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Shailene Woodley: “How Do We Expect Men To Respect Women If Women Don’t Respect Women?”

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“Oftentimes in films, even if you do have a really strong woman, there’s jealousy and envy among her sisters. So you’ll have this really empowered leader, who’s a chick, and then she has some sort of envious relationship with another woman in the movie. And in ["Divergent"], there’s no envy and no jealousy–no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that–of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”

“Divergent” star Shailene Woodley is doing nothing to abate my raging crush on her. A lot of actresses don’t even give very complete answers when they are asked about women’s representation in film and feminism, but Shai  —that’s what I’d call her if we were friends, which we are in my head— just brings it up herself and says something really intelligent about it. I haven’t read the Divergent books, but knowing that it’s got a feminist bent kind makes me want to read them now. Between “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” we really are in a golden age of positive role models in films for teens! [The Daily Beast] [Image via Getty]

Former Model Charlotte Waters Outs Herself As Terry Richardson’s Alleged Victim

  • Charlotte Waters, a 24-year-old nurse’s assistant in L.A., has identified herself as the former model who took to Reddit to accuse Terry Richardson of sexual coercion and inappropriate behavior back in 2009 in his studio. You can read parts of her Reddit post here and the full interview on Vocativ, in which reveals that she has spoken with the NYPD about the incident (although she declined to press charges). [Vocativ]
  • Missouri’s state House of Representatives advanced an anti-abortion bill to triple the waiting period for an abortion — to three days total. Such bills are horribly detrimental to low-income women and women who need to travel long distances for abortion care because it requires them to take more time off work, find more childcare and find a place to stay. Both Utah and South Dakota have three-day waiting periods as well. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Colorado Is Considering “Fetal Personhood” Bill To Ban Abortion

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  • Colorado’s state legislature is considering a “fetal personhood” bill which would classify a fertilized egg as a “human being.” Such a bill would ban all abortions and possibly ban emergency contraception, including in cases of rape and incest. [KDVRThink Progress]
  • Oh, look, yet another depressing study about how women’s perceived inability to do math is a lifelong stereotype! [New York Times]
  • Awesomeness: a fashion company called Betabrand is using women with Ph.D.s instead of regular models to display their clothes. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out this map displaying the decrease in abortion access throughout the state of Texas. [RH Reality Check]
  • Iraqi women protested this weekend against a proposed law that would legalize marital rape and child marriage. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Melissa Gira Grant, Author Of Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work

Melissa Gira Grant Playing The Whore

If you’ve done any reading on the Internet about the business of sex work, chances are you’ve come across Melissa Gira Grant. She’s written about sex, politics, labor and tech everywhere from the UK’s Guardian to The Atlantic  to Jezebel and Valleywag, making her one of the top intellectuals to turn to when America needs an explanation about why we’re so weird about sex.

A former “web cam girl,” Grant just published her latest book, Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work, which is unlike any book about sex work or feminism that I’ve ever read. In it, she critiques law enforcement’s treatment of actual or perceived sex workers; labor issues surrounding sex work; and the tendency for governments and some outreach workers to treat all sex workers as “victims” in need of being “rescued.” However complicated you might have thought issues pertaining to sex work were before, Grant’s excellent book is extraordinarily illuminating.

Grant recently spoke to me about “whore stigma,” feminism, police, and the media’s struggle to accurately cover sex workers. Our Q&A begins after the jump: Keep reading »

Black Lesbian Couple Murdered In Texas

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  • A Black lesbian couple was murdered in Galveston County, Texas. The bodies of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, were found on Friday. The women had lived together for two years and were parents to Jackson’s five-year-old child. It’s unclear as of right now if their sexuality was a factor in their murders. [Autostraddle, ABC News]
  • Here’s an interview with MSNBC host and new mama Melissa Harris-Perry about the politics and pitfalls of motherhood in America. [Think Progress]
  • Can a polygamist also be a feminist? [Slate] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

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This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors.

What’s the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders.

It’s a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially of white women. Consider D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth Of A Nation,” that builds an entire narrative on the idea of the black brute. From the Scottsboro boys to Emmitt Till, history as well as popular culture, the justice system and virtually all other facets of American society still hold the deeply entrenched notion of Black men as people to be feared.

But the myth doesn’t stop with history. In a recent New York Times article, a White woman living in a mostly Caribbean community (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) gets physically assaulted by a Latino man and wonders if it’s her fault, as if moving into a mostly Caribbean community was the city-dwellers equivalent to “asking for it.” A few years ago, a woman, also writing for The New York Times, reported on her experience doing aid work in the Congo and hearing repeatedly from other European aid workers that sexual harassment, violence, and rape in those areas “is cultural,” instead of, as she duly notes, “a tool of war.” The myth that Black and Latino men are innately sexually aggressive is one that extends beyond our national borders. Keep reading »

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