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California Bill To Expand Porn’s Condom Usage Dies In Committee

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  • A bill to increase pressure on the porn industry to comply with an existing law requiring adult performers to wear condoms during sex scenes filmed in Los Angeles County has died in committee. The new bill would have required HIV testing and expanded the law’s reach to all counties in California, as many XXX film sets have left LA County to skirt the rules. [LA Daily News]
  • Columbia University announced a new sexual assault policy today, but is receiving criticism from student activists for apparently avoiding their inclusion in developing it. [Huffington Post]
  • A startup scrapped a contest after they got backlash for offering a free smartphone to women who could get 50 “likes” after they uploaded pictures of themselves with the company logo written on their body. [The Verge] Keep reading »

Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

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  • What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and accusations of bigotry, they appear to have just eliminated the entire reading list. Citing profanity in some of the books — which included modern classics like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which I have read and which are TOTALLY appropriate for 9th graders — the board is just not going to have 9th graders do summer reading. Sigh. These parents know that 14-year-olds (and their friends) use the Internet, right? And that there’s gay stuff all over it?! Oh well, at least with no summer reading list anymore, kids have more time to spend online! [Delaware Online, Cape GazetteBoing Boing]
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, is the first-ever woman to win the Fields Medal, the highest prize in mathematics. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Club Distributed T-Shirts Of Man Shoving “Problem” Woman

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  • The Oberbayern nightclub on the Spanish island of Marjora distributed T-shirts over the summer that showed a man shoving a “problem” woman. In one panel, a man and woman stand side by side with the caption “Problem?” In the next panel, the man is pushing the woman down and the caption reads “No problem.” Now a Spanish politician is investigating whether the club broke any gender equality laws by giving out the shirts. [The Local SE]
  • A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Glendale, California, regarding a bronze statue of a young Korean woman representingso-called “comfort women,” AKA Chinese and Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Opponents of the statue claimed that it made them uncomfortable, but were unable to prove in court that it caused them harm. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Lesbian City Council Member Gets Harassed By Her Constituents

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  • “I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.” That’s a man speaking to Jovanka Beckles, the vice mayor of the Richmond City Council in California’s Bay Area. She’s the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman and damn, does she put up with some shit. A fellow councilman (who also says that Beckles is not really Black) said none of the weekly harassment is meant to be homophobic, but that she “takes [the harassment] in a homophobic way.” It’s really her own fault, you see. [San Francisco Gate via Queerty]

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Following Arrest, Tennessee To Send Drug Addicted New Mom To Rehab

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  • Prosecutors in Tennessee made a deal with the first woman to be arrested under a new law that jails mothers whose offspring test positive for drugs. Mallory Loyola, 26, will first undergo rehab treatment for meth as soon as room opens in a treatment center; prosecutors will assess her recovery and then decide whether to pursue an assault case. [Raw Story]
  • The parents of Renisha McBride say “justice was served” today as her killer Theodore Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges. [Detroit Free Press] Keep reading »
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