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North Carolina Pols Actually Thought Requiring Parental Consent For STD Testing Was A Good Idea

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Thank God somebody in North Carolina’s state legislature has some sense: the Health and Human Services Committee has pulled a bill that would require teens get parental consent for STD testing and treatment, as well as other healthcare. The Republican-controlled committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, to an explosion of WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? on the Internet.

The bill would have required teens to get notarized parental consent for STD testing and treatment, pregnancy care, mental health counseling, or substance abuse treatment. Anyone with half a brain would know that teenagers don’t want to talk with dear old Mommy and Daddy about weird stuff going on in their genitals, their cutting problem, or their dependency on popping pills. But North Carolina Republicans? Apparently they don’t understand basic human psychology. Keep reading »

Identical Twins Kirstie & Kristie Bronner Are Co-Valedictorians Of Spelman

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Here’s a hard sister act to follow: identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner (yes, those are their names) have been named co-valedictorians of Spelman College, a historically Black college in Atlanta, Georgia. See, Kirstie had a 4.0 GPA and her twin sister Kristie also had a 4.0 GPA, so the school appointed them both to the highest academic honor. Both sisters were music majors and plan to record a gospel album together; after graduation, they want to work for their father, who is a minister. They’re also planning to write a book on how to achieve academically — a subject they both know well. The young women said they exercised intense self-discipline, only socializing on the weekends. “We maximized our study time,” said Kirstie. “People would ask us ‘do you want to go do this or that on a weekday’ and the response was an automatic ‘no.’ We saved recreation for the weekend. Our philosophy was and is, pay now and play later.” The twins will be honored this Sunday at Spelman’s 126th commencement. [News OnePatch]

SlutWalk Protest Gets Student Teacher Theresa Illgen Removed From Job

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  • Theresa Illgen, 23, a student teacher, was asked not to return to the high school where she was teaching after she participated in a SlutWalk protest on the New Mexico State University campus and had a picture of herself wearing a bra on the front page of the local newspaper. Illgen is the president of a student feminist group and marched in the protest with tons of other students. [Las Cruces Sun-News]
  • An abortion provider reflects on motherhood and her own abortion. [Raw Story]
  • A Change.org petition asking Disney not to give Princess Merida from “Brave” a sexy makeover has garnered over 30,000 signatures. [Change.org]
  • On how “The Great Gatsby” movie gets fashion and feminism wrong. [Collectors Weekly] Keep reading »

Lawyer Wants Age Of Consent Lowered To 13 To Stop “Persecution Of Old Men”

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Yup, you read that headline right: a British lawyer has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 because a dirty old man touching 8th graders’ boobs should be totally OK.

London lawyer Barbara Hewson penned an impassioned piece for a contrarian British publication called Spiked in which she wrote about the Jimmy Savile trial, or Operation Yewtree.  Simply put, Yewtree investigated multiple allegations that a late British TV host had sexually abused many, many underage girls and boys. The whole trial has reignited concerns in the UK about adult sexual abuse of children and young adults

But now Hewson — A WOMAN!— is concerned that the UK is conducting its own witch hunt, falsely accusing adult men of being sexual predators.  ”[T]he goings-on at the BBC in past decades are not a patch on what Stead exposed. Taking girls to one’s dressing room, bottom pinching and groping in cars hardly rank in the annals of depravity with flogging and rape in padded rooms,” she wites. “Touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt, are not remotely comparable” to rape or gang rapes. And since that’s supposedly the only really bad way a young woman can be violated, she now advocates that they “remove complainant anonymity; introduce a strict statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and civil actions; and reduce the age of consent to 13.” Keep reading »

Facebook Page Run By Active Marines Mocks Violence Against Female Troops

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A Facebook page run by active Marines mocking violence against female troops has been taken down after it was publicly outed by a Congresswoman. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) penned a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the commander of the Marine Corps asking them to take action on the page, F’N Wook, which showed pictures of women with disrespectful, sexist, and violent captions. “Many of the pictures imply women only advance professionally by performing sexual favors,” Rep. Speier wrote in her letter. “And otherwise promote the idea that women are inferior and only useful as sexual objects and sandwich makers.”  One showed a picture of three female Marines with the caption, “Lesbian … still goes down on gunny for promotion.” Another showed a servicewoman with a black eye and the caption, “She burned the bacon only once.” Keep reading »

