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Kenyan Women May Be Forced To Ride Sidesaddle On Motorbikes

No Straddling
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Indonesian city bans women from straddling male bicyclists. Read More »
Fined For Screaming
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Zimbabwean women fined $5 for each scream during childbirth. Read More »
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Because women who straddled a motorcycle were “distracting” men from driving safely, a county in Kenya is proposing a law that could force women to sit sidesaddle while a man drives the motorcycle or bike. Kisumu County assembly members agreed that the sitting position of women straddling a bike, called ‘bet angewa,’ was unconstitutional and un-cultural. Because women were “exposing their bodies” by opening their legs on the bikes, men began losing respect for them. Now it is the safety and mobility of the women that will be put at risk — especially when they’re wearing long, flowing clothing hanging over the sides of the bike. Kisumu County is actually not the first place concerned about women straddling male bike riders; a city in Indonesia enacted a law requiring women to ride sidesaddle on bikes and motorcycles. Sure there’s a better way to solve this conundrum somehow? One that is less dangerous?  [Salon via Standard Media] [Image via MrJam.org]

“Assume A Rape Victim Is Lying” & Other Tips From The Norfolk, VA Police Dept

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  • The police department in Norfolk, Virginia, just last week updated their classifications of sexual assaults, changing such claims from “unfounded” by default to acknowledging how they might be valid. Previously, official policy instructed officers to always automatically assume a rape victim was lying. This change came about after complaints by a 22-year-old woman who reported a sexual assault to police, only to be told, “If we find out you’re lying, this will be a felony charge.” [Think Progress, Raw Story]
  • The best-paid women in the S&P 500 earned 18 percent less then their male counterparts, according to new data compiled by Bloomberg. [Bloomberg] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Laverne Cox From “Orange Is The New Black”

Reasons To Watch "Orange"
"Orange Is The New Black" is the best show on TV. Read More »
Meet Laverne Cox
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Trans actress Laverne Cox speaks about "Orange Is The New Black." Read More »
Privilege In "OISNB"
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Piper in "Orange Is The New Black" is the poster girl for privilege. Read More »
Q&A: Piper Kerman
The author of "Orange Is The New Black" talks about being behind bars. Read More »
interview Laverne Cox Orange Is The New Black

A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit “Orange Is The New Black” has skillfully avoided either trapping. Instead, viewers are treated to a show with well-thought-out story lines, sharp social commentary, diverse, multi-faceted characters with compelling backgrounds, and stellar performances. One of these standouts is actress Laverne Cox, who captures audiences with her portrayal of transgender prison inmate, Sophia Burset.

Looking at her career thus far, it’s easy to see why some have deemed Laverne a trailblazer in many ways. Not only has she made the enviable leap from reality star (appearing on VH1’s “I Want to Work For Diddy”) to skilled actress, but she’s also a producer and transgender advocate. Laverne’s visibility as a trans actress of color is breaking barriers on many levels, and hopefully will pave the way for more rich roles created for trans actors.

I had the chance to speak with Cox and learned more about working with Jodie Foster, her relationship to her activism and her art, and the future of trans actors.  Keep reading »

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

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  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students’ gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs … [LGBTQ Nation]
  • … and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate]
  • Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what what? [Slate]
  • Here’s red carpet correspondent B.Scott speaking on MSNBC and doing an interview with Janet Mock  about his gender identity discrimination lawsuit against BET. The network pulled B.Scott off the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards because they objected that he wasn’t wearing more “masculine” attire. [The Root, Janet Mock] Keep reading »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
My Transition Story
True Story: I Transitioned From Male To Female
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »

Four Former Vanderbilt Football Players Indicted For Alleged Rape Of Unconscious Woman

"You Deserve Rape" Sign
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An Arizona college is totally cool with a student holding this sign. Read More »
UNC Investigated
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Retaliation complaint by UNC rape survivor sparks federal investigation. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
vanderbilt football players accused of rape

Four former players for the Vanderbilt University football team were indicted on Friday for the alleged rape of an unconscious female student this past June. The Nashville college dismissed the four young men and barred them from campus while the investigation is underway. Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Texas Mom Stands Up For Her Right To Breastfeed In Public

Professor Breastfeeds
Breastfeeding professor brings sick baby to class, heads explode. Read More »
Thanks For Breastfeeding!
Pizza Receipt
Woman receives pizza on the house for breastfeeding at a restaurant. Read More »
911 Breastfeeding
police called to nursing mother in NY country club
Cops are called to a NY Country Club because a nursing woman's boob was out. Read More »
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Watch The Showdown!

Lucy Eades was at the Burleson Recreation Center in Texas with her husband and 16-day-old infant waiting for their older daughter to finish her dance class when the baby became hungry. Eades breastfeeds and damn well knows that it is her legal right in Texas to breastfeed in a public place. An employee, however, did not feel as comfortable about Eades nursing her baby and decided to take the law into her own hands. Watch Eades tell this lady what’s up. DAMN STRAIGHT. [JezebelHuffington Post]

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