Posts tagged "women news"

Steubenville Football Coach Gets Two-Year Contract With School System Renewed

accountability, noun — the quality or state of being  accountable;  especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions It must be nice to be Steubenville, Ohio, football coach Reno Saccoccia. Coach Saccoccia is required by law to report child abuse and is said to have known about the rape of an unconcious

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2013

Black Female Legislators Walk Out Of Florida House Debate On Race-Selective Abortion

Abortion opponents in Florida are currently trying to pass a ban through the House of Representatives that would criminalize abortion on the basis of race or gender. Despite a lack of evidence that race- and sex-selective abortions are a problem in the United States, it's becoming a popular tactic of the anti-abortion movement to claim…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2013

5-Year-Old Indian Girl Abducted, Raped

A five-year-old girl in India was abducted and raped last week by a neighbor who held her captive for three days and left her for dead. She suffered serious internal injuries and is now hospitalized in New Dehli critical condition. As of Monday morning, two men have been arrested in connection with the rape.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2013

El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

Guy Accused Of Sexual Misconduct At College, So His Mom Pens Victim-Blaming Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

The Wall Street Journal is about as publicity stunt-y as The New York Times' Style section in terms of publishing articles guaranteed to kick up a fuss. But the WSJ, being owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp (Fox News, etc.), leads with a conservative slant. This week's case-in-point is an op-ed by lawyer Judith Grossman, whose son wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school. According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened to call…

By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Hey, Conservatives: Even Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality

Former First Lady Nancy Reagen supports marriage equality, according to a new Sirius interview with her daughter Patti Davis. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Religious Right! In the interview, Davis explained her mother does support the legalization of gay marriage but emphasized that Reagan "is not comfortable going out in the public…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2013

Jemima Kirke Is A Beautiful Gay Bride For Bridal Boutique Ad

It's not just Allison Williams who has locked lips with costar Jemima Kirke: the lovely, floaty Jemima appears in a bridal boutique lookbook for a New York City shop kissing another woman. Declaring "Fuck weddings" on their website, Stone Fox Bride says they have "a dress for every batshit bride out there," which certainly sound…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2013

Louis C.K. Jokes (But Not Really) That Men Are The Biggest Threat To Women

Louis C.K. fans like myself groaned after the whole Daniel Tosh rape joke incident so we're relieved it was a misunderstanding and that C.K. is at least slightly more feminist-minded.  In an article at Slate, David Haglund writes about Louis C.K.'s new HBO special, which includes what some people are calling C.K.'s "feminist rape joke": Halfway…

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

“Vaginas” Is An Appropriate Euphemism For “Women,” According To New Hampshire Republican Politician

I'm tempted to respond like a fourth-grader and refer to New Hampshire State Representative Peter Hansen as "penis" for the rest of this post.  But unlike this "fairly well-educated" man, I'm not of the mind that genitalia are acceptable substitutes for gender.  In an email sent to the New Hampshire House of Representatives list-serv Rep. Hansen wrote…

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

This post contains spoilers! Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of "Mad Men." The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of your TV…

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

Ohio Seeks To Ban Sex Ed Teaching “Gateway” Sexual Behavior

A finance committee in Ohio's House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to restrict sex educators from mentioning "gateway" sexual behavior — i.e., anything "non-abstinence" like fingering and groping. Y'all know that abstinence-only sex ed doesn't actually work, right? [Innovation Ohio, My Fox 28 Columbus] A federal judge has prevented the last remaining abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

“Bridesmaids” Director Paul Feig Is A Feminist

"My goal is to keep breaking the door open wider so Hollywood doesn't say, 'No, you can't star a woman in this.' It's not about whether or not it's a women's comedy or a men's comedy ... it's just a comedy. I want the audience to go, 'They're funny, and I don't care if they're…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Anti-Abortion Activists Hold First “Leave The Abortion Industry Day”

Anti-abortion activists have many approaches to stopping abortion. One is to spread lies about the science around reproductive health. Another is to pressure women to feel guilty for terminating pregnancies, regardless of their reason. Another is to restrict abortion access through the courts. And yet another is to target the employees and property of abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Sexy Shoe Shines: Because Everything Has To Be Sexy Now

Men! Why get a shoe shine when you can get a seXXXy shoe shine? That seems to be the theory behind Star Shine NYC, a new New York City shoe shine shop in the Financial District. At the "Hooters" of shoe shines, as some have called it, for $7, a buxom woman in shorts and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Trans Woman Ally Robledo Uses Women’s Bathroom, Charged With Trespassing

How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for "trespassing" after she uses the women's bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year. Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was "peeing standing up" i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Sarah Erdreich On Her Book Generation Roe

Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers.  Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo. Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a larger discourse…

By: Sarah Gray / April 14, 2013

Rick Brainard, Colorado Councilman-Elect, Slapped Girlfriend To “Shut Her Mouth”

You know those mouthy girlfriends! Sometimes they just need a good slap so she'll "shut her mouth." And throw in some hair-pulling and shoving, too. Rick Brainard, City Councilman-elect of Grand Junction, Colorado, knows all about it. In fact, he admitted to slapping, pushing and hair-pulling to a police officer last Saturday when he wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2013

Today’s Lady News: Three Teen Boys Arrested, Charged With Rape, After Suicide Of Audrie Pott

Three teen boys in California have been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl, who committed suicide after pictures of the rape were posted online. Audrie was raped while passed out at a party in September 2012. The images were posted online and she killed herself eight days later.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that's an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn't sound very "pro-life" to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockman thinks that owning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013
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