What We Missed

The sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be dropped.

Canada opposition leader Jack Layton passed away this morning.

A judge in North Carolina has ruled that Planned Parenthood’s funding be restored. Awesome.

Tom Petty sends Michele Bachmann a “cease and desist” letter for using his song, “American Girl” on her campaign trail.

The Black Girl Project has announced a call for submissions for it’s first ever Sisterhood Summit in October.

16 reasons why the Family Research Council is a hate group.

I love you, Courtney Martin: “If stripping a white dude in uniform of his authority via the visceral power that comes from dancing with your girls isn’t a utopian narrative, I don’t know what is.”

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  • trickie

    I am so glad to see feministing honour Jack Layton. It is unforetunate that the linked article does not discuss what Jack did for women and the LGBTQ community. The NDP campaigned for trans rights and were supporters of same sex marriage. I am bowled over by his death. I profoundly hope his legacu lives on.

    • http://feministing.com/members/folktronic/ Rob

      I agree, Trickie. Mr. Layton and the NDP have been a proud supporter of women’s rights (and, you know, supporting women in their rights instead of telling women what is right), the LGBTQ community, unions, families, etc. The NDP, moreover, has the highest percentage of female candidates in office, denounced the Conservative party when they called Ms. Stronach a bitch for switching parties and has an awesome mustache.

  • http://feministing.com/members/bookaholic/ bookaholic

    I really do not recommend reading the comments on that link re: DSK. What is it about victim blaming which brings the gremlins out of the cesspit of the internet to play? There should be a trigger warning on those.

  • tehanu

    What Trickie said, and to add that Layton (known to most of us as simply “Jack”) also worked tirelessly for decades on homelessness, AIDS issues, the environment, and was one of the men who spearheaded the White Ribbon campaign. Many of us in Toronto admired him as a fiery city councillor, and while his message got a bit muted when he jumped to federal politics, he brought civility, humour and a continued passion for social equality and social justice to the federal level – at a time when most were writing off the left. We’re all stunned by his loss.

  • nicolechat

    I’ve spent two days crying for a man I didn’t know personally, and I feel overwhelmed with grief. We’ll miss you, Jack.