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Guess Who Was Once Arrested For Blocking An Abortion Clinic Entrance?

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  • This guessing game isn’t too hard: GOP pain-in-the-neck Rep. Todd Akin, of course. Akin has admitted he was once arrested for blocking an abortion clinic entrance. Aw, come on, guys! He just wanted to first make sure those women were “legitimately raped”! [Feminist.org]
  • Women speak 25 percent less than their male counterparts in meetings when women are in the minority, according to a new study published in the American Political Science Review. [Today]
  • The Discovery Channel website has an interesting “Fact Or Fiction?” quiz about feminism that seems to me both accurate and educational. So perhaps you want to give it a whirl? [Discovery.com] Keep reading »

Feeling Unsafe On The Street? There’s An App For That!

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An app called Circle Of 6 contacts your friends if you're in distress. Read More »
Street Harassment
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Street Harassment App
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A new iPhone app tracks where street harassment occurs. Read More »

StreetSafe, a relatively new app for smartphones, claims that for a minimum of $12.50 a month, it will coach you with safety advice in frightening areas on your way to any location. One first feature is called “Walk With Me,” where the user can connect with a Safety Advisor while walking down a street. If the user feels unsafe, the Safety Advisor will stay on the line with you until you have reached your destination. In the event that something does happen to you while on the phone with a Safety Advisor, they will be able to call 911. The second feature is called “Silent Alarm.” If this button is slid when you are in a situation where you cannot talk to a Safety Advisor, StreetSafe will contact the local 911 call center immediately, find your whereabouts using the GPS feature on your phone, and provide your age, physical description and any medical conditions to the authorities that are on their way to rescue you. Keep reading »

Hyundai Netherlands’ “Upskirt” Commercial Is Very Lazy/European

Sex Dolls Sell Coffee
Cumberland Farms hired some sex dolls to shill their coffee drinks. Read More »
Husband Stealers
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Ukrainian women will steal your husbands, according to this ad. Read More »
India Vibe Ad
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Indian newspapers ran a Volkswagen ad that vibrated! Read More »
NSFW: Hyundai Netherlands' "Upskirt" Commercial

Oh, Europeans. Here’s a new commercial from Hyundai Netherlands for their Sante Fe vehicle. The ad is creepily called “Upskirt” and definitely pushes the boundaries of what you can do to sell cars here in the United States. The premise is about as unoriginal as any other car commercial: sexy ladies swooning over a new car. But in this ad, it’s an ice cream-meltingly hot day, the ladies are sexily dampened with sweat and not wearing a bra under an opaque blouse (because we do that — right, ladies?).  Sex sells here too, but it’s oftentimes sold in innuendo or pun form. Hyundai Netherlands, however, goes whole (horny) hog with gratuitous hard nipples and a blowing-in-the-wind upskirt panties shot. Keep reading »

Sikh Woman Stands Up To Online Bullying About Her Facial Hair (And Gets Apology)

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A Sikh woman explains how her faith is feminist. Read More »
  • Recently, a Sikh woman named Balpreet Kaur learned a photo of herself  had been posted on the “Funny” section of the website Reddit, where users mocked her facial hair, outfit and turban.  So she actually joined the comment thread to respond directly to the bullies to explain to them what’s what. “I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women,” Kaur wrote. “However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being (which is genderless, actually) and must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will.” And then the sincere apologies came. You mean to tell me something nice happened on the Internet?!?!  [Guardian UK]
  • Female editors-in-chief earn $15K less on average than men do, according to a compensation study from Folio magazine. [The Atlantic Wire] Keep reading »

“Edit-a-thon” On Wikipedia Targets Crappy Entries About Women In Science

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  • The Royal Society, a prestigious science group in the UK, will host a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on October 19 and encourages smart peeps to contribute to Wiki pages about women in the sciences. A Royal Society Fellow proposed the idea after learning that the average person who edits Wikipedia is a 26-year-old man. [Daily Dot]
  • A foundation has purchased the Wichita, Kansas, building in which Dr. George Tiller — who as murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in May 2009 — provided abortions. The Trust Women Foundation says it plans to re-establish abortion providers within the clinic. The clinic has been closed since June 2009 following the murder. [Kansas.com]
  • Out lesbian Nena Cook is running for the Oregon Supreme Court. (That means you should read this story, Winona and other Portland-ers!) [Just Out] Keep reading »

Some NYC Schools Administer Birth Control, Morning-After Pill To Students — So What?

