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In Georgia state and federal authorities are investigating two fires at abortion clinics within four days of each other. The clinics targeted had doctors who spoke out against the state’s contentious 20-week abortion ban. The incidents mark an apparent escalation in violence against abortion providers and have health care providers in Georgia and across the country on heightened alert. Let’s call this what it is: domestic terrorism.
What better way to honor the lives of the women who have served than to take a step toward gender equity in the military. The Senate Armed Services committee finally advanced the Shaheen amendment, a measure that would provide insurance coverage for abortions in the case of rape or incest for women in the military and their dependents. Under the current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest and needs an abortion she has to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure. Considering the fact that one in three women will be sexually assaulted while enlisted, all that is left to say is it’s about time.
There’s a sexual assault epidemic against Native American women happening, which makes Republican obstructionism and demonizing on the renewal of VAWA all the more repugnant.
The University of Montana moved forward with a new policy for dealing with sexual assaults in an attempt to deal with the dangerous rape culture on campus and to bring the university policies into compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination law.
If this doesn’t sum up male privilege, I don’t know what does. A suspect in a New York sexual assault case was released after just a few minutes and without answering any questions because he didn’t feel like answering any. For real.
The Internet remains the wild west in harassing women, the place where men feel free to spew disgusting, violent garbage all in the name of free speech, or something. Don’t believe me? Meet Mr. George Tierney Jr., of Greenville, South Carolina.
We can now quantify the effect of sexism in the media. A new study shows that when shown sexualized pictures of both men and women in advertising, viewers registered sexualized men as people and sexualized women as objects.
I bet this felt good: a female pilot ejected her sexist male passenger.
Nobody imagines their child will end up sentenced to a juvenile facility. Here’s a powerful account of one mother’s experience with just that.
People need to pay attention to Florida and the voter purge happening right now. It’s nothing short of a civil rights crisis. Related: what happens when we cut off access to the news to the nations’ poorest?
Robin Marty asks if it’s time to start taxing churches. My vote is yes.
Another day, another boycott by One Million Moms.
Does the war on women trace back to Victorian England?
Memorial Day weekend marks the official point when we can all start thinking of summer. So why not pack your reading list with these 5 feminist fiction books? Not a bad way to spend a summer, I’d say!
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