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Maren Sanchez, 16, Stabbed To Death In Connecticut After Allegedly Turning Down Prom Invite

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A 16-year-old girl named Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by a male classmate in a Milford, Connecticut, high school today, allegedly after she turned down an invitation to the junior prom tonight.

Sanchez was a junior and Honor Society student at Jonathan Law High School. Students told the Connecticut Post that she was asked to the dance by an ex-boyfriend and when she turned him down, he slashed her across the throat.  The attack happened around 7:15 a.m., during first period, in a first-floor hallway. A teacher intervened and the attacker was restrained, but Sanchez was pronounced dead a half hour later at a local hospital. The school’s prom has since been rescheduled. Keep reading »

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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  • A Russian politician ordered his aides to “violently rape” Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months’ pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn’t be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya “lesbians.” [Huffington PostRaw Story]
  • Whoa, what would it look like if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2014 on a two-woman ticket? [New York Times]
  • The NRA is changing its stance on domestic violence, sort of. [Huffington Post Keep reading »

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

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  • Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term”domestic violence” should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn’t get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted, gun violence and intimate partner violence are connected and addressing one problem means addressing another. [New York Times, Think Progress]
  • Take a look at this little girl Relisha Rudd, age eight, who has gone missing in the Washington, D.C./Richmond, Virginia area. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Here’s how raising the minimum wage would help women. [The Hill] Keep reading »

Texas Father James Cosby Investigated In Murder Of Lesbian Daughter & Her Girlfriend

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A week ago today, police in Galveston County, Texas, found the bodies of two young Black lesbians. Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, had both been murdered and police suspected their sexuality may have been a factor in their killings.

Now Britney’s father James Larry Cosby has been arrested in connection with the death of his daughter and her longtime girlfriend. He is being charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in connection to the deaths. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Melissa Gira Grant, Author Of Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work

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If you’ve done any reading on the Internet about the business of sex work, chances are you’ve come across Melissa Gira Grant. She’s written about sex, politics, labor and tech everywhere from the UK’s Guardian to The Atlantic  to Jezebel and Valleywag, making her one of the top intellectuals to turn to when America needs an explanation about why we’re so weird about sex.

A former “web cam girl,” Grant just published her latest book, Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work, which is unlike any book about sex work or feminism that I’ve ever read. In it, she critiques law enforcement’s treatment of actual or perceived sex workers; labor issues surrounding sex work; and the tendency for governments and some outreach workers to treat all sex workers as “victims” in need of being “rescued.” However complicated you might have thought issues pertaining to sex work were before, Grant’s excellent book is extraordinarily illuminating.

Grant recently spoke to me about “whore stigma,” feminism, police, and the media’s struggle to accurately cover sex workers. Our Q&A begins after the jump: Keep reading »

Black Lesbian Couple Murdered In Texas

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  • A Black lesbian couple was murdered in Galveston County, Texas. The bodies of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, were found on Friday. The women had lived together for two years and were parents to Jackson’s five-year-old child. It’s unclear as of right now if their sexuality was a factor in their murders. [Autostraddle, ABC News]
  • Here’s an interview with MSNBC host and new mama Melissa Harris-Perry about the politics and pitfalls of motherhood in America. [Think Progress]
  • Can a polygamist also be a feminist? [Slate] Keep reading »
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