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Not This Crap Again: Student Suspended For Bringing “Disrepute” To UK College After Reporting Alleged Rape

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An 18-year-old female student claims she was suspended from Bishop Burton College in the UK after she reported a sexual assault to the administration because her behavior had brought the college into “disrepute.”

The victim claimed that fellow students Stephen Johnson, 21; William Robinson, 22; and Thomas Price spoke to her outside a residence hall late one evening while she was drunk, then took her cell phone and keys and pushed her into a room where they allegedly sexually assaulted her. (CCTV shows that she was walking with her arm around Robinson.) Nevertheless, her roommate told Hull Crown Court, which is currently hearing the case, that the victim was heard shouting “Get off! Get out of my room!” After the alleged incident, the three men left the room laughing; Johnson and Robinson allegedly came to her later to apologize for hurting her.

The victim said when she reported the rape to Bishop Burton College, they told her she had brought the school “into disrepute by having sexual actions with a group of people.” Several days later, she was informed the school had “excluded” (suspended) her, as well as the three young men, over the incident. The school also sent her a letter saying she was suspended for “demeaning sexual action.” Forced by her family to explain why she was suspended from college, she told them about the sexual assault ; they urged her to report it to police (note: the school booted her out before she even reported it to police!). A police nurse found a bruise on the woman’s groin a full week later. Now, the three young men are facing a mix of charges including sexual assault by penetration, sexual assault, and rape.  Keep reading »

Waitress Fired For Dressing In Drag Or For Breaking The Dress Code?

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A woman in Kalamazoo, Michigan claims that she has been fired for showing up to work at the restaurant, Harvey’s on the Mall, in dressed as a man. The restaurant, however, claims that her termination had nothing to do with her gender-bending outfit, but rather with her failure to comply with the restaurant’s dress code.

Myah VanTil dressed in drag (image above) for LGBT Pride last Saturday and says that she spent two hours drawing a 5 o’clock shadow on her face and then 45 more minutes binding her chest. She then showed up to work dressed like this, in solidarity with the LGBT community.

According to Equality MI,  Kalamazzo law does support VanTil in her freedom to express both her gender identity and/or sexual orientation at work. But Harvey’s argues that she was fired for insubordination because she specifically asked them if she could dress in drag and was told “no.” Keep reading »

Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

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Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our nation to protect the next generation by increasing HPV vaccination rates.”

The fact that the infection rate has dropped so much comes as a surprise because the inoculation rate in the U.S. is relatively low: only a third of girls ages 13 to 17 in the U.S. have been vaccinated. Unfortunately, HPV vaccinations have been dogged by “moral panic” concerns that vaccinating adolescent girls will encourage them to be promiscuous — which is flat-out not true.  Keep reading »

Kickass Women Of The Day: Four Female NASA Recruits!

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One small step for women, one  giant leap for womenkind! That’s right, four of the eight new astronauts selected by NASA are women. Being the first new recruits in four years, the eight astronauts will join fellow NASA folk at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. The ladies are Christina Hammock, 34; Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35; Anne McClain, 34, and Jessica Meir PhD, 35. Together they comprise the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates that NASA has ever selected! In 1998, there had been four women in the astronaut candidate class, but they only counted for 16 percent of the 25-member class. Keep reading »

Obesity Is Now Recognized As A “Disease” By The American Medical Association

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  • Lesley Kinzel from xoJane on how the American Medical Association classified obesity as a “disease” yesterday, but that really doesn’t mean a whole lot in a society with such a warped image of women’s bodies. [xoJane]
  • A Christian college in Pennsylvania can exclude the morning-after pill and birth control from the college health plan, a court ruled yesterday. [Chronicle Of Higher Education]
  • Our Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on the scary-ass anti-abortion bills eking their way through the Texas legislature. [RH Reality Check]
  • Ladies lie about rape for money, says this guy. [Feministing]
  • Nothing says “pro life” quite like auctioning off assault rifles! [Raw Story] Keep reading »

House Of Representatives Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Yesterday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives advanced a so-called “fetal pain” bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately, it is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would veto the bill. Thus, the bill is largely symbolic.

The Orwellian-worded bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on the idea, unsupported by the medical community, that fetuses can feel pain (and pleasure! They like to masturbate!) after 20 weeks. Numerous other bills have cropped up around the country, from Minnesota to Indiana to Texas, based on the same idea.

Not surprisingly, Republicans have a renewed vigor for “fetal pain” bills after the trial of Kermit Gosnell, a doctor who was found to have been killing babies in botched abortions — ironically, because the women who went to his inexpensive, illegally-run clinic were unable to obtain safer, earlier abortions. The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who made headlines last week for saying that pregnancy from rape is rare. Keep reading »

On Don Draper, Dick Whitman & Consent

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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 »

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