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  • SPOILER: Why wasn’t there more of a discussion about the prostitute who nursed a young Dick Whitman back to health and then took sexual advantage of him? [The Atlantic]
  • There’s an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today by editorial board member James Taranto that posits the military’s effort to clean up sexual assault is a “war on male sexuality.” As blogger Amanda Marcotte put it so well on Twitter, “Most men don’t rape, actually, James Taranto. But implying that they do emboldens rapists who want to believe they’re normal.” [Wall Street Journal]
  • Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri announced a Support For Hillary political action committee to encourage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Texas Congressman Says We Should Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Masturbate

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Frisky staffers are not the only ones finding pleasure with their hands between their legs. According to former OB/GYN and now Texas Congressman Micheal Burgess (a Republican, natch), male fetuses are masturbating as well!

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movement that are purposeful,” Burgess explained during a House committee on Monday when arguing for more restrictions against abortion. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain? Sometimes we have to give voice to the voiceless, and this is one of those times.” Keep reading »

Victoria’s Secret Protesters Strip Down For Body Diversity

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This weekend in San Francisco, the organization About-Face hosted a protest where participants shed their clothing in front of Victoria’s Secret as a statement against the company’s exclusive use of unrealistic body images. In just bras and underwear, the protesters bared their real human bodies proudly to the world while holding signs with phrases like “I pledge to love my body.”

About-Face is a San Francisco-based organization that works to “equip women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image.” This particular demonstration, which was mostly planned over Facebook, sought to inspire women and girls everywhere to be proud of their real bodies and not to be affected by unrealistically flawless body images that Victoria’s Secret sets as the expectation. [Huffington PostPolicy Mic]

Women In Nepal Are Exiled During Their Periods

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And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called “chaupadi,” a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She’s also not allowed to use the same water as others or prepare food in the kitchen because she is seen as impure. All alone or with a few other women in the goth, women are extremely vulnerable to rape. Others have suffered jackal attacks, snakebites, or fire while trying to protect themselves from the elements of the Himalayas.

Because of these dangers, Nepal outlawed chaupadi in 2005. But according to The New York Times, because it’s a two-day drive outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Achham has yet to feel the effects of this change. Keep reading »

Judge Who Ignored Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By Court Marshal Is No Longer Employed

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  • Patricia Doninger, the hearing master that ignored Monica Contreras pleas after an alleged sexually assault by a court marshal, is no longer employed by the Clark Country Family Courts. [8 News Now]
  • The Supreme Court is set to rule on a case originally filed by Abigail Fisher, a young woman who claimed that she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white. However, many studies have shown that white women have benefited disproportionately within the working world thanks to affirmative action. [TIME]
  • In Texas, two female inmates are suing three Live Oak County sheriffs after sharing disturbing information about the “rape camp” that was occurring in the county jail. According to the inmates, many girls had been sexually assaulted and humiliated by the various jailers. [The Raw Story] Keep reading »

Rightwing British Politician Tweets Sexual Joke About Nigella Lawson’s Domestic Abuse

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Today in RIP Society: the chairman of Britain’s far-right political party the British National Party tweeted an inappropriately sexual comment about those pictures showing art collector Charles Saatchi choking his wife, celeb chef Nigella Lawson, at a London restaurant.

What’s even more offensive is a follow-up tweet where … well … you just have to read it: Keep reading »

UPDATE: Nigella Lawson Photographed Being Choked By Husband Charles Saatchi In Restaurant

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UPDATE, 1:30p.m. — In a statement to the UK’s Standard newspaper, where Charles Saatchi is a columnist, he claimed the couple was having a “playful tiff” and said he was only holding onto her neck to emphasize a point (as you do?):

“About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasise my point.  There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt. We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

Nigella Lawson still has not made a public statement regarding the incident.  [Standard UK]

Domestic violence happens in every income bracket. Nowhere is that more visually apparent than in the disturbing photographs taken of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked in a London restaurant by her husband, Charles Saatchi, on June 9.

The pictures — taken at the Mayfair restaurant, Scott’s — show the couple seated together at a table, apparently arguing, as Saatchi has his hands gripped around Lawson’s throat. She was also photographed leaving the restaurant crying. Keep reading »

That’s What He Said: Dalai Lama Says Women Have “More Sensitivity About Others’ Wellbeing”

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“In that respect, biologically, females have more potential … Females have more sensitivity about others’ wellbeing. In my own case, my father, very short temper. On a few occasions I also got some beatings. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate. … If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come.”

While I’m not a fan of gender essentialism, I appreciate that the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, said something nice about women. (Which is usually not what gets most men quoted on our site.)  [Huffington Post] [Photo: Getty]

Italian Politician Calls For Colleague Cecile Kyenge To Be Raped

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  • A right-wing female politician in Italy has been kicked out of her party after she called for Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first Black Cabinet member, to be raped. Dolores Valandro wrote her comment on Facebook and has since removed it, claiming it was a “joke.” Ha … ha? [Huffington PostClutch Magazine]
  • Nitza Quinones Alejandro is the first-ever out lesbian Latina to be confirmed to a federal judgeship. [Advocate]
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) pointed out that the immigration bill gives preferential treatment to people with education and “marketable job skills,” which has the potential to adversely affect women who seek to emigrate here from countries that won’t give them those opportunities. [Jezebel]
  • Why working class women are better off injured than pregnant. [Gothamist]
  • On Hollywood’s priorities and the “impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.” [NPR] Keep reading »

Debenhams, European Department Store, Won’t Airbrush Lingerie Models Anymore

  • Yesterday, Debenhams, a European department store, announced on Facebook that it is scaling back on airbrushing images of lingerie models, citing a “moral” imperative to portray women’s bodies more naturally. The store also offered an example of how one lingerie model would have been retouched (um, everywhere) with before-and-after photos — see above! [Yahoo]
  • A committee in New Jersey’s Assembly has advanced a bill that would ban licensed therapists from trying to “convert” or “repair” gay minors. It now heads to the NJ Assembly and Senate. [CBS Local]
  • Republican Rep. Trent Franks is backtracking on yesterday’s comment about how pregnancy resulting from rape is rare. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »
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