- Here’s a cute video from AsapSCIENCE that explains to you how the Plan B morning-after pill works. [The Mary Sue]
- A California judge has blocked a ban on so-called “gay reparative therapy” for LGBTQ youth, which claims to turn gay people straight, because he claimed it is “free speech.” [Mommyish]
- Blogger Amanda Hess on why it doesn’t matter to her if celebs like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift don’t identify as feminists. [Slate]
- On the sports world’s indifference towards domestic violence. [Racialicious] Keep reading »
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- Katy Perry is the latest young female celebrity to declare she is not a feminist. Speaking at Friday’s night’s Billboard Women In Music awards, Perry said, “I’m not a feminist but I do believe in the strength of women.” I dunno … I am pretty sure that Katy Perry believes that men and women are equal to each other and deserve to have the same opportunities. I suspect it’s just that “feminist” label that’s the problem again. [Celebitchy]
- Remembering Kasandra Perkins, 22, the young mother who was murdered by her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, before he killed himself. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
- Nafissatou Diallo, the NYC hotel maid who accused the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, has settled her civil lawsuit against him. The criminal charges were dismissed against DSK in August 2011. [The Grio] Keep reading »
- Mallory Owens, the lesbian woman in Alabama who was allegedly brutally beaten up on Thanksgiving by her girlfriend’s brother because he did not “approve” of their relationship, has released a statement about the hate crime attack. [Queerty]
- On how white male anger has found an outlet in Susan Rice. [Slate]
- Why hating Chris Brown isn’t the same as supporting Rihanna. [NYMag.com]
- Offensive boy band lyrics rewritten to be more feminist! [PopDust] Keep reading »
Jen Kirkman is a comedian on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr.
I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me about how they hate it too but they never speak up.
I am constantly tweeting about gay rights (I’m straight) and racism (I’m white). It takes two seconds and it’s part of who I am. My male comedy friends show support by suggesting that I just let it slide, “these people are idiots/trolls.” But I don’t see it as “trolls” — these are actual men who are showing me that their opinion is that a woman is acting “hysterical” when she reacts to being treated unfairly. Suddenly I am not funny or fun. My male comedy friends sometimes lament that they want to support and that they hate how they see their women friends being treated on line but “but don’t know what to say.” Keep reading »
- An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina’s throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in Afghanistan feel entitled to maim or murder women and girls who have angered them. [Guardian UK]
- Some important marriage equality cases are headed to the Supreme Court tomorrow — read this and brush up on what’s going on. [Mother Jones]
- Her ex and her fiance were the ones throwing punches, but some media outlets are victim-blaming Halle Berry for the violence. [Feministing]
- U.S. professional soccer is making its third attempt to form a women’s league. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
Pediatricians should discuss emergency contraception with their teenaged patients and even write advance prescriptions, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended earlier this week. The morning-after pill should be taken 120 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost 90 percent more effective than saying “No babies no babies no babies!” three times fast. Advance prescriptions, the AAP, explained, would help prevent teen pregnancies and put MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” franchise out of business. Keep reading »
Two weeks ago, I wrote an essay about how I witnessed a man committing domestic violence against a woman outside my apartment. I received many incredible emails from readers, including one from a prosecutor who has previously had a DV caseload. She advised me to contact my local precinct and give a statement about what I saw; in her experience, that witness testimony has helped put the abuser behind bars. I asked this prosecutor — who requested anonymity — if she had any advice about how to help victims of DV from a professional standpoint. Here’ what she is sharing with readers of The Frisky. — Jessica
When I read Jessica’s article on domestic violence, I didn’t think of the victim, the bystanders and their inaction, or the abuser. I thought about the prosecutor on whose desk that case would land. I knew statistically speaking, by the time the prosecutor sees the case, the victim has likely recanted. I thought about the volume of evidence that was right before me, in Jessica’s article. I thought about that prosecutor because I am a prosecutor. Keep reading »
- Victim blaming! Racism! The trial for those involved in a videotaped gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, is, predictably, a demoralizing shitshow. You’re going to need to go to your happy place for awhile after reading this one. [Houston Chronicle]
- Every hospital in Mississippi has refused to grant admitting privileges to abortion providers at the state’s only clinic, which may force the Jackson Women’s Health Care Clinic to close. [Jezebel]
- Arizona’s Department of Health Services has launched a website to discourage women from having an abortion, which contains misleading information about how dangerous it is to terminate a pregnancy. [Feminist.org]
- The “War On Men” op-ed author Suzanne Venker — niece of archconservative anti-feminist Phyllis Schafly — spreads more of her sexist stereotyping over at The Cut. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
As if dealing with a cheating and violent husband is not enough to endure, a Bangladeshi woman had acid thrown into her face by her husband when she dared to divorce him.
Nurbanu, 36, discovered her husband with another woman and divorced him — only to find herself doused in acid by him eight days later. Now, blind and with a completely scarred and mutilated face, Nurbanu has been forced to remarry her husband. Keep reading »
Women with the most severe forms of endometriosis are seen as more attractive than those with mild forms or no form of the disease, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Paolo Vercellini, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Universita degli Studi in Milan.
Endometriosis is problem with a woman’s uterus in which the tissue that grows on the inside of her uterine lining also grows on the outside, sometimes covering the ovaries, intestines or other organs within the body. It causes abnormal bleeding and can make it difficult for some women to conceive.
What does endo have to do with attractiveness, though? Keep reading »