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“More than a few transgender people feel they’ve been sold out by the gay-rights movement and lament the way the ‘T’ in ‘L.G.B.T.’ always comes last.” That’s Jennifer Finney Boylan, in an op-ed about transgender rights, in today’s New York Times.

A new edition of Rachel Simmons’s Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, with new chapters on how technology has changed the way young women relate to each other, is out now.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to see more women involved in politics, and 78% of New York voters agree with her.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor is going to appear on Sesame Street. I love everything about that sentence.

A gay couple in Louisiana is trying to change their adopted son’s birth certificate so they can be recognized as his parents – and the state won’t let them.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/skylark/ Skylar

    I was lucky enough to have Jenny Boylan as a professor my junior year of college. She is smart, inspiring and absolutely flat out hysterical. I’m glad to see she is getting a shot at the Times.

  • http://feministing.com/members/feministgradstudent/ Susan

    Original birth certificates should not be tampered with, period. There is no justification for erasing the names of the biological parents and substituting those of the adoptive parents. Documentation of adoption, not birth certificates, can and should be used to establish the legal relationships of adoptive families. This is an issue of basic civil rights for adoptees, who deserve to know the factual details of the circumstances of their birth, not of adoptive parents, whether straight or gay. Certainly adoptive gay parents should have every right and protection afforded to straight adoptive parents, but changing an original birth certificate to misstate the facts of the child’s birth is unfair to adoptees and frankly makes no sense, as it is literally falsifying a government document.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    I’m glad to see Odd Girl Out is getting an update to reflect these new means of harassment employed by bullies. I remember doing a series of comic strips inspired by the original, which was very insightful.