We Spleen: The Decision to Excommunicate Kate Kelly

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After being tried in absentia on June 22 by an all-male panel of judges, Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, has been convicted on an apostasy charge and is excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The panel found that she has been engaging in “conduct contrary to the laws and […]

NEWSFLASH: Worldwide Protest Against Sultan of Brunei on Friday

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The Sultan of Brunei announced his plan this past May to impose a hateful and deadly Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. These clear violations of human rights have resulted in a massive international backlash, including a protest […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Strikes Down Clinic Buffer Zones

In a deeply disappointing decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that allowed reproductive-health clinics to maintain a 35-foot buffer zone for doctors, staff and patients. We will have more on this shortly.

No Comment: Federal Student Aid’s Offensive Tweet

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Today, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Twitter account tweeted the message at left. It references a scene from Bridesmaids in which Kristen Wiig’s character gets drunk on an airplane and tries to sneak into first class. But while both Bridesmaids and Kristen Wiig are hilarious, using them to make light of poverty and U.S. […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal today by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to overturn the temporary injunction against a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the bill into law in July 2013.  The requirements […]

NEWSFLASH: Abortion Providers’ Privileges Reinstated

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Two Texas doctors—Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia—had their admitting privileges reinstated last week at the University General Hospital in Dallas (UGHD). Their privileges were revoked in late March for performing legal abortions at clinics independent of the hospital. Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB2) took effect in November 2013, requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges within […]

We Heart: Australian Chief of Army David Morrison, Feminist Ally

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On June 12, 2013, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of Army, sent a message to the Australian Army by posting a YouTube video on the Australian Army Headquarters channel describing his thoughts about the allegations of sexual assault, harassment and degrading behavior by Aussie Army members. In the video, General Morrison says: Every one of us […]

We Spleen: Excluding Women Characters from Popular Video Game

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James Therien, video game developer Ubisoft’s technical director, said their upcoming game Assassin’s Creed Unity will not feature any women characters. The Assassin’s Creed series focuses on historical moments, and the upcoming edition—which is set to be released on Oct. 28—will be modeled after revolutionary France—just without all those pesky women, Therien told VideoGamer.com, [Including […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Plans to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

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The White House announced today that President Obama plans to sign an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a huge step forward in protecting the rights of LGBTQ federal employees, particularly because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was passed inthe Senate […]

We Heart: Comedy Duo Jack and Dean’s “Consent” Music Video

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Who knew consent could sound so catchy? Comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, the British duo behind YouTube channel OMFGItsJackandDean, prove that clear communication is as easy as it is necessary with their new rap music video, “Consent.” The video opens with a typical club scene. Our well-dressed, sunglassed protagonists strut onto a dark, steamy […]