#StopTheSultan: Live-Blogging the Rally Today in Beverly Hills!

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UPDATE: The rally is over, but the protest against the Sultan of Brunei’s draconian new penal code continues! Tweet with the hashtag #StopTheSultan and sign the petition here. TODAY!! At noon in Beverly Hills, in the park at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Beverly Drive! Come protest against the Sultan of Brunei and condemn […]

10 Years Ago Today, We Marched in Numbers Too Big to Ignore!

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Ten years ago today, I marched through Washington, D.C., past the White House, with my sister (and Ms. Blogger) Melissa and my 8-year-old nephew Isaac. OK, young Isaac didn’t make it the whole way, but my sister was determined that her son’s first experience supporting women’s rights and social justice be a big one. And […]

NEWSFLASH: Supremes Disarm Domestic Abuser!

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Back in January, we reported on the case of United States v. Castleman, in which James Castleman of Tennessee argued that he should not be banned from having guns, even though he had pled guilty in 2001 to misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child. Under the 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban—known […]

Blowing the Whistle on Campus Rape

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This is an excerpt from the cover story of the latest issue of Ms. magazine, now available on newsstands and by subscription digitally or in print. During her second weekend as a freshman on a California campus, Kerri accepted an offer from Mitch, a popular senior who held student office, to walk her back to her […]

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 […]