Posts tagged "women news"

Tech CEO Will Serve No Jail Time For Hitting Girlfriend 117 Times

Tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal faces no jail time after pleading guilty to domestic violence and battery for beating his girlfriend. Chahal was filmed on a home security video hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times over the course of 30 minutes, during which he said reportedly said four times that he would kill her. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage. The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team "exploited the women" by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practices two time…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

Meet 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, the first-ever licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia. So Saudi women can fly airplanes but not drive cars? Oh, that's right, driving ruins women's ovaries. [Arab News] On white supremacy and the suffrage (women's right to vote) movement. [The Toast] Of course Louisiana might force…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2014

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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 Post, Raw Story] Whoa, what would…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called "The Confidence Gap" about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Get Birth Control “At 7-11″

Catholic Cardinal Dolan said non-religious businesses shouldn't be required to cover contraception in their health care plans, because women can get their birth control at "7-11 or any shop on any street in America." Didn't you know? They keep the Loestrin on the grill right next to the taquitos. [Raw Story] Female soldier…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

Of Course The Media Is Wondering Whether Chelsea Clinton’s Pregnancy Will Affect A Hillary Clinton 2016 Run

All of the eyerolls. Funny, no one ever asked how Mitt Romney or George Bush's many, many grandchildren would affect their presidential runs. [The New Republic] If you are a mayor who denied firing a police chief because she's a lesbian, you probably shouldn't get caught on tape in a homophobic rant. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2014

Shanesha Taylor To Be Prosecuted For Child Abuse

Shanesha Taylor, a homeless and jobless mom who left her kids in a car while she was on a job interview, will be prosecuted for felony child abuse, attorneys for the state of Arizona have announced. Taylor said she left her six-month-old and her two-year-old in the car for 45 minutes because she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2014

Not This Crap Again: Phyllis Schlafly Says Women Should Be Paid Less So We Find Husbands

It's about time human mothball Phyllis Schlafly got tucked away in the attic of history. But somehow, someway, the anti-feminist and founder of the uber-conservative Eagle Forum is still sharing dumb, archaic ideas that were rejected by society over half a century ago. Her latest batch of craziness is an op-ed in the Christian Post…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2014

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

Fat people can't win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss ("The Biggest Loser," "Heavy, "I Used To Be Fat"), they're headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they're the butt of some hack's lame joke.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

India's Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as "third gender" or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2014

Jerry Lewis: “Aggression” In Women Comedians Isn’t Nice

"Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they're funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that's going to give birth to a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014

The Soapbox: Some Good News (Really) About Rape Jokes

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to say RIP Society: French "YouTube comedian" (I know) Remi Baillard recently released a video called "Free Sex," in which he's filmed pretending to fuck unsuspecting women in public. Invariably, the women notice Baillard air-humping them and give him dirty looks. And this dumb shit…
By: Katrin Higher / April 14, 2014

South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

A South Carolina state Senate panel has advanced a bill that justifies a pregnant woman using force against anyone who tries to harm her "unborn child." Abortion rights supports rightly point out bills like this are a sneaky attempt to criminalize abortion by making a fetus legally recognized as person. (The panel postponed on a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

Karyn Washington, the founder of the site For Brown Girls and the #DarkSkinRedLip project, has died at age 22, Clutch Magazine is reporting. On the #DarkSkinRedLip website, Washington posted photographs of Black women proudly wearing red lipstick; the project came about after the rapper A$AP Rocky said that women of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

Someone May Have Thrown A Shoe At Hillary Clinton During A Speech

A woman allegedly threw a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today  while she was onstage in Las Vegas giving a speech. Clinton ducked and wasn't hit by the flying footwear. The woman was taken into custody and will be arrested. WTF is wrong with people? [Talking Points Memo] Which one…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2014

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school. According to one Lumberton father: "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't…
By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar,…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 10, 2014

Study: Teen Girls Fantasize About Sex As Much As Teen Boys

According to a small study of 800 Swedish teens, boys and girls fantasize about sex the same amount! The Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics study also found that teen boys were more likely to have watched porn (not too surprising) but that teen girls who watched porn were most likely to have had sex.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2014

Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times] President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women.
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014
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