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Sundance Survey: Female Directors Fare Better In Indie Films Than Hollywood

On Strong Female Characters
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Sexist Comment To Bigelow
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Jodie On Female Directors
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  • Women directors fare far better in indie films than they do in the mainstream Hollywood machine, according to a new study out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Women are still woefully underrepresented in all filmmaking roles in Sundance films, however. [Guardian UK]
  • On the geography of abortion access in America. [Daily Beast]
  • Indian caste councils have asked for “greater understanding” for families for committing domestic violence against their sisters and daughters, AKA so-called “honor killings.” Women’s rights advocates in India suspect 10,000 people are murdered by “honor killings” each year, usually women killed by family members. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Tweeting Pictures Of Your Boobs Isn’t Really Feminist, Y’all

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Some Anti-Abortion Fool Sat Up In A Tree During The Inauguration And Screamed About Babies

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  • An anti-abortion protester climbed up a tree — just like a bear! — at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., today, holding a sign that read “Pray to end abortion” while screaming from amidst the branches. I bet that showed everyone. What I think is really funny is that the police just let him stay up there, assuming he’d either fall out or climb down. [The Gloss]
  • A drawing by the artist Kara Walker, which depicts a black female slave performing oral sex on a white man, was covered up at the Newark Public Library after patrons protested the image. The library has finally agreed to uncover the drawing and also invited Walker to come speak at the library to discuss her work. [Madame Noire]
  • On how poor women are becoming the face of abortion. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Majority Of Americans Say ‘Roe Vs. Wade’ Should Not Be Overturned: Pew Poll

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  • Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion, should not be overturned according to the majority of Americans. This information comes via a Pew Research poll which found 63 percent of those polled want the landmark decision to be left alone. [Feminist.org]
  • A South Carolina state representative has introduced a bill to offer the HPV vaccine, which prevents some strains of HPV which cause cervical cancer, to 7th graders. Republican Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a similar bill last year. [Think Progress]
  • A California state senator has introduced a bill to clarify the 1872 law that says only married women can be raped by “impostors” pretending to be their husbands. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Wyoming Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Further Restrict Abortion

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  • Republicans in Wyoming state legislature have introduced a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Currently, Wyoming’s law bans abortions after the fetus has “reached viability,” which is generally around 23 weeks. But a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which would drastically affect women’s choices.  [Think Progress]
  • On Planned Parenthood’s decision to turn move away from using the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” [BuzzFeed]
  • This mom found that her 2nd grader was asked to read a story in school which glorified kidnapping and rape, so she confronted the elementary school. [AlterNet]
  • On life as a transgender parent. [Psychology Today]

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Iran Considers Requiring Single Women To Get Permission From Father Before Traveling Abroad

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  • Iran will consider a parliamentary bill that will require single women to receive permission from a guardian, usually their father or brother, to travel abroad. Married women in Iran will continue to need their husband’s permission to travel. Paternalism, much? [Guardian UK]
  • A seven-year-old girl in Goa, India, was raped in her school’s bathroom on Monday. [BBC]
  • Read a great quote from the late Aaron Swartz, a tech activist and founder who committed suicide this weekend age 26, about sexism in technology. [Feministing] Keep reading »
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