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South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • 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 separate bill which would actually grant fetuses personhood.) [CBS Local]
  • Here’s what’s wrong and what’s right with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus Save Act), which dictates how colleges must report sexual violence crimes. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

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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 color can’t wear red lipstick. With her site For Brown Girls, Washington sought to fight colorism within the Black community by embracing women of all complexions. In an interview last year with Jane Thang Productions, she called herself “empowered by other strong women and girls, even those who don’t know they are inspiring.” Washington continued: “Women who are doing what they can to uplift others around them and make a difference in their community motivate me to do the same. I think it is so important for women no matter what complexion, race, or religious background to be united in making sure our voices are heard – that we are being leaders and positive role models to the younger generation.” We are sad to hear about Karyn Washington’s death and hope she knew many women looked to her as a role model. [Clutch Magazine] [Image via AliyahMonea.Wordpress.com]

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

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  • 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 of these things is not like the other? Buying a new car, carpeting your home, and having an abortion. Go tell your answer to Missouri’s Republican State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger. [Think Progress]
  • A Louisiana teacher called a 12-year-old girl a “sassy slut” in front of students and only got punished with six days’ administrative leave. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

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

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This Teacher Was Suspended For Being Transgender And 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 feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”

The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »

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

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, my eyes tear up with love and the fiercest of joys, pride in the people I hold close to me. I have experienced moments that hurt my heart, that disappointed me, moments that underlined how privilege can alienate and divide us. I spoke to academics, I spoke to sex workers, I spoke to sex workers who were academics. It was a weekend of realizations, inspiration, determination … and I came away from it all feeling exhilarated and ready to change the world.

I also realized that the sex wars are still very much A Thing. There are still Good Feminists and Bad Feminists, though the definition of which is which varies depending on who you ask. It’s saddening to see us fighting each other, women who have been called prudes for asserting their sexual choices attacking women who have been called whores for asserting their sexual choices … and vice versa. This is, of course, exactly what the patriarchy wants. While we bicker about whether or not porn is empowering, we are being systematically marginalized, turned away from jobs, thrown out of school, our kids and our workspaces and our money and our privacy taken away from us. The act of having sex on film or any other sex work may empower some and humiliate others, or we might start feeling one way and eventually feel another. (The same holds true for food service workers, though we ask that question far less often). In our current culture we are all experiencing and navigating the effects of capitalist patriarchy. Keep reading »

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

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Adolescent boys think sexual aggression is flirting, apparently? Read More »
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Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For 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. [Nerve]
  • Senate Republicans blocked an equal pay bill, because what else is new? [New York Times]
  • Brandies University in Massachusetts has changed its mind about issuing an honorary degree to the women’s rights activists Aayan Hirsi Ali. Ali, the author of Infidel, is a vocal critic of Islam, particularly for some of its practitioners’ more extreme treatment of women. In a statement, Brandeis said that Ali’s views are “inconsistent with [our] core values.” [New York Times] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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. [New York Times, White House]
  • The number of women choosing to be stay-at-home moms has started to increase after a decades-long decline. [USA Today]
  • The CEO of OK Cupid called out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for donating to support the anti-gay California law Prop 8. But as it turns out, the dating site’s CEO may have an anti-gay track record of his own. [Queerty] Keep reading »

President Obama Will Issue Two Executive Orders On Equal Pay

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  • President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that will force federal contractors to submit information to the Labor Department about employees’ pay along with their race and gender, as well as ban them from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with one another. [NPR]
  • A 10-year-old girl in Senegal who became pregnant after she was raped by a neighbor won’t be allowed to have an abortion. Senegel punishes women who terminate pregnancies with as much as 10 years in prison. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Here’s how Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill are pushing Congress to allocate more money to the U.S. Department of Education to fight sexual assault on college campuses by enforcing laws more strictly. [Huffington PostBuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Survey: Millennials Are Most Willing To Move For A Wife’s Job

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Some things do change for the better: a new survey found that more than half of millennials questioned said they would move if it benefitted their wife’s career. Compare that with 43 percent of Baby Boomers and 28 percent of pre-Boomers. The survey by Mayflower moving company didn’t provide many more specifics, but I’d be curious to know how millennial couples come to make those decisions. Does it have to do with money? Health benefits, 401K and perks? Cost of living? I would hope that all partners would hypothetically be willing to move for their loved one’s job, but there are dozens of tiny practical decisions that need to be made about it. I’m happy to report that I’m in one such relationship, though: my husband and I stayed in America instead of moving back to his home country of Australia in part because of my career here. Life of the modern woman. [USA Today] [Image of couple moving via Shutterstock]

May I Interest You In A Back-Alley Abortion, Madame?

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  • On the terrifying return of the back-alley abortion. [Huffington Post]
  • A trans woman student at a North Carolina college was hassled by campus security after she used the women’s bathroom. [Advocate]
  • The governor of West Virginia vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it “unconstitutional.” [Feminist.org]
  • The president of Harvard University announced the creation of a sexual misconduct task force. The task force appears to be a response to an anonymous letter published in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper by a student who got the runaround from the administration after she was sexually assaulted.  [The Harvard Crimson] Keep reading »
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