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Democratic Republic Of Congo Worst Place On Earth For Mothers

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  • The Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst country in the world for mothers, according to the annual report on motherhood from Save The Children. The best place on Earth, in terms of education, income, maternal health and child mortality, continues to be Finland, Sweden and Norway. We should be ashamed of ourselves, America. [BBC]
  • This is beyond fucked up: an Air Force brochure advises sexual assault victims to “submit.” [WIRED]
  • On the Lilith Fund, an organization that gives small grants to women seeking an abortion. [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

Turkish Airlines Bans Crew From Wearing Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

Miniskirt Ban
Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
Uggs Banned By School
Uggs were banned at one middle school, but it's not why you think. Read More »
Another Miniskirt ban
Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
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  • Turkish Airlines has banned stewardesses from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, claiming bright makeup “impairs visual integrity.” Critics say the restriction is a sign the moderate Islamic country is becoming more conservative, in particular towards women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
  • According to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI), there are over 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel every single day. This comes following the news that 26,000 service members had reported “unwanted sexual contact” in 2012, up from 19,000 the year before. In response, President Obama sharply rebuked those who are “betraying the uniform.”  [Yahoo, Salon]
  • A Fox News host asked, hella inappropriately, if 14-year-old Malia Obama is on birth control. [Madame Noire]
  • A history of smear campaigns against politicians centered around abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

France Legalizes Gay Marriage
France becomes the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Read More »
NZ Passes Gay Marriage
And parliament breaks into song to celebrate! Read More »
Nancy Reagan Loves Gays
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Hey, GOP: even Nancy Reagan supports marriage equality. Read More »
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  • Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage last week! The state House and Senate both approved marriage equality and the governor signed it into law on Thursday. Congratulations, Rhode Island! [Feminist.org, Salon]
  • Today In Irony: the Air Force’s chief of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. [HyperVocal]
  • The cost of birth control is higher in some low-income neighborhoods than in wealthy ones, according to a small study done in Florida. [Huffington Post]
  • Will this TED talk turn every man who watches it into a feminist? [Upworthy]
  • Meet Holly Jacobs, 29, who stood up to an ex-boyfriend who posted private pictures of her on revenge porn websites. [BetaBeat]
  • Good news, gays! You can change, just like rapists and murderers, according to Christian wackadoodle Pat Roberson. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

New York Times Needed Some Help Writing Headlines

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  • The New York Times changed their online headline on this story from “sex charges” to “sexual assault charges” after getting slammed on Twitter. The piece was about the Morehouse student athletes who have been accused of sexual assault. [New York Times]
  • A young Afghani woman was shot dead in front of 300 people by her father for “dishonoring” her family. [Amnesty UK]
  • On Babes At The Museum, a web site of attractive women who frequent art museums. [Gallerist NY]
  • Members of a Cal State San Marcos sorority dressed up like Latina gang members (“cholas”) because I guess that’s funny? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Our Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on how Texas is seeking to further restrict minors’ access to abortion. [RH Reality Check]
  • The pros and cons of abandoning the word “feminist.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

Three Morehouse Basketball Players Accused Of Sexual Assault

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  • An 18-year-old Spelman student has accused three basketball players from Morehouse College of sexual assault. One faces a charge of aggravated sodomy, while two others face both rape and aggravated sodomy charges. [Clutch Online, Madame Noire]
  • Indiana restricted abortion rights even more yesterday. [Think Progress]
  • Hawaii has passed a domestic workers bill of rights, making it only the second state in the country to do so. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

Catcalling LEGOs
catcalling construction worker LEGO Sticker
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Street Harassment
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Stop Telling Me To "Smile"
Telling women to "smile" at you on the street is sexual harassment. Read More »
  • [UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not “translate” well, and adding “Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour.” — CollectiveAction DC] Now here’s a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had “DC fraternity boys” (their own phrasing) hold signs at this weekend’s Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. Sounds innocuous, right? Well, the signs read stuff like “You look beautiful sweaty” (creepy!) and “Cute running shoes!” (Um, thanks?)  If what they wanted was encouragement, they could have chosen slogans that don’t focus on how you look — especially since “You look beautiful sweaty” totally sounds like some creepy comment a dude would make catcalling you. Getting people to cheer on runners would have been a sweet idea. But “frat boys” telling you how attractive you look while running a marathon? FAIL. We must always make the frat boys happy, mustn’t we? Who planned this event, Rebecca Martinson? [Collective Action DC, Facebook.com/BareMinerals]
  • A conservative group is calling up voters in South Carolina and asking, “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch [the Democratic contender] if I told you she had an abortion?” SLEAZY. [Think Progress]
  • A brief history of “women aren’t funny.” [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »
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