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Reflecting on the feminist anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” 30 years later.

We need a “rekindled movement for shorter hours.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is refusing to comply with federal regulations to reduce prison rape.

A roundtable discussion of gender, race, and body image on The Mindy Project.

Meet the 71 other companies that won’t give their employees’ birth control coverage if Hobby Lobby wins.

“A country that expands the rights of the powerful to dominate the political process but does not protect fundament rights for all citizens doesn’t sound much like a functioning democracy to me.”

Get updates on Shanesha Taylor’s case at Justice for Shanesha.


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    “Perry also objects to rules regarding cross-gender monitoring—the new regulations require that only same-sex guards conduct both direct and remote monitoring of inmates in states of undress—because, he says, women who work in men’s prisons would lose their jobs. ”

    IMO if there is a legitemate reason to argue that gender is a BFOQ (bona fide occupational qualification), stopping rape is it. I see Perry’s point and wonder if feminists would support PREA regulations if it negitively affected women’s employment opportunities. Even the DOJ recognizes that this is a possibility that’s why PREA suggests banning cross gender pat down searches of female prisoners by male staff, but addressing the reverse with “training”.

    “the National PREA Resource Center makes it clear that the ban on cross-gender viewing only applies to cameras focused on areas where inmates are dressing, showering, and using the toilet. “Practically, most cameras in correctional facilities are focused on common areas, including dayrooms, hallways, recreation areas, etc.,” explains the National PREA Resource Center. Making accommodations in men’s prisons so that female guards are put on common-area cameras and only male guards watch showers does not sound so onerous.”

    That assumes that there are at least two people on monitors and the monitors for the cameras in the “private area” are physically separated from the monitors for the cameras in the “public areas”. How else would you prevent a guard from peeking or even monitoring a camera? Again though the best reason I can think of for a BFOQ is to stop rape.

    “Perry downplays this problem, saying that state attempts to fix the problem caused “an 84 percent decrease in the number of allegations of non-consensual sex acts” in juvenile facilities and a 10 percent drop in adult facilities between 2011 and 2012.”

    Really? Can there be any consensual sexual activities with someone who controls every aspect of your life especially for minors having sex with an adult?