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“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

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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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Headline of the Day: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor”

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In case you missed the news, The Businness Woman reports: “Amal Alamuddin, a 36 year old London-based dual-qualified English barrister and New York litigation attorney who has long been a high-profile figure in international refugee and human rights law has gone against the trend for professional women in her field and married… an actor.” According to the article, his name is George Clooney (“we’re told”) and he seems a bit clingy. Very handsome though.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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The Feministing Five: Darkmatter


Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon of Darkmatter

Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon make up the incredible trans South Asian art and activist collaboration Darkmatter. Masterfully using humor, language, and rhythm, Darkmatter pushes their audience to reflect and take action on racial justice, anti-colonialism, and gender and sexuality politics. Their spoken performances share stories from their childhoods to conversations during their young adult lives, and they invite you to find the poetry in your own world, relationships, and journey toward social justice.

Excitingly, Darkmatter’s brilliance can also be found within their written poetry, prose, interviews, and tweets (seriously, follow them now). Like their individual work, which has been featured in outlets such as Black Girl Dangerous, Racialicious, The New York Times, and Upworthy, Darkmatter’s written media demonstrates the incredible nuance, thoughtfulness, and constant creativity that Janani and Alok bring to their craft. While their performances are engrossing and entertaining, viewers should certainly not forget the focused beyond-the-stage work that Janani and Alok carry with them in their journey to fight racial, imperial, gender, and sexual oppression.

We spoke with Darkmatter hours before their performance at the 2014 Queer New York International Arts Festival. Check out where they will be performing next and be sure to invite them to your upcoming arts/activist event!

And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with Darkmatter!

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