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Iowa Court To Reconsider Fired-For-Flirting Sexual Discrimination Case

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  • The Iowa Supreme Court will reconsider the sexual discrimination case of  Melissa Nelson, who was fired by her male boss James Knight. Knight was caught flirting with Nelson by his wife and eventually fired Nelson because he claimed he found her too sexually attractive to not be a distraction to his marriage. Back in December, an all-male court of seven judges ruled that Knight was not discriminating based on her gender, but simply on the fact he found Nelson “irresistible.” [ABC News]
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Hillary Clinton “would win” in if she ran in a 2016 election. [Politico]
  • Meanwhile, Clinton told a Toronto audience recently, “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope we have a woman president in my lifetime.” Doesn’t sound like she’s ready to confirm or deny that she’s running. [Forbes] Keep reading »

Butthurt Republican Vows Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage

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  • A Republican Congressman from Kansas is vowing to ban gay marriage with an amendment to the Constitution. Good luck with that, bro. [Raw Story]
  • Not that we should move our attention away from the abortion restrictions in Texas, but shit is about to get pretty fucked up in Ohio, too. [The Daily Beast]
  • Here’s a huge feature on a rape coverup at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. [LA Weekly]
  • New York City lawmakers overrode a mayoral veto on paid sick days for businesses. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Radical Feminist Interview On Thought Catalog Takes Potshot At Sex-Positive Feminism & Kink, Questions Consent

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Elizabeth Wurtzel reminds us how anti-feminist it is to judge other women's decisions. Read More »
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
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Last night, I was reading a piece on the blog Thought Catalog in which writer Marie Calloway interviewed two young women about the current state of “radical feminism.” I read it not only because feminism is my beat, but also because the current understanding that I have in my mind about radical feminism is based off what I know about Redstockings, and historical figures like anarchist Emma Goldman and Valerie Solanas and I’m sure is woefully outdated in 2013.

And the interviews with Alexandria Brown, a radical feminist/philosopher, and Jillian Horowitz, a CUNY grad student in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, were educational and interesting. (To be clear, in the piece, Horowitz said she doesn’t identify with radical feminism “in its current permutation” and added that she might be considered by other radical feminists to be a “funfem”/a feminist who only engages on feminine, fluffy issues.) Alas, the part in the interview with Horowitz that critiqued “sex positive feminism” and kink didn’t sit right with me.  Keep reading »

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

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Some handsy fan got a smack in the head with her mic. Read More »
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He says he's still Chris Brown's "number one fan." Read More »
Dad Calls Her "Fat"
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Rihanna's dad calls her "fat" and calls Chris Brown a "nice guy." Read More »
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  • Granted, the UK’s Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna “surely invites rape [and] disrespect” by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it’s “fair” to “berate female stars” more than young male ones because “young women are far more impressionable than young men.” No citation for that ‘fact,’ of course! Jones additionally bopped Rihanna for her “fake hair” and “false nails” and for trying to portray herself “as ‘real,’ as ‘street.’” Oh STFU, lady! [Daily Mail UK]
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi really does not give a shit what Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks about today’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling. [TPM TV]
  • Jane Austen’s face might oust Charles Darwin on the British 10 pound bank note. [TIME]
  • Texas Republican Louie Gohmert told a conservative podcast he thinks sex education for youngsters is useless and we should “let the kids be innocent.” You know, innocent until they get pregnant! [Roll Call] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 5-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Bella Dovhey

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Don’t let her blonde curls and dimpled smile fool you: five-year-old Bella Dovhey means business. Although quite young, golf prodigy Dovhey is really getting into the swing of things, a potential professional golfing career just a chip, pitch or putt away.

Bella’s father, Micheal Dovhey of Oviedo, Florida, is amazed by his daughter’s golfing capabilities. “I can’t believe how long a hitter Bella is for a five-year-old,” said Dovhey. “She drives the ball from the tee 115- to 130 yards. Last July, she started reaching the green from the ladies tee box on hole No. 7 [at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo], a par 3 hole that requires the ball to carry more than 80 yards over water.” Keep reading »

Pro-Choice Activist Secretly Tapes “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counselor Lying

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  • Kate, a 24-year-old pro-choice activist, went undercover at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Cleveland and secretly taped the counselor doling out medically inaccurate advice, like how emergency contraception could cause her to “hemorrhage” and “is like having an abortion.” It’s absolutely outrageous the way the counselor completely lies to her! You have to watch these videos, they’re insane. How scary is it that plenty of women go to CPCs because they think they will receive real, actual, medically unbiased reproductive health counseling? [Salon]
  • Singer India.Arie addresses the controversy from earlier in the year that suggested she lightened her dark skin on the cover of her new single, “Cocoa Butter.” [Madame Noire]
  • Why does anyone give a shit if Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard knits? [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

WTF Is “Freedom Feminism”?

