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What does Hobby Lobby mean for LGBT employment discrimination?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Deutsch. Elizabeth Deutsch is a student at Yale Law School. She holds an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics. She enjoys long walks on the elliptical.

We’ve all read a lot about the big picture of what the Court decided in the contraceptive mandate case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. A few things are clear from the court’s language: some for-profit corporations can exercise some religious beliefs under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Specifically, closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby with religious objections to contraception can get out from under the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. But it’s much less clear what the Court’s language spells ...

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Deutsch. Elizabeth Deutsch is a student at Yale Law School. She holds an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics. She enjoys long walks on ...

Watch John Oliver obliterate the logic behind considering corporations as people

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I saw this coming. The complete othering of women’s health care in this country is pretty demoralizing.

John Oliver, for one, was able to nail the absurdity of this decision before it even came down. Oliver’s  new “Last Week Tonight” is great — an extension of his hilarious time with Jon Stewart, but a bit more global and maybe more cheeky, too. I am not just saying this because he is British. (Ok, maybe I am, a little. But I have really enjoyed the show: his segments ...

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Laverne Cox >>>>>>> Justin Bieber.

Speaking of which: the trailer for “Orange is the New Black,” Season 2, is out.

Sexual harassment of unpaid interns is no longer legal in New York.

Judge throws out B. Scott’s discrimination lawsuit against BET.

Florida man was kicked out of his rec basketball league after singing about his HIV status.

Janet Mock covers ELIXHER’s “Body Issue.”

Revenge porn isn’t protected speech.

Laverne Cox >>>>>>> Justin Bieber.

Speaking of which: the trailer for “Orange is the New Black,” Season 2, is out.

Sexual harassment of unpaid interns is no longer legal in New York.

Judge ...

Study suggests police systematically undercount rape reports

Corey Rayburn Yung, an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, has published a startling study in the Iowa Law Review. Based on his investigations of Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis law enforcement and victim narratives from across the country, Yung believes that police officers are undercounting rape reports — and convincing the American people that we’re “winning the battle against sexual violence” when we’re simply failing more quietly than before.

Corey Rayburn Yung, an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, has published a startling study in the Iowa Law Review. Based on his investigations of Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis ...

The Feministing Five: Lovisa Stannow

 The next time you are looking forward a wonder woman, look no further than Lovoisa Stannow. An established activist and current executive director of Just Detention International, she upholds an extraordinarily difficult yet vital mission — to help end sexual abuse in prisons. In her words, “its the idea that no one should suffer from sexual abuse, regardless of what they have done. We have to remember that every prisoner is a human being.” Caught at the intersection of the anti-violence and anti-prison movements, Lovoisa Stannow and her organization  provide resources to support inmates who survived violence  across the world.

And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with Lovoisa Stannow.

 The next time you are looking forward a wonder woman, look no further than Lovoisa Stannow. An established activist and current executive director of Just Detention International, she upholds an extraordinarily difficult yet vital ...

Do we really still not get that “no means no”?

Understanding “no means no” is an important step in eliminating rape culture. It’s a simple enough concept. If someone says that do not want to have sex, they do not want to have sex. You should stop trying to have sex with a person who says they do not want to have sex. Easy, right? Tell that to the judge.

No, really. Tell that to this Swedish judge.

Understanding “no means no” is an important step in eliminating rape culture. It’s a simple enough concept. If someone says that do not want to have sex, they do not want to have sex. You should ...

Why is Florida State Attorney Angela Corey trying to put Marissa Alexander back in jail?

Sigh.  Marissa Alexander was finally released after years in prison, but State’s Attorney Angela Corey just moved to revoke her bond on the grounds that she left her home in violation of the terms of her release to go shopping with friends and family.  Alexander’s attorney maintains that she had the permission of the supervising corrections officer, but Corey, who seems to have it out for Alexander, is going ahead with the motion.

Sigh.  Marissa Alexander was finally released after years in prison, but State’s Attorney Angela Corey just moved to revoke her bond on the grounds that she left her home in violation of the terms of ...

“All she is is a host for a fetus”: Brain-dead pregnant woman forced to stay on life support in Texas

You’re likely already familiar with the harsh reality of abortion restrictions in Texas. In particular, we’ve covered the ordeal of the Munoz family, who are being forced to keep Marlise Munoz alive even though she was declared brain dead before Thanksgiving when she was 14 weeks pregnant and despite her clearly expressed wishes to her husband, Erick Munoz, that she did not want this to happen. The New York Times has delved more deeply into their story. The results, compounding an already heartbreaking situation, are infuriating. It’s only 10am where I live but I’m already putting money on this piece as the feminist must-read of the day:

You’re likely already familiar with the harsh reality of abortion restrictions in Texas. In particular, we’ve covered the ordeal of the Munoz family, who are being forced to keep Marlise Munoz alive even though she was declared ...

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