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Teen pregnancy is statistically a Southern thing. Read More »
Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
Preg Tests At The Bar
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A Minnesota bar has installed a vending machine for pregnancy tests. Read More »
Teen Birth Rate Lowered
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Kids these days just aren't getting pregnant like they used to. Read More »

Earlier this week, The New York Post dropped the “exclusive” that nurses at 13 New York City public schools can dispense the morning-after pill and provide oral and injectable birth control, like Depo Provera and the Pill — “without parents’ permission.”

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President Demands Gov’t Contractors Beef Up Prevention Of Human Trafficking

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  • President Obama issued an executive order today which will compel government contractors to assure they are not contributing to human trafficking, including sex trafficking, in the course of their work. Contractors will have to abolish trafficking-type practices like charging “recruitment fees” and being misleading about the jobs which are being filled. “We’re making clear that American tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings,” the President said at the Clinton Global Initiative today,  [Wall Street Journal]
  • Blogger Nancy Goldstein on why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserves a shot at the presidency — including a quote from moi! [Guardian UK]
  • Facebook won’t remove the “12-year-old slut” meme.  Which actually, genuinely makes me feel dirty about giving FB my business. [BuzzFeed]
  • Tina Fey has signed a four-year deal with Universal television to keep creating shows for NBC.  Liz Lemon 4eva! [Slate] Keep reading »

IKEA Pulls Pussy Riot Photo From Web Site

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Everything you need to know about the case. Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
  • IKEA has pulled a photo depicting four people dressed like Pussy Riot, sitting on their couches wearing brightly-colored face covering balaclava masks.  The image — which appears to be a reference to the three punk rockers who were jailed this summer for speaking out publicly against the government — was uploaded onto IKEA’s Russian website in a section that posts pics of customers posing with their furniture. The company said it did not want to become “propapanda” for Pussy Riot by keeping the image up, so it was removed.  [The Local SE]
  • “Brides” magazine has named Keija Minor its new editor-in-chief, making her the first-ever black EIC ever named by Conde Nast. [Madame Noire]
  • A young mother about the four years she spent raising a child on welfare. [New York Times Magazine] Keep reading »

Women In Science Screwed By Sexism

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  • Men applying to science positions at research universities were deemed more competent than women applicants, according to a new study. Or as blogger Kay Steiger put it, “Science documents discrimination against women in science.” I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who’ve studied or are currently studying science. Care to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments? [Inside Higher Ed, Kay Steiger] Keep reading »

British Soldier Gives Birth At Afghan Base Had No Idea She Was Pregnant

Armor For Women
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Military women finally get specially designed body armor. Read More »
"A Disgrace"
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Air Force mamas photographed nursing called a disgrace. Read More »
Military Sister
My brother joined the armed forces. Read More »

I’ve had a couple false alarms when my period has been poky and I’ve been freaked for a few days that I might be pregnant. So it boggles my mind that there are women on this Earth that do not know they are pregnant until their baby is basically crowning.

Take, for instance, the British soldier who gave birth at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan after not realizing she was pregnant for seven/eight months. The Fiji-born woman, who is being kept anonymous, was deployed to the Afghan frontlines in March as a gunner in the Royal Artillery and gave birth unexpectedly to a five-weeks premature baby earlier this week. The soldier did not realize she was pregnant until she started having terrible stomach cramps, which turned out to be contraction associated with childbirth. Keep reading »

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