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The Soapbox: “Smug” Is Just A More Polite Way To Say “Bitch”

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Gwyneth Paltrow, who loves juice cleanses and is responsible for bringing the term “conscious uncoupling” to the mainstream, is no stranger to insults. The skinny, rich, blonde Hollywood star gets plenty of flak for her lifestyle brand GOOP, where she sells eco-friendly nail polish and monogrammable reclaimed-wood skateboards while sharing stories from her fabulous life and namedropping her celebrity pals.

Paltrow’s tone deafness at trying to come across “accessible” to her largely female fanbase is ripe for criticism, and it has become a touchstone of the way that many stars fail at appearing relatable to us regular folks. But there’s one word in particular that keeps coming up in criticisms of Paltrow and others like her that deserves a closer look: “smug.”

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CVS, Walgreens Illegally Charged Women For Birth Control

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  • CVS and Walgreens are under fire for illegally charging 11,000 women a co-pay for their birth control prescriptions at their pharmacies. Under the Affordable Care Act, forms of preventative care — including generic contraception — does not require a co-pay. Thousands of women are now going to be reimbursed. [SalonRH Reality Check]
  • “The Simpsons”/”Family Guy” crossover episode had a rape joke in it. [The Mary Sue]
  • Marlene Pinnock, the 51-year-old Black woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer in July, is receiving a $1.5 million settlement. The officer who beat her has been forced to resign. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Chelsea Manning Sues Government For Treatment For Gender Dysphoria

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#BringBackOurGirls Could Actually Happen Soon

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  • The Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram allegedly held numerous negotiations in August with the Red Cross and the Nigerian government to swap prisoners for the over 200 school girls who were kidnapped in April. The group opposes education for women, so they absconded with Nigerian teenagers and reportedly have been forcing the girls to “marry” members of their group. [CNN]
  • Spain has dropped its controversial plans to further restrict abortion access. [Guardian UK]
  • It wouldn’t be a proper interview with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard if someone didn’t ask her some sexist question about her personal life. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Hackers Threaten To Release Nude Photos Of Emma Watson After Her Feminist Speech At The UN

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  • Emma Watson may be the latest celebrity to have nude photos leaked on the Internet — in her case as retribution for a kickass speech she gave at the United Nations about feminism. 4chan, the hackers behind the nude photo leaks of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebs, claim they have naked photos of Watson they will leak. Whether such photos actually exist is debatable, but it’s extremely scary Watson is being targeted as a “whore” simply for speaking out publicly as a feminist. Either way … stay classy, 4chan! [Death & Taxes]
  • Congress is all, like, “It’s cool, we don’t need to fund the testing of backlogged rape kits. It’s not like that’s important.” [Mother Jones]
  • The New York Times Magazine had a piece this weekend on Jennifer Whalen, the Pennsylvania mother who has been sentenced to prison time for helping her 16-year-old daughter have an abortion. [NYT Magazine]
  • Several students at a school in the UK were sent home after the administration decided their uniform pants were too tight around the “calf and bottom areas.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

This Woman’s Spoken Word Poem About Her Abortion Is Incredible

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"I Am Not Ashamed"

This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. When the narrative is dominated by conservative Christians who claim all women regret their abortions, we need more women like Leyla (and Amanda, and Julia) speaking up to say that terminating an unwanted pregnancy was the best choice for everyone.

You can check out more videos about a woman’s right to choose at Upworthy’s new section, Feminent Domain. [Upworthy]

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