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Women Of Color Ask To Be Included In Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program

Women and girls of color are asking to be included in President Obama’s new program “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is aimed at young men of color. Over a 1,000 women and 200 men have signed letters saying young girls should be targeted in the program, too. [Washington Post]
The New York Assembly passed… More »


Major Newspaper Drops Columnist George Will Over Offensive Sexual Assault Column

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper has dropped conservative columnist George Will in part due to his recent column arguing that being a rape victim is a “coveted status” on a college campus that “confers privileges.” The newspaper insinuated that Will’s column had been on the chopping block for awhile but this sexual assault column “made… More »


Florida Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law criminalizing a second- or third-trimester abortion after a doctor has determined a fetus could survive outside the womb. The law also removes the woman’s psychological distress as an exception for such an abortion.  [AP]
The United States Senate is expected to approve $41 million to test… More »


Study: Judges With Daughters Are More In Favor Of Women’s Rights

A judge with one or more daughters is more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights, according to a new study. See, personal experiences do influence judges. [New York Times]
More millenial moms are single than married, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. [TIME]
On how evictions hurt low-income women… More »


U Of Washington Student Vowed To Be “The Next Elliot Rodger”

A University of Washington student was arrested on Saturday afternoon after writing comments online that he intended to be “the next Elliot Rodger” and he would “make sure I kill only women.” … More »


8 Things I’ve Learned After Getting Lots Of Emails About Sexual Assault

Last week, The Frisky published an essay by an anonymous writer about her rape. She wrote about the absurdity of columnist George Will’s allegation that being a victim of sexual assault confers certain privileges. Activists have responded to Will’s inane, offensive piece with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege, snarkily writing about all the ways that they’ve “benefitted” More »


This Is How A Small Town In Arkansas Failed A Domestic Violence Victim

My friend Melissa Jeltsen has a piece on The Huffington Post about how the local criminal justice system in Arkansas failed Laura Aceves, a 21-year-old woman who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she was killed, her ex had been out on bail for two prior attacks on Aceves, including aggravated assault; he… More »


Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there’s no bun in the oven before they order a beer.
I don’t know about you,More »


These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a “Girl Power” art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many women face… More »


911 Dispatcher Tells Sexual Assault Victim To “Quit Crying”

A 911 dispatcher in Columbia, Ohio, is being criticized for telling a woman who had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint to “quit crying” during the upsetting call. The 20-year-old was attacked after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning by a strange man who broke into a house and held a gun to her head. Although… More »


DoubleTree Hotel In Detroit No Longer Hosting “Men’s Rights Activists” Conference

A conference for “men’s rights activists” will no longer be held at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Detroit, Michigan, June 26 – 28 due to a sudden and unexplained change of venues.

The manager of the DoubleTree confirmed to the blog Motor City Muckraker that the MRA conference would no longer be held… More »


On Femininity Vs. Masculinity In The Workplace

Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that’s pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren’t proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set… More »


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 her… More »


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. [Al Jazeera]
The retrial for Marissa Alexander, a Black… More »


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 womanMore »


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 in the UK with… More »


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] … More »


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 of street… More »


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