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Leave It To Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Find The Bright Side Of Discrimination

Sonia On Gay Marriage
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasts discrimination against gays. Read More »
Get To Know Justice Kagan
Who is our newest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan? Read More »
Justice on Sesame Street
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks princesses on Sesame Street. Read More »

“Every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs.”

– This is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reflecting on his childhood in New York City for New York magazine’s “Childhood In New York” issue, which was apparently quite lovely because of sexism. Might I remind you this person sits on our nation’s highest court in the land? Wonder how many times Justice Elena Kagan has to stop herself from rolling her eyes. [NYMag.com]

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

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  • Alabama’s governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo]
  • Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections “violate the privacy rights of women and children,” saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying “woman and girls may be confronted there by men who think they are women.”  [Think Progress]
  • On feminist porn and Toronto’s recent Feminist Porn Awards. [The Week]
  • On why everyone needs to stop overanalyzing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hair (if it’s not obvious already). [Slate] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Roger Ebert Might Not Have Been A Feminist, But I’ll Miss Him Anyway

RIP Roger Ebert
The film critic has passed away at the age of 70. Read More »
Their Love Story
Roger had many romantic things to say about his relationship with wife Chaz. Read More »
Roger's Voice
The critic lost his voice to cancer, but was able to speak thanks to technology. Read More »
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When I was in middle school, I was required to create a diorama illustrating a hypothetical synagogue sanctuary (as you do, at Jewish day school). All I remember about my project is that I glued a picture of Gene Siskel to one of the walls. My teacher rightly called this out for being inappropriately idolatrous, but in the moment, I’d thought that I’d been paying appropriate reverence to an important man. After all, Siskel was Jewish, he had just recently passed away, and, until his death, I watched him and Roger Ebert weekly on television. I loved movies and knew I wanted to be a filmmaker, so I valued the words of Siskel and Ebert as highly as any of the words I was reading in school. These men cultivated my already-growing passion for cinema, and I’m certain that their enthusiasm was a contributing factor in my eventual interest in writing and film criticism.

In the years that followed, I’ve paid attention to Ebert’s ever-expanding body of work, and though I knew of his illness, I was shocked and saddened by his passing last week. I’ve now read plenty of articles praising him for his accomplishments and successes, and I can’t disagree with anything that’s been said. His writing was prolific, his persona was friendly, and he made the general public give a damn about film criticism. His absence will be felt by all who love movies.

Where I begin to disagree with the accolades, however, is the claim that Ebert was a feminist. Keep reading »

Kansas Legislature Advances Scary Abortion Bill

Tiller Clinic To Reopen
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The Kansas abortion clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller will reopen. Read More »
WTF, Topeka?
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Topeka, Kansas, considers decriminalizing domestic violence. Read More »
No Morning-After Pill!
Kansas advances "conscience" bill to let pharmacists refuse you Plan B. Read More »

Meryl Streep & Others Remember Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher Has Died
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. Read More »
"Iron Lady" Review
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Jessica loved the new flick starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Read More »
Meryl As Margaret
Meryl Streep does her best Margaret Thatcher impression. Read More »

“Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas — wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now — without corruption — I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle. To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.”

— Here’s Meryl Streep, who portrayed former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film “The Iron Lady,” remembering the politician, who died today at age 87.

After the jump, others remember the controversial yet pioneering Thatcher, who was Great Britain’s first and only female PM: Keep reading »

President Obama Apologizes To “Best Looking Attorney General”

Miniskirt Ban
Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
Another Miniskirt Man
Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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  • President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for calling her the nation’s “best looking attorney general” while introducing her at an event. [Politico]
  • Also, three things Kamala Harris should be known for that don’t involve her looks. [ColorLines]
  • Uganda has proposed a ban on miniskirts with this sterling logic: “We know people who are indecently dressed: they do it provocatively and sometimes they are attacked. An onlooker is moved to attack her and we want to avoid those areas. He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed.” [Guardian UK]
  • The president of Uruguay was caught on a microphone calling President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina an “old hag.” [BBC]
  • Also, Obama may not support today’s decision by a federal judge to make the morning-after pill accessible to girls ages 16 and younger without a prescription. “He believes [the age restriction] was the right, common sense approach to this issue,” according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
FDA Overuled
The government says the morning after pill cannot be over-the-counter. Read More »
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Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats!

That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after pill, meaning sexually active young women age 16 and younger will be able to access it. Ruling on a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Judge Edward Korman decided that the government’s refusal to lift the age restriction is “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and said the FDA’s feet-dragging has been an “obstruction.” He ordered the FDA to lift the age restriction within 30 days.

Reproductive rights activists pushed the FDA for years to make Plan B accessible to all and in 2011, they finally did. But it never happened: Health and Human Services Secretary swiftly overruled the FDA recommendation to make Plan B accessible to everyone, citing alleged concern about its safety for young teens — but in reality, kowtowing to a game of keep-conservatives-happy hardball. Keep reading »

Texas School Allows Student Tony Zamazal To Wear A Dress To Prom

Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
Trans 1st Grader
Transgender 1st grader challenges Colorado school's bathroom rules. Read More »
  • Thanks to the good works of the ACLU, Spring High School in Spring, Texas, will now allow George “Tony” Zamazal, who is trans and identifies as female, to wear a dress to her prom. The school had previously forbidden the senior from wearing a dress. Said Tony, “I’m so grateful that my school has agreed to let me be myself on such an important night.” [Think Progress, Queerty]
  • Across the world today, feminists have celebrated Topless Jihad Day by staging topless protests against conservative Islam. Much of the activism has also been in support of Amina, an activist in Tunisia who posted topless pictures of herself online and has gotten death threats. [MonaEltahaway.Tumblr.com]
  • Two women claim they were drugged (allegedly by employees) and raped at The Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood. [Queerty] Keep reading »

India Enacts Tougher Rape Laws — But They’re Still Not Perfect

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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Another woman has been gang raped on a bus in India. Read More »

Over the past few months, India has been racked with high-profile gang rapes and deaths of little girls and women. From the three sisters under age 11 who were sexually assaulted and murdered to the student who was gang raped with a metal rod, which mangled her insides so badly it eventually killed her, the brutality of the country’s rape culture is horrific. One of the main problems with the rape culture in India has been placing the onus on the victim instead of the perpetrator — society as a whole, including police, had been blaming women for being out in public where they could be attacked, instead of punishing the men who hurt them.

The new laws aren’t perfect. First of all, as legal scholar Karuna Nundy for the BBC notes, the laws only protect the “modesty” of women, not boys, men or transgender folks. Additionally, marital rape is still legal (including if the wife is a minor ages 15 through 18) and homosexuality is still criminalized.

Alas, it is with cautious optimism that we welcome India’s new spate of laws criminalizing rape and other acts of violence which went into effect yesterday. Keep reading »

Guy Talk: On Being A Dude In A Sexist Society

Proving Masculinity
Why owning a gun doesn't make you even more of a man. Read More »
Sex All The Time?
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Contrary to stereotype, men don't want sex all the time. Read More »
"Hipster Sexism"
Please, can the phrase "hipster sexism" not be a thing? Read More »
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Late last month, in the midst of several recent and prominent examples in the steady stream of stories about the challenges that women in the tech industry face, Complex.com published its list of “The 40 Hottest Women In Tech.” Tone deaf move, fellas! People were understandably upset. Maybe if it had been published a month or two earlier or later, a big website that caters explicitly to the libidos of straight dudes tossing up a list that ranks accomplished women on a scale of “hotness” would have just been another eye-rolling example of the sort of overt-yet-casual sexism that women in the industry (and many others) have to deal with on a regular basis. But the timing couldn’t have been worse. The author of the piece, Luke Winkie, went to The Daily Beast to explain why he’d taken the assignment and how, after his editors got their hands on it, it didn’t turn out the way that he’d planned.

Luke is my friend, and I know the position he was in: Dude is a young freelancer who got offered almost a month’s rent to write something that he knew was kind of shitty. He thought that he could make that shitty thing a little bit better (he wrote at the Beast that he “got the idea that maybe we could make a list called ‘The Hottest Women In Tech’ sound as earnest and empowering and good-hearted as it could possible be”), and then it didn’t work out. I’m not here to defend the guy – he can do that himself – but I can relate, because I had been in similar positions in the past. When you’re a straight, white, cisgender dude who benefits materially from living and working in a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic society, it’s easy to overestimate the amount of power you have. Keep reading »

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