Why a bill outlawing forced sterilization had to be passed…in California…in 2014

The good news is that forced sterilization is now illegal in California. The bad news is that the bill was necessary because up until now, coerced tubal ligations were happening.

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Study finds that being denied an abortion makes it harder to escape domestic violence

abortion providers save women's livesYou’ll recall that researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a large study, called the Turnaway Study, into the effects of denying people access to abortion. They’ve already found that when women who wanted an abortion are forced to have a baby, their physical health and economic stability suffers greatly. Now their latest study suggests that being denied an abortion makes it harder to escape domestic violence.

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

noplsbatmanUgh, DC Comics, ugh.

“No climate justice without gender justice!”

A Kenyan nurse is facing the death penalty for treating a woman who died after an abortion.

Meanwhile, here in the US, a conservative columnist argues that women who have abortions should be hanged.

FKA twigs addresses all the racist tweets she’s received for dating Robert Pattinson.

Former Feministing editor Courtney Martin on men and friendship.

Shondaland is back and still tackling feminist issues like always.

Our own Alexandra was on the MHP show this weekend talking about The Hyde Park List.

Everything about this new consent app is the worst.

Check out the #StopTransMurders twitter chat that happened today.

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California now has the nation’s first “affirmative consent” law

yes! yes! yes!

We’re giving a very enthusiastic “hell yes” to this news. The so-called “yes means yes” bill passed by the California state legislature last month, which establishes a standard of affirmative consent on college campuses in the state, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

 Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women’s advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown’s office on Sept. 16 urging him to sign the bill.

De Leon has said the legislation will begin a paradigm shift in how college campuses in California prevent and investigate sexual assaults. Rather than using the refrain “no means no,” the definition of consent under the bill requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”

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Quote of the Day: Veterans take down Fox News for “boobs on the ground” joke

(Illustration credit: iMediaEthics)

(Illustration credit: iMediaEthics)

Sixty US veterans from the Truman National Security Project have written an open letter to Fox News’ Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld over their oh-so-funny jokes about Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the female UAE pilot who led airstrikes in Syria.

 ”[B]efore you jump to the standby excuse that you were ‘just making a joke’ or ‘having a laugh,’ let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase ‘boys will be boys’—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.”

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