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How immigration reform could help improve women’s economic security.

VICE ran a fashion spread based on the suicides of female authors.

In terrible news, two women sue a Texas jail for running a “rape camp.”

Comedian Patton Oswald changes his position on rape jokes. I’m glad, because he’s too smart not to acknowledge the existence of rape culture. And he’s too funny for me not to like him.

Potential break through in screening for the oral cancers caused by HPV.

To the surprise of nobody, Russia passes a law banning the adoption of Russian children by foreign LGBT parents. This is great news, since Russian orphanages are awesome, said no orphan ever.

It was just a question of when, not if, Allen West would say something like this about women being integrated  into front-line combat by 2016: “I find it completely hypocritical for everyone to be up in arms about military sexual assault, but then want to cast women into high stress small unit combat elements…The objective is obvious: destroy the last bastions of American warrior culture all for the advancement of a misguided vision of fairness and equality.”

Yay! Half of NASA’s new astronauts are women.

Doctors don’t talk about contraception often enough with their teen male patients.

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Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/hellzdevil/ Hell

    Thanks for this, but quick note : It’s really rather debatable whether the Vice piece was sexist or anti-feminist in any way; it should be looked at in context – it was an artistic photo essay by a woman published during the magazine’s female writers issue. Vice is known for having an edgy, dark sensibility. I think some people have misinterpreted the art piece – but of course, art is debatable. I blogged about it, I’ll include the link in case you’re interested in a different perspective. Thanks! : http://calmdowninternet.blogspot.com/2013/06/vice-shouldnt-have-pulled-suicide-poets.html

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

    I… I don’t even have the right words for the “rape camp” link… I hope the victims win everything they possibly can and are given money so they can get the therapy needed.
    I hope the rapists’ lives are ruined and they are jailed for life.

  • http://feministing.com/members/miral/ Lisa

    I’m in love with your blog and your writing. I just wrote something on hip- hop and feminism and would love to hear what you think!

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2013/06/you-get-to-decide-what-to-worship-iii.html

    Have an amazing day!

    Greetings from Europe,

    Bambi

  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    Things like this from the rape camp article just drive me nuts.

    “To make matters even more tragic, the charge of possession of a controlled substance, for which [J.A.S.] was being detained, was dismissed and the case was dropped upon her release from custody.”

    As if she would have deserved it at least partly had she been guilty of something.