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Watch Eve Ensler’s “Man Prayer,” A Prayer For All Men

What Is Manhood?
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
Guy Talk: Sex
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Men don't want to have sex all the time. Read More »
Proving Masculinity
Why owning a gun doesn't make you even more of a man. Read More »
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"Man Prayer"

February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day: it’s also V-Day, the day dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women. The playwright Eve Ensler, whose play “The Vagina Monologues” is performed all over the country on V-Day to raise money for local shelters and crises centers which help women, is commemorating this year with One Billion Rising.  The One Billion Rising campaign is asking people all over the world to go on strike for the day, and to hold gatherings and parties to protest against the violence instead. I won’t be striking, but I have been sending Eve Ensler’s “Man Prayer” video to some of the men in my life. It’s recited by men and boys from around the world, each in their own language. The prayer for men asks them to question toxic masculinity which are constricting, like solving problems by hitting, holding negative feelings inside and seeking to control. No matter what your faith, I think any feminist can join their hands together in this prayer. [YouTube]

Rachel Maddow Has Some Advice For Republicans On How To Talk About Rape

"Don't say rape. Ever."

Did you know that House Republicans go on a retreat every year? (I imagine Democrats do the same, by the way.) Do they serve tea sandwiches and practice trust falls? Who knows. On last night’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Maddow discussed one of the scheduled retreat activities we do know about (which took place between between archery and crafts, I assume): a lecture of sorts taught by pollster Kellyanne Conway on how the GOP can better talk to female voters and get their conservative messaging across. One of the things Conway focused on what the subject of rape, which was a popular topic for more than handful of dingbat GOP politicians up for reelection in 2012. Nearly all of them lost their respective races, in part because of how offensive their comments about rape (and how it relates to abortion) were to their female constituents. So what did House Republicans learn from Conway? As one GOP strategist put it, “This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop.” Conway’s advice to GOP representatives, according to The National Review, was ”to tread carefully on language, particularly on sensitive matters such as rape, which she called a ‘four-letter word’ that should be used sparingly, or not at all.” In short, “Don’t say rape. Ever,” said Maddow.

Maddow brings up an interesting point — do Republicans actually think they have a policy problem with women (i.e. that their policies are unpopular with female voters and they need to change them) or just a language problem (i.e. it’s the way they talk about those policies that’s the problem, not the policies themselves)? Watch the full segment above!

Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
Rape Sensitivity Training
Teaching members of the GOP that rape =bad. Read More »
Forcing Rape Victims
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... to carry pregnancies full-term as "state evidence." Read More »

Today’s Lady News: With “Bang With Friends,” The Virtual World Tries To Create Actual Hookups

Hookups We Regret
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Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
Are You A Facebook Stalker?
Here are 5 warning signs. Read More »
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  • Want to see if there’s mutual lust between you and your Facebook friends?  There’s an app for that: Bang With Friends. Slate wants to know if an app created by the male-dominated tech industry will be used by women. [Slate]
  • France’s National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health pulled an acne medication, which is also prescribed as a contraceptive, from shelves because it  has been linked to the deaths of four women. [Telegraph UK]
  • Former Marine Corps General James Cartwright told “On The Radar’s” Martha Raddatz that women’s integration into combat units is long overdue.  He offered advice to two young women in the U.S. Marines who could not complete the infantry officer’s course: “‘Don’t give up.  If this is your goal and this is your and this is your passion, then get yourself back together again.” [Yahoo News] Keep reading »

Arkansas Politician Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Restrict Abortion

Forcing Rape Victims
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... to carry pregnancies full-term as "state evidence." Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Roe Vs. Wade
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Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
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Abortions could be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, under a new bill proposed in Arkansas. Keep reading »

Florida Charges Husband 20 Times More For Taking His Wife’s Last Name

Guy Talk: Last Name
This man took his wife's last name. Read More »
Wedding Survival Guide
It's wedding season! Here's how to get through it. Read More »

In South Florida, one man’s romantic gesture to his wife has turned into a legal battle with the DMV and a moment to reflect on traditional gender roles.  Keep reading »

