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The Soapbox: I’m A Feminist Who Loves Miss America And That’s OK

This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion“ rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise sympathetic post, called the pageant “a collective American Nelson Muntz moment.” And Bustle redubbed Ms. America ”Miss Symbol of Conventional Gender Mores.”

Every year, I read these posts lambasting the Miss America pageant for being sexist, lame, irrelevant, and outdated, and the contestants themselves for being little more than a dumb person’s idea of ideal American femininity, anthropomorphized celery stalks liberally smeared with self-bronzer and Bonne Bell purple eyeshadow. And I agree with them, to some extent. (That flip-cup rendition of “Happy” wasn’t stellar, let’s just leave it at that.)

But mostly they just make my eyes roll into the back of my skull. Keep reading »

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

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  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai’s Taliban Attackers Arrested

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  • Ten members of the Taliban responsible for shooting Pakistani girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai in the head in a 2012 attack have been arrested, according to the Pakistan army. [Huffington Post]
  • A doctor who performed abortions in southern Texas explains why recent restrictions on reproductive rights will be devastating for low-income, rural women. [NPR]
  • My friend created an incredible package for The Huffington Post profiling six female survivors of domestic violence, each who exemplifies why it’s so hard for someone to leave an abuser. Meet these women and see how shame, money, fear, love, family, and isolation affected each. [The Huffington Post]
  • CBS pulled a Rihanna performance from an intro to Thursday Night Football last night, all because she’s an inconvenient reminder of domestic violence. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Opens “Virtual” Clinics In Minnesota & Washington State

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  • Planned Parenthood is now offering online services in Minnesota and Washington State, in which patients can receive STD counseling or get a prescription for birth control through a video portal or an app. Another service that will soon be available will be mail-order treatment kids for STDs. Take that, assholes closing reproductive health clinics! [The Mary Sue, Star Tribune]
  • On how to talk to your kids about Ray Rice. [Essence] Keep reading »

NFL Received Ray Rice Video Three Months Ago, Law Enforcement Officials Confirm

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TMZ released a video of NFL player Ray Rice knocking out his wife. Read More »
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20 Powerful #WhyIStayed And #WhyILeft Tweets From Twitter's Domestic Violence Conversation
A sample of the powerful tweets posted to this DV awareness hashtag. Read More »
"I Married My Abuser"
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Some insight into why abuse victims stay in violent relationships. Read More »
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  • The AP has confirmed that an anonymous law enforcement official sent the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée unconcscious to the NFL three months ago. The AP also listened to a voicemail confirming that the video was received by someone there on April 9: a female voice says thanks and “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The NFL has consistently maintained they did not see the violent video until Monday, when it became public by TMZ. The league has been receiving harsh criticism for originally only suspending Rice for two games. [AP]
  • According to NBC Nightly News, the NFL’s response to the AP’s confirmation is “We have no knowledge of this … We will look into it.” Uh huh. Lemme guess … the dog ate the tape? An intern lost it? It walked away and moved to Bali? [Twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews]
  • Following TMZ’s release of a video on Monday, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received nearly double an increase in calls from domestic violence victims, their family, and friends. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Accused Of Sexual Assault By Ex-Stripper

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been accused of sexually assaulting a former stripper named Jana Weckerly, 27, during a 2009 incident in Texas. In a lawsuit, which can be read here, Wecklery said she and another woman met Jones at a hotel in North Texas sometime during May or June 2009. She accused the 71-year-old Cowboys’ owner of forcing his fingers into her vagina, forcibly kissing her on the neck and shoulders, forcing her to rub his penis, forcibly grabbing or rubbing her butt, and making her watch while he got a blowjob from the other woman. All of this occurred without her consent, she alleges. Keep reading »

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