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Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

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What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about pension reform when Le Ray began loudly clucking. (In France, the word for “chicken” is used as a slur against women.)  Massonneau stopped speaking and addressed him: “That’s enough! I’m not a chicken.” The leader of the National Assembly then temporarily suspended the parliamentary session and publicly chastised Le Ray when they returned. I guess it’s sort of a relief that politicians are juvenile sexist douchebags the world over? [Guardian UK, Belfast Telegraph UK] [Image of a chicken via Shutterstock]

President Obama Nominates Janet Yellen As First-Ever Woman To Run The Federal Reserve

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  • President Obama announced today he has nominated Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve. She currently serves as vice chair of the Fed and is a professor at University of California, Berkeley. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to run the Fed. [Politico]
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  • This woman was sexually assaulted as a teen by two little boys she babysat — and worse is that the boys’ mother didn’t seem too surprised. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Emerson Student Files Federal Complaint Over Alleged Mishandling Of Sexual Assault

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A sophomore at Emerson College in Boston said the school discouraged her from reporting her off-campus sexual assault by a fellow student and took months to conduct their own investigation, which ultimately concluded in the alleged assailant being found “not responsible.” Sarah Tedesco filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week.

According to Huffington Post, Tedesco was sexually assaulted off the Emerson campus on October 12, 2012, by two people, including a fellow Emerson student who lived in her residence hall. In an article published in February 2013 for Isis Magazine, an Emerson feminist online magazine, Tedesco wrote about the specifics of her rape: Keep reading »

Study: 1 In 10 Teens Has Committed Sexual Violence

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  • Almost 10 percent American young adults between ages 14 and 21 admitted to committing sexual violence at least once, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. We’ve still got a long way to go, everyone. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, carries a letter from her mosque and her chaplain giving her permission to wear her hijab, a Muslim headcovering veil, on campus. [Huffington Post]
  • The owners of Gorz Haus Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa, have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming their religious beliefs are being persecuted after they refused to host a wedding for a same-sex couple. That couple sued the owners under violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act. [Think Progress]
  • Is American Apparel’s “Period Power” T-shirt a “useful controversy”? [The Week] Keep reading »

This Video Of A 10-Year-Old Girl Making A Virginity Pledge To Her Father On His Deathbed Creeps Me Out

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This Makes Me Uncomfortable

I’m just going to say it: a 10-year-old girl making an abstinence pledge to her dying father on his hospital bed is all kinds of emotionally manipulative.

I thought this YouTube video would be a touching, if extremely sad, occasion for Johnny, a gravely ill father, and his 10-year-old daughter, Nakeol. Gathered by family, they shared an approximation of the little girl’s wedding day that Johnny will not live to see; according to the YouTube description of the video, he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nakeol felt “sad knowing he would never be there to walk her down the aisle when she gets married one day.” So the family arranged a small ceremony at the father’s hospital bed. Sweet, right? Grab the tissues.

But then it got  uncomfortable on multiple levels. Nakeol’s father didn’t just give her away; the 10-year-old Nakeol promised her dying father in his hospital bed that she will won’t have sex until marriage. Keep reading »

Feminist Nicole Kidman “Believes In The Sisterhood”

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“I was raised by a feminist mother. And yes, she said never be frightened about using the ‘F’ word. So I’m not. She believes in the sisterhood, and so do I. And she planted the seed in me early to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. … No matter how long I devote my time to this I still cannot comprehend that one in three girls in their lifetime will be beaten, abused, or raped. It’s just an unbelievable statistic.”

Here’s Nicole Kidman speaking at Variety‘s Women and Power luncheon on Friday afternoon revealing she’s totally OK using the “F” word — feminist, that is. I never got a huge activist vibe from Nicole before, I suppose because she’s fairly private. But she has played writer Virginia Woolf and photographer Diane Arbus on film and both of those women are instrumental to women’s history. It’s important to have people in the streets fighting for women’s rights, it’s also important to bring complex, important female characters to life on film. Welcome to the club, Nicole! [USA Today] [Image via Fame/Flynet]

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