Democratic Republic Of Congo Worst Place On Earth For Mothers

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  • The Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst country in the world for mothers, according to the annual report on motherhood from Save The Children. The best place on Earth, in terms of education, income, maternal health and child mortality, continues to be Finland, Sweden and Norway. We should be ashamed of ourselves, America. [BBC]
  • This is beyond fucked up: an Air Force brochure advises sexual assault victims to “submit.” [WIRED]
  • On the Lilith Fund, an organization that gives small grants to women seeking an abortion. [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

Men In Pakistan Village Decide Women Are Not Allowed To Vote

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Welcome to Pakistan! Home to the second largest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. Many women in Pakistan face violence, intimidation and sometimes death for wanting to receive an education. Sounds like a recipe for repression.

The AP reports that in 564 of 64,000 Pakistani polling districts women could not vote in the 2008 election. It is looking to be much the same for the upcoming May 11 election. Why? Because the village men deemed it so.

One of these 564 districts is the village of Mateela. There men gathered and decided that women would not be allowed to vote in the upcoming elections.   Keep reading »

Donald Trump Helpfully Reminds Us All Men Are Rapists, Always

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Sexual assault should not be part of her job. Read More »
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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
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An ex-soldier on lifting the ban on women in combat. Read More »
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Just in case you thought that men should be expected to obtain consent from women before engaging in sexual behavior with them, bigoted blowhard Donald Trump is here to remind you all men are rapists, always. Why else would 26,000 service members have reported experiencing [second item] “unwanted sexual contact” last year? It’s because, Trump tweeted, men and women have never, ever worked alongside each other in coed workplaces without men raping their colleagues. In a followup tweet Trump — who, correct me if I’m wrong, attended a military high school but has never served a day in the actual military, unlike actual women in combat — said “top military brass” didn’t want “a mixer.” But “dumb politicians” just had to endanger these vulnerable women at the hands of all the rapists in uniform. Sorry, ladies. Rape away, dudes — I know you can’t help yourselves. [Examiner]

Turkish Airlines Bans Crew From Wearing Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

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  • Turkish Airlines has banned stewardesses from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, claiming bright makeup “impairs visual integrity.” Critics say the restriction is a sign the moderate Islamic country is becoming more conservative, in particular towards women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
  • According to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI), there are over 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel every single day. This comes following the news that 26,000 service members had reported “unwanted sexual contact” in 2012, up from 19,000 the year before. In response, President Obama sharply rebuked those who are “betraying the uniform.”  [Yahoo, Salon]
  • A Fox News host asked, hella inappropriately, if 14-year-old Malia Obama is on birth control. [Madame Noire]
  • A history of smear campaigns against politicians centered around abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

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Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They’re both too young for him to be “wife”-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story “Heartbroken Chris Brown Always Thought Rihanna Was Woman He’d Beat To Death,” in which Brown (obviously, not really Brown) laments he’ll never get to murder her in a domestic violence incident. Here’s a sample:

After revealing yesterday that he had recently split up with longtime girlfriend Rihanna, a heartbroken Chris Brown tearfully told reporters that he always thought the 25-year-old singer was going to be the woman he’d beat to death one day. “Despite all the ups and downs, I was so sure Rihanna was the one I’d take by the throat one day and fatally assault, and even toward the end I continued to hold out hope that we’d be together until the day she died at my hands from blunt-force trauma,” Brown, 24, said in a radio interview this week, telling DJs he still has abusive feelings for his ex-flame and is hopeful that he might punch her again one day.

Simply, I thought the piece was cringe-inducingly hilarious — it’s supposed to make you viscerally uncomfortable about how far domestic violence can go. Not everyone agrees, instead seeing it as mocking violence against women of color. Keep reading »

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