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Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

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  • Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed legislation requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before terminating a pregnancy. Such bills are meant to curb access to abortion, because women often have to travel a long distance and thus make multiple trips over several days. Gov. Nixon said he vetoed the bill because it contained no exemptions for rape and incest victims. [Fox4KC]
  • Supporters of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision have a wonderful idea for women’s birth control: keep their legs closed. [Cosmopolitan]
  • TIME reporter Jessica Roy endured A Voice For Men’s recent “men’s rights” conference in suburban Michigan and lived to tell about it. [TIME] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

In its 236 years of existence, the U.S. Navy has never had a female four-star admiral — until now. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was just promoted to an admiral and is now the Navy’s new vice chief of naval operations, which is the branch’s number two position. (The Air Force and the Army have both named women as four-star officers in the past.) As if Howard weren’t already enough of a badass, she was also the first Black woman to command a Navy ship. Keep reading »

4 Things To Know About The “No More Page 3″ Campaign

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The UK boasts universal healthcare, tea flowing like wine, and Conservatives who sound like our Democrats when it comes to gun control and reproductive justice. A foreigner unfamiliar with the journalism landscape in the UK would have no reason to question the country’s progressive values.

The Sun is the UK’s widest-circulation newspaper and is read by more than two million people every day. It is published by News UK, a subsidiary of News Corps, and owned by Rupert Murdoch –  i.e., it’s about as far right as the UK gets. I never purchased The Sun, but  for the entire four years I lived in the UK I saw it most days I ventured out of my house; it’s absolutely everywhere. The paper costs £2 (just under $4.00), boasts amazing sports coverage, celebrity and political news and a TV guide. But where The Sun sharply diverts from newspapers we’re used to in America is on its third page. Page 3 is a cultural institution: in every issue for the past 40 years, there has been a topless young woman on the third page, referred to as “Page 3 girls.”

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Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

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"Oh, The Court, I Fear, Has Ventured Into A Minefield"
  • Well, that’s one way to react to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
  • In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren’t your jam, here’s a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg’s dissent. [Mother Jones]
  • Or there’s this one-act play inspired by the ruling, called “The Taming of the Slut.” [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Arm yourself with knowledge: 10 right-wing media myths about the Hobby Lobby case. [Media Matters For America]
  • The town of Latta, South Carolina has reinstated police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by the town’s mayor because she is a lesbian. (Yeah, apparently that’s legal.) [Wonkette] Keep reading »

“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.

The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes? Keep reading »

Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

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The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administration had made a variety of concessions for religious employers like churches and religious non-profits, but this ruling affects for-profit businesses. (According to Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, this ruling will not apply to publicly held corporations, just family-owned businesses when the owners in question are clearly religious.)

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GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

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  • Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
  • Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts and ponytails. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York State failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act (again) because Republicans balked over reproductive rights enshrined therein. [Feminist.org]
  • Yeah, the Vatican knows no one is following its rules on sex and marriage. [LA Times] Keep reading »

Let’s Reclaim The Phrase “Like A Girl”

"You Run Like A Girl"

Growing up, I played a lot of catch in the backyard with my dad and male cousins. Every time I missed the ball was a golden opportunity to remind me that I “threw like a girl.” It never bothered me — I’m just glad he taught me to throw a baseball!—  but this ad by Always shows the more harmful side of phrases like that one. Since when does acting like a girl equate to behaving like an idiot? [NYMag.com]

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

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Oh, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt
  • “Today Show” host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to be clear, I don’t think asking a question about a sexist topic means the interview herself/himself is bigoted.) But the way Lauer questioned her was just awkward, seemingly defeating the purpose of raising these topics in the first place. Add me to the chorus of working women wondering: How often is a male CEO questioned about whether he can be a good father? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Diane Sawyer Leaves ABC’s “World News” Anchor Desk

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  • Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC’s “World News” and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire]
  • A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Times; USA Today]
  • NBC Universal has released a statement clarifying the kerfluffle over supposedly not running an ad for “Obvious Child” which contained the word “abortion.” [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Twin sisters — including one with a toddler — from a rough neighborhood in Washington, D.C. have graduated as the valedictorian and salutatorian of their class. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Meet Nashville’s female legends and their musical proteges. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »
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