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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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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
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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 »

Laura Bush Wants Out Of Pro-Gay Marriage PSA

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Former First Lady Laura Bush wants out of a pro-gay marriage PSA which shows clips of Republicans, including Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, voicing their support for marriage equality. But she’s shit out of luck because she made her opinions publicly known in a CNN interview, which the Respect For Marriage Coalition (part of the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom To Marry) used in their ad. “When couples are committed, they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has,” Bush said on CNN in 2010. Now the Bushes have asked the group not to use Laura’s words in the clip, to no avail. Regardless, shame on her for not standing true to her convictions. [Advocate] [Photo: Getty]

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
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  • Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL, BUT FOR MEN — have been squeezing his dick too tight and are cutting off blood flow to his brain? [Think Progress]
  • Homophobic school teacher Diana Medley has been suspended after lobbying for an LGBTQ-free prom. [Feministing]
  • Arkansas’s House of Representatives has advanced a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother is at risk. The original version of this bill would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, around roughly six weeks of pregnancy. [Salon]
  • House Republicans introduced their own version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips protections for LGBTQ victims. EYE ROLL. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Three Girls Ages 5, 9, & 11 Raped And Murdered In India

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  • Three young sisters ages 5, 9, and 11 have been raped and murdered in their small village in rural India after being kidnapped at some point on February 14. Indian police are now under fire for not taking their mother’s original missing persons complaint seriously. The country has been under scrutiny in recent months for high-profile gang rapes and their mishandling by the country’s politicians and police. [Guardian UK]
  • A Mississippi is defending their decision to publish an article about a same-sex wedding between two women. [Think Progress]
  • On cultural appropriation in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which showed scantily-clad models photographed with locals in Namibia. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

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Teen Pregnancy Drops
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American teens are slightly less pregnant than in years past. Read More »
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Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
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Mostly when we discuss the “right to choose,” we focus on the right to safe and legal access to abortion.  We mostly focus abortion as the “choice” because a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions is constantly under attack from conservative politicians and the anti-abortion movement, both of which are pickled with the Religious Right.

But a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions also includes the choice make a family — even, in a recent case out of Texas, if the woman in question is a pregnant 16-year-old girl whose parents were trying to force her to have an abortion. Keep reading »

An Answer For Fox’s “The Five” Host Bob Beckel: Yes, Rape On College Campuses Happens

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Nothing gets me up on my soapbox more than comments about rape, especially rape on college campuses. It seems that despite the plethora of statistics laid out plainly in nifty little infographics, the public remains woefully ignorant to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape right here in the U.S. of A. Even scarier is that members of the media with a mass audience espouse this same ignorance.

Take Fox’s “The Five” host Bob Beckel. When discussing Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar’s comments about keeping guns off campus by saying that on-campus call boxes and rape whistles should suffice to protect against rape, Beckel asked, “When was the last time you heard about rape on campus?” Keep reading »

GOP Congressman Says VAWA Has A “Motherhood-And-Apple-Pie Title” — What?

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  • Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he’ll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22.  His reasoning?  ”Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title,” and if “you voted on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here.”  Funny thing is, the title holds true to the content of the bill and has since 1994.  Sadly, this is not the most ridiculous quote from the interview.  Despite being unsure of his vote he is against domestic violence because “most men can handle [violence] a little better than a lot of women can.”  Yeah, go ahead.  Read that last line again. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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