California Takes on Campus Rape — And So Does Ms.

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If a bill proposed in the California legislature passes and is signed into law, it won’t be enough for a campus sexual assault perpetrator to defend himself by claiming, “She didn’t say no!” Rather, he’ll have to prove that she said “Yes!” Co-authored by state Sen. Kevin de León, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) […]

NEWSFLASH: Yes, Virginia!

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In a recount of the too-close-to-call November 5 state election, Democrat Mark Herring has come out the victor in the race for Attorney General against Republican Mark Obenshein. Democrats also won for governor (Terry McAuliffe) and lieutenant governor (Ralph Northam) in the November balloting. The anti-choice Obenshain had introduced legislation that would have required women […]

Tell D.C. Police to Take Rape Seriously!

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[TRIGGER WARNING: STORY ON SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGISLATION] Marissa was raped in Washington, D.C., two years ago. The detective sent to investigate told her that bringing charges against the perpetrator would ruin the rapist’s life. He told her that her “words said no, but what about the other signals she was sending?” He said she did […]

Looming at the Supreme Court: Your Boss May Want to Be Your Doctor

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Hobby Lobby is: A) A group of Washington, D.C., lobbyists who think the government should support hobbyists with tax breaks for scrapbooking, model train building and needlepoint B) An arts and crafts chain with more than 500 stores in 41 states C) A company that doesn’t want to offer its employees insurance for some forms […]

Gloria Steinem Receives Top National Honor

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“I would be crazy,” said Ms. magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem at a National Press Club luncheon Monday in Washington, D.C., “if I didn’t understand that this was a medal for the entire women’s movement.” The medal in question is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was bestowed by President Barack Obama on Steinem and 15 […]

Farewell to the “Golden” Doris Lessing

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We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who […]

Good Election News for Feminists in Virginia

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Virginia feminists faced a clear choice in statewide elections yesterday. The Tea Party-backed Republican ticket opposed abortion—even in cases of rape and incest—along with gun-control measures and marriage equality. What was it in favor of? Restricting birth control! On the other hand, the Democratic ticket—endorsed by the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the […]

Happy 19th Birthday, VAWA!

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Signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994—after five years of hearings—the Violence Against Women Act—VAWA—marks the last year of its teens today. Drafted by former Sen. (now Vice President) Joe Biden’s office and approved with bipartisan support, it was designed to give better protection and recourse to women experiencing domestic violence […]

The King and Her Court

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I’m in the minority on this one. I’m not someone who remembers exactly where she was when women’s tennis star Billie Jean King beat aging motormouth (and former Wimbledon champ) Bobby Riggs in the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match on September 20, 1973. I watched it on TV, but it wasn’t a big […]

NEWSFLASH: Clinic Doors Shutting on Texas Women

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When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed anti-abortion legislation into law in July—after stirring protests and state Sen. Wendy Davis‘s now-famed filibuster—women’s rights advocates warned that it would lead to the closure of numerous Texas clinics that provide abortions. The reason: They wouldn’t be able to meet the harsh, unnecessary regulations that require clinic doctors to […]