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Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

“I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. … [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said ‘real heterosexual guys’ I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald [and] Scott Fitzgerald was not what you’d call a real guy’s guy, a real heterosexual guy. Part of Scott Fitzgerald’s charm is in his feminine sensibility. But then this noise happened. … Quite frankly, I was speaking to a Frenchman, so I was more concerned with my French than I was with what I was saying to this young woman.”

Are you following this? Professor David Gilmour of the University of Toronto isn’t sexist for refusing to teach women writers in his classes (except for one short story by Virginia Woolf) — you see,  he was just busy speaking in French to someone else. It’s so hard to not be sexist and speak French at the same time. Also, the female journalist who printed the words that came out of his mouth is just trying to “make a little name” for herself. Also-also, women writers still aren’t very good at writing, but F. Scott Fitzgerald has a “feminine sensibility” so he’s still OK as the type of “serious heterosexual guys” that Gilmour will only teach. Cool story, bro. [National Post]

First Native American Woman Nominated For Federal Judgeship

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  • Diane J. Humetewa was nominated to the Arizona federal bench, and if she’s confirmed, she will be the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. [RH Reality Check]
  • Newsweek Pakistan‘s latest issue has a cover story about female suicide bombers that features exploding tampons paired with the headline “Lady Parts.” People are less than thrilled about it for a number of reasons. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out this Q&A with Julia Serano, the author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. [The Atlantic]
  • On the popularity of controversial skin-lightening cream in India. [CNN]
  • Louisiana = the worst state to live in if you’re a woman. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Widower Of Irish Woman Who Died After Being Refused An Abortion Sues Doctors

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The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
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  • Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after she was refused a medically necessary abortion, is suing the Health Service Executive. Savita, 31, died from septic shock caused by a dying fetus being kept in her womb for several days. Doctors reportedly refused to terminate Savita’s pregnancy while she was miscarrying because they were afraid they were breaking Irish law against abortion. The suit fingers the HSE and Savita’s obstetrician for negligence and claims they failed to uphold Savita’s right to life. Hmmmm. [BBC]
  • Victims are pushing for laws against using naked pics as online “revenge porn.” [New York Times]
  • Obamacare’s birth control coverage explained in six questions. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

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  • Meet Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen from Huntington Beach, California, who was crowned her high school’s homecoming queen. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy lived as “Lance” until transitioning three years ago. Congratulations, Cassidy! [Huffington Post, People]
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Nadeshda Tolokonnikova from the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions at her prison. She was sentenced to two years in a work camp for her participation in a public protest that spoke out against President Vladmir Putin and the church. [Animal New York] Keep reading »

Frisky Movie Review: “After Tiller” — On Women And The Abortion Providers Who Trust Them

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"What's The Right Thing To Do?"

A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”

I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »

Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban

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  • Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban’s maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the Saudi royal family for money. [Guardian UK]
  • Yup, the new laws restricting abortion in Texas are bullshit. [New York Times]
  • Wondering how much you earn compared to women in other states? Check out this map  that illustrates the gender pay gap state-by-state. [Forbes]
  • An interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the last four doctors in America to openly provide third-trimester abortions. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

Joy Covey, Former Amazon.com Executive, Dies Suddenly In Bike Accident At 50

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Joy Covey, the former CFO of Amazon.com and a pioneering woman in tech, died suddenly in a bicycle accident yesterday in San Mateo County, California, at age 50. Named by Fortune magazine in 1999 as one of the 50 most powerful women, Covey was the first chief fiscal officer of Amazon between 1996 and 2000. Working alongside CEO Jeff Bezos, she helped take Amazon.com public in 1997. According to her obituary on BusinessWeek, Covey dropped out of high school during her sophomore year and completed college in only two years. She reportedly had an IQ of 173 and became a CPA at age 19, before graduating with with joint business and law degree from Harvard. Covey joined Amazon.com at only 33-years-old and first served as CFO, then chief strategy officer of the e-commerce site. She left voluntarily in 2000 and most recently served as treasurer of the National Resources Defense Council. Covey is survived by an eight-year-old son named Tyler. [BusinessWeek] [PandoDaily] [LA Times] [Fortune] [Image via Facebook]

Pope: The Catholic Church Is “Obsessed” With Abortion, Gays

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  • In an interview published by 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and birth control. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the Pope said. “We have to find a new balance.” [New York Times]
  • Occidental College in California has settled with 10 female students, past and present, who accused the university of mishandling their sexual assaults. [LA Times]
  • A BBC reporter confronted former Rep. Ron Paul over his nincompoop plan for mothers to drop out of the workforce and homeschool their children. [Raw Story]
  • I have nothing but good things to say about this article in Bitch magazine about the history of anti-abuse activism in BDSM. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Obama To Name Janet Yellen As Chairman Of The Federal Reserve: Sources

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  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen will almost certainly be nominated by President Obama to lead the Fed, according to sources of the Washington Post. [Washington Post]
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has thumbed her nose at the Pentagon’s instructions and has blocked military benefits for same-sex couples from being processed in the state. [Politico]
  • Check out this piece on abusers, guns and the women they kill from our former Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes. [RH Reality Check]
  • Meet FORCE: Upsetting Rape, the feminist pranksters who punked everyone yesterday with their fake Playboy site, which had the “magazine” telling readers that consent is the key to good sex. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Famous Lady Thinkers Actually Holding A Debate On Whether Men Are Obsolete

The wage gap. Rape culture. Marriage equality. Racism. Violence against women and girls. Creepshots. Labor rights. So many important topics worthy of mainstream feminism’s attention today. Instead, the Munk Debates, a prominent debate society in Toronto, Canada, is holding a debate on whether or not men are obsolete.  Keep reading »

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