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Here’s how we can give Title IX teeth to combat campus sexual violence

Editor’s Note: This article is cross-posted from The Nation and co-written by Dana Bolger and Alexandra Brodsky, founding co-directors of Know Your IX. Make sure to take action here

Last July, members of Know Your IX were busy preparing for our national protest to pressure the Department of Education to hold colleges accountable for how they handle campus sexual assault. As we put the finishing touches on posters and chant sheets, two organizers got to chatting about school administrators. Wagatwe Wanjuki and John Kelly realized that they had both been raped at Tufts University, six years apart. Both had turned to the school for help; in both cases, ...

Editor’s Note: This article is cross-posted from The Nation and co-written by Dana Bolger and Alexandra Brodsky, founding co-directors of Know Your IX. Make sure to take action here

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Take Action: the end of the feminist internet?

Net neutrality doesn’t initially sound like a vital feminist and social justice issue, particularly since it’s typically been framed through boring white dude tech speak as a fairly abstract idea instead of something real and concrete that directly impacts online organizing. Even the biggest nerds’ eyes glaze over during discussions of how fast data moves through teh series of tubes. But when the Federal Communications Commission votes on net neutrality on Thursday, it could spell the end of the feminist internet as we know it.

As Carla Murphy succinctly explains over at Colorlines:

Net neutrality doesn’t initially sound like a vital feminist and social justice issue, particularly since it’s typically been framed through boring white dude tech speak as a fairly abstract idea instead of something real and concrete that ...

How the Connecticut Department of Children & Families is failing a trans girl of color

Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution from Chase Strangio. Chase is a Staff Attorney with the LGBT & AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the co-founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund.

Jessica* is a 16 year-old transgender girl. She has been in and out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems since early childhood, surviving unthinkable trauma and demonstrating resilience and strength. As a ward of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF is her legal parent and guardian, responsible for her care and well-being. Jessica was also in the custody of the juvenile justice side of DCF following a delinquency adjudication; she has never been convicted of a crime or faced ...

Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution from Chase Strangio. Chase is a Staff Attorney with the LGBT & AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the co-founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund. ...

Associated Press headline erases partner rape

“Study: 1 in 10 men in parts of Asia have raped”

That’s the original Associated Press headline for an article about a study that found that about 1 in 4 men in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea committed rape, as Slate reports. The 1 in 10 number refers specifically to stranger rape. So that headline’s wrong. And it suggests the AP doesn’t consider rape by an intimate partner to be rape.

The original article does mention the actual stats, but frames them in a way that advances the notion that partner rape numbers are in addition to actual rape statistics:

About 1 in 10 men in some parts of Asia admitted raping a woman who was not their ...

“Study: 1 in 10 men in parts of Asia have raped”

That’s the original Associated Press headline for an article about a study that found that about 1 in 4 men in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and ...

The shameful, unacceptable media coverage of Chelsea Manning’s transition

When Chelsea Manning announced yesterday that she is transitioning and wants to be referred to by the name Chelsea and with female pronouns, news organizations scrambled to figure out what to do. Many published articles with bizarre headlines like, “Manning Says He Is Female and Wants to Lives as a Woman.” Which is ridiculous, because Chelsea made it very clear how to refer to her: “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female… I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.”

NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Politico, the Telegraph, Reuters, and the Los Angeles Times all used masculine pronouns ...

When Chelsea Manning announced yesterday that she is transitioning and wants to be referred to by the name Chelsea and with female pronouns, news organizations scrambled to figure out what to do. Many published articles with ...

Demanding Justice for Aiyana Jones

Back in June, before George Zimmerman was acquitted on charges of murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a jury failed to reach a decision in the case of Joseph Weekley, the police officer responsible for shooting and killing seven year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in Detroit on May 26, 2010. The young girl was asleep in her home when Detroit’s version of SWAT entered, looking for a murder suspect that lived in the apartment on the level above Aiyana and her family, and Weekley fired a single shot that struck her in the head and killed her.

According to a Change.org petition, started by Jamila Aisha Brown of Hue Global, “On July 25, 2013 Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway reconvene ...

Back in June, before George Zimmerman was acquitted on charges of murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a jury failed to reach a decision in the case of Joseph Weekley, the police officer responsible for shooting ...

Take action: Clear Channel pulls ads for a clinic that provides abortions for violating “decency standards”

Clear Channel, the conservative media giant that controls a ton of this country’s airwaves and has a history of sexism, has pulled ads for a reproductive healthcare clinic. South Wind Women’s Center, the clinic that opened in the wake of Dr. Tiller’s murder and the closing of his original clinic to ensure abortion access in Kansas, bought air time for two radio ads. But Clear Channel pulled the ads, citing their “decency standards.” You can listen to the two ads, which Clear Channel apparently considers more “indicent” than Rush Limbaugh, here and here.

It would be pretty dangerous if we ended up in a situation where clinics that provide abortions can’t ...

Clear Channel, the conservative media giant that controls a ton of this country’s airwaves and has a history of sexism, has pulled ads for a reproductive healthcare clinic. South Wind Women’s Center, the ...

Texas takes a stand for abortion access again today. Here’s what you can do.

Remember when a horrible anti-choice bill in Texas was defeated just last week in a special session? When folks from all over Texas gathered to voice their opposition, and Wendy Davis filibustered the bill, becoming our new feminist hero? Well, the antis are throwing a temper tantrum and have called another special session. Governor Rick Perry et al are having a very hard time accepting the fact that the #feministarmy will not let this slide (I imagine Perry’s also upset and refusing to accept defeat because he’s going to lose the governor’s mansion to Wendy Davis in the 2014 election).

There will be committee hearings for the new versions of the anti-choice and anti-access bills starting ...

Remember when a horrible anti-choice bill in Texas was defeated just last week in a special session? When folks from all over Texas gathered to voice their opposition, and Wendy Davis filibustered the ...

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