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Nine things from CPAC that made us go "huh?" Read More »
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A study says they're more feminine than Democrats. Read More »
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Is It Kinda Like Freedom Fries?

Conservatives have decided they don’t like feminism for being, you know, feminism, so they created their own brand — it’s called (duh) “Freedom Feminism.” You, a lady, are free to be a woman without having to be a man. You’re free to enjoy your own femininity! You’re free to rewrite hundreds of years of the feminist movement in North America and boil it down to your own self-serving narrative. Oh, wait, that last part applies to Christina Hoff Sommers, the author of anti-feminist books like Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men. She’s now touting a new screed, Freedom Feminism: Its Surprising History And Why It Matters Today for the “sure, Sarah Palin is a feminist” set. Keep reading »

Frisky By The Numbers: Scary Number Of Teens In Jordan Support “Honor Killings”

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Here’s a horrifying statistic that should make us all stop and think: a study of teenagers in Amman, Jordan found that half of the boys and one-fifth of the girls believe that “honor killings” are OK. A so-called “honor killing” is when a family member murders a woman or girl who has brought shame upon the family; infractions can be as wide-ranging as talking to a man who is not family, having premarital sex, or being the victim of a rape. The study of 850 teens  found that not only are patriarchal attitudes still popular but violence against women expressly condoned. This is unnerving stuff. [CNN]

Should A Florida Mom Have Been Allowed To Bring Her Baby To Her Exam?

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Breastfeeding professor brings sick baby to class, heads explode. Read More »
Breastfeeding on Time
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Time magazine's breastfeeding cover is just a tad provocative. Read More »
Erotic Breastfeeding
This man's erectile dysfunction was cured by his wife's breast milk. Read More »
Bachmann Vs. Breastfeeding
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What's Michele Bachmann got against breastfeeding? Read More »
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Naptime, feeding time … final exam? For Rebecca Mabrey, 25, of Jacksonville, Florida, that was how her and her 10-month-old baby’s afternoon was going to play out. But she was denied entrance to her final exam at Florida State College for bringing the kiddo along.

Mabrey argued that the exam fell right between her baby’s naptime and feeding time, so she felt that she had no choice but to bring her kid along to breastfeed. (Her husband was unable to watch the kid.) Florida State College did not agree: in an email, they told her children under 16 are not allowed on campus in order to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. The school also added  they were not in violation of Florida’s maternal and infant health care law on breastfeeding because “this is not a prohibition of breastfeeding an infant.” In other words, Mabrey would be allowed to breastfeed her baby during the exam — if only kids were allowed. Keep reading »

Lesbian Couple Marries In Front Of Westboro Baptist Church

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Trans 6-year-old Coy Mathis can use the girls' bathroom. Read More »
Ex-Gay Adventures
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Carrie spent a weekend with folks at an ex-gay ministry. Read More »
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Awesome lesbian vlogger Hart will change the way you see sexuality. Read More »
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  • Amazing: a lesbian couple got hitched in a gay-homosexual-same-sex-definitely-not-straight marriage ceremony right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. I love it! Katie Short and Kimberly Kidwell wed at Equality House, a rainbow-painted nonprofit right across from the hate group’s headquarters, by a pastor who wanted to marry a same-sex couple. Of course, it’s unclear whether the union is legal, as same-sex marriage is banned in KS. In any case, one of the brides said she wasn’t even angry about WBC protesting their nuptials because “We were just so ecstatic to be getting married.” Awww. [Feministing]
  • Her teammates’ “impure thoughts” got 12-year-old Madison Baxter kicked off her Christian school’s football team. [Jezebel]
  • On how men are the overlooked victims in military sexual assault. [New York Times]
  • The LAPD have arrested the man behind a vicious attack on Vivan Diego, a trans woman, in West Hollywood in May. [Queerty] Keep reading »
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