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, Performed At Obama’s Inauguration And Was Killed By Gun Violence Yesterday

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This is disgraceful: a 15-year-old Chicago high school sophomore named Hadiya Pendleton died yesterday in a park where she was murdered as a bystander to gang violence. Less than two weeks prior, Hadiya and her classmates performed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. The Chicago Tribune reports that Hadiya and other students from King College Prep School (one of the top prep schools in the city), were dismissed from class early on Tuesday and so they went to hang out in a park. A gang war broke out and Hadiya, a majorette and volleyball player, was caught in the fray. In addition to her death, a 16-year-old male classmate was also injured and is in serious condition. [Think Progress]

Why Mothers Are Getting Screwed At Retirement Age

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  • This should scare all of us: many women are unable to financially provide for themselves after reaching retirement age, due to the wage gap and time women take off for raising children. Motherhood increases the wage gap and that puts elderly women at a higher risk for poverty. [Madame Noire]
  • “Teenage Girl Blossoming Into Beautiful Object.” God bless you, The Onion. [The Onion]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to write a second memoir. [TODAY News]
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on why it’s about time for military women to serve in combat. [NPR] Keep reading »

Jon Stewart Reminds Everyone That Women Are Not Mice, Can Fight In Military Combat

Military Ban Lifted
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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
Controversy
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What the military ban lifted on women in combat means. Read More »
A Soldier's Thoughts
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Why an ex-soldier was reluctant to endorse lifting the ban. Read More »
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Women's War Daily

Jon Stewart’s latest crusade: picking apart the right-leaning backlash stemming from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision to allow women to serve in combat roles.  A former U.S. Marine penned a piece in the Wall Street Journal [second item] fretting that in combat soldiers often have to urinate and defecate in front of each other — often in close proximity to a fellow soldier’s face. Stewart points out: In a war zone, are you really worried about “dying from embarrassment?” Keep reading »

“What’s The Definition Of Manhood?” Indian Newspaper Ad Implores Men To Respect Women

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Indian Men Protest
Indian men don skirts to protest rape culture. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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Another woman has been gang raped on a bus in India. Read More »

Following a spate of gang rapes in India in the past several months, the Times Of India newspaper is running quarter-page ads imploring men to treat women with respect through the stark statement, “The true test of your manhood is how you treat a woman. All women. Any woman. Every woman.” I’m pleased the newspaper is questioning traditional aspects of toxic masculinity, like “rash driving” and “drunken brawls,” which some men do think defines their manhood. Yet I also think their conclusion about proving your manhood by behaving a certain way (even if it’s the right way) is problematic: “If you do not respect women, you are only half a man.” That’s the flip side of the same thinking that says guys aren’t manly if they don’t want sex all the time. Just like sexist expectations of femininity can imprison women, sexist expectations can imprison men, too. I’m all for eradicating rape culture everywhere. But the answer isn’t to tell men to act like “real men,” it’s to tell them to act like good human beings. [Our Mobile World]

Dude Politician Advises Against Walking Home In “Tight, Short Skirt And High Shoes”

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Patsy Said What?!
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Joanna Lumley from "Ab Fab" warns women "don't look like trash." Read More »
  • British politician Richard Graham, the Gloucester MP, is in trubs after he shared some safety tips for women with his local newspaper that toed the line between common sense and victim blaming:  ”If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through Gloucester Park, early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes and there’s a predator and if you are blind drunk and wearing those clothes how are you able to get away.” In a post on his own blog, Graham wrote, “I stick by these words,” but said he was trying to emphasize risks to women. Just last week, the British actress Joanna Lumley from “Ab Fab” made similar comments, warning women to “behave properly.” [BuzzFeed via This Is Gloucestershire]
  • Egyptian protesters have been holding forth in Tahrir Square all weekend and at least 25 women have been sexually assaulted, including being stripped naked or raped. [Guardian UK]
  • Ex-Feministing blogger Ann Friedman takes on the revival of the word “lady.” [New Republic] Keep reading »
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