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Bloggers Take Joss Whedon & Equality Now To Task

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  • Blogger Melissa Gira Grant critiques Equality Now, which recently had a speech by Joss Whedon in which he discussed feminism, for its anti-prostitution stance … [Talking Points Memo]
  • … and blogger Flavia Dzodan critiques the contents of Whedon’s speech itself. [Red Light Politics]
  • Here’s Dream Hampton’s response to the murder last weekend of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old girl who was shot to death after she got in a car accident and knocked on someone’s door for help. [YouTube]
  • bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry held a conversation today at The New School that was streaming live online.  I cannot wait to watch it this weekend!  It should at the link here and also on The New School’s YouTube page soon. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Senate Passes The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

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  • Great news! The Senate voted today to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination by their employers. It’s the first time-ever that ENDA, which has repeatedly failed in Congress, included protections for trans folks. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. [New York Times]
  • Sexual assault complaints in the military increased by 46 percent during the last year to 3,553 total, the Pentagon has said.  In my opinion, this is probably due to the increased focus by Congress on sexual assault within the military. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Sweden Now Rating Movies Based On The Bechdel Test

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  • Sweden has introduced a movie rating system based on the Bechdel Test, which assesses whether a movie features  two or more female characters, with names, who have conversations with one another about something other than a man. Now Swedes can easily decide whether to see a movie based on whether it treats women like human beings! Awesome. [Jezebel]
  • Forty reasons we still need feminism. [Buzzfeed]
  • Anna Holmes, founder of the lady blog Jezebel, talks with Lifehacker about how she works. [Lifehacker]
  • New research into in vitro fertilization success rates indicates that white women are more likely than women of other races to have sex with the treatment. [Mirror] Keep reading »

Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia For Driving Her Sick Father To The Hospital

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  • Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for driving, despite the fact that she was taking her diabetic father to a hospital. Perhaps the cops just wanted to warn her that driving ruins women’s ovaries? [Kuwait Times]
  • Illinois has advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to pass. [Think Progress]
  • Marvel is bringing back Ms. Marvel and she’s going to be a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Kamala Khan who lives with her Pakistani immigrant parents in Jersey City, New Jersey. [Yahoo News, New York Times]
  • Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is allegedly bound for a penal colony in Siberia. Earlier this week, family of the feminist punk rocker said she was missing and prison officials would not reveal her location.  She is reportedly being punished for engaging in a hunger strike against abusive prison conditions. [Radio Free Europe] Keep reading »

Calabasas High School Crowns Lesbian Couple Its Homecoming Queens

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  • Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, crowned lesbian couple Lili Cohen and Greta Melendez its dual homecoming queens. Melendez is actually the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and said lots of students voted for her and her partner because they’re accepting of everyone. Congrats, ladies, and thank you for showing not everything that comes out of Calabasas (um, the Kardashians) is totally lame.  [SheWired, Los Angeles Times]
  • Black and Asian girls in the UK are less likely to get the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer, according to a new study … [BBC]
  • … and also, one shot of the HPV vaccine instead of the current three shots might be just as safe. [USA Today]
  • Some abortion clinics in Texas have stopped performing abortions following the court ruling last week. [MSNBCNew York Times]
  • Sex workers in California held an Obamacare enrollment party. [CNN] Keep reading »

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Is Missing

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  • Relatives of one of the jailed members of Pussy Riot say Nadya Tolokonnikova has been taken from prison and is currently missing. They don’t know her whereabouts and haven’t had contact with her for 10 days. The Russian feminist punk rocker recently staged a hunger strike to protest inhumane prison conditions at the work camp she was sentenced to for publicly speaking out against President Vladmir Putin and religion. [SPIN]
  • Today, $5 million was removed from the federal food stamp program, which affects 47 million recipients. [MSNBC]
  • The government has lost a battle in federal court against grocery store employers in Ohio who refused to comply with Obamacare and cover birth control and abortion in their employee health coverage. The presiding judge, a Bush appointee, sided with the employers’ claim that their religious freedom was being abused. [The Atlantic Wire] Keep reading »

Trans Woman Banned From L.A. Gym’s Women’s Locker Room

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  • Yanel Valenzuela of California told a gym trainer that she is a transgender woman, hoping to get an exercise routine tailored to her health needs. But instead, she alleges, the trainer shared that information with others and an L.A. Fitness manager barred Valenzuela from using the women’s locker room entirely. They realize she’s a woman and doesn’t belong in the men’s locker room, right? This is grossly discriminatory against trans folks and completely inappropriate.  [Queerty, Huffington Post]
  • This piece about an Oklahoma couple’s struggle to terminate a pregnancy after they discovered the fetus has severe birth defects is incredibly sad. This is how taking away women’s reproductive rights affects poor families.  [MSNBC]
  • The Cutting Season author Attica Locke has won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, a $10,000 literary prize for African-American writers. [Clutch Magazine]
  • The web site She’s A Homewrecker is all kinds of come-the-fuck-on. [Huffington Post]
  • Why is Russia taking DNA samples from conservative Muslim women before the 2014 Olympics? [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »

Four Women Successfully Progressing Through Marines’ Ground Combat Training

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  • Four women who are part of the first batch of female Marines to train for ground combat have passed the Marine Corps’ infantry training test for the first time. Congrats!  [USA Today]
  • Beijing police criticized women drivers for “inadequate driving skills” and “often” lacking a “sense of direction.” [CNN]
  • Philadelphia’s mayor signed legislation to add one gender-neutral bathroom to all new government buildings built in the city as a way of accommodating trans folks. Love it! [NBC Philadelphia]
  • The cervical cancer vaccines recommended for tween girls and boys do not include the two strains of the HPV virus (which leads to cervical cancer) which most affect Black women, according to a new study. [NBC News] Keep reading »

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

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  • Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I’m shocked, shocked! [Reuters]
  • A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought assistance, although the police have been less than helpful. Everything about this story is extremely disturbing. [TIME]
  • On why it’s more important to worry about a feminist marriage than a feminist wedding. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

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  • Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provision was “without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.”  The law, which State Senator Wendy Davis spoke out against this summer, would have severely restricted abortion access in TX by closing nearly one-third of its clinics. [Talking Points Memo, New York Times] Keep reading »
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