A U.S. District Court Judge has struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. [Gay Salt Lake]
  • An open letter to white feminists on prisons, borders, safety and privilege. [AlterNet]
  • You should definitely take the time to read through the #FreeMarisa hashtag on Twitter right now, which is advocating for the release of Marisa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. [Twitter]
  • Fact: Black women are twice as likely as white women to die from breast cancer — this New York Times article examines why that racial disparity exists and what’s being done about it. [NY Times]
  • On cynicism, calling out, and creating movements that don’t leave people behind. [Feministing]

New Mexico To Legalize Gay Marriage!

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  • New Mexico will become the 17th state to legalize gay marriage after today’s ruling in the NM Supreme Court that a ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Congratulations, LGBTQ couples in the Southwest! [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Everyone who engages in #TwitterFeminism is blowing up about this article on Twitter feminism. [Feminist Current]
  • A Michigan judge has ruled that Theodore Wafer, the man who shot to death Black teenage girl Renisha McBride, will stand trial. Renisha was shot through a screen door on Wafer’s front steps last month, following a car accident nearby. Wafer was charged with second-degree murder. [Jezebel]
  • Yours truly is referenced in this month’s ELLE magazine in an article about dieting as a feminist. [ELLE] Keep reading »

Openly Gay Billie Jean King Joins U.S. Delegation To 2014 Olympics In Anti-Gay Russia

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  • President Obama has selected openly lesbian athletes Billie Jean King and Callie Cahow as delegates to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a country where homosexuality is frowned upon. Russian President Vladmir Putin has said gay visitors would be welcome at the Olympics, though — whatever that means. Some see these LGBTQ athletes joining the delegation as an eff-you statement to Russia, but UK Guardian blogger Nancy Goldstein argues the U.S. is trying to hide behind gay athletes as opposed to taking a firm stand against bigotry. [PBS.org, Guardian UK] Keep reading »

R. Kelly Responds To Sexual Abuse Expose With Football Metaphor

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UPDATE, 12/18/13, 10:30 a.m.:  The title of this post used to read “R. Kelly Responds To Underage Girl Sex Expose With Football Metaphor ,” which was incorrect. R. Kelly hasn’t been accused of “sex,” he has been accused of sexual abuse of underage girls. In my haste to write a headline yesterday, I didn’t think that distinction through. — Jessica 

Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

  • The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park, an organizer and writer. [BBC, Salon]
  • What R. Kelly teaches us about how sexual predators choose and silence their victims. [Think Progress]
  • A woman working on behalf of women’s affairs at the Indian Consulate in New York City was arrested for paying her nanny $3.13 an hour. Uh, you’re doing feminism wrong, lady. [Jezebel]
  • Chilean president Michele Bachelet has been reelected. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Lorne Michaels Promises “Saturday Night Live” Will Add A Black Female Cast Member In January 2014

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  • “Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show will add a Black female cast member in January 2014. The show held a special audition for a group of Black comediennes. (One woman who auditioned has come forward calling the whole thing a publicity stunt, which seems like a dicey move to me at this juncture.) Cast members Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson have both spoken publicly about the lack of Black women on the cast — Jay in support of adding more [fourth item], Kenan throwing up his hands. Let’s hope Lorne holds true with his promise and casting henceforth is more diverse overall. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Oprah Discusses Being Childless By Choice

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“Gayle [King] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King. …If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

This is Oprah Winfrey explaining why being childless by choice is the best decision for her and her career, including the baby she had and gave up for adoption at 14. [Update: As a commenter has correctly pointed out, Oprah's baby was stillborn.] Can you imagine if we didn’t have Oprah because she’d devoted her life to motherhood instead? Or even half her life? It would certainly be a different media and entertainment business we would have and possibly a different world. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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