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The New Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis I) Is Anti-Gay

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  • Today, cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archibishop of Buenos Aires,  the newest Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be called, is the first-ever Latin American Pope. I am dismayed to read that Bergoglio has said marriage equality is “a machination of the Father of Lies” (that would be Satan) that seeks to “confuse and deceive the children of God.” [Queerty]
  • Ever wonder why women have no say in the papal vote? All 115 of the cardinals who vote on the new Pope are men. [CNN]
  • The rape trail of two Steubenville High School football players began today. The 16-year-old young woman at the center of the assault, who was raped, peed on, and photographed by the student partygoers, may testify. [Cleveland.com, Seattle Times] Keep reading »

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Taking Sexual Assault In The Military Seriously, As He Should

Military Ban Lifted
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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
Women In Combat
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Rick Santorum frets your ladylike "emotions" are bad for combat. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »

A new defense secretary has just been confirmed and already he has a big issue to address: sexual assault in the military. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Full disclosure: I used to work in her office), and Senator Janeane Shaheen (D-NH) recently sent a letter requesting Chuck Hagel immediately review a decision by an Air Force Lieutenant General to dismiss all charges against an officer who had been convicted of sexual assault.

Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson, a fighter pilot, had been charged with aggravated sexual assault on former colleague Kimberly Hanks at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Hanks had been socializing with Wilkerson and his wife at their home and stayed the evening in their guest bedroom; in the middle of the night, she woke up to find Wilkerson on top of her. He was found guilty and sentenced to a year in the brig (AKA military prison). But he never served any time in prison because his superior, Lieutenant General Craig A. Franklin, dismissed the jury’s conviction and reinstated him. Senators Boxer and Shaheen and others are rightfully concerned that a troop charged with sexual assault was let off scot-free. 
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Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
The Status of Women
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The UN's Commission on the Status of Women is happening now! Read More »
NO MORE 3.13.2013

NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization’s new symbol — a thick “O” of light blue. Keep reading »

Breaking News: You Can Consent While Blackout Drunk, Apparently?

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  • Remember that 16-year-old girl who was sexually abused by several football players of the Steubenville High School football team? She got carried to several parties by players, was raped and peed upon. The players’ lawyers are reportedly planning to argue that she clearly consented to sex by excessively drinking and hanging out with boys and “didn’t affirmatively say no.”  [Jezebel]
  • Colorado’s House of Representatives have advanced a bill legalizing civil unions in the state, which now heads to the governor to be signed. [Denver Post]
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush says Republicans “scared” women in 2012. Terrified is more like it. [Politico] Keep reading »

Today’s Gross Politician: New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez Has A Thing For Underaged Girls

Cain Getting Handsy?
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Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women. Read More »
Citibank Sex Harassment
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A banker says her employer, Citibank, told her she was "too sexy." Read More »
Sexist Politician
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"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »

It wouldn’t be a day at The Frisky if I didn’t get to write about a sleazy politician! Today’s subject: New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

According to The New York Daily News, the 71-year-old complained to a fellow staff members about statutory rape laws in New York, because he thought his 14-year-old intern was “sexy.”  The intern in question had only been working there six days and is the daughter of a Brooklyn judge he helped elect.  There is currently a police probe into whether any criminal actions were committed.

Alas, this is not the first accusation of sexual harassment against Vito Lopez. (Sadly, it usually isn’t.) Keep reading »

Shot By The Taliban For Being A Feminist: Cartoonist Illustrates Malala’s Story

Meet Malala
5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Angelina On Malala
Angelina Jolie says to use Malala's shooting as a teachable moment. Read More »
Malala Leaves Hospital
After four months in the hospital, Malala is well enough to leave. Read More »
  • This is awesome: Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has created a cartoon depicting the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she’s a vocal activist on behalf of girls’ education. It’s short and sweet, but terrifying and touching. You can read the full cartoon on his web site, Zen Pencils.  [Clutch Magazine]
  • Celeste Greig, head of the California Republican Assembly, suggested that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare “because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.” It’s like Todd Akin 2.0! [Feministing]
  • New York City’s City Council Speaker Christine Quinn official announced her candidacy for mayor. If elected Quinn would be NYC’s first openly gay mayor, as well as its first female mayor. [Gothamist]
  • South Dakota’s governor signed that awful anti-abortion bill into law which extends waiting periods to not include weekends or holidays. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Italian Town Gives Pregnant Women & New Moms Their Own Parking Spaces

Sexist Parking Spaces
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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
Diddling In The Car
Men, you really need to stop jerking off while you're driving. Read More »
Good At Parking
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Women are pretty good at parking cars, contrary to stereotype. Read More »
Special Parking Privileges
Should pregnant ladies get to park in no-standing zones? Read More »
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Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing out the gesture only serves to reinforce women’s traditional role as mothers: Keep reading »

Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games” Is Here!

Girl Gamer
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Don't patronize me with your video game's "girlfriend mode." Read More »
Rape In Duke Nukem
You almost get raped in the Duke Nukem game and then slapped silly. Read More »
Challenge The Trolls
Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge the anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »
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  • Remember last summer when blogger Anita Sarkeesian of FeministFrequency.org started raising money on Kickstarter to fund an in-depth video exploring tropes of women in video games? Misogynist trolls lost their marbles, threatening to rape Anita and calling her countless ugly names like “bitch” and “slut” all over social media. It was quite the shitshow, prompting a much-needed discussion about how women are treated when they “infringe,” so to speak, on traditionally male spaces. But this week, at long last, “Damsel In Distress: Part One – Tropes Vs. Women In Video Game” is online and here for you to watch. I highly recommend it.  [YouTube] Keep reading »

“Girls Don’t Play Football” & Other BS Gender Stereotypes

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Remixed toy ads tell the truth about gendered marketing. Read More »
Little Girls & LEGOs
LEGOs are the perfect gender neutral toy. Why make them "girly"? Read More »
Black Women Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled on stereotypes of black women. Read More »
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"It's A Man's Game"

Something nice for a change: here’s a clever new video from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault about “breaking the box” of society-prescribed gender stereotypes. Boys can cry. Girls can play football. Taking advantage of a drunk woman doesn’t make you a “man.”  It’s 2013, everyone!

What do you think of the PSA? [Feministing]

Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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In 2011, Idaho banned abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unproven claim that at that point in gestation a fetus can feel pain. Back in December 2010, Jennie Linn McCormack purchased RU-486, the abortion pill, online and terminated her pregnancy at 20 or 21 weeks. McCormack was initially charged for breaking a 1972 Idaho law which said a woman couldn’t terminate her own pregnancy; the case against her was dismissed and she won a court order blocking the law from being enforced. She then took up the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks.  Keep reading »

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