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Bad-Ass Lady Sailor Beats Up Knife-Wielding Potential Rapist In Dubai

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  • This story is amazing: a soldier in the U.S. Navy beat the crap out of a potential rapist in Dubai who was driving her around on shore leave. During a shopping trip, drove her to a secluded location and attempted to rape her at knifepoint. The 28-year-old woman “ knocked the knife from his grasp, broke it in two, bit his hand, wrestled him to the ground and put him in a stranglehold between her thighs.” The driver was arrested the next day and has been charged with a litany of crimes, including attempted rape. God bless America! [The Atlantic]
  • Meet the dude who stood on the University of Arizona campus holding a “YOU DESERVE RAPE” sign. [BuzzFeed]
  • On race, racism and anti-racism within feminism. [The Feminist Wire Keep reading »

On “Leaning In” While Black

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  • Here’s blogger Tami Winfrey Harris on Sheryl Sandberg and “leaning in” while black. [In These Times]
  • Current students at Dartmouth are warning prospective students about violence against women and queer students on campus. [Feministing]
  • On why pregnancy is more dangerous than birth control. [Slate]
  • Here’s a petition to the White House asking the Obama administration to support sexual assault awareness in education. [Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov] Keep reading »

Black Female Legislators Walk Out Of Florida House Debate On Race-Selective Abortion

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  • Abortion opponents in Florida are currently trying to pass a ban through the House of Representatives that would criminalize abortion on the basis of race or gender. Despite a lack of evidence that race- and sex-selective abortions are a problem in the United States, it’s becoming a popular tactic of the anti-abortion movement to claim reproductive rights are a secret genocidal plot against black folks. You can read a breakdown of such bills — including an amazing smackdown by Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin — from  2011. FL’s Rep. Charles Van Zant, a white dude and a Republican, sponsored the legislation and fulminated last week that abortion is “reducing the black population.” Several black female legislators walked out of the debate on Thursday, claiming the bill is an opportunistic grab to ban abortion. “I don’t appreciate anyone trying to explain what any other ethnic group’s lifestyle is and what they do, when you really don’t have any authority to interpret it,” said pro-choice legislator Rep. Barbara Watson, who is black. “I think the women and people of color in that chamber deserve an apology from him.” Nevertheless, FL’s House eventually passed the bill. [Huffington Post, Feminist.org] Keep reading »

El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

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  • A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing a threat to her own life. Beatriz’s hospital asked for permission to legally perform an abortion on her over one month ago, but authorities have not yet responded. She’s now appealing for help from El Salvador’s Supreme Court. [Salon]
  • Posters reading “Stay Strong And Support The Boys” have been posted in the neighborhood of Rehtaeh Parsons, a young woman in Nova Scotia who committed suicide recently after a photograph of her alleged rape was distributed around school and police did nothing to punish her alleged rapists. [Think Progress]
  • Well, it didn’t take long for that Dove Real Beauty Sketches video to get parodied! [YouTube]
  • Carla Hale, a gym teacher at a Catholic high school in Ohio, was fired from her job for being a lesbian after Hale’s mom died and the obituary listed the name of Hale’s partner. Disgraceful. [NBC4i] Keep reading »

Hey, Conservatives: Even Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality

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  • Former First Lady Nancy Reagen supports marriage equality, according to a new Sirius interview with her daughter Patti Davis. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Religious Right! In the interview, Davis explained her mother does support the legalization of gay marriage but emphasized that Reagan “is not comfortable going out in the public eye and getting in the firing line of anything.” Okay, that last part is kind of shitty. But I’m still happy to hear even Nancy friggin’ Reagan believes all love is created equal. [Huffington Post]
  • On how poverty drove women into Kermit Gosnell’s illegal abortion clinic. [Think Progress]
  • A Philadelphia priest allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and smeared menstrual blood on her face and then told detectives he couldn’t speak about the assault because it happened at confession. The church then sent him to Poland. [AlterNet]
  • Oh, look, another Internet shitstorm about feminism! [Daily Dot] Keep reading »

Ohio Seeks To Ban Sex Ed Teaching “Gateway” Sexual Behavior

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  • A finance committee in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to restrict sex educators from mentioning “gateway” sexual behavior — i.e., anything “non-abstinence” like fingering and groping. Y’all know that abstinence-only sex ed doesn’t actually work, right? [Innovation Ohio, My Fox 28 Columbus]
  • A federal judge has prevented the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, from closing by blocking a law that would have forced it to shut its doors. [FeministingThink Progress]
  • Not down with those “I Need A Hero” T-shirts being sold to women and girls by Disney? Then there’s a Change.org petition you may want to sign. [Daily Dot]
  • This is a very necessary essay about how not all trans people feel “trapped in the wrong body.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
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