Posts tagged "women news"

Cee Lo Green Dropped From Music Festivals After Rape Tweets

Music festivals in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. have dropped Cee Lo Green following his gross tweets that “people who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Green pleaded no contest to charges that he had slipped Ecstasy into a woman’s drink and allegedly raped her; he maintains it was consensual sex. He also deleted the tweets,…

Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Opens Up About Abortion 17 Years Ago

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities.

Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

Margaret Atwood Is Coming Out With A New Book — But There’s A Catch

A new book from the genius Margaret Atwood is always news. The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin has legions of readers around the world. But when her next book is published, most of them will be dead. That’s because Atwood has written a novel but won’t be publishing it until 2114…

Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2014

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

A three-judge appeals court in Chicago, Illinois unanimously ruled yesterday that the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. [AP]
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that said buffer zones outside abortion clinics violated the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters, San Francisco is considering new ways to protect staff and patients at…

Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

Abortion Clinic Opening In New Mexico To Serve Embattled West Texas

Texas was hit hard by the state legislature’s abortion bills in 2013 which sought to shut down nearly all the clinics in the state by enacting a series of unnecessary laws aimed at “improving women’s health” (those are scare quotes). About half of TX’s clinics have already closed since Republican Governor Rick Perry signed them…

Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

RIP Society: College Boys Welcome Parents On Move-In Day With “Honk If You’re Droppin’ Off Your Daughter” Sign

Dropping your kid off at college can’t be easy for any parent. And it’s worse when you pull up to the front gates of the college and a pack of bros are standing there holding a sign reading “HONK IF YOU’RE DROPPIN’ OFF YOUR DAUGHTER.” Let’s all say it together now: Ewwww. No one at…

Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

Two Malaysian Women Arrested For Alleged “Same-Sex Relations”

Two female students in Malaysia were arrested this weekend by religious police for allegedly having “same-sex relations” in a hotel room. The young women, ages 20 and 21, had their room searched and a sex toy confiscated. Lesbian sex has been criminalized since 1997, where it carries a fine, three years in jail and…

Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2014

Judges Fend Off Abortion Restrictions In Louisiana & Texas

A federal judge allowed a new abortion law to go into effect in Louisiana, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, but ruled that doctors and clinics cannot be penalized for breaking the law while it is being debated. Abortion rights supporter…

Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2014

California State Legislature Advances “Yes Means Yes” Hookup Bill

California’s state senate advanced a bill to require universities that take financial aid from the state to adopt a policy that students must give “affirmative consent” before engaging in sex. The law would state that both parties need to engage in “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” before hooking up — in other words, people…

Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2014

Domestic Violence Victims Could Qualify For Asylum

A ruling by the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals has found that a woman who fled her abusive husband in Guatemala met one of the criteria for asylum, which is that she belongs to a particular social group (in this case, I think, women who are domestic violence victims). The woman fled her…

Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

NFL Institutes Six-Game Suspension For Domestic Violence

The NFL has updated its personal conduct policy to suspend any player or personnel without pay for six games if he commits an act of domestic violence. If there is a second incident, he would be banned by the league or a year before he could petition for reinstatement. The policy applies to domestic violence,…

Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

Are We Really That Surprised Male Politicians Made Comments To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand About Her Weight?

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is publishing her memoir in two weeks, which is already dominating headlines for the ugh-iest of reasons. In Off The Sidelines, Gillibrand reveals several occasions when male colleagues have made sexist comments about her appearance and once even squeezed her stomach. (Just warning everyone now, if you squeeze my stomach, I will…

Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

Zurich’s “Sex Boxes” Are A Success!

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Zurich, Switzerland’s “sex boxes,” drive-in brothels that accommodate over a dozen sex workers. Sex work has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s, but was largely unregulated. Previously Zurich sex workers sold themselves on the street in several neighborhoods, often climbing into clients’ cars. As can be the case eve…

Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original…

Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Anthropologie Told Nursing Mom To Feed Her Kid In The Toilet

Breastfeeding moms held a “nurse-in” at Anthropologie after a woman shopping in a Los Angeles store was escorted by a manager to the bathroom to continue feeding her kid. Might I remind you that breastfeeding in public is legal in California? And that no one should have to hang out in the toilet any…

Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2014

There Are More Adult Women Gamers Than Gamer Boys Under 18

The face of gaming is still a pack of rowdy preteen boys, faux-blasting each other with pixelated guns for giggles. In the United States, adult women are an impressive 48 percent of all gamers — more than gamer boys under 18. A huge part of the increase is due to mobile games, like “Kim

Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2014

Sorority Sister Uses N-Word In Racist Snapchat, Gets Kicked Out

A member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama has been dismissed from the sorority after she posted a Snapchat with two friends which was captioned “Chi O got NO n***as!!!!!” (According to WVTM Birmingham, two Black women joined the sorority during this rush period.) The University of Alabama has been

Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2014

Professor Mireille Miller-Young Sentenced To Anger Management Classes For Stealing Anti-Abortion Protesters’ Sign

Back in March, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, made headlines for stealing a graphic anti-abortion sign from a group of protesters called Survivors Of The Abortion Holocaust on her campus. In addition to destroying the sign with scissors, Miller-Young also allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old protester. She wa…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

New Jersey Middle School Refuses To Let Trans Girl Come Back To Classes

Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, told a 13-year-old trans girl named Rachel Pepe that she is not allowed back in school unless she goes by her previous identity of “Brian.” [Asbury Park Press]
Here are seven Black women to follow for updates on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson,…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

NYC Politician Announces On Twitter That She Has “High Risk HPV”

Melissa Mark-Viverito made an unusual admission for a politician on Sunday night: New York City’s City Council Speaker announced to her followers on Twitter that she has high risk HPV.

Mark-Viverito shared how the common STI she has can potentially lead to cervical cancer and that she is having a biopsy on Tuesday. She…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014
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