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Harvard Student Pens Open Letter About The School’s Non-Reaction To Her 2013 Sexual Assault

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  • A Harvard student penned a heartbreaking open letter in the Harvard Crimson newspaper addressed to university administrators about the sexual assault she suffered nine months ago by one of her friends, who continues to live in the same dorm as her. The Harvard administration has reportedly shrugged this student off, claiming it didn’t technically fall under the narrow and outdated sexual assault policy written in the university handbooks. “Dear Harvard: I am writing to let you know that I give up,” the student writes, continuing:

    I will be moving out of my House next semester, if only—quite literally—to save my life. You will no longer receive emails from me, asking for something to be done, pleading for someone to hear me, explaining how my grades are melting and how I have developed a mental illness as a result of your inaction. My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened. Today, Harvard, I am writing to let you know that you have won.

    Gee, where have we heard this story before? [Harvard Crimson]

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“Men’s Rights” Group Whines About Sexual Assault Awareness Month Self Defense Class

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Who could possibly have a problem with free self defense classes hosted by the Glendale, California, Police Department in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

So-called “men’s rights” activists who complain that the classes that teach self-defense skills to girls and women are discriminatory against men. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

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The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the “pink sparkly girls” against the “digging for worms on a rainy day” ones.

I was one of the girls digging for worms. Rainy days were awesome when I was a kid: I would throw a swimsuit under my play clothes and hit the street. My mom use to talk about her horror of finding me building a mud dam in the street, trying to keep the river of storm water from getting to the sewer system. (Of course, that is also one of my favorite memories from childhood.) For me, science has always had a hold on my brain and heart. From archeology to the space program, I loved it all. Okay, maybe not genetics. Fruit flies were sooooo boring. And with my gift to kill plants, botany was a huge failure for me. But as a biology major, I had to take it all. Keep reading »

Interns Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment, Too

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  • Unpaid interns in New York City are now protected from sexual harassment and racial/religious/sexual discrimination, following the passage of a bill that protects them on the job even if they are not earning a wage or salary. [Think Progress]
  • A Pakistani politician introduced a bill to increase the punishment on any adult who is involved in child marriage. [Reuters]
  • Here’s blogger Brittney Cooper on why she supports #CancelColbert … [Salon]
  • … and here’s what blogger Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel says we can learn from the whole thing. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Hey, You! Pee On A Stick Before You Drink That Beer!

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  • A Republican (obviously) politician in Alaska wants the state to pay for pregnancy tests in restaurants and bars so women can find out if they are pregnant before drinking. You will be shocked, shocked to know State Senator Pete Kelly opposes abortion and doesn’t want to increase access to contraception because it’s only for women “who don’t want to act responsibly.” Using taxpayer money to put millions of pee-sticks in every establishment that sells alcohol in the state? Responsible. Dudebro literally wants Alaska to become a urination-focused police state where all women are considered to be possible incubators for a fetus. Good luck with that! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

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  • Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term”domestic violence” should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn’t get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted, gun violence and intimate partner violence are connected and addressing one problem means addressing another. [New York Times, Think Progress]
  • Take a look at this little girl Relisha Rudd, age eight, who has gone missing in the Washington, D.C./Richmond, Virginia area. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Here’s how raising the minimum wage would help women. [The Hill] Keep reading »

Christian School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

We <3 Sunnie Just The Way She Is
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Sunnie Is A Tomboy

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run “Christian” schools are actually enormous dicks.

Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn’t dress or behave “feminine” enough, like wearing pants with her school uniform. Her grandparents, who are her guardians, pulled Sunnie out of Timberlake and enrolled her in public school instead of forcing her to be someone she is not.

Sunnie is a tomboy with a big, infectious smile who wears short hair (she donated her longer hair to kids with cancer!) and comfy clothes like jeans and T-shirts to run around outside. But elementary principal Becky Bowman from Timberlake Christian School wrote in a letter to Sunnie’s grandparents that perhaps it’s “not the best place for her future education” if Sunnie can’t conform to the Biblically-based gender identity they dictate:

“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment … We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.” Keep reading »

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage

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Today the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover preventative care, which was filed by Christian owners of secular businesses who object to covering certain forms of birth control for their employees. Hobby Lobby claims their religious freedom is being violated and they should be exempt, like explicitly religious employers. There’s a whole lot to read about the subject and I’d like to thank commenter LR52185 for pointing us to a few of them:

Happy 80th Birthday, Gloria Steinem!

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Today is a very special day in feminist history: it’s the 80th birthday of icon Gloria Steinem. Some may know her as co-founder of Ms. magazine. Some may know her for her undercover exposé as a bunny at the Playboy Club. Some may know her as an activist for the ERA, equal pay and abortion rights and her fight against bigotry, racism and apartheid. Some may just know her by her aviator sunglasses. (They were pretty dope.)

But if you only know a little about Ms. Steinem, then you don’t know enough. In honor of her octogenarian birthday, MAKERS made a kickass infographic to get you up to speed on Gloria’s accomplishments and influential role in Second Wave feminism. (Check it out after the jump!) And if you haven’t yet seen the HBO documentary about her life, “Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words,” might I suggest you add it to you queue?

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Reeva Steenkamp’s Texts To Oscar Pistorius Weeks Before He Killed Her Are Totally Disturbing: “I’m Scared Of You Sometimes”

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Today the prosecution rested its case in the trial of South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Steenkamp, a model, was found shot several times through the locked bathroom door in Pistorius’ home; he claimed that he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a burglar. Police had previously responded to “allegations of a domestic nature” at Pistorius’ home and on the night of her death, neighbors said they had heard gunshots and screams from both a man and a woman prior to the shooting. Pistorius, who is 27, has entered a plea of not guilty.

Text messages from WhatsApp between the couple were submitted as evidence and despite plenty of messages of a loving nature, they show that three weeks before her murder she was telling him “I’m scared of you sometimes” while detailing controlling and mean behavior.  Keep reading »

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