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Guy Talk: On Being A Dude In A Sexist Society

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Sex All The Time?
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Contrary to stereotype, men don't want sex all the time. 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 »

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Clinic Open For Now
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Judge blocks law that would have closed Mississippi's one clinic. Read More »
D.C. Abortion Ban Fails
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A bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks has failed in the House. Read More »

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening.

Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.  The foundation purchased Tiller’s old office, and after raising nearly $1 million, is ready to open the South Wind Women’s Center.

There will be some changes: unlike under Dr. Tiller, the clinic will not provide late-term abortions.  The Kansas City Star reports that despite the fact that Kansas allows abortions 22 weeks into a pregnancy, the clinic’s cutoff will be 14 weeks.  South Wind Women’s Center will also provide other women’s heath services including fertility counseling and other routine health care, like Pap smears. Keep reading »

Harvard Students Protest Tyga’s Concert Over Sexist Lyrics

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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »
Rick Ross Banned
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Michigan radio station won't play Rick Ross after rape reference in song. Read More »
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RIP society: he's a 9-year-old rapper who slaps adult women's butts. Read More »
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  • Rapper Tyga is booked for the Yardfest concert this month on Harvard’s campus — but not if over 1,000 students, who have signed a petition requesting him not to perform for the school on the basis of his sexist and violent lyrics, get their way. In particular, the song “Rack City” is problematic for its profligate use of the word “bitch” and lyrics comparing himself to a pimp making a woman “hop the boulevard / I need my money pronto.” [Harvard CrimsonSalon]
  • In related news, Talib Kweli told a HuffPost Live segment that Rick Ross is “misguided” and should apologize for rapping about drugging a woman and raping her. Ross kinda sorta apologized already, but not really, because he just blamed women for “misunderstanding” him. [Madame Noire]
  • The Dallas Mavericks owner said he would be willing to draft Brittney Griner, a 6’8″ player for the Baylor women’s basketball team, to his team in the NBA. Presently there is no rule which says the NBA can’t draft a woman. [ESPN]
  • Karen Finney, the first African-American spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, has joined MSNBC as a new talk show host. [NewsOne] Keep reading »

Wall Street Power Woman Irene Dorner On “Sticky Feet” And Glass Ceilings

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They need the flexibility to get home in time to cook dinner! Read More »
Working Women Ugly?
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... according to Rush Limbaugh's wildly inaccurate twisting of study. Read More »
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Wall St. 4.3.2013

I am a single, 25-year-old woman who is still in graduate school. I can hardly see down the road to my next assignment deadline, or even what I’ll make for dinner.  Yet the ongoing discourse about women in the workforce has me thinking (and generally pretty terrified) about the future.

In a New York Times article, “Woman in a Man’s World,” Irene Dorner, the chief executive of HSBC USA, shared her regrets about not pushing to change the status quo for more women than just herself while she climbed the finance ladder on Wall Street.

Like Sheryl Sandberg, whose book Lean In has received flack for telling women to be more aggressive, Dorner says there is a “sticky floor” problem in conjunction with the glass ceiling.  She does not necessarily believe that women of Wall Street need to be more like men, but does highlight a difference… Keep reading »

A Picture A Day, In The Year Of A Domestic Violence Victim

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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Domestic Violence & Guns
Vice President Joe Biden says we need to reduce domestic violence via guns. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
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Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
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Domestic Violence Escalates

There was an air of mystery surrounding the alarming video “One Photo A Day In The Worst Year Of My Life” that went viral after it was posted on Reddit. People wondered, Is it real or fake? Devastating personal story, or gripping public service announcement? One thing that we were sure of: it was powerful, upsetting, and had people talking.  The time-lapse-style video chronicled a Serbian girl as she went through the downhill spiral of abuse, as illustrated in one photo per day.   Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Tyler Perry Has A Rape Problem In “Temptation”

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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »
Not Diverse Enough?
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"Think Like A Man" allegedly banned in France because it's not diverse. Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
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This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »
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Usually movies like Tyler Perry’s “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” are right up my alley. You don’t see a Tyler Perry film because you’re under any illusions it will be good. At their best, Perry movies excel at hitting the sweet spot of terrible, the kind of bad movie you can’t wait to pick apart with your friends afterward. Why else did I go see “Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ in theaters? I was under no illusions I was seeing a good film. I wanted a glorious waste, and boy, did I get my money’s worth. Michael Sheen’s evil laugh was worth the price of admission alone.

