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Minnesota’s Rep. Peggy Scott Says “My Heart Breaks” Over Marriage Equality Win

Minnesota’s state House has advanced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage … [Feminist.org]
… which has one Minnesota Republican named Rep. Peggy Scott very upset. “My heart breaks for Minnesota,” she said. Deal with it. [Raw Story]
Microsoft has named Amy Hood as its first-ever female CFO. [The Daily Beast]
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North Carolina Pols Actually Thought Requiring Parental Consent For STD Testing Was A Good Idea

Thank God somebody in North Carolina’s state legislature has some sense: the Health and Human Services Committee has pulled a bill that would require teens get parental consent for STD testing and treatment, as well as other healthcare. The Republican-controlled committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, to an explosion of WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? More »


Identical Twins Kirstie & Kristie Bronner Are Co-Valedictorians Of Spelman

Here’s a hard sister act to follow: identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner (yes, those are their names) have been named co-valedictorians of Spelman College, a historically Black college in Atlanta, Georgia. See, Kirstie had a 4.0 GPA and her twin sister Kristie also had a 4.0 GPA, so the school appointed them both to… More »


SlutWalk Protest Gets Student Teacher Theresa Illgen Removed From Job

Theresa Illgen, 23, a student teacher, was asked not to return to the high school where she was teaching after she participated in a SlutWalk protest on the New Mexico State University campus and had a picture of herself wearing a bra on the front page of the local newspaper. Illgen is the president… More »


Lawyer Wants Age Of Consent Lowered To 13 To Stop “Persecution Of Old Men”

Yup, you read that headline right: a British lawyer has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 because a dirty old man touching 8th graders’ boobs should be totally OK.

London lawyer Barbara Hewson penned an impassioned piece for a contrarian British publication called Spiked in which she wrote about… More »


Facebook Page Run By Active Marines Mocks Violence Against Female Troops

A Facebook page run by active Marines mocking violence against female troops has been taken down after it was publicly outed by a Congresswoman. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) penned a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the commander of the Marine Corps asking them to take action on the page, F’N Wook, which showed… More »


Democratic Republic Of Congo Worst Place On Earth For Mothers

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst country in the world for mothers, according to the annual report on motherhood from Save The Children. The best place on Earth, in terms of education, income, maternal health and child mortality, continues to be Finland, Sweden and Norway. We should be ashamed of ourselves, America. More »


Men In Pakistan Village Decide Women Are Not Allowed To Vote

Welcome to Pakistan! Home to the second largest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. Many women in Pakistan face violence, intimidation and sometimes death for wanting to receive an education. Sounds like a recipe for repression.

The AP reports that in 564 of 64,000… More »


Donald Trump Helpfully Reminds Us All Men Are Rapists, Always

Just in case you thought that men should be expected to obtain consent from women before engaging in sexual behavior with them, bigoted blowhard Donald Trump is here to remind you all men are rapists, always. Why else would 26,000 service members have reported experiencing [second item] “unwanted sexual contact” last year? It’s because, Trump tweeted,… More »


Turkish Airlines Bans Crew From Wearing Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

Turkish Airlines has banned stewardesses from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, claiming bright makeup “impairs visual integrity.” Critics say the restriction is a sign the moderate Islamic country is becoming more conservative, in particular towards women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
According to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI),… More »


Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They’re both too young for him to be “wife”-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story “Heartbroken ChrisMore »


Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage last week! The state House and Senate both approved marriage equality and the governor signed it into law on Thursday. Congratulations, Rhode Island! [Feminist.org, Salon]
Today In Irony: the Air Force’s chief of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has been… More »


New York Times Needed Some Help Writing Headlines

The New York Times changed their online headline on this story from “sex charges” to “sexual assault charges” after getting slammed on Twitter. The piece was about the Morehouse student athletes who have been accused of sexual assault. [New York Times]
A young Afghani woman was shot dead in front of 300 people… More »


Serial Groper Gets Off Scot-Free, Because That’s How We Do

Oh, FFS, America. Last year, New York City was captivated by the tale of the good-looking, really well-dressed, white man — totally the kind of guy who want to bring home to your bubbe — who was sexually assaulting women in public. The man the tabloids called the “Gentleman Groper” was later fingered as a lawyer… More »


Three Morehouse Basketball Players Accused Of Sexual Assault

An 18-year-old Spelman student has accused three basketball players from Morehouse College of sexual assault. One faces a charge of aggravated sodomy, while two others face both rape and aggravated sodomy charges. [Clutch Online, Madame Noire]
Indiana restricted abortion rights even more yesterday. [Think Progress]
Hawaii has passed a domestic workers bill… More »


“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, “No More Abuse,” has been launched in the desert of women’s rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a “victory” of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with a lengthy post script: in… More »


UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

[UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not “translate” well, and adding “Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour.” — CollectiveAction DC] Now here’s a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had “DC fraternity boys”More »


FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision — Tummino v. Hamberg – mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA announced two major changes to purchasing the emergency contraceptive:

It… More »


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