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NYPD Will Stop Confiscating Condoms From Suspected Sex Workers

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  • New York City’s mayor announced today that the police department will no longer confiscate unused condemns as evidence of prostitution. Sex workers rights advocates have long pointed out that the practice discourages people — especially those at risk of being profiled as sex workers by the police — from carrying condoms in the first place. [AP]
  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed five new members to the state’s Board of Health to review women’s access to health care in the state. In particular, they will look at how the legislature has restricted access to reproductive healthcare, particularly abortion. [MSNBC]
  • The Secretary of Defense said he thinks the military’s prohibition on transgender folks serving should be reviewed. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Nigerian Kidnapping Victims Are Still Missing; Meanwhile, An American Woman Took False Credit For Creating The #BringBackOurGirls Movement

  • Ramaa Mosley, an American mom and filmmaker, took credit for creating the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag in support of the hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian teenagers. In reality, a Nigerian attorney named Ibrahim Musa Abdullahi created it based on chants he heard in the country’s capital. Mosley did help create a massive social media presence on the issue, but people are not pleased by her dishonesty. Meanwhile, as that quarrel rages on, the Nigerian government is seemingly stagnant and has yet to share any specifics on what they’re doing to rescue the girls. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

#RealMenDontBuyGirls Is Trending In Support Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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  • Thanks to celebs like Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper, #RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in retaliation to Boko Haram’s threats to sell to 200+ kidnapped Nigerian teenagers as sex slaves. I’m so glad that people are speaking out in favor of rescuing the girls, but I don’t love that phrase. Men are men, nobody needs to prove himself as “real” — but this is certainly better than silence.
  • On that note, publicly posting the full names of the kidnapped girls is probably doing them way more harm than good. [BuzzFeedOwning My Truth]
  • The House has approved a bill to create a US Women’s History Museum. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the only lawmaker to speak out against the museum, insisted that it ”will enshrine the radical feminist movement” and could even become “an ideological shrine to abortion.” She considered a vote against the bill to be a vote in favor of traditional marriage. I’m not really seeing any of those correlations, but OK, Michele. Keep doing you. Or not. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai: Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria “Are My Sisters”

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"It's My Responsibility That I Speak Up For My Sisters"
  • In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pakistani teen and education advocate Malala Yousafzai said the Boko Haram kidnappers in Nigeria do not understand Islam and said the 200+ school girls who were kidnapped and possibly being sold into sex slavery “are my sisters.” [CNN]
  • A Republican New York State Senate candidate said he had no idea who she was when he called MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry a “damned dirty ape.” Uh, is that supposed to be an excuse? [Mediate]
  • Why the female Justices on the Supreme Court are key to women’s health issues. [Washington Post]
  • In praise of single moms this Mother’s Day. [Kveller] Keep reading »

South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

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  • A subcommittee in South Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check]
  • Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Nigeria aid, which it has accepted, to search for the 200+ kidnapped schoolgirls who were taken from their boarding school by a radical Islamist group. The teenagers have reportedly been sold into sex slavery by members of Boko Haram, who oppose education for girls. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

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  • Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. [Feminist.org]
  • A member of the all-female band Warpaint has apologized after saying Beyonce’s new album had her “basically looking like a slut.” [Pitchfork]
  • On the meaning of Lupita Nyong’o's ”Most Beautiful Person” distinction. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times]
  • Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term abortions. Ultimately, though, Valenti says seeing up close how complicated pregnancy and childbirth decisions are have made her more pro-choice than ever before. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Nigerian Women March To Urge Government To Act On 230 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

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  • Nearly 500 women marched through Abuja, Nigeria, to press the government to the seek the release of 230 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, two weeks ago. Boko Haram, which doesn’t believe in educating women, kidnapped the students from their boarding school in the middle of the night; four students were able to escape. Today, the protesters marched to deliver a letter to the government urging them to do anything necessary to secure the girls’ release. Relatives are claiming the girls, who are teens, have been sold as “brides” — i.e. sex slaves — to members of Boko Haram for $12. [BBC, Washington Post]
  • Historical examples of gaslighting. [The Maude]
  • Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton, students at the University of Oregon, won a Peabody Award for their 25-second-long anti-rape video that went viral in 2013. Congratulations! [Oregon Live] Keep reading »

Women Didn’t Fare Well In “Star Wars VII” Casting Announcements

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  • The casting announcement for “Star Wars VII” came out today and while that’s very exciting news indeed, let’s not forget that only one new female actress (Daisy Ridley) has been added to the cast. Don’t women and girls deserve better geeky representation? [io9]
  • Lux Alptraum on why we don’t need fewer rape story lines on TV, we need smarter ones. [Nerve]
  • A new group called the 30% club is pushing to add more women to senior leadership management. [New York Times]
  • Tennessee’s governor is still unsure on whether he will veto a law punishing drug-addicted pregnant women. [Nashville Public Radio] Keep reading »
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