Posts tagged "women news"

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called "Anna" wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2014

Boko Haram Reportedly Kidnaps Up To 40 More Women In Nigeria

As many as 40 more more women in Nigeria have reportedly been kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group responsible for kidnapping over 200+ schoolgirls in April. A local told AFP that young mothers were singled out and taken in this latest kidnapping. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2014

18-Year-Old Girl In Pakistan Survives Attempted “Honor Killing”

An 18-year-old girl in Pakistan survived an attempted "honor killing" for marrying the man she loved. Her father, brother, aunt and uncle shot her twice, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped her body in a canal. Luckily, the victim was helped to safety by two passersby. However, recently a pregnant 25-year-old…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2014

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish "habitually resident" foreign citizens living i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

How Feminists Watch Commercials

Actually, yes, this does accurately sum up how I watch both shaving cream commercials and the E! channel. For the sake of comediennes Akilah Hughes and Suzanne Hitchman, I hope other feminists are able to laugh at this, too. [YouTube]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

A minister in India's ruling party said about rape: "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong." [Guardian UK] Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times] Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register] On being a victim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

Russian President Vladmir Putin Calls Hillary Clinton “Weak,” Says “It’s Better Not To Argue With Women”

"It’s better not to argue with women. But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

Meet The Doctor Who Performs Abortions In Wichita Following Dr. George Tiller’s Murder

Meet Chicago abortion provider Dr. Cheryl Chastine, who travels to Wichita, Kansas, every week to help women terminate pregnancies. Five years ago, Wichita doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church by an anti-abortion extremist. Dr. Chastine provides abortions at Tiller's former clinic, which reopened…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

Study: Some Rape Victims Are Forced To Pay For Their Medical Treatment

A new study has found that many rape victims in the United States are paying medical bills for the aftermath of their assaults, despite the fact that the federal government has laws in place to prevent exactly that from happening. Federal law ensures that victims aren't charged for rape kits, regardless of whether they report…
By: Claire Hannum / June 4, 2014

Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

Sinead O’Connor’s New Album Is Called I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, Inspired By Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign

I will be #TeamSineadOConnor forever. Sinead's a bad-ass feminist thriving in the music industry from way, way back. So much so, in fact, that she's named her upcoming album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss — and that's the very sexy cover image above. You may remember the phrase "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss" coming…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

RIP Society: Now There’s A Petition To Classify Feminism As A Terrorist Group

A group of angry wackos are petitioning the United States government to classify feminism as a terrorist group. Yes, you can read that again. The Change.org petition's creator, Janet Wilkinson, included the following statement on its homepage (complete with Wilkinson's typos left in for, ahem, clarity):…
By: Claire Hannum / June 3, 2014

Girls Asked To Leave School Over Visible Bra Straps

As many as 30 girls were sent home from high schools in Canada last week for wearing sleeveless shirts or tank tops that exposed bra straps. At one high school, boys in sleeveless shirts were also sent home from school. However, the girls were specifically told that their bra straps would be a "distraction" for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

Male Student Suspended By Columbia For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Sues School For Title IX Discrimination

In September 2013, a female student at Columbia University filed a complaint against "John Doe," a sophomore and member of the crew team from Florida, over alleged nonconsensual sex in her dorm room that had occurred  in May 2013. This February, a school tribunal found "John Doe" guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended him for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

8 Warning Signs A Partner Doesn’t Respect You

Amelia recently sent me a link to a Tumblr that will absolutely gut you. It's called When Women Refuse and it collects news article about women who became victims of violence after they tried to leave a male partner or rejected sexual advances. We know that violence is fundamentally about control and therefore…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

Utah High School Photoshops “Modesty” Into Girls’ Yearbook Photos

A high school in Utah has Photoshopped longer sleeves and higher necklines onto female students in its yearbook. Student Shelby Baum, above, even had a tattoo on her collarbone airbrushed out of her photo. Baum and other female students said  that many other students had their pictures Photoshopped without their consent, which they say wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2014

Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees "white" and "male," you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, three…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2014

#AllMenCan Crowdsources How Men Can Be Good Allies

"Hashtag activism" gets a bad rap. My thoughts? Hey, it can't hurt. And I like the idea behind the hashtag #AllMenCan, especially since I think it's a natural reaction for any human to feel defensive (hence the all-too-common refrain "Not all men!"). It looks to have generated yesterday from the Twitter user @PenguinGalaxy. #AllMenCan crowdsource…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2014

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

Lexie Brackenridge, a former student at Williams College in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the school newspaper about the school's conduct after  she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2012. Williams College officials discouraged her from going to the police about her assault and instead asked her to handle it internally. The school suspended…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

What Women Mean When We Call Each Other “Sluts” And “Whores”

It's no secret that women use the words "slut" and "whore" to describe other women. Now, a new study of college-aged women sheds more light on just why young women use these slurs. You might be as surprised as I was to find out what's really at play here: the slur is not meant to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014
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