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Four Abortion Clinics Prepare To Close In Texas

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“Ladies,” “Guys” — What Should We Call A Group Of Women?

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A few years ago, I felt very pleased with myself when I emailed a group of activists and addressed them as “ladies.” I knew they were primarily women, specifically LGBTQ and feminist-minded, so I made a point not to say “guys.” Most group emails I address as “hey guys!” or the slightly-less-formal “hey, y’all.” “Hello, ladies,” I typed.

Throughout the rest of the day I fielded emails from folks saying they objected to being addressed as “ladies” — some said it had 1940s white glove church hat connotations, while others said it made them uncomfortable because of their genderqueer identity. Ooof, I thought to myself, I guess I should have gone with “y’all.” Keep reading »

This Is The Most WTF Truck Decal Ever

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Brad Kolb owns Hornet Signs in Waco, Texas. Baby genius that he is, Brad got the idea to make non-traditional truck tailgate decals as a means of advertising his company. One features a soldier sniper aiming a gun, another is a zombie, and yet another is an image of a woman hogtied and lying down, her hair covering her face, in the back of a truck. In a segment on Waco’s local Fox affiliate, Kolb says he’s not trying to say he “condones” violence against women, but just wanted to see as, like, an experiment, if the gruesome image would bring in new business. And according to Kolb, one of Hornet’s female employees volunteered to be the kidnapping victim. “It was an experiment for us, and I was really shocked by how much traffic it did drive,” said Kolb, who seems to think that the violent decal was a success — he claims he’s seen an influx in orders. But we tend to think that profiting off of violent imagery that degrades women is a major, major fail. Keep reading »

Maya Angelou Honored With Prestigious Literary Award

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  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings author Dr. Maya Angelous will be awarded the Literarian Award, a sorta lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. [AP]
  • Beginning this school year, Chicago Public Schools have mandated sexual education for all students, even in kindergarten. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A 13-year-old boy has been questioned regarding the rape of an eight-year-old girl in a library bathroom in New York City. I can’t even. [NBC New York] Keep reading »

Judge To Reconsider Rapist’s 30-Day Sentence

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  • The Montana judge who sentenced a teacher to only 30 days of a 15-year sentence in prison for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl (who later killed herself) has decided his sentence is “illegal” because it is less than the mandatory two-year minimum. Judge Todd Baugh, who said the 14-year-old victim was “in as much control of the situation” as her 49-year-old rapist because children aren’t children when sex is involved now, or something, has called for a new hearing this Friday. Let’s hope that creepy teacher gets a sentence he deserves. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org]
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate] Keep reading »
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