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Judge To Reconsider Rapist’s 30-Day Sentence

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  • The Montana judge who sentenced a teacher to only 30 days of a 15-year sentence in prison for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl (who later killed herself) has decided his sentence is “illegal” because it is less than the mandatory two-year minimum. Judge Todd Baugh, who said the 14-year-old victim was “in as much control of the situation” as her 49-year-old rapist because children aren’t children when sex is involved now, or something, has called for a new hearing this Friday. Let’s hope that creepy teacher gets a sentence he deserves. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org]
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate] Keep reading »

Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye From Schools

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Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye From Schools
  • Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is “child pornography.” They want to ban the book from schools because they believe that the federal government should have no say in what specific books make it onto state reading lists, and they object to both the content and “graphic language” in Morrison’s award-winning book. Oh brother. [The Atlantic]
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas received a $1 million donation from the Ross Perot Foundation. Margot Perot’s statement reads: “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health. Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do — providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Forget Miley, Here’s How To Talk To Your Sons About Robin Thicke

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Lawmaker says Girl Scouts promote homosexuality. Read More »
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  • Last thing we’ll say on the subject, we swear: Parenting blogs are filled with articles tackling how to talk to your daughters about Miley Cyrus. But how do we talk to our sons about Robin Thicke? As writer Eric Clapp points out, “We need to call bullshit on attempts to end domestic violence and misogyny towards women by only talking to our daughters.” [Eric Clapp]
  • My Girl Scout Council is not, as the name might suggest, a wholesome diary of all the fun Troop 347 had on their annual camping trip. Oh no, it’s a website devoted to “documenting pro-life concerns about the Girl Scouts council by council.” As you do. [RH Reality Check]
  • An 18-year-old woman in Puerto La Cruz, Argentina, was arrested for killing her newborn baby after giving birth in her house. The woman hid her pregnancy from her family, and when she was taken to the hospital following the incident, she screamed that she didn’t want to be a mother. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Etsy Offers Tasteful, Rape-Positive “You’ve Just Been Roofied” Glass

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When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
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  • Ain’t nothing like a date-rape joke, especially when it involves dishware, right? Etsy seller ThatGlassStore is selling a customized sandblast-etched drinking glass that reads “you’ve just been roofied” on its bottom. Because, as the store explains in its product description, “This glass holds a surprise for the unexpected person drinking from it.” Yes, rape certainly is a “surprise.” Ugh. [Huffington Post]
  • The “Today in 1963″ project gives a minute-by-minute account of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington. [Twitter]
  • Read about amazing female African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning

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Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning
  • Trans activist and self-described gender outlaw Kate Bornstein penned a powerful letter in support of Chelsea Manning, who recently came out as trans. Bornstein notes: “Remember that you have brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles all around the world who are so proud of you.” [Out]
  • Speaking of: How do people changing genders choose their new names? [BBC News]
  • So, Fast Company put together a list of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter and — I’m sure you know where this is going since this shit is so damn predictable these days — there wasn’t a single Black woman on the list (though there were a couple women of color). So Twitter user @FeministaJones responded with a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter — which is already trending — drawing attention to the many women Fast Company overlooked. [Fast Company; Madame Noire] Keep reading »

Today Is National Topless Day — Are You Celebrating?

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  • Today is the fourth annual National Topless Day, a boobs-out holiday of sorts where we commemorate the day women earned the right to vote — August 26, 1920 — by going topless.  [NY Daily News]
  • It’s also known as Women’s Equality Day, if you’re not into the whole “flashing the audience” thing. [Feministing]
  • Speaking of: Is Miley Cyrus crafting her image and success “on the backs of women of color”? Just what was that VMA performance about? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

BuzzFeed Publishes Anti-Planned Parenthood Article Written By Personhood USA

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  • BuzzFeed actually ran a “listicle” written anti-abortion group Personhood USA, “8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing,” which includes items like “Taking money to abort African-American babies.” What the fuck, BuzzFeed? How the hell did this get editorially greenlit? [BuzzFeed]
  • Domonique Newburn, 32, a transgender woman and the star of a web-based reality series called “Hollywood Houseboys” was found dead in Fontanta, California this week.  Newburn isn’t the only trans woman who has been victim of a violent crime recently: Islan Nettles, 21, of New York City, was attacked last week in Harlem and succumbed to her injuries last night. [USA Today] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

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The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes.

Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: “If a girl is drunk, is it alright to have sex with her?” The Twittersphere overwhelmingly answered “No,” calling Dr. Phil a “moron,” “asshole” and “rape apologist,” among other things. I don’t doubt the possibility that Dr. Phil (or whichever lackey mans his Twitter account) may have posed that question for lecherous or self-serving reasons. Yet as a feminist, this reaction left me honestly dismayed. Were we saying that a drunk girl can never consent to sex? That sex with someone who’s been drinking is always, necessarily, rape? Sure, Dr. Phil’s a total butthead, but I don’t think we want to make the argument that drunk sex necessarily means rape, do we?

And yet this is the exact argument being made by Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, who was so “shocked and appalled” that Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phil McGraw) had asked such a question that she started a Change.org petition encouraging supporters to call on McGraw to host a show educating his viewers on assault prevention. “Lesson 101 in my courses,” says Rios, “was that sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape.”

But, it’s not — not legally speaking, and not in practice. Keep reading »

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 »
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