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South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

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This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women’s bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion.

Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill in its state Senate yesterday to remove weekends and holidays from those 72 hours, meaning women have to wait even longer.

Why do anti-abortion extremists do this? Because South Dakota only has one abortion clinic and it’s a medium-sized state, meaning many women have to travel in order to get the procedure. And traveling means finding childcare, taking time off work, and dealing with other responsibilities. Waiting periods  — especially loooong waiting periods which require at least two trips to the doctor — are intended to make it hella difficult for women to get to the clinic. If the governor signs this bill into law, South Dakota would have the longest waiting periods for abortion in the country.  Keep reading »

Teen Girl In Maldives To Be Flogged 100 Times For Premarital Sex

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Last week, a 15-year-old girl in the Maldives was sentenced to being flogged with 100 lashes for having consensual sex outside of marriage. Now the Islamic ministry and judiciary are being pressured to halt the public flogging or at least wait to carry it out until the youngster turns 18. If the criminalization of a woman’s sexuality is not bad enough (and yes, the AP confirms that it is usually the women who are flogged), it actually gets worse: the Muslim teen complained about sexual abuse by her stepfather and another man. In other words, she is allegedly the victim of sexual abuse by older men and now could be physically punished for having consensual sex. This is completely disgusting. [Seattle Times]

Not Doing Housework Is Making Ladies Fat, Sez Study

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Wait, what? Housework equality can lead to a higher divorce rate. Read More »
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  • Women might be overweight because we’re doing less housework and living more sedentary lifestyles, according to a new study published this month by PLoS. Hmm, but how does that explain why dudes — not known for doing housework 50 years ago — have gotten overweight as well? [New York Times]
  • HBO’s Mike White on why women will watch shows or movies about both men and women, but men supposedly won’t watch anything that’s just about women. [Slate]
  • Teen girls who are at a high risk for pregnancy are more likely to use contraception if they’ve taken a teen pregnancy prevention program, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. [US News & World Reports] Keep reading »

Mexican Town Bans Slutty, Slutty Miniskirts & Gay, Gay Cross-Dressing

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Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
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Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
Cops Warn Vs. Skirts
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NYC police warned women not to wear skirts to avoid a serial rapist. Read More »
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Because no man in the history of the world has ever been able to control his rape-alicious sexual urges, a Mexican town has banned women from wearing slutty, slutty miniskirts.

And they’ve also banned crossdressing. Because, you know, gays. Keep reading »

Taylor Swift Gets Parodied For A Good Cause!

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  • There is a great parody of Taylor Swift’s “22″ floating around the interwebz.  Rather than finding inspiration from ex-boyfriends this song takes aim at a different set of pathetic men: the 22 Senators who did not vote “yes” on the Violence Against Women Act.  The bill will come up for a vote in the House of Representatives.  Show your support and call your Congressmember. [Upworthy]
  • Oh how I wish I’d never have to post about this, but yet another politician has made a “foot in mouth” comment that I can’t not call out.  New Hampshire State Representative Mark Warden said people might “like being in abusive relationships.”  He is in favor of a bill that would reduce simple assault from a misdemeanor to a violation. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Conservative Writer Compares Ashley Judd To Todd Akin

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Ashley Judd was compared to Todd Akin by conservative writer for The Daily Caller, Alex Pappas. Seriously?

Ashley Judd’s name has been floated around as possible Democratic candidate to run Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. But haters have already come out swinging, with a writer for conservative blog The Daily Caller comparing the actress/humantarian/women’s rights activist to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin. No, seriously. He did:

“Judd runs the risk of being portrayed as a Todd Akin-esque candidate — meaning voters simply decide she’s unqualified to serve as a senator, because her comments are so outrageous.”

They both have the initial “A” in their names and when people talk about them the word “senate” is thrown around, but that’s where the similarities end. Judd’s comments may be on the liberal end of the spectrum, but they are not “outrageous” in the way that Akin’s uneducated comments were. Last I checked, Ashley Judd understands actual biology. Keep reading »

Photographer Captures Man Beating His Girlfriend In Startling Photo Essay

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Sara Naomi Lewkowicz domestic violence photo essay

This sent shivers down my spine.  A moving photo essay by the photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz on TIME magazine’s website follows a young couple’s relationship, culminating in the man beating his girlfriend. As she explains in a piece accompanying the piece, Lewkowicz originally meant to document Shane’s life as an ex-con. But it turned into something entirely different when Shane, 31, began physically abusing Maggie, 19, the mother of two young children, with the photographer and kids present. Keep reading »

Violence Against Women Act Might Actually Pass The House Of Representatives

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Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week.

VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money to process rape kits, and prosecute men accused of abusing women. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Well, it’s not. Apparently violence against women is A-OK for some of our politicians. Last year, VAWA hit a snag in the House, which refused to pass a Senate version of the bill allocating funds to undocumented women, same-sex partners, and Native American women who are abused by non-Native American men. Keep reading »

“Jeopardy” Had A “Binder Full Of Women” Category!

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  • Monday night’s episode of “Jeopardy” included a category called “Binder Full Of Women” which included questions about Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other women you can presumably find in Mitt Romney’s binders. [ABC News]
  • Walmart is being sued by women in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan who say they were denied equal pay and the opportunity to advance because they are women. [Bloomberg]
  • A representative in Alaska’s state House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would ban discrimination of gender identity and sexual orientation by landlords and businesses. [LGBTQ Nation] Keep reading »

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

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  • Indiana’s state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform “appropriate testing” on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing … or a transvaginal ultrasound. [Slate, San Francisco Gate]
  • Oh, look, a college that was atrocious to a rape survivor on its campus! We’ve never heard that before. [Jezebel]
  • Republicans are going after Planned Parenthood again. Sigh. [Think Progress]
  • Houston, Texas, is taking initiatives to eliminate its rape kit backlog. [Click2Houston] Keep reading »
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