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Gay Marriage Legalized In Hawaii

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  • Hawaii’s governor signed a bill today legalizing same-sex marriage after December 2 — hooray! Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now marry gay couples. [AP]
  • This essay by a Black woman who was raped by her father and later asked him to walk her down the aisle absolutely slayed me. [Ebony]
  • Democratic lawmakers introduced the Women’s Health Protection Acti today which will prohibit states from blocking women’s access to abortion by regulating the building standards of clinics. Said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, “In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Ireland’s Ban On Abortion Will Be Challenged At The U.N.

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The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
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The state will clarify the law following the death of a woman denied abortion. Read More »
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Amanda Mellet, a 38-year-old Irishwoman, is filing a petition with the United Nations Human Rights Committee to challenge her country’s ban on abortion. In Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country, abortion only recently became legal if it is necessary to save the mother’s life. In November 2011, a pregnant Mellet was devastated to find out that her fetus had Edward’s system, a fatal abnormality that causes mutations to the heart and other organs.

She was told that her daughter may not survive the pregnancy, and that if she did, she’d die shortly after birth. If Mellet carried her to term, she wouldn’t know until delivery whether she was even still alive. She and her husband decided that terminating the pregnancy was the most humane thing to do for her child, who, if born alive, would spend her only few hours on earth in a hopeless struggle for survival.

Her doctors, however, were legally unable to perform the abortion. Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai Honored As One Of Glamour‘s Women Of The Year

Malala Yousafzai Honored As One Of Glamour's Women Of The Year
  • Malala Yousafzai, the now 16-year-old Pakastani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking in favor of girls’ education, was honored at last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards. “”We must not be afraid of anything,” Malala addressed the crowd. “We must not be afraid of anything! I believe that a gun has no power at all. Because a gun can only take life. But a pen can save lives.” This girl is beyond inspiring. [People]
  • On the murder — yes, murder – of Renisha McBride. [The Feminist Wire]
  • On women working in sports journalism and the lack of women holding true positions of power in the industry. [The Hairpin]
  • Why won’t Facebook do anything about a page that celebrates New Zealand’s gang rape club, the Roast Busters? [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Atlanta Restaurant Refuses To Admit Transgender Woman

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  • A bouncer at Atlanta restaurant Don Pollo Bar & Grill refused to allow Alissah Brooks, a drag performer, inside last week. Brooks presents as a woman but carries an ID card which lists her gender as “male,” which was a point of contention for the bouncer. [Queerty]
  • Private schools in Pakistan have banned Malala Yousafzai’s book. [NPR]
  • Ariel Levy penned an article for The New Yorker about her miscarriage. [The New Yorker]
  • Here’s one Orthodox Jewish woman’s three-year fight to get a divorce from her husband. [New York Post] Keep reading »

Family Stages Rescue Of Kidnapped Bethany Arceneaux From Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

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It’s an incredible and heartbreaking story: the family of a young woman who was kidnapped last week by her abusive ex-boyfriend confronted him in a stand-off and saved her life.

Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped on Wednesday in Louisiana, by Scott Thomas, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. Arceneaux filed a restraining order against Thomas in June, explaining he threatened to kill her before and “put a knife to my neck countless times.” But he ignored that order — as all too many abusers do — and on Wednesday, showed up outside the daycare where she was retrieving their child. Witnesses saw Thomas force Arceneaux into his vehicle, leaving their two-year-old child alone inside her car as he drove off.

At some point, according to KATC news, Thomas allegedly called Arceneaux’s family and asked them to take care of his kids, because he was going to kill both himself and Arceneaux. Keep reading »

Bloggers Take Joss Whedon & Equality Now To Task

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  • Blogger Melissa Gira Grant critiques Equality Now, which recently had a speech by Joss Whedon in which he discussed feminism, for its anti-prostitution stance … [Talking Points Memo]
  • … and blogger Flavia Dzodan critiques the contents of Whedon’s speech itself. [Red Light Politics]
  • Here’s Dream Hampton’s response to the murder last weekend of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old girl who was shot to death after she got in a car accident and knocked on someone’s door for help. [YouTube]
  • bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry held a conversation today at The New School that was streaming live online.  I cannot wait to watch it this weekend!  It should at the link here and also on The New School’s YouTube page soon. [ColorLines] Keep reading »
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