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Michigan Radio Station Won’t Play Rick Ross After Rape Reference In Rap Song

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  • Radio station 103.7 The Beat in Michigan announced it won’t play Rick Ross or Lil Wayne music in their rotation because of their offensive lyrics. Wayne equated what he wanted to do to a woman’s body with what happened to murdered black man Emmett Till; earlier this week, Ross rapped about slipping “molly” (MDMA) in a woman’s drink and raping her. A statement from 103.7 The Beat explained,  ”While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.” Ross, meanwhile, says the whole thing is a “misinterpretation” because he never said the word “rape” and he wants all the “sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies” to know he thinks rape is bad. Uh huh. [Clutch Mag, Clutch Mag]
  • Arizona’s state House advanced a bill that will allow business owners to ban transgendered folks from using the bathroom of their identified sex (i.e. a trans man who was biologically born a woman would be required to use the woman’s bathroom). [Salon] Keep reading »

NBC’s Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk Come Out As Lesbians

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  • NBC newscaster Jenna Wolfe came out of the closet today by announcing she’s in a relationship with Stephanie Gosk, an NBC foreign correspondent, and they are expecting a baby in August. “I don’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is,” Gosk told People. Mazel tov! [NY Daily News]
  • An open letter to Edith Windsor, 83-year-old lesbian marriage equality activist, on the day of her DOMA hearing. [AfterEllen] Keep reading »

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

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  • Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently. [Bismark Tribune, The Week]
  • A male student at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who is accused of raping fellow student Landen Gambill claims that she has created a “intimidating” environment on campus for him. He was cleared of a sexual assault charge by a campus board, but was found guilty by that same board of harassing Gambill. Still, he faces no criminal charges. Gambill is one of five students who asked the federal government to look into UNC’s handling of sexual violence cases at the school. [WRAL]
  • Eight edgy post-feminist pitches for the traffic-hungry editor, like “I Don’t Have To Know You To Know You Were Asking For It.” [Feministing] Keep reading »

Amina, 19, Posts Topless Pic On Facebook, Threatened With Death By Stoning

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  • Amina, a 19-year-old FEMEN feminist activist in Tunisia, posted a topless picture of herself on Facebook with the words “Fuck your morals” written across her chest. She’s since been threatened with death by stoning or lashes by Muslim leaders. (One warned she might “give ideas to other women.” Oh no! Ideas!) Now activists are calling for a day of support for Amina on April 4. [Huffington Post UK, International Business Times]
  • Even some Republicans in North Dakota think they went too far in banning all abortions in the state. [Huffington Post]
  • Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on the thousands of Dallas men who joined a rally against domestic violence. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gave his lesbian cousin Jean Podrasky a “highly coveted” ticket to the Court’s hearing on Prop 8 tomorrow. [Queerty]
  • Republican lawmaker Rep. Debbie Riddle posted something on her Facebook page about how women need to be “modest” while breastfeeding. As opposed to slutty breastfeeding? [San Francisco Gate] Keep reading »

North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

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  • North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
  • Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the likes of Gloria Steinem, has rejected a trans woman as a student because Calliope Wong was born a male. (It’s actually the second time Smith has rejected Wong as a student for this very reason.) [Newser]
  • But in some good news, on her blog, Callio mentions a friend of hers, who is also a trans woman, has been admitted to Simmons College, another women’s college. Simmons even gave her friend a $20,000 scholarship! [CallioWong.Tumblr.com]
  • On Adria Richards, “Donglegate” and the ethics of public shaming. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Speaking of Donglegate, Men’s rights activists (MRAs), AKA the scum of the universe, are raising money for the man who got fired.  [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Starbucks CEO Shuts Down Marriage Equality Complainer

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  • At a recent shareholders meeting, a shareholder complained to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz that sales dipped after the company publicly announced support for marriage equality. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Shultz told the shareholder. “Thank you very much.” Baller. [Queerty]
  • Girls playing video games? Who’d've thunk! [Kotaku]
  • Also, a woman runs a science blog and everyone loses their marbles. [Guardian UK
  • The University of Tennessee pulled funding from a weeklong sex ed event for students after Fox News started harping about how a drag show and “lesbian bondage expert” were going to hurt these fragile kiddies’ minds. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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