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Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

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  • Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike Lee’s earliest films, “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever,” and was the first Black woman to star in major roles in a prestigious Shakespeare festival. Dee, was married to the actor Ossie Davis and together they received a joint National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. [New York TimesColorLines]
  • Louisiana’s governor has signed a restrictive abortion bill into law which requires that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their clinic. It also mandates a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

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  • Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called “Anna” wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked her in the face with it when she posed for pictures at his apartment. Uncomfortable, “Anna” left his place. But she claims she received a phone call from his assistant, Leslie Lessin, asking her to come over and “make out” with Richardson for his birthday. (She said no.) Oooookay. [Jezebel]
  • How The Washington Post misused data on violence against women in that piece urging women they’ll be safer if married. [Five Thirty Eight]
  • Reddit has banned an infamous subreddit forum about beating women. [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

Boko Haram Reportedly Kidnaps Up To 40 More Women In Nigeria

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  • As many as 40 more more women in Nigeria have reportedly been kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group responsible for kidnapping over 200+ schoolgirls in April. A local told AFP that young mothers were singled out and taken in this latest kidnapping. [Al Jazeera]
  • The retrial for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in Florida who was jailed for firing a “warning shot” in the air when she was attacked by her abusive husband, has been postponed until December. No one was injured when Alexander fired the gun, although children were in the house. She was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released in November, but now the state attorney is pursuing 60 years. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

18-Year-Old Girl In Pakistan Survives Attempted “Honor Killing”

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  • An 18-year-old girl in Pakistan survived an attempted “honor killing” for marrying the man she loved. Her father, brother, aunt and uncle shot her twice, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped her body in a canal. Luckily, the victim was helped to safety by two passersby. However, recently a pregnant 25-year-old woman in Pakistan was murdered in an “honor killing” because she married a man of her own choosing. [New York Daily News]
  • R. Kelly’s 14-year-old teen son, Jay, has reportedly been outed as transgender. Not so surprisingly, some of the media coverage is pretty terrible. [ColorLines]
  • New Hampshire’s governor is expected to sign a bill that would mandate 25-foot “buffer zones” outside of reproductive health clinics to keep anti-abortion protesters from harassing staff and patients. [Boston.com] Keep reading »

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

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  • A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish “habitually resident” foreign citizens living in the UK with 14 years in prison. [Standard UKGuardian UK]
  • LEGO will launch a mini-figure set featuring three female LEGO people as a chemist, an astronomer and a paleontologist. The idea was submitted to the LEGO Ideas website by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist. [BuzzFeed]
  • On the rise of the (poor) stay-at-home dad and why moms still do most of the childrearing. [The Atlantic, Think Progress]
  • Season two of “Orange Is The New Black” puts a focus on pregnancy in prison. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

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  • A minister in India’s ruling party said about rape: “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.” [Guardian UK]
  • Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times]
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register]
  • On being a victim of street harassment at eight month’s pregnant. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Meet The Doctor Who Performs Abortions In Wichita Following Dr. George Tiller’s Murder

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Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

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  • Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the night, Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes, and Avery Johnson allegedly inserted a “foreign object” into the young woman’s vagina, causing tearing and “substantial” trauma, according to police. A fourth boy was reportedly in the room barricading the door shut or keeping watch for other partygoers; it is unclear whether charges will be filed against him. Interestingly, two of the young men have been previously arrested for underage drinking. Even though it makes me sick to my stomach that this is still happening, it really seems that Steubenville and other high-profile incidents are pressuring people, including law enforcement, to take stories of this kind seriously. [Jezebel; Atlanta Journal Constitution] Keep reading »

Girls Asked To Leave School Over Visible Bra Straps

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  • As many as 30 girls were sent home from high schools in Canada last week for wearing sleeveless shirts or tank tops that exposed bra straps. At one high school, boys in sleeveless shirts were also sent home from school. However, the girls were specifically told that their bra straps would be a “distraction” for male students — in other words, boys will be boys.  [Think Progress]
  • Sudan denied that prisoner Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is on death row for marrying a Christian man despite being born to an Islamic father, will be released. [CNN]
  • Oh, look, a documentary about Roseanne Barr’s 2012 presidential bid you didn’t ask for! [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Police in India sprayed water cannons on citizens who protested the recent gang rape and murder of two cousins. Police reportedly took 12 hours to search for the missing girls and two of the four suspects are actually police officers. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Utah High School Photoshops “Modesty” Into Girls’ Yearbook Photos

Utah High School Photoshops "Modesty" Into Girls' Yearbook Photos
  • A high school in Utah has Photoshopped longer sleeves and higher necklines onto female students in its yearbook. Student Shelby Baum, above, even had a tattoo on her collarbone airbrushed out of her photo. Baum and other female students said  that many other students had their pictures Photoshopped without their consent, which they say was meant to “humiliate” them. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • Following a Newsweek investigation, anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam has resigned from her foundation over allegations that she has fabricated parts of her life history. [Newsweek, Guardian UK]
  • A committee in the Department of Health and Human Services has overturned Medicare’s exclusion of coverage for gender transition surgery. [Feministing] Keep reading »
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