Court rules that law that would shut down Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic is unconstitutional

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In the latest salvo in the battle to keep Mississippi’s only abortion clinic open, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law designed to shut it down is unconstitutional.

“Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion. H.B. 1390 effectively extinguishes that right within Mississippi’s borders,” the judges wrote. While the state argued that Mississippians could always just cross the border to get an abortion in another state, the court said that’s not a good enough excuse for violating their citizen’s rights. ”Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.”  Read More »

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Hobby Lobby, champion of Christian values and opponent of birth control, allegedly fired an employee for taking time off to give birth.

Activists rally for Marissa Alexander.

Food is for white liberals what sex is for the religious right.”

“When I tell ‘serious men’ that I’m a political reporter for Cosmpolitan.com, their facial expressions soften into a sort of visual head-pat.”

Unsurprisingly, women would be more likely to stay in the workforce if the US had paid family leave.

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Nicki Minaj’s butt and the politics of black women’s sexuality

Nicki_Minaj_Anaconda 2Over at Ebony.com, Jamilah Lemieux has a good summary of why Chuck Creekmur’s open letter to Nicki Minaj raises a number of red flags.

Creekmur, owner of AllHipHop.com, penned the letter in response to Minaj’s cover artwork for her next single, “Anaconda.” She’s sporting a thong and a pair of Air Jordan sneakers and… not much else aside from her tattoos. Her ass is on full display. Creekmur was disturbed. Not that he thought Minaj was being exploited or that she felt this highly sexualized image was distracting from her talent. He was concerned for his daughter. He wrote:

“I’m trying to raise a young girl that will eventually grow into someone greater than the both of us. I know that this requires great parenting, great education, great luck and an assortment of great influences. I’m sure you know the influence you wield, but now, if you told the “Barbs” to scratch my eyes out, some would attack without thinking about it. I’m sure some will also replicate the “Anaconda” image without thinking about it too. Your original image already has 256,817 (and counting) likes under the original Instagram picture you posted, so I venture that your average girl could strive to get a couple hundred likes from her friends. Is this the path you want to lead impressionable kids down?”

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Photo of the Day: Awesome vandal edits fat-shaming plastic surgery billboard

Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery advertises with a billboard which reads, “Friends don’t let friends muffin top.” Recently, an unknown vandal preaching self-love made some alterations:

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New Favorite Tumblr: I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault

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I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault is a space for older folks to offer support to young people dealing with the bullshit of rape culture alone.

The site was started by Lindy West after a woman writer shared a story about a friend’s young daughter who was being sexually harassed at school but “had no adult in her life who’s even remotely versed in concepts like victim-blaming and slut-shaming and boundaries and consent.” She wanted some resources to give the girl that would drive home the message: I believe you. It’s not your fault.  Read More »

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