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7 different Buffy-inspired Halloween costumes!

Pennsylvania parents are fighting to prevent fracking near their childrens’ school.

Jessica Mason Pieklo explains why we shouldn’t get too excited about yesterday’s Supreme Court order protecting abortion access in Texas.

As the US women’s national soccer team begins its journey to the World Cup, Jessica Luther explains why some of the world’s players have filed a gender discrimination suit against FIFA for making them play on artificial turf. (Turf really is the worst.)

Women lean Democratic. Single women lean strongly Democratic. And single women who are not white lean overwhelmingly Democratic.”

Hollaback! and the Thomson Reuters Foundation released the first ever global legal resource on street harassment.

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled feminist news for an important message from the First Lady

During a White House Q&A about her “Let’s Move” campaign, Michelle Obama was asked, “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up’?!” and took the opportunity to channel Lil Jon and get all punny on us.

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Want to know what transgender rights look like in the US? There’s a map for that.

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(Maps courtesy of Vocativ)

Vocativ and the National Center for Transgender Equality have put together this handy — somewhat horrifying — map series about the state of transgender rights in the US, state by state.  Read More »

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After terrorist threat, feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian cancels lecture at Utah university

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Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency was scheduled to give a talk at Utah State University tonight. But she was forced to cancel after someone threatened to commit “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the event went forward and the state’s conceal-and-carry law prevented the police from taking adequate security measures to address the threat.  Read More »

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Supreme Court order allows abortion clinics to reopen in Texas

Suterwala_image-446x535Hell yeah.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed more than a dozen Texas abortion clinics to reopen, blocking a state law that had imposed strict requirements on abortion providers. Had the law been allowed to stand, it would have caused all but eight of the state’s abortion clinics to close and would have required many women to travel more than 150 miles to the nearest abortion provider.

The Supreme Court’s order — five sentences long and with no explanation of the justices’ reasoning — represents an interim step in a legal fight that is far from over. But abortion rights advocates welcomed what they said was the enormous practical impact of the move. Had the clinics been forced to remain closed while appeals went forward, they said, they might never have reopened.

The brief 6-3 ruling entirely blocked the requirement that clinics become ambulatory surgery centers–the latest blow to access that forced more than a dozen clinics to close earlier this month–and also exempted clinics in McAllen and El Paso from the admitting privileges requirement, sparing the hardest-hit communities of West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley from losing their only providers for hundreds of miles.  Read More »

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