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Senate Blocks Bid To Change Military’s Change Of Command On Prosecuting Sexual Assault

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  • The Senate successfully blocked a spearheaded by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) bill that would change the military’s judicial system by taking sexual assault cases outside of the chain of command and handing it over to military lawyers. Gillibrand was unable to get enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill. [The Hill, USA Today]
  • Virginia repealed its ban on oral and anal sex today. [Nerve]
  • If the Girl Scouts are too slutty for you, conservatives have a less promiscuous alternative. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Massachusetts Judge Rules It’s Legal To Take Photos Up Women’s Skirts

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  • Good news, creeps and perverts: yesterday, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that it is legal to photograph or film underneath a woman’s skirt. The judge ruled that women don’t have the reasonable expectation not to have their vagina filmed without their consent in public, as “peeping tom” laws only apply to private dressing rooms and bathrooms.  [Think Progress]
  • Look at how this female pilot brilliantly responded to a note left for her by a male passenger after her flight. [Her.ie] Keep reading »

Sex Education In The UK Can Now Address Sexting, Porn

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  • Newly released supplemental updates to the UK’s sexual education guidelines suggest addressing LGBTQ relationships, sexting, and media literacy in regards to pornography. That sounds so … sensible. Meanwhile in America, some kids think yellow Skittles act as birth control. [Nerve]
  • Meet Lisa Fritsch, a Republican, who is the first Black woman to run for governor of Texas. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why aren’t more people talking about female genital mutilation happening in in the United States? [Cosmopolitan]
  • Computers sure are great for planning weddings, aren’t they, ladies? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Marissa Alexander Faces 60 Years In Prison For Firing “Warning Shot”

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Florida’s State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids.

In August 2010, Alexander’s husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone and got so enraged that he strangled her neck and threatened to kill her. She grabbed a gun from the garage, where she was stuck inside, and fired a “warning shot” into the air, near where his kids were standing. She did not injure or kill anyone yet she was unsuccessfully able to argue the Stand Your Ground law. An appeals court threw out the case and in November, Marissa was released on bond from her 20-year conviction. Now, State Attorney Angela Corey is seeking 60 years — three times the original sentence — as punishment.  Keep reading »

Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

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  • Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury’s guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn’t behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator’s semen in her bed — hadn’t behaved like a victim and the perpetrator had not behaved like someone who had committed “a series of violent crimes.” The perpetrator had been sentenced to 25 years for raping the woman. W.T.F. (*** Thanks to reader Tina for the links!) [Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Citizen News, ABA Journal]
  • On how Lifetime’s reality show “Preachers’ Daughters” shows that everything is wrong with purity culture. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Spain Is Close To Banning Abortion

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  • Spain is close to banning all abortions, except in the case of rape or severe risk to the mother’s health. [NPR]
  • A federal judge ruled that Kentucky must acknowledge same-sex marriages performed in other states. (KY has yet to address a lawsuit asking the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.) [New York Times]
  • ABC’s new sitcom “Mixology” is apparently filled with crude jokes about rape, “whores,” and violence against women. Sounds like quality programming, Walt Disney Company. Family values indeed! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • On how the benefits of breastfeeding have been somewhat overstated. [Slate] Keep reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

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  • In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and due process. However, gay couples will not be allowed to marry immediately because a stay was issued on the ruling, pending an inevitable appeal. [New York Times]
  • On the thin female characters of “True Detective”… [The New Yorker]
  • But maybe the show treats its female characters badly for a reason. [Slate]
  • Buy an old “purity ring” on eBay and raise money for Planned Parenthood! (Spoiler: the ring didn’t “work.”) [Virginity Movie]
  • Project Rose in Phoenix, Arizona, is working in conjunction with police to have sex workers arrested in order to “save’ them. How fucked up is that? [VICE] Keep reading »

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

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  • The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual courage awards last night during his “State of the State” speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised their “story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them…No one rescued them, they rescued themselves—first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom.” It was their first public appearance together since their escape. [ABC News, NBC News]
  • Emails reveal that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveal that he reportedly had a doctor fired from a Milwaukee medical center because she had modeled bikinis in the past. [Slate Keep reading »

Leighton Meester Is A Feminist & Betty Friedan Is Her Role Model

Who is your role model and why?

The American writer Betty Friedan — she fought for gender equality and wrote the great book “The Feminine Mystique” which sparked the beginning of a second-wave feminism.

So do you consider yourself a feminist?

Sure. I believe in equal rights for men and women.

Color me just a little surprised at this one: Leighton Meester is a feminist and actually cites second-wave feminist activist Betty Friedan as her role model. Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, a 1963 book that that captured the unhappy, stilted lives that middle-class, mostly white women felt after marriage and children, feeling as if there weren’t other opportunities open to them. Friedan was initially prompted to write after interviewing her former Smith College classmates, when she learned how unhappy these well-educated women were as suburban housewives. The book catalyzed many women to join the feminist movement and led to an increased awareness to the restriction of expected gender roles in American society. Keep reading »

Uganda To Punish “Aggravated” Homosexuality With Life Imprisonment

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  • Uganda’s president signed an anti-gay law which will punish “serial offenders” of “aggravated” homosexuality with life imprisonment … [New York Times]
  • … and why the United States knows this, yet might just leave Uganda be. [Think Progress]
  • A Montana judge has admitted he was wrong (an understatement) to tell a 14-year-old rape victim that she looked older than her age and asked to be punished by the state. Judge G. Todd Baugh originally sentenced the 49-year-old rapist to 30 days in jail and later said he would reconsider the sentence. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
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