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Lusty Lady, San Francisco’s Employee-Owned Strip Club, Forced To Close

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  • A rent hike has forced the Lusty Lady, an employee-owned co-ed strip club in San Francisco, to close its doors after 30+ years.  The Lusty Lady, which was featured in the 2000  documentary “Live Nude Girls Unite,” was the first strip club in the country to form a union for dancers and provide health insurance and a 401(k). [San Francisco Gate]
  • Ridgedale Church of Christ in Tennessee banned a family from attending services after their daughter, who is a police officer and a lesbian, fought for the same benefits for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples enjoy. The church accused the entire family of “endorsing” the “gay lifestyle.” [Raw Story]
  • Juliette Kayyem, a former homeland security official in the Obama administration, announced she is running for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 2014. [Boston.com] Keep reading »

Indonesia Says No To “Virginity Tests” On Senior High School Girls

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  • Indonesian officials have said “thanks, but no thanks” to a proposal to require female high school seniors undergo what is referred to as “virginity testing,” but really means forcing a young woman to prove that she has a hymen. An education official on Sumatra suggested “virginity testing” would discourage premarital sex — apparently because some punishment would befall women who were not found to have a hymen. [ABC News]
  • Spike Lee listened to his critics and added seven films by women to his list of essential films given to NYU grad school students. That’s still not very many women on the entire list. But I guess we’ll take it, Spike. [IndieWire]
  • The anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! launched an app to report abuse to NYC officials in real time. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Teenage Girl Gives Blowjobs At Eminem Concert, Pictures Posted Online, Epic Slut-Shaming Ensues

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By now you might have heard about the 17-year-old girl who was photographed giving blowjobs in the crowd at an Eminem concert in Slane, Ireland.

There are supposedly three pictures of her in existence: one showing her performing oral sex on a man and then two others showing her kissing a different man and then performing oral sex on him, too. After these three pics were uploaded online and made their way around the Internet, SlaneGirl (as she is being referred to) had her full name revealed and her school identified. She’s been called a “slut,” a “tramp,” a “stupid bitch” and told that she deserves to be made a mockery of.

I’m sure you will be shocked – shocked! – to hear the young man photographed getting head, with both his arms raised in the air in triumph, is not gathering quite the same scorn. Keep reading »

We’re Done, The Onion: Humor Site Posts Story About Incest Between Girl & Her Stepfather

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It’s over, The Onion: a piece that went up today called “Adolescent Girl Reaching Age Where She Starts Exploring Stepfather’s Body” is a grenade-launch distance past the “too far” line. The humor site failed to make anything funny — like, at all — about a 13-year-old girl named Heather who is being sexually abused by her stepfather, Gary. “It will probably take time for Heather to figure out what does and doesn’t feel good to her stepfather, and she may be surprised to discover acne and hair in unexpected places on Craig’s body,” The Onion joked. “But it’s all part of growing up, and she should know that she is taking a very important step in life. It won’t be long before her childhood is gone forever.” The piece then suggests that if (if?) Heather is “confused or troubled by such experiences,” she should talk to her friends “who are going through the exact same thing.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Is “Orange Is The New Black” Entertainment Or Education?

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Everybody has feelings about Jenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black.” I have all the feelings. Since the show’s debut, we’ve tossed opinions back-and-forth about the cast of characters and the powerfully written narratives that reveal the unseen lives of American’s imprisoned women. But of the many conversations that have surfaced, the most discernible for me is of the legitimacy of Piper Kerman, the memoirist about whom the show was made.

In brief, after getting involved with an international drug dealer, Kerman (a white woman) was indicted for money laundering and spent a year in a woman’s prison – you know, the usual account of a well-to-do white woman who graduated from Smith. She subsequently wrote a best-selling memoir, which was adapted for Netflix. You can watch all of season one there now; I finished it in less than a week.

The show follows her into prison and tells the backstory of several other inmates, many of them women of color. The storyline is emotionally riveting. We’re met with race-related segregation, which mirrors the actual prison experience where racial categories and separation are often strictly enforced. Piper’s race and class privilege are checked in the first episode when it’s revealed that she “read up” on prison etiquette before she arrived. One inmate gives birth in prison and comes back to her bunk child-free, showcasing the reality that two-thirds of incarcerated women are mothers and busting the myth that women who labor in prison get to keep their babies. As a birth justice activist, I wished they’d shown the inhumane way in which many prisons shackle women during labor. Keep reading »

Fifth Vanderbilt Student Arrested For Alleged Role In Gang Rape

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  • A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a 21-year-old female student in a college dorm this past June. Chris Boyd has been charged with taking part in attempting to cover up the sexual assault by giving advice to his four teammates who have already been arrested and charged with rape. Vanderbilt has suspended Boyd from the football team pending further investigation. Additionally, two California men not affiliated with the team were arrested for tampering with evidence. [ABC News, CBS News] Keep reading »

Iranian Woman Disqualified From Council Seat Because She Is “Too Attractive”

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Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings.

Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has been disqualified because members of the council think she has nothing more to offer than her youth and beauty and according to one senior official in Qazvin, they “don’t want a catwalk model on the council.” Keep reading »

911 Dispatcher Saves A Woman’s Wedding

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Ahh, The Kindness Of Strangers!

When Amanda, from Kent, Washington, began sobbing on the phone to a 911 dispatcher named Candice about her wedding dress that had been stolen on her wedding day, Candice knew she had to help. Keep reading »

Why Everyone At The 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia Will Be Holding Hands

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As, you’ve no doubt heard, Russia recently enacted an anti-gay law, banning all “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations [in front of minors], and makes any expression of real or perceived homosexuality – even something as innocuous as same-sex hand-holding – potentially illegal.” The Russian government has warned that this law against homosexuality will apply to anyone attending and/or participating in the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

So in response,  the sports/human rights group Pride House International has asked everyone to take any opportunity to hold hands in public during the Olympic games. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman of The Day: 73-Year-Old Powerlifting Grandma Sandra Foli

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Go. Sandra!

With a great-grandmother who lived to be 101 and another grandma turning 99 in December, I’ve had great genes on both sides of the family. But one Illinois grandma has me in awe, especially because she will not let a severe health scare take her life away. Sandra Foli, a 73-year-old powerlifter, knew she had to change her lifestyle after septic shock nearly killed her. And she did: recently Foli set a record in the 100 Percent Raw Powerlifting competition, where lifting 181.5 lbs earned her a medal. She credits her personal trainer, Chad Hobbs, who she has worked with for five years (and jokes she has known him longer than his girlfriend has!). Check out Sandra Foli sporting some sparkly black Converse throughout her workout: she throws, lifts and jumps like a champ, working hard to avoid being in a wheelchair in the future. Her hot trainer might be another motivation, too. [The Today Show]

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