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Today a bipartisan group of Senators introduce legislation to combat campus rape.

Oklahoma moms stage mass breastfeeding protest in a public park.

“Telling victims of domestic abuse to consider how they can prevent further violence is as ludicrously redundant as telling a tightrope walker he should think about how to prevent falling.”

No shit study of the day: Fathers can care for children just as well as mothers.

An awful tale of a rape at a Keith Urban concert.

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Envisioning a “hood”-based approach to combating sexual assault

The recent White House focus on combating rape on college campuses and criticisms of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative have raised some serious questions about how we are addressing sexual assault as a broader issue affecting the lives of women across class, race, and education boundaries–specifically black women and girls from poor and working class communities.

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Infographic: There have been no women of color protagonists in top grossing sci-fi and fantasy films

Given that women and people of color are so underrepresented in Hollywood generally, this analysis revealing the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films is not entirely surprising.

But some small, uncynical part of me thought that just maybe a genre that is entirely, utterly unbound to current realities would be slightly more diverse. Syreeta recently quoted the great Octavia Butler, whose sci-fi novels Hollywood should be adapting for the big screen all the time: “There are no real walls around science fiction. We can build them, but they’re not there naturally.”

infographic on sci-fi films

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Why do we still insist women share responsibility for “provoking” their abuse?

There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 19 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith regarding the very lenient two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice for knocking his then fiancee unconscious and dragging her into an elevator.

On Monday, Goldberg offered her two cents: “If you make the choice as a woman who’s 4 foot 3 and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6 feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!” Then added, “I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, and I don’t care. But you have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them, don’t assume that that is still in place.”

Really?

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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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