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New Jersey school bans trans girl from school unless she dresses as a boy

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy.

As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey informed Rachel’s mom, Angela Peters, that she must come back to school prepared to dress like and act like a boy as well as use the name on her birth certificate. No accommodations would be made for her gender identity; Peters suggested letting Rachel use the bathroom in the nurse’s office, but the school rejected that idea.

Peters believes sending Rachel to a new private school that is accepting would be the ideal solution, but Middletown School District is also not willing to ...

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy.

As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New ...

Jos Truitt

“We deserve better than the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

Writing in The Guardian, our own Jos Truit says it’s time to make a unified push for comprehensive, inclusive anti-discrimination “legislation that actually has teeth.”

Forty years ago last week, Bella Abzug introduced the Equality Act in Congress, which would have amended the Civil Rights Act to include protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, public accommodations and employment. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which covers employment discrimination, was introduced 20 years later, in 1994.

It’s now 2014, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people still have no national law that prevents employers, landlords, hoteliers or even restaurant owners from discriminating against us because of our sexual orientations or gender identities. It’s long past time to change that, ...

Writing in The Guardian, our own Jos Truit says it’s time to make a unified push for comprehensive, inclusive anti-discrimination “legislation that actually has teeth.”

Forty years ago last week, Bella Abzug introduced the Equality Act in ...

The Academic Feminist: Sonny Nordmarken on building stronger movements through intent

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! Bringing us into the end-of-semester home stretch is Sonny Nordmarken, graduate student in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sonny’s explanation of microagressions and his work examining the intersections between feminist and transgender studies, as well as his personal story of coming to feminism through the comradery of sports, point to the ways that paying attention to everyday interactions can help bring us closer as activists, academics, and allies.

1. You were a women’s and gender studies minor as an undergraduate. Is this how you became interested in feminism? If not, what was the draw to feminism?

My first substantial memory of coming to feminism was in the community we created in my ...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! Bringing us into the end-of-semester home stretch is Sonny Nordmarken, graduate student in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sonny’s explanation of microagressions and his work examining the intersections ...

Piers Morgan and the psychology of the privileged

I’m no psychologist, but I’m able to identify harmful rhetoric that is used to silence and dominate marginalized communities. That is what we saw in Piers Morgan’s response to criticism that the production of his interview with trans activist and advocate Janet Mock yesterday was transphobic.

Janet Mock, whose new book was reviewed by Jos yesterday, was interviewed by Piers Morgan on his show​ Piers Morgan Live. After the interview, ​​​Janet took to Twitter to air her frustrations that the show’s tag lines ​mis-gendered her and the segment sensationalized her story by focusing on her romantic relationships.

​But what I find more upsetting than the misrepresentation of Janet Mock and her story is the way in which Piers has ...

I’m no psychologist, but I’m able to identify harmful rhetoric that is used to silence and dominate marginalized communities. That is what we saw in Piers Morgan’s response to criticism that the production of his interview with ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

The feminist “Blurred Lines” remakes continue: “No way to know I want it unless I say I want it.” (Potentially NSFW, depending your W)

We pardon Spitzer, but not sex workers.

Yesterday, “Guero,” a California prisoner held in solitary confinement, died. According to friends he was “strong, was a good person, a good soldier.” Reports regarding his participation (or lack thereof) in the current hunger strike vary.

Why do all pop culture heroines look the same?

Police officers won’t allow food delivery to the Dream Defenders.

RH Reality Check talks to male clinic escorts.

Real women don’t wear jeans?

In case you needed a financial reason to fight ...

The feminist “Blurred Lines” remakes continue: “No way to know I want it unless I say I want it.” (Potentially NSFW, depending your W)

We pardon Spitzer, but not sex workers.

Yesterday, “Guero,” a ...

Trans men have babies too

Did you catch those “provocative” teen pregnancy ads that were launched recently in Chicago?

Well, the Media Literacy Project has come up with a simple, effective counter-ad pointing out that some men do get pregnant–and while rarer it is not exactly “unexpected.”

Nothing like reality to throw a hiccup into a campaign that relies on shock value. And I love the line, “All families, whether born or chosen, thrive on love, not shame.” That’s a reminder that’s applicable in basically a bazillion situations.

Via Colorlines.

Did you catch those “provocative” teen pregnancy ads that were launched recently in Chicago?

Well, the Media Literacy Project has come up with a simple, effective counter-ad pointing out that some men do get pregnant–and ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

NSA surveillance and the male gaze.

Racist of the Week Paulina Deen has been fired.

But, before that, she inspired some really great tweets.

The Department of Ed will collect data on anti-LGBT bullying.

We need to talk about disability and feminism.

High schools are trying restorative justice to keep kids from dropping out.

On the “safe kind of brown.”

An open letter to gay men about women’s consent.

Oh no! The poor, poor sexually abusive colleges!

What’s a city Indian?

A female writer responds to Vice‘s recent spread fetishizing other female writers’ suicides.

We are the 15%.

What if fatness is part of human biodiversity?

On ...

NSA surveillance and the male gaze.

Racist of the Week Paulina Deen has been fired.

But, before that, she inspired some really great tweets.

The Department of Ed will collect data on ...

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