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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

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  • In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and due process. However, gay couples will not be allowed to marry immediately because a stay was issued on the ruling, pending an inevitable appeal. [New York Times]
  • On the thin female characters of “True Detective”… [The New Yorker]
  • But maybe the show treats its female characters badly for a reason. [Slate]
  • Buy an old “purity ring” on eBay and raise money for Planned Parenthood! (Spoiler: the ring didn’t “work.”) [Virginity Movie]
  • Project Rose in Phoenix, Arizona, is working in conjunction with police to have sex workers arrested in order to “save’ them. How fucked up is that? [VICE] Keep reading »

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

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  • The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual courage awards last night during his “State of the State” speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised their “story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them…No one rescued them, they rescued themselves—first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom.” It was their first public appearance together since their escape. [ABC News, NBC News]
  • Emails reveal that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveal that he reportedly had a doctor fired from a Milwaukee medical center because she had modeled bikinis in the past. [Slate Keep reading »

Leighton Meester Is A Feminist & Betty Friedan Is Her Role Model

Who is your role model and why?

The American writer Betty Friedan — she fought for gender equality and wrote the great book “The Feminine Mystique” which sparked the beginning of a second-wave feminism.

So do you consider yourself a feminist?

Sure. I believe in equal rights for men and women.

Color me just a little surprised at this one: Leighton Meester is a feminist and actually cites second-wave feminist activist Betty Friedan as her role model. Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, a 1963 book that that captured the unhappy, stilted lives that middle-class, mostly white women felt after marriage and children, feeling as if there weren’t other opportunities open to them. Friedan was initially prompted to write after interviewing her former Smith College classmates, when she learned how unhappy these well-educated women were as suburban housewives. The book catalyzed many women to join the feminist movement and led to an increased awareness to the restriction of expected gender roles in American society. Keep reading »

Uganda To Punish “Aggravated” Homosexuality With Life Imprisonment

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  • Uganda’s president signed an anti-gay law which will punish “serial offenders” of “aggravated” homosexuality with life imprisonment … [New York Times]
  • … and why the United States knows this, yet might just leave Uganda be. [Think Progress]
  • A Montana judge has admitted he was wrong (an understatement) to tell a 14-year-old rape victim that she looked older than her age and asked to be punished by the state. Judge G. Todd Baugh originally sentenced the 49-year-old rapist to 30 days in jail and later said he would reconsider the sentence. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Blasts New York Times For Gender Bias In Story About Late Night Hosts

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  • “The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!” This is how a New York Times article about Jimmy Fallon’s move to “The Tonight Show” references Handler — albeit in parentheses — in a paragraph with all the other male hosts of late-night. Handler has hosted “Chelsea Lately” for nearly seven years. “What bothered me was that when I was listed in a paragraph with the late-night hosts, I was the only name put in parentheses.,” Handler wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post. “While much of the press has kindly acknowledged my contribution to the late-night landscape I feel over the years, several media outlets have marginalized my presence in the late-night game. I imagined my sustained on-air presence would eventually triumph over any possible gender biases.” What she said. [The Wrap, The Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Most Of Us Won’t Live Long Enough To See Gender Parity Among Leaders

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  • New findings show that gender parity among professional leadership roles apparently won’t happen for 71 years. Progress may be happening … but it’s happening sloooowly. [LA Times]
  • After clashes this week with police, which included being whipped and beaten, feminist punk band Pussy Riot released a new video today criticizing President Vladmir Putin and the Sochi Olympics. [Huffington Post]
  • Here’s NPR politics reporter Nina Totenberg reminiscing about being a female reporter in the 1970s. [NYmag.com The Cut] Keep reading »
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