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14-Year-Old Pregnant Rape Victim Slutshamed By Indiana Community

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  • This whole story is horrific: A 13-year-old girl in Ellwood, Indiana, was raped by a 17-year-old and became pregnant. She decided to carry the pregnancy to term because she is against abortion. Now her community has been slutshaming the teen over her traumatic rape and subsequent teen pregnancy, with people writing “slut” and “whore” on her family’s garage door. Despite the fact that the rapist’s case has been working its way through juvenile court, classmates are still gossiping about whether she might be faking the rape. Meanwhile, the rapist has at least two other  young victims, one of whom was only 12, and has been charges with three counts of child molesting. [Slate, IndyStar.com]
  • Check out an op-ed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to sue employers over pay discrimination. [Mother Jones]
  • Just as expected, the Religious Right is already screeching that pedophiles are going to be thrilled the morning-after pill will now be available over-the-counter. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Jean MacDonald, Founder Of App Camp For Girls

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It’s no secret that fewer girls than boys go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). But Jean MacDonald, the founder of App Camp For Girls, is doing something great to start to change that. Inspired by Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, App Camp aims to make women currently involved with designing iPhone and iPad apps into mentors for girls interested in technology fields.

MacDonald got the idea for creating this non-profit while she was at a software conference and realized that she could not even see another woman in the room from where she was sitting. The goal of the program is to begin to shift the gender imbalance in the software field so that more women are involved. The camp is a great way for girls 12-14 to gain self-esteem, interest, and knowledge while having fun. Keep reading »

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Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

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Ending a years-long losing battle against making the morning-after pill accessible to all, the Obama administration has finally conceded to the wisdom of the masses and will stop fighting against emergency contraception. Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter!

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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined Twitter! She only follows four people so far and you (probably, statistically) aren’t one of them. [Twitter.com/HillaryClinton]
  • Last week, the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice advanced a bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks. It now heads to the Judiciary Committee, where it is expected to be approved, despite the fact it is “blatantly unconstitutional,” as The New York Times put it. What the hell is wrong with our elected officials?! [New York Times]
  • The Air Force booted a former director of its Sexual Assault Prevention program, who himself was arrested on charges of sexual assault in a strip club parking lot, and named Major General Margaret H. Woodword as its new director. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Dr. Mica Endsley, Air Force’s First-Ever Chief Scientist

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For the first time ever the U.S. Air Force has a female chief scientist. Her name is Dr. Mica Endsley and we think she’s pretty kickass. She assumed her official duties for the Air Force on June 3th and is the 34th chief scientist to be appointed.

This is an amazing accomplishment, but looking at her past, it really comes as no surprise: Keep reading »

52 Years Late, Phyllis Richman Tells Harvard Admissions How She Had A Career And A Family

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In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family.

You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the department to which she had applied, wanted to make sure that she really wanted to put all of the time and money into an education that they felt she may never use when she was already so busy being a wife.

In his letter to Richman, Doeble wrote:

“[F]or your benefit, and to aid us in coming to a final decision, could you kindly write us a page or two at your earliest convenience indicating specifically how you might plan to combine a professional life in city planning with your responsibilities to your husband and a possible future family?” Keep reading »

Steubenville Hacker Could Do More Prison Time Than The Rapists

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  • Deric Lostutter, the Anonymous hacker who exposed the Steubenville rape case — in which players on the high school football team sexually assaulted a drunk girl at a party and were protected by their community — is facing hacking-related charges from the FBI, which carry up to 10 years in prison. Ten years, by the way, is a lot longer than either of the convicted rapists will spend behind bars. Lostutter said he is being made an example of by the FBI. [Think Progress]
  • Ohio’s state Senate advanced a budget bill that strips state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide reproductive health care to low-income women, including cancer screenings and HIV testing. Instead the state would grant funding to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which have been known to lie to women about reproductive health while discouraging them away from abortions. The bill now heads to the Ohio state House. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

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The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she’s unable to discuss this sensitive subject with a parent, she can get permission from a judge. But this new bill would allow young women to get permission from a doctor, nurse, or family member over age 25 instead of the court.

Additionally, a Democratic state rep in MA filed another bill including these same provisions, but would also lower the current age of consent  to 16.

Keep reading »

Just In Case You Didn’t Hate Abercrombie & Fitch Quite Enough

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By now you’ve probably heard that Abercrombie & Fitch is an exceedingly offensive company that aims to create clothes exclusively for the young people that CEO Mike Jeffries deems “cool.” But did you know that A&F has a long history of sexism, too? As The Huffington Post explains, back in 2005, activist Heather Arnet of the independent advocacy group, The Women and Girls Foundation, escorted 16 teenage girls to Abercrombie’s headquarters to protest a line of — surprise! – offensive T-shirts. The girls had decided to stage a boycott, affectionately named “girlcott,” of T-shirts which pit women against each other, baring phrases such as “I had a nightmare I was a brunette,” “Blondes are adored, brunettes are ignored,” and “Do I make you look fat?” Keep reading »

Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

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... over $150. And the man who killed her was acquitted by a jury. Read More »
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French director says lots of women fantasize about being prostitutes. Read More »
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To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that’s a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that most people didn’t feel that the ads’ message was quite appropriate. One PSA read, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.” But the poster that has received the most attention featured a smiling woman and the phrase “I’m happy being a prostitute.” Keep reading »

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