The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on face-covering veils, claiming that veiled women make other people uncomfortable. The case was brought by a 24-year-old Muslim woman who chooses to wear a niqab veil. It’s hard not to see this as an F.U. to Muslims in France. [Feministing]
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I don’t have much money to donate, so I assume politicians don’t care about me personally. But I guess I forgot about various “voting blocs” and how I’m probably listed on a sheet somewhere as “female,” “middle-class” and maybe “shrieking feminist harpy.” Even though — obviously — all Latinos or veterans or parents don’t vote… READ MORE »
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed legislation requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before terminating a pregnancy. Such bills are meant to curb access to abortion, because women often have to travel a long distance and thus make multiple trips over several days. Gov. Nixon said he vetoed the bill because it… READ MORE »
In its 236 years of existence, the U.S. Navy has never had a female four-star admiral — until now. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was just promoted to an admiral and is now the Navy’s new vice chief of naval operations, which is the branch’s number two position. (The Air Force and the Army have both… READ MORE »
The UK boasts universal healthcare, tea flowing like wine, and Conservatives who sound like our Democrats when it comes to gun control and reproductive justice. A foreigner unfamiliar with the journalism landscape in the UK would have no reason to question the country’s progressive values.
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Well, that’s one way to react to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren’t your jam, here’s a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg’s dissent. [Mother Jones]
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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.
The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties,… READ MORE »
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts… READ MORE »
Growing up, I played a lot of catch in the backyard with my dad and male cousins. Every time I missed the ball was a golden opportunity to remind me that I “threw like a girl.” It never bothered me — I’m just glad he taught me to throw a baseball!— but this ad by… READ MORE »
“Today Show” host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to… READ MORE »
Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC’s “World News” and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire]
A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Times; USA Today]
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President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave,” the president said. “That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.” [Yahoo]
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Yoko Ono’s breasts, a model’s ass, and a vagina are front in center at an art show in Paris. It would be just another day in the art world if the person behind it wasn’t one of hip hop’s greatest assets. Which begs the question: Does Pharrell Williams have a woman problem?
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Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religion as their… READ MORE »
Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. [CNN]… READ MORE »
The Prime Minister of Morocco recently spoke out against advancements for women, bemoaning how us ladies aren’t embracing the “sacred status that God gave to women” by finding “time to get married, to be mothers, or to educate their children.” Society, it is crumbling. [New York Times]
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James Madison University in Virginia allowed three frat boys found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and distributing video of it to stay on campus until graduation, even for years.
According to the Huffington Post, Sarah Butters, then a sophomore and a sorority member, was sexually assaulted in Panama City, Florida, on a… READ MORE »