Like Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” Perry’s films aren’t so much made as they are loosely cobbled together, and it’s fun to point out the seams in his craftsmanship. The sound design is terrible, the acting is all over the place and the film takes place in about seven different genres simultaneously. “Temptation” can’t decide if it wants to be a melodrama, high camp, a morality play, a broad comedy, a Lifetime movie or a potboiler, so it makes the proceedings into a $5.99 buffet — a little bit of this, a lot of that, doused with camp and unintentional humor. Douglas Sirk would have loved Tyler Perry.

However, despite my best efforts to find the film funny, there’s something immensely troubling about the morality slopped in with Perry’s genre stew. The film is about a Christian woman’s destructive sexual awakening and an affair that leads her away from her marriage. “Temptation” initially feels like a rebuttal to readers of Kate Chopin (or, heaven forbid, E.L. James) showing how passion can destroy the stability we take for granted. The main character is the therapist for a “Millionaire Matchmaker”-type who has her wandering eye on a billionaire client. He looks like a male model, is named Harley and drives a red sportscar. He espouses the belief that humans should have sex like animals. [Spoilers after the jump!] Keep reading »

Beyoncé Is A Feminist

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32 photos of Bey and Jay being adorable. Read More »
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Taylor Swift doesn't consider herself to be a feminist. Read More »

“I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman… I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept. … I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”

– In a world of starlets and singers reluctant to use the “F-Word,” Beyoncé is a friggin’ breath of fresh air. She’s our kind of feminist: a smart, successful woman who also loves her family life. We love you, Bey! [Jezebel]

Gigi Chao Responds To Dad’s Million Dollar Offer To Marry His Lesbian Daughter & Make Her Straight

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  • Remember Gigi Chao? She’s the lesbian daughter of Chinese billionaire Cecil Chao who offered millions to a man to marry her into heterosexuality?  While many offered, all were refused.  Gigi Chao is sticking with her female partner of seven years, Sean Ev.  Chai recently appeared on the cover of Hong Kong Tatler, where she displayed a great deal of humor and grace when talking about Cecil Chao, the many marriage offers and helping others come out in conservative Hong Kong. [After Ellen]
  • Men are faster at changing diapers, according to a new study, and there’s a new argument that suggests economic growth if they actually stay home and put that skill to use.  Hence why The New York Times Magazine has an article out discussing the merits of paid paternal leave. [New York Times Magazine]
  • At this rate the Kansas State Legislature will continue to hold a spot on my shit list for another week: the state House of Representatives is pushing forward an abortion bill that would place new restrictions on current abortion providers and change the state constitution to stipulate that life begins at conception.  Left OUT of the bill, and deemed Republicans as “little gotcha amendments,” abortion exceptions for rape and incest.  I have no words. [ThinkProgress] Keep reading »

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

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... says male legislators "shouldn't even vote" on abortion bills. Read More »
ND "Fetal Heartbeat" Law
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North Dakota governor signs law banning abortions after fetal heartbeat. Read More »
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Life begins at conception, according to a bill in North Dakota. Read More »
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Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18.

Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It’s not still April Fools’ Day, right? Keep reading »

Saudi Women Allowed To Ride Bikes, But Only While Wearing An Abaya & Accompanied By A Male Relative

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Women airbrushed out of Ikea's Saudi Arabian catalog. Read More »
"Tempting" Eyes
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Saudi women with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up. Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
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  • Guess what everyone?! Saudi Arabia will reportedly now permit women to ride a bicycle in public … but only in parks … and only while accompanied by a male relative … and only while dressed in a body-covering abaya veil. Um … that sounds  … leisurely. [Think Progress, Huffington Post]
  • Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, warned that if we legalize same-sex marriage straight people will enter into sham gay marriages just to get benefits.  [Talking Points Memo]
  • Some good news for once: nominations for the National Magazine Awards are finally equal between men and women. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »
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