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Facebook Vows To Revisit Policy On Violence Against Women Following Feminist Campaign

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  • Facebook has vowed to update its policy on gender-based hate speech following a successful campaign by feminist media group WAM, in which 15 companies and counting pulled their advertising from Facebook. Activists pointed out to companies how their ads are running alongside content that depicts sexual violence against women. You can read Facebook’s statement on hate speech, posted this afternoon, here.  [Woman Action MediaThink ProgressWomen Action Media]
  • The Supreme Court told Indiana to stop messing with Planned Parenthood. [Raw Story]
  • The Washington Post published an entire article about the White House counsel’s …. shoes. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking at the West Point graduation this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the “scourge” of sexual violence in the military must be “stamped out.” [CNN]
  • Actress Ashley Judd is not running for senator of Kentucky, but Heather French Henry, a 2000 Miss America pageant winner, just might. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

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I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has “masculinized” women and taken the “romance” out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving drugs and alcohol to 8th grade girls. Keep reading »

Set Your DVR: “Outlawed In Pakistan” Airs Tuesday Night On PBS

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A teacher was murdered for educating girls in Pakistan. Read More »
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"Outlawed In Pakistan"

On Sunday and Monday you’re binge-watching “Arrested Development,” I get it. But set your DVRs now for Tuesday night at 10 p.m. for “Outlawed In Pakistan,” a new documentary airing on the PBS program “Frontline.” The film by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, follows a teenaged girl named Kainat Soomro, who accused four men of gang rape at age 13 at great risk to her own life. Like other women who try to go through Pakistan’s justice system, she’s found herself being shamed, doubted, and threatened by a culture that blames the rape victim more than her perpetrators. One family member of one of Kainat’s accused rapists even told the two female filmmakers, “There will be murders over this.”

You can learn more about the film at PBS.org. It will air on Tuesday night and then be viewable online. I know I’ll be watching. [Frontline: Outlawed In Pakistan]

This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT MEN! At a hearing on abortion rights! Dudes! Legislating women’s bodies! [TwitterHuffington Post[Photo via Laura Bassett]

12-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Being Called “Slut,” “Whore” Online

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  • A 12-year-old girl named Gabrielle Molina in Queens, New York, committed suicide this week because cyberbullies called her a “slut” and a “whore.” Molina had also recently gotten into a fistfight at school, which was taped and posted on YouTube. [New York Daily News]
  • While delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy, President Obama warned that those who commit sexual assault are undermining  the American military’s standing in the world. [USA Today]
  • Oklahoma’s state Senate advanced a bill yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. [Huffington Post]
  • Summer music festivals all have very male lineups this year. [Salon] Keep reading »

Republican Politician Shames Woman For Abortion, Said She Should Have Delivered Severely Disabled Baby

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Arkansas ban on abortions after 12 weeks temporarily blocked. Read More »
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Rep. Michele Bachmann urges "spiritual warfare" against liberalism. Read More »
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Yesterday, a woman named Christy Zink testifed before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcomittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to discuss a bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Zink spoke about her difficult decision in 2009 to have an abortion at 22 weeks after she learned the fetus she was carrying was severely disabled.

In response to her testimony, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, also a Republican, publicly shamed Zink and her family for terminating a late-term pregnancy and suggested she should have carried the possibly nonviable pregnancy to term just on principle. Keep reading »

Jerry Lewis On Women Comedians: “I Cannot Sit And Watch A Lady Diminish Her Qualities”

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Judd Apatow informs Jerry Lewis women are, in fact, funny. Read More »
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  • Comedian Jerry Lewis does not like any dainty little flowers, I mean women, who perform comedy, because it’s just so crass and unladylike. “I don’t have any,” he said when asked to name his favorite comediennes. “I can’t see women don’t that. It bothers me … I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator.” And this is not, in fact, the first time the 87-year-old has said made bigoted statements like this. [The Daily Beast]
  • And on that note, here’s Christina Wilkinson, the comic who was sexually heckled by men in the audience and then punished by the comedy owners for asking why they didn’t toss the hecklers out. [xoJane]
  • Mississippi may soon jail women who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths under manslaughter laws. [Mother Jones]
  • College women are drinking more alcohol and doing it more frequently than college men, according to a new study in a journal called (uh oh) Alcoholism. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

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  • A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
  • The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What a novel idea! [Rockford Register Star]
  • New York State has introduced a bill to prosecute sex traffickers. [Stop Human Trafficking NY]
  • Dove, Vistaprint and Audible.com are all ignoring an online campaign by feminist activist group Women, Action & Media (WAM) to encourage Facebook to remove content that is violent against women and girls. [Feministing, WAM]
  • Meet Rep. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, who is openly bisexual and agnostic. [ELLE] Keep reading »

French Director Francois Ozon Says Lots Of Women Fantasize About Being Prostitutes

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Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. … I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.

The Hollywood Reporter: Why do you believe that is a desire? I really don’t think that’s the case.

I think that’s the case because sexuality is complex. I think to be an object in sexuality is something very obvious you know, to be desired, to be used. There is kind of a passivity that women are looking for. That’s why the scene with Charlotte Rampling is very important, because she says [prostitution] was a fantasy she always had but never had the courage to do it. She was too shy.

How did you come to the conclusion that is a theme in women’s sexuality?

It is the reality. You speak with many women, you speak with shrinks, everybody knows that. Well, maybe not Americans!

This is the French director Francois Ozon, whose film “Young & Beautiful” — about a Parisian teen girl who becomes a prostitute — screened at Cannes. At first I was inclined to think, ‘Oh, those French men!‘ but I do think this exchange is worth a closer look because it reveals a lot about his somewhat limited view of women’s sexual fantasies. Keep reading »

Jose Canseco Tweets Rape Accuser’s Name, Phone Number, Photo

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Three teens post rape of 12-year-old girl on Facebook. Read More »
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Then drink less, a Hong Kong official has suggested. Read More »
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WAM feminist group calls on Facebook to address gender-based hate speech. Read More »
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This afternoon, former baseball player Jose Canseco livetweeted the police arriving at his house to allegedly charge him with drugging and raping a fitness model — and then he tweeted the rape accuser’s name, phone number and a photograph of her in a bikini. He eventually deleted a bunch of the tweets, although many of them were captured by The Atlantic Wire (who obscured the alleged victim’s name).

The craziness unfolds, after the jump. Keep